Works at Southgate Circus – Fox Lane and Surrounding Streets Quieter Neighbourhood [SEC=OFFICIAL]

Dear Cllr,

Please note that some works are scheduled over the next 2 nights at Southgate Circus. Advanced warning signs have been in place.

The report from the trial period of the Fox Lane Area Quieter Neighbourhood project recommended some short term measures at Southgate Circus with the aim of improving traffic flow. These were recommended following a review of Southgate Circus carried out during the trial period of the project. The below works are due to take place shortly:

  • Keep clear markings at the entries into Southgate Circus from The Bourne and High Street
  • Extending the right turn pocket into Crown Lane on the southbound High Street exit

The construction team are due to be on-site tonight and tomorrow night progressing with the implementation by doing night shifts – this will minimise the disruption caused.

Kind regards,

Damaged bollard in Park road- MEQ

Dear Cllr Ioannou,

Thank you for your enquiry regarding a damaged bollard in Park road.

I will make this area safe with a 28 day full repair, with regards to the litter I will allocate to street cleansing.

I hope this helps with your enquiry.

MEQ- Southgate car theft

Classification: OFFICIAL

Dear Cllr Ioannou,

Thank you for your email on behalf of your constituent.

Further to the attached response from the Street Lighting Team, the Community Safety Unit informs me that following your enquiry, they have contacted Southgate Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) regarding the report around car thefts. The NPT have informed the ASB Team that unfortunately there was a spike over a 3 week period, resulting in 16 cars being stolen in Cockfosters, Southgate and Highlands wards. In that three week period the Ward Teams recovered 12 vehicles stolen from these areas and some stolen from outside of the Metropolitan Police Service area. Neighbourhood Policing Teams for these wards are conducting both overt and covert proactive patrols, and working in partnership with their Intelligence Teams, and other Neighbourhood Policing Teams to maximise their coverage and effectiveness.

The Police have advised that vehicles with keyless entry can be taken through the usage of a relay device which projects the signal from the key to the car, making the car think that the key is close by, and therefore able to be unlocked and started. The Police have recommended that an easy way of preventing this from occurring is by investing in a Faraday box or bag, which is a signal-blocking pouch/bag, coupled with a steering wheel lock, which also doubles as a visual deterrent, and minimises the risk of vehicles being stolen.

The NPT are also raising awareness on crime prevention online via their social media platforms and through leaflets through letter boxes. Your constituent can obtain more advice at https://www.met.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/keeping-vehicles-safe/preventing-car-vehicle-theft/.

The CSU Team, would also encourage residents to sign up to OWL – Online Watch Link at http://www.OWL.co.uk or they can download the app to receive regular ward updates about what is happening in their area and the Police i.e. crime prevention messages.

The Team would urge residents to report incidents of anti-social behaviour and crime to the Police on 101, online at https://www.met.police.uk/a/your-area/ or 999 in an emergency.

MEQ 37748 – Chaseville Park Road – N21, issues with speed and crossing the road [SEC=OFFICIAL]

Dear Councillor Ioannou,

MEQ – 37748 Chaseville Park Road

I refer to your recent enquiry on behalf of your constituent regarding their concerns about the speed of vehicles and provision of pedestrian facilities on Chaseville Park Road.

As part of the Council’s commitment to help deliver the Mayor’s Vision Zero, we have developed a prioritisation tool to help ensure that our limited resources are focussed on road safety schemes likely to deliver the greatest safety benefits. At the moment Chaseville Park Road has not been identified as an immediate priority,

I have spoken to the police regarding the incident that Mr xxx mentions in his correspondence to you dated 22 March 2022, and they have stated that they do not consider speed to have been a causation factor in this collision.

I have reviewed the personal injury data held by the council and in the five year period to 30 June 2021 (latest data provided by Transport for London and the police) there have been four personal injury collisions on Chaseville Park Road, between and including its junctions with South Lodge Drive and Eversley Park Road.

Any controlled pedestrian crossing, such as a zebra crossing, needs to be placed where it is going to be regularly used, this depends on a pedestrian’s destination and choosing the most convenient place to cross. Given the frequency of driveways on Chaseville Park Road, it may be difficult to locate a zebra crossing where pedestrians are choosing to cross.

The underlying principle is that crossings will only operate correctly if they are used on a regular basis throughout the day. If there are, too few pedestrians for most of the day drivers may tend to ignore the crossing and put pedestrians at risk on the occasions when they are using the facility.

