Message from new Chair
A new committee and a new start
Fox Lane & District Residents’ Association
Message to members from the new Chair, Philip Sheffield.
27th April , 2021
On the morning of the 22nd April after being elected as your chair for the next 12 months I decided to walk around all roads that make up the Fox Lane and District Residents’ Association. This took a considerable amount of time and took me well over my daily average step count as measured by Apple!!
I was once again struck by what a wonderful part of London we live in. From the vibrancy of Alderman’s Hill with its cafes and restaurants to the winding Fox Lane cutting through the glorious Edwardian streets to left and right. To the delightful Conway Rec with its resident moorhens and vibrant tennis club, to Cannon Road with St Monica’s school. Walking up to Southgate Green and then on to Southgate tube station I ventured into Leigh Hunt Drive for the first time in my life. Turning right down the Bourne I zig zagged through Bourne Avenue , Parkway, Meadway and others before returning to Bourne Hill, Green Lanes, Devonshire Road and to my starting point at Palmers Green Station.
The Fox Lane and District Residents’ Association can be a very important voice in linking with Enfield Council on a range of subjects such as planning issues, LTN feedback, dangerous pavements, tree maintenance, help for the vulnerable and keeping our streets clean .
My committee will strive to serve the local community to the best of our ability without rancour or favour. My door will always be open to constructive suggestions.
The committee will be meeting for the first time next week (week of 3rd May). We are pulling together our lists of priorities . At the AGM and subsequently I have had quite a few messages regarding trees and pavements and we will be looking to have one of the committee to lead on this important issue locally .
I would welcome emails from members of the association with ideas or areas they would like us to consider.
A very important motion was passed at the AGM;
“There is no room for offensive emails or bad behaviour to be allowed within the association. Such behaviour and bullying are inexcusable.I move that the lead officer, once elected, should exclude anyone responsible for such behaviour within the association . “
Motion passed 90% for 1% against 9% abstain.
I am absolutely determined to lead a committee that is free from rancour and open with its members and genuinely seeking members views . The FLDRA is not a pressure group and is not driven by a single issue. It is a collection of diverse, interesting people with views and passions on many subjects.
I look forward to the FLDRA supporting local residents, businesses, care homes and the vulnerable and being a voice of reason as we come out of lockdown.
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