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Fox Lane and District Residents' Association
London N13 & N14

FLDRA Newsletter April 2018

Fox Lane and District Residents Association News

1. ALERT: SCAMMERS TARGET ELDERLY IN ENFIELD

The Police have issued the following warning:

There have been two reports recently that have involved very elderly victims being called by people stating they are police officers and that they have been a victim of fraud.

The scammers have tricked the victim into believing they are real officers, have even faked a check with 999 by not hanging up the phone themselves and then made them withdraw a large amount of cash/currency from banks.

One of the victims was then directed to central London by the scammers and robbed of a great deal of cash. The second was stopped by the bank during the attempt to withdraw the cash. Please be mindful if you have elderly relatives, friends or neighbours and pass the word onto them too.

Please remember that the police would never ask anyone to draw out money or make any bank transactions.

Regards,

Jennifer ARKWRIGHT | PCSO 7104YE | Palmers Green SNT DWO PCSO | Enfield BOCU

Tel.: 0208 721 2835 | E-mail: palmersgreen.snt@met.police.uk
Address: Southgate Police Station, 25 Chase Side N14 5BW

2. BROOMFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY AND ORCHARD GET READY FOR SUMMER

The much-loved conservatory in Broomfield Park is getting a makeover thanks to the efforts of volunteers of the Friends of Broomfield Park with the support of Enfield Council.

During the works, the Conservatory will be closed on Wednesdays but remains open on Sundays until further notice. Geraldine Anwar, Secretary of the Conservatory Group, writes:

“Do come along and visit us as there is plenty to see at the moment. The banana plant is starting to bear fruit again.”

Both the Conservatory and the Orchard won Gold in Enfield in Bloom last year.

The Orchard has suffered yet another act of vandalism by people who trespass at night and light fires. The last incident involved the destruction by fire of a wooden “bug hotel” that had been built by children. Earlier, a number of trees were also lost to vandalism. The Orchard volunteers will be replacing the trees and another “bug hotel” will be built in the summer. The Orchard is open on Sundays (2-4 pm). If you see any suspicious activity when the orchard is closed, please call the police.

Visit and get involved! Volunteers are welcome by both groups.

Find out more about the Park here

3. WHO WILL BE RUNNING ENFIELD SERVICES? DON’T FORGET TO VOTE ON 3 MAY! STILL UNDECIDED? WATCH ENFIELD CANDIDATES DISCUSS THE TOPICS THAT MATTER THE MOST

Once again Enfield residents will be voting in local elections for the candidates that they feel can do the better job when setting priorities and improving services.

Enfield Voices and GlobalNet 21 have produced three online hustings in which they interviewed new candidates, repeat candidates and party leaders about local issues.

4. FOX PUB SITE PLANNING APPLICATION APPROVED

The Council has approved an amended version of the planning application to develop the Fox pub and its car park. Following public consultation and discussions with Enfield planning officers, the revised plan is for an increased number of flats (54 rather than 44 proposed originally), of which 14 will be classified as “affordable”.

Local groups welcomed the redevelopment of the pub and restoration of its Edwardian façade, as well as the addition of affordable residential units, although this was done at the cost of adding another level to the new building. There was disappointment that concerns about the design and size of the residential development were not taken up.

The proposed new building is viewed as too dominant being two floors higher than the existing pub and its design out of character with the Edwardian pub and surroundings. A function room will be provided for use by community groups at limited times, although it will be smaller than the one currently available.

Please see detailed report of the meeting on the FLDRA website: www.foxlane.net

5. MORE SHOPS CLOSE ON PALMERS GREEN HIGH STREET: IS REGENERATION POSSIBLE?

It has been reported that Peter George, Assistant Director for Regeneration and Planning for Enfield Council, recently went on a preliminary “walkabout” of Palmers Green High Street, together with local councillors, following increasing concern by local resident groups and businesses about the general decline of the high street and shops closing one after another.

The issue was discussed at a recent meeting of the Green Lanes Business Association.

FLDRA will aim to engage with Enfield Council and local businesses to seek creative action to stop the decline and support regeneration. We welcome comments and ideas from residents. Our email is: info@foxlane.net

6. SHORTAGE OF PRIMARY SCHOOL PLACES CONTINUES IN SOUTH OF BOROUGH

Access to a local primary school has been an issue in our area for at least ten years, and FLDRA have shared that concern.

The situation now is that the new Ashmole Primary is open but appears to be taking few Enfield children and the child population continues to rise with families moving into the area and major developments nearby such as those on the North Circular. Enfield Council continue to agree that South West Enfield is now their one remaining area where more provision is needed. We are also aware of concerns at primary-secondary transfer.

We are actively reviewing the situation, to work with all parties in search of a solution. We would welcome further comments and inputs about people’s experiences.

Our email address is: info@foxlane.net

7. CAR THEFT ON THE UP IN OUR AREA: POLICE ADVICE

FLDRA volunteers continue to regularly attend CAPE (Community Action Partnerships for Enfield) meetings, where police, representatives of local institutions, business and residents discuss local issues. At the April meeting for the Palmers Green area, police informed that expensive vehicles are once again being targeted overnight.

Police advise to use an old style Krooklock lock on the steering wheel, more importantly lock front doors (home) and ensure car keys are safely inside away from the door. Osbourne / Windsor/ Hazelwood Lane have all had white males trying car doors overnight.

There have been incidents of distraction card theft at the Nat West and Barclays Banks. The police recommend using inside banking hall facilities for withdrawal where possible.

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