MEQ- Ballams Lane and Waterfall Road. 

Dear Cllr Stephanos Ioannou,
Case Reference: 101000114504

Thank you for your enquiry regarding rubbish, trees and bushes obstructing the public footpath between Ballams Lane and Waterfall Road. 

I can inform you that I have walked the footpath on Monday 20th June and I did not see any rubbish. I assume street cleaning have already cleared the reported litter.  With regard to the obstruction to the footpath from vegetation. This is an issue for Highways Grounds Maintenance to resolve.  I have passed the enquiry to them to rectify. 

There are no tree related issues that require our attention at present.

I hope this is of assistance.

Your sincerely,

MEQ- Shrubbery cut back

Dear Cllr Stephanos Ioannou,
Case Reference: 101000109681

Thank you for your enquiry.

Grass cutting on Oakwood Avenue, St Thomas, The Glade, The Vale and Elmbank are currently in progress and will be completed by the end of this week. The shrubbery will be cut back on Fountains Crescent and Oakwood Park Road within the next 2 weeks.

Yours sincerely,

streetside hedge in east London town

Hillside Grove- MEQ

Thank you for your report of weeds in Hillside Grove

Street Cleansing are responsible for weed removal from all hard surfaces and pavements on the public highway, but not verges or planted areas.

We as an authority use a glyphosate based weedkillers in the form of pre mixed chemicals distributed by electronic Controlled Droplet Applicators (CDA’s) which allow accuracy of coverage.

The chemical does require a growing leaf in order to work and is rapidly inactivated on reaching the soil ensuring it does not contaminate nearby planting, or grassed areas.

This type of chemical is only used as a spot spray on growing weeds, which means any new germinating weed will continue to grow in the same area and because of this there is a need to spray the whole of the public highway network on a continually rotating basis throughout the season.

All roads and footpaths will generally get 3 or sometimes 4 sprays per annum, dependant on the weather.

Weeds will generally take 2 – 3 weeks to die off and once dead should be removed by the cleansing team

The use of chemicals has been fully risk assessed with the pre-mixed glyphosate mix being introduced as the safest option, as it negates the need to manually mix chemicals whilst on the public highway

The use of this type of chemical and its application has been used by the authority since 2011

This road was last sprayed on 23/3/2022 during the first spray of the season and is due again within the next week or two

It seems the manual removal of the dead weeds has not taken place on this occasion, so the Senior Chargehand for the area will ensure this is done as soon as possible after the second spray has taken effect

Yours sincerely

Parklet in Case Side Southgate- MEQ

Dear Cllr Stephanos Ioannou,
Case Reference: 101000100925

Thank you for raising your concerns about the Parklet in Case Side Southgate

Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to you

Chase Side is cleansed at least twice per day during the week and once per day at the weekend

This includes the seating area at the Parklet, all litter will be removed, and the litter bin emptied on each visit

This is all we at street cleansing are able to do, due to our working hours and current resources

The area does get heavily used, especially by the delivery drivers for the fast food outlets, but as it is a public seating area there is nothing that can be done about this, other than to arrange extra visits by the Council’s litter wardens

I have made the request to our Waste Enforcement team that they increase patrols of Chase Side if at all possible

Yours sincerely

MEQ- Southgate Circus Cleaning

Dear Cllr Stephanos Ioannou,
Case Reference: 101000096281

Thank you for your enquiry about weeds on Southgate Circus

Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to you, but the enquiry field was incorrectly selected and it was sent to the wrong department, with it being reallocated to me on Tuesday this week

Street Cleansing are responsible for weed removal from all hard surfaces and pavements on the public highway, but not verges or planted areas.

We as an authority use a glyphosate based weedkillers in the form of pre mixed chemicals distributed by electronic Controlled Droplet Applicators (CDA’s) which allow accuracy of coverage.

The chemical does require a growing leaf in order to work and is rapidly inactivated on reaching the soil ensuring it does not contaminate nearby planting, or grassed areas.

This type of chemical is only used as a spot spray on growing weeds, which means any new germinating weed will continue to grow in the same area and because of this there is a need to spray the whole of the public highway network on a continually rotating basis throughout the season.

All roads and footpaths will generally get 3 or sometimes 4 sprays per annum, dependant on the weather.

