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Winchmore Hill Residents Association is a non-political group run by residents, who seek to protect the quality of life in Winchmore Hill, now and for future generations

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456 Bus Route through Winchmore Hill – update January 2021

The 456 Bus Route through the centre of Winchmore Hill that was proposed and underwent a consultation process that started in October 2019 is now being implemented. The WHRA did not oppose the introduction of the bus route from the beginning as we could see that there was a case for the route based on the lack of available existing bus services along the proposed route but we could see there might be issues with some of the bus stop placements that we identified where we could and made our concerns clear.

Enfield Council published earlier in 2020 the plans for Farm Road bus stops and the loss of parking for the residents through the implementation of double yellow lines on the Highfields School side of the road.The details of where the other bus stops will be placed and their design was released just before Christmas. All the letters relating to the bus stop are below.

There has been opposition to the location of the bus stops in Station Road, the loss of parking from the double yellow lines required in Farm Road and the location and traffic caused by the bus route along Firs Lane. We have made recommendations to move the stop in the lower end of Station Road, asked the council if they can consider helping those who currently park on the road in Farm Road with costs of getting a drop kerb and changes to the bus stop design in Firs Lane. Concerns about traffic congestion along the route we believe to be exaggerated given that the bus frequency is only 2 an hour and that some of the traffic especially school traffic relevant to Firs Lane might actually be reduced with a bus service that pupils could use to get home.

The period in which they would agree to look at concerns over the bus stops (it is not a consultation as such) was extended to the 11th January. Unfortunately this has given very little time after the Christmas and New Year period for us to put together our recommendations and for us to submit them. Even after this date it might be worth sending your thoughts to the officer in charge of this scheme, Jonathan Goodson (jonathan.goodson@enfield.gov.uk).

 

Our document with the recommendations for bus stop changes is here (please click on the image to open in a new tab in pdf format)

 

Original plan of the route (please click on the image to open in a new tab in pdf format)

 

Links below in green open up in pdf format in a separate tab.

Letter we sent in to the council in response to the consultation outlining our concerns for Station Road and the layby by the station

WHRA Response to consultation for new 456 Bus Route

Consultation Report

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Letter sent by council outlining plans for parking restriction in Farm Road

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Plans for implementation of the parking restriction in Farm Road.

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Recent letter from the WHRA regarding loss of parking in Farm Road

Letter from WHRA to David Taylor in relation to loss of parking in Farm Road for 456 Bus Route

Letters received in December 2020 relating to placement of bus stops in Station Road top and bottom, Church Hill and Firs Lane

Letter December 18th 20290 in relation to bus stops on Station Road nearest Green Lanes

Letter December 18th 2020 in relation to bus stops on Station Road at the top near the station

Letter December 18th 2020 in relation to bus stops on Church Hill near Park View

Letter December 18th 2020 in relation to bus stops on Church Hill near Denleigh Gardens

Letter December 18th 2020 in relation to bus stops in Firs Lane

 




Planning Application made for plot in Seaforth Gardens – PLANNING APPLICATION REFUSED

The planning application has been made recently but the history of this plan goes back to 2017 and and involves the owners of 35 Broad Walk and the previous owners of 3 Seaforth Gardens creating access with a view to apply for planning permission to develop a plot of land behind these two properties. If this happens then we feel it will set a precedent and this will happen all over Winchmore Hill changing the nature of this area as we are asking for your support in objecting to this.

Here is some background:

In 2017, 3 Seaforth Gardens was sold however the previous owner of the house specifically excluded the garage from the sale that was attached to the left of the property as can be seen here between 1 Seaforth Gardens and 3 Seaforth Gardens.

 

 

The owners of the garage proceeded to fence off the area behind the garage between the gardens that led to the plot, clearing this space clearly with a view to creating an access road. The residents in Seaforth Gardens could see what was happening but this work and the subsequent demolition of the garage could not be stopped as these works fell under permitted development.