I hope the above answers your enquiry, should you wish to discuss any of the points made above do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Senior Engineer – Road Safety

MEQ 37586 – REOCCURRING ISSUE WITH WASTE WATERFALL ROAD [SEC=OFFICIAL]

Dear Councillor Ioannou

Thank you for raising your concerns regarding the litter bin on Waterfall Road

Street Cleansing are currently undertaking an audit of all litter bins in the Borough, so bins such as this will hopefully be identified as potentially unnecessary

After speaking with the Senior Chargehand for the area it was established that they were of the same opinion as yourself and we therefore arranged for the bin to be removed

This was carried out on Monday 21 March and the area will now be monitored to see if this resolves the litter issue

Yours sincerely

MEQ 37521 – W9 hail and ride bus service [SEC=OFFICIAL]

Classification: OFFICIAL

Dear Cllr Ioannou

Thank you for your email.

The department typically supports the upgrading of hail and ride sections of bus route to fixed stop, feeling this offers better boarding and alighting accessibility, especially to less able passengers. It can also offer passengers greater confidence in where to wait for bus services, and regulate how frequently individual buses are asked to stop for boarding and alighting events along their route, improving overall service reliability. Typically we are reliant on TfL identifying sections of route where they would like to place new stops, and also on TfL finding funding for the work to be advanced. But where opportunities present themselves, we tend to support them and the addition of 11 new fixed stops on the W4 route on Tottenhall Road/ Wolves Lane is one recent example. Another is the addition of numerous fixed stops along much of the new 456 bus service introduced in March 2021.

Proposals to place fixed stops on The Bourne were looked at previously, back in 2016, but only to a preliminary stage. TfL’s message below is correct; consultation by this department with relevant fronting homes and with elected representatives at the time did flag up certain reservations within the community. At that stage it was only those households deemed to be directly affected by the placement of any new infrastructure that were notified of the proposals, not the wider community or the full catchment of potential users. Other project work has taken priority in the intervening period.

However, I can confirm that a meeting today with contacts from TfL has concluded with the aspiration that we revisit these proposals; officers believing them to have clear merit and judging that viable positions are likely to be found. The same recent reports that bus drivers are finding it problematic to stop along the section between Southgate Station and Fox Lane is what has prompted the meeting. Progress will be subject to TfL identifying funding but it is certainly the hope of both organisations that we can look again at this proposal in the near future.

MEQ 37440- Rubbish fines for dumping on Chase Side [SEC=OFFICIAL]

Classification: OFFICIAL

Good evening Councillor,

My Waste Enforcement colleague passes on their apologies, please see the updated feedback below:

Response from Waste enforcement:

Our Litter Enforcement Team have found evidence in 5 searched sacks at this location and Fixed Penalty Notices for £150 were issued.

MEQ- Crown Lane flooding issue resolved

Classification: OFFICIAL

Dear Cllr Ioannou

Apologies I’ve been a while getting back to you.  XXXX (Operations Manager – Street Scene) sent me the message below earlier in March:

  • When we attended numerous flooding reports last year there was one gully in Crown Lane that we could only partially clean due to parked vehicles and restricted access, I believe this to be the one referred to in the complaint.  However the team re-visited this last week and were able to clean this gully fully. I will ask for this area to be monitored when we have rainfall to see if the flooding is still an issue

Hopefully this should reduce the risk of further flooding.  If there are any future issues it’s probably best if you got straight to XXXX.

MEQ- Chase Side rattle gully resolved

Dear Cllr Ioannou,

Thank you for your enquiry regarding a rattling gully outside the charity shop in Chase side N14.

This was previously made safe and will issue this to the contractor to be reset.

I hope this helps with your enquiry.

Kind regards.

MEQ- 62 High street Southgate community garden space [SEC=OFFICIAL]

Original Email:

This proposal is about a greenbelt unused recreational area next to our business location. V.A.R.C. Ltd would be very happy to volunteer under Enfield Council’s guidance in order to upkeep this area thus creating an educational, environmental and community inspired place for all to enjoy, ‘fresh of breath air so to speak’. I would also like to mention this greenbelt area has become a wasted space for many years sadly which no one uses.

  • Phase 1: Retail shop selling antiques and coffee bar open. A seated indoor / frontal area and take away selling light cold refreshments. Welfare facilities.
  • Phase 2: Rear yard decked area with multiple seating incorporating vision panels along fence line overlooking greenbelt area, a pets corner and outside educational learning section. Disabled access & pet friendly.
  • Phase 3: Incorporate the greenbelt land into the business subject to planning. educational learning with wildlife / flower and herb gardens, environmental pathways, communal areas, welfare and security. 

Response:

Dear Councillor Ioannou,

Thank you for your enquiry.

While we appreciate the interest by the business owner, our position is that we continue to maintain the area as is. Should the business owner wish to contribute to the betterment of the local area, Broomfield park have a wide community group with several incentives happening within the park grounds, which always welcomes local contributions