Weeds will generally take 2 – 3 weeks to die off and once dead should be removed by the cleansing team

The senior chargehand for the area has programmed in the removal of weeds from this location and if not completed already, will be done so in the very near future

Operatives working in this location have also been reminded of their duties regarding weed removal

Yours sincerely

Pavement renewal Response- MEQ

  1. Tarmac is a term frequently used, based on traditional tar based products which are not used nowadays. Modern asphalt (which uses bitumen and is not carcinogenic) is a very resistant widely used product and has many benefits over traditional paving. Answers to your specific questions are given below. The use of asphalt or paving is set out in the Council’s streetscape guidance. Asphalt as a footway material is not particularly new and has been in place for a number of years. A copy of the Council’s Highway maintenance Plan, which gives further information. Both documents can be found at – https://www.enfield.gov.uk/services/roads-and-transport/road-and-pavement-maintenance.
  2. Asphalt surfacing is extensively used by highway authorities across the UK. Cost is not the only factor, although, as I am sure you appreciate, with set budgets, finance must be spent wisely and fairly and with over 1,100km of footways to maintain, Enfield, like all local authorities, is continually being challenged to produce more for less, particularly in the current economic climate.

    A study undertaken by the Transport Research Laboratory (report reference PPR 105), looked at the whole life cost comparison of asphalt surfacing and paved footways which indicated savings across the whole life of the pavement, based on typical maintenance regimes.  Bituminous macadam performs better than paving slabs in that it is more resistant to vehicle overrun and where failure occurs, far less likely to result in a trip hazard. When taking into account the reduced risk of trips and the costs of the resulting accidents, the whole life costs of paving compared to asphalt surfacing significantly increases. There is considerable benefit to reducing the risk of accidents as well as a direct cost benefit to the highway authority if claims can be reduced.

    The use of asphalt surfacing is therefore a far more sustainable solution resulting in the need for fewer repairs in the future and in turn will lead to lower costs and less disruption to residents. Previous locations where paving slabs have been used have, in many instances, required numerous bollards to be installed to protect the paving from damage by vehicle overrun adding to the general level of street clutter.
  3. As stated above pavements across the borough are now far more likely to suffer from vehicle overrun. It is essential that the appropriate materials are used for whole life and ongoing maintenance costs. Asphalt pavements have greater resilience to damage and considerably less trips than paving does when damaged. To put this in context, twice as many reactive maintenance defects are undertaken on pavements compared with roads and the majority of these are for broken paving slabs. In addition, damaged paving slabs tend to displace with greater risk of trips and falls to pedestrians.
  4. Both asphalt and paving can last a very long time, however as stated above asphalt is more resilient than paving to vehicle overrun.

MEQ- FOX LANE LTN ANPR CAMERA

Dear Cllr Ioannou,

Thank you for your enquiry concerning the Fox Lane QN.

Grovelands, Lakeside and Derwent Road are all part of the Fox Lane Area Quieter Neighbourhood. They have existing modal filters (bollard) that are currently in place and there are no current plans to convert these modal filters to ANPR camera enforced. 

MEQ- FOX LANE LTN

Dear Cllr Ioannou,

Thank you for your enquiry concerning the Fox Lane QN Meadway filter.

The Meadway survey concluded at 11:59 pm on Sunday 22nd May 2022. A report is currently being produced and we anticipate we will be in a position to brief the Cabinet Member on this next month.

Subsequent to this, we will put together a briefing for all of the Ward Cllrs across the four wards that the Fox Lane QN covers, and we will send out the invite for this in due course.

MEQ- Highway maintenance / roads and pavement Response

Dear Cllr Stephanos Ioannou,
Case Reference: 101000105329

Thank you for you enquiry regarding the road surface at High Street between Blagden’s lane and  Southgate Circus, Chase Side  between Asda and the Southgate Circus roundabout and  Chase Road past St Andrew’s Primary School.

Our Highway officer attended the location on the 8th and 9th of June. High Street pot holes have been made safe and the road is being resurfaced this month, no defects were noted on Chase Side between Asda and Southgate Circus and pot holes on Chase Road are with our contractor for repair.

All roads are inspected on a monthly safety inspection.

I hope this answers your enquiry.

MEQ- Street cleansing Response

Dear Cllr Stephanos Ioannou,
Case Reference: 101000094742

 Thank you for your report of fly tipping in Chase Road at the junction of Hillside Grove

This road and the surrounding area is visited daily by a fly tip collection team and any waste found on the public highway will be removed.

Evidence found will also be photographed and passed to the Waste Enforcement Unit for the appropriate action to be taken

Our teams will also react to any reported flytip on the public highway the same day if possible, but within 24hrs if not.

The reason the reported waste was not removed initially was because the car park it was in is a private one not public, therefore does not fall within our remit to clear.

Because of the continued complaint, on this occasion it was decided to remove the waste in question.

However, this was removed on 11/5/22 after Waste Services passed on your email, the delay in responding to the complaint is because we only received the official MEQ at the end of May

Yours sincerely