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Fox Lane and District Residents' Association
London N13 & N14

Newsletter March 2018

Fox Lane and District Residents Association News

1. FLDRA MOVES FORWARD WITH NEW OFFICERS, REVISED PRIORITIES AND NEW WEBSITE

It’s a good time to join the Association, as we move forward with newly appointed officers and priorities for the future. Please encourage your neighbours to join. If you have a bit of time please also consider joining the Committee and helping to shape the work of the Association!

On 7 February we held our Annual General Meeting. The activities and developments of the previous year were reviewed and there was a lively discussion about how to ensure that the Association can best represent the interests of residents.

Priorities for the year had been Cycle Enfield, protection of the built environment and the conservation area, and the shortage of primary school places. There are 460 households in the Association. The Chair invited members to keep up to date with their subscriptions, to help us cover the cost of hall hire, printing and website maintenance.

Members were also invited to put themselves forward as members of the Committee, which needs more people so that we can be more effective and cover all our priorities.

Priorities for 2018 will be: School Places, Cycle Enfield (A105) scheme and Quieter Neighbourhood proposals for the Fox Lane Area, commenting on the London Plan and Enfield Plan; Ultra Low Emission Zone. Another topic mentioned during the discussion was the need for regeneration of the Palmers Green shopping area.

The AGM was attended by Bambos Charalambous MP, who gave a presentation about his first few months as a member of Parliament. Also present was Cllr. Dinah Barry who shared important information about the difficulties facing the Council on the question of school places.

Richard Mapleston was elected Chairperson and Lia Dover Vice-Chair.

2. NEW FLDRA WEBSITE!!

A new website has been created where members and the general public can view the full minutes of the AGM and other news and discussion topics. You can view the website here: https://foxlane.net/

3. DEVELOPMENT OF THE FOX PUB SITE: REVISED PROPOSALS – CONSULTATION EXTENDED TO 23 MARCH 2018

The development of the Fox Pub site is perhaps the most important in our area for some time. Several community groups, including FLDRA, have been proactive in consultations with the developers. The latest proposal has caused some disappointment. You can make up your own mind and send your comments before 23 April.

There has been a Fox on this site for over 300 years. The present building dates from 1904 and it was a major landmark on the journey into London in those days. In 2016 Enfield Council declared it an Asset of Community Value and decided that:

“Any decision to develop the Fox needs to be sympathetic to the past history and significance of the building, and also take into account the current usage of the building by the local community to ensure that the development and reconfiguration of the Fox does not prevent or restrict usage by these groups going forward.”

On the positive side, the developers will preserve the façade of the pub, create new homes, and provide a medium-sized space attached to the pub which can be booked by community groups.

However, some of the groups that took part in the consultations are disappointed that:

  • The proposed retail outlets to the side of the pub and large modern housing development on the Fox Lane side will overwhelm the historic building. The latest proposal has increased the size of the development from 4 to 5 storeys and the number of housing units from 44 to 54.
  • There is no known additional provision for school places, doctors’ surgeries, or street parking, all of which are already in short supply in our area.
  • It had been hoped that the size of the new function room would be similar to the existing hall, but, in spite of strong representations from current users such as Talkies Community Cinema, the space will be considerably smaller and therefore unsuitable for larger events or film screenings.

To see drawings of the proposed development and more detailed information go to:
https://www.palmersgreencommunity.org.uk/pgc/ or to https://foxlane.net/

To comment on the proposals write to the Planning Department citing Reference 17/03634/FUL; or, to send your comment via the internet go to:
https://planningandbuildingcontrol.enfield.gov.uk
and type in the Reference. You will need to register, which takes a few minutes.

4. QUIETER NEIGHBOURHOODS

We continue to await the report of the consultation carried out by Enfield Council on its proposals, which encountered many different views both in favour and against. See the full story in our website.

Many respondents welcomed the scheme, but residents of some streets were overwhelmingly opposed to the type of measures proposed. For example, the N21 community portal (http://www.n21online.com/) reports that proposals for Fernleigh Road and Woodberry Avenue in Winchmore Hill were strongly opposed and have been changed as a result, and these new proposals are now out for further consultation.

5. CRIME AND SAFETY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

FLDRA continues to monitor crime and safety issues in the area. Committee Members attended the most recent Winchmore Hill CAPE meeting, which took place on 22 February. The most salient issues were:

  • Burglaries and car theft remain the most common crimes reported in the area. Police advise to install a battery dismantling switch and/or use an old fashioned crook lock.
  • There have been many reports of a man who asks for money to get back to Hertfordshire, from near stations on the Moorgate line. Also accounts of a man who appears to have blood on his head from a head wound who asks for money to take a taxi to A&E.

ALERT: Police have warned that a group of middle aged white males are operating in the Enfield area, driving a black panel van. These males are cold calling doors, hard selling offering guttering cleaning services using the name Weather force Roofing possibly targeting elderly residents. If you come across these males or their acting suspiciously in your area PLEASE do call 101 with any info however small you may think it is.

6. STOP PRESS: LAST FEW DAYS TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON LONDON’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

The Mayor’s Office is conducting a survey of views on the proposed Economic Development Strategy for London. Economic Development Strategy. The survey will close at 11:30pm on Tuesday 13 March 2018. Go to:
https://www.london.gov.uk/get-involved/mayor-london-draft-strategies-and-consultations

7. BROOMFIELD PARK NEWS – CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY ON 25 MARCH 2018

FLDRA continues to work closely with the Broomfield Park community groups.

On Sunday 25 March 2018 there will be a Children’s Activity in the Conservatory – Plant a bean and watch it grow. From 2.30 – 4.30pm. The Orchard and Café will also be open as usual.



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