 

The residents had no choice but to stand by knowing that these preparations were being made prior to a planning application for the land. It is our understanding there is a covenant covering the gardens that back on to Grovelands but this apparently would not stop a planning application being made or even being granted.

We believe that if the planning application was granted would be set a precedent which would allow this sort of development to be approved across Winchmore Hill and the resulting overdevelopment of the area through backdoor/back garden development.

 

The planning application has now been made which you can view here (this link directly into the planning application page) it appears that the consultation and chance to comment is over but I am assured they have extended the deadline to at least the 20th October so please do comment. The number of the application is 20/02863/FUL if you want to search for it directly on Enfield’s Planning Portal you can click here. (this links to the main search page where you will need to put in the application number).

If you agree with us that this development should not be allowed please go to the planning website and object to this planning application.




Outdoor dining on the Green – consultation underway

The outdoor dining on the slip road next to the Green was part of Enfield’s Streetspace plan in June to give the food businesses in the borough a boost post lockdown by encouraging people to eat and drink outside and providing social distancing that would otherwise be difficult to offer inside the restaurants. It has been a huge success and it has brought a real energy to the Green with many people enjoying the weather and supporting local businesses.

This was set up on a trial basis which we understand runs until the end of the year. The WHRA is supportive of the initiative however we do need to reflect on the fact that there were residents and businesses who were concerned about noise and loss of business. It is understood that the shops that didn’t benefit from this directly are, after a couple of months, beginning to see and feel the benefit from the extra people who are coming to the Green who otherwise wouldn’t be there. These customers making up for the loss of the quick stop and shop customers that were visiting before when the road was open and they were using the parking.

The WHRA would like to an active process in the consultation and shaping the ideas that are being suggested to make this permanent with shelter to enable customers to enjoy the outside dining all year round. It is important that there is a balance that can be struck between the aesthetics of the designs, the practicality and cost for the businesses and the fact that this is a Conservation area so that the streetscape needs to be in keeping with it’s surroundings. We will post more on the website as this consultation and the plans develop.

Please do support the businesses that aren’t offering food and drink if you go to the cafes and restaurants, these other businesses are also important in our community and we need to make sure they benefit from this scheme as well. There is currently a consultation running to find out what local residents think about it run by Enfield. Please make your views known on this initiative. Click on the image below to go to the consultation in a separate window. You will need to have an Enfield Let’s Talk account (free and very quick to set up) to be able to take part in the survey.

 




Fox Lane Low Traffic Neighbourhood Scheme

Fox Lane Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) came into force at the beginning of September and like other LTNs such as the one in Bowes Park there has been a great deal of unhappiness it seems from those both within the LTN whose lives’ and wellbeing it was aimed at improving and those trying to get round it as part of their day to day travels. It is clear that as expected a huge amount of traffic builds up on the main roads either side of the LTN causing a standstill around Palmers Green and Southgate one assumes greatly increasing the pollution either side of the LTN and for the people who live and work on these main roads. It also of course has an impact on emergency services despite the fact that they are in theory meant to be able to access the barriers when needed with keys.

The response to the Bowes Park LTN has been one of outrage and disbelief at a scheme that forces many of the residents to have no choice but to enter and exit their roads from the North Circular. There was a protest and a march as you can see from the photo below.

While the WHRA understands and sympathises with the intention of these schemes to force traffic from speeding along cut throughs to more major roads we are also very sceptical of the effectiveness of these schemes in the long term (Wandsworth council is in the process of removing their LTNs). These schemes are temporary but it remains to be seen whether Enfield will accept what is likely to be overwhelming evidence and strong public opinion to remove them when the “trial” period expires. We are concerned that Winchmore Hill could be the focus of Enfield’s next set of LTNs and while we have traffic issues that do need resolving this is unlikely to be the solution best suited for our area.

If you feel strongly that LTNs should be withdrawn then we would draw your attention to a petition that has been started by someone in Palmers Green on change.org and is currently around the 4,000 signature mark. It can be accessed here.