Newsletter February 2018
Please note that the consultation on the placing of a bike hangar on Lakeside Road (Item 3) closes on 26 February.
1 – DOES PALMERS GREEN HIGH STREET NEED A REGENERATION PLAN?
Palmers Green Ward Forum 8 February 2018
The topic of PG regeneration was discussed at the most recent Palmers Green Ward Forum. This follows concern that the high street has lost numerous shops over the years, including several shoe shops, two fine jewellers, a bookshop, a menswear shop, a china shop, independent butchers and greengrocers, M&S, Waitrose, WHSmith, and, recently, the Store 21 department store and MultiYork furniture shop. At the time of writing several sites remain vacant. There is very little greenery along the High Street including in the newly-designed triangle.
Regeneration is possible with good planning and with the support of local residents. All of us can help by shopping locally when possible. FLDRA notes, for example, that Wokingham, which had a failing town centre, implemented a successful scheme that includes a mix of community and commercial components and has won a national award.
At the Palmers Green meeting Cllr Ahmet Oykener stated that after the re-generation of the “Meridian Water” complex has been completed, council officers may consider the feasibility of a regeneration project for Palmers Green.
If you are concerned about our high street please take the time to make your views known to your councillors. You can contact your councillors at Ward meetings, councillor surgeries, or by letter.
2 – WARD FORUM DATES : MEET YOUR COUNCILLORS AND RAISE THE ISSUES THAT CONCERN YOU ABOUT YOUR AREA
Southgate Green ward forum – Tuesday 27th February at 7.15pm, Bowes Primary School
Winchmore Hill ward forum – Wednesday 7th March at 7.30pm, 59 Church Hill N21 1LE
Palmers Green – TBC (check the Council website)
3 – INSTALLATION OF CYCLE HANGARS ON RESIDENTIAL ROADS (LAKESIDE ROAD)
NB Consultation closes 26 February 2018
Enfield Council is proposing to install a cycle hangar on Lakeside Road, as part of the Cycle Enfield scheme. FLDRA supports the installation of cycle storage facilities in locations where cyclists have nowhere to keep their bikes . However at the FLDRA AGM on 7 February there was concern that Lakeside Road, where most houses have gardens and sheds, may not be the most appropriate location. There was also concern that the consultation period is very short and that a number of residents on the road have not received the consultation document.
A resident of Lakeside Road who has seen the document reports that the hangar consists of a large metal shed which will accommodate 6 bikes and will be 2.5metres long and 2 metres wide and has a large up and over door. There is concern that the utilitarian design of the hangar is not in keeping with the Conservation Area, and neighbours say they do not understand why this location has been chosen as there seems to be no need for it on this road.
FLDRA has also been informed that residents without computers have not been able to obtain a copy of the consultation document in spite of requests.
FLDRA is writing to Enfield Council to emphasise the need for proper consultation with all those affected in the vicinity of the proposed hangar. FLDRA also intends to review cycle parking facilities in shopping areas along the Cycle Enfield route, which may encourage more cyclists to use the route and to shop locally.
If you want your views to be taken into account please go to the consultation site as below, or write directly to the Council.
4 – QUIETER NEIGHBOURHOODS CONSULTATION
The consultation is now closed and we are awaiting the report to be produced by the Council taking into account the feedback from residents. The idea behind Quieter Neighbourhoods is widely supported and for many years local groups have been advocating for traffic calming and regulation in order to reduce the problems of rat runs and excessive speed by car users. The specific proposals put forward by Enfield Council include speed limits, speed bumps on certain roads, restriction of access to some roads, and other measures. These proposals prompted widely different responses, both in favour and against. FLDRA supported the introduction of a 20mph speed limit and commented on some other aspects of the proposals that raised safety concerns. We will report on the contents of the Council report as soon as it becomes available.
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