Save our Green Lanes Campaign Group
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Enfield Council is proposing to put segregated cycle lanes, next to the kerb on both sides of the road from Enfield Town to Palmers Green Library. 

Residents will lose dozens of parking spaces along London Road, Park Avenue, Village Road,  Ridge Avenue and Green Lanes

There will be a massive loss of on-street parking which is used for shopping, visiting restaurants, picking up takeaways, appointments with dentists, doctors, hairdressers and other places which are an important part of our local lives.

There will be limited parking and delivery bays, located outside of the cycle lanes.

Buses will have to stop on the carriageway to allow passengers on and off – across the cycle lane.

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Enfield will be the first outer London borough to remove the Blue Badge scheme from our local shopping parades.

Enfield Council says it is doing this to build a

“Better Enfield” is this what you think?


Judge rejects SOGL’s Judicial Review

– an appeal to be submitted shortly

The Save Our Green Lanes campaign group has been refused permission to apply for judicial review – on the grounds that Enfield Council does NOT have to listen to the views of its residents. In his judgment, Mr Justice Ouseley stated that the council can make assertions about safety, traffic congestion, improved local economy, etc., without evidence, even if those claims later turn out not to be true.

Secondly in his judgment, the council has given us a second opportunity to make comments at the statutory consultation.

SAVE OUR GREEN LANES (SOGL) IS IN THE PROCESS OF APPEALING ON THIS DECISION.

The judge concluded that it is acceptable for a local authority to make claims for which there are no grounds, and to then not tell residents the truth when later analyses show those claims to be false.


THERE WERE A LARGE NUMBER OF OBJECTIONS SUBMITTED

TO THE A105 STATUTORY CONSULTATION

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Click on the image below to read the SOGL objection leaflet which was circulated to 15,000 households and businesses in proximity to the A105

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The Save Our Green Lanes public meeting at the Intimate Theatre (June 28th) was packed to capacity. People were shocked when they were told exactly what Enfield Council is planning to do along Green Lanes and their failure to carry out a safety audit; ignored the needs of people with disabilities, the advice from the police; as well as the fudged economic risk and pollution data that has been used in the vain attempt to ‘sell’ this unpopular scheme to local residents.

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On Friday May 27th Save Our Green Lanes served court papers on Enfield Council, at the start of a formal legal challenge to the A105 (Green Lanes) cycle lane scheme, from Enfield Town to Palmers Green.

The papers were served by Costas Georgiou, chairman of the Green Lanes Business Association. Here is a statement from Mr Georgiou:

“Save Our Green Lanes has repeatedly raised concerns about the negatives impacts of the proposed Cycle Enfield scheme for the A105. Enfield Council’s own consultants have stated that the proposals will have adverse effects on residents’ parking, the viability of businesses, air quality, traffic congestion, bus journey times, bus passenger and disabled pedestrian safety, as well as emergency services response times.

Enfield Council did not provide key documents during the consultation, which would have demonstrated these adverse impacts. After these documents were published, the Council has not engaged with people in any meaningful way.

We have been left with no option but to start judicial review proceedings in the High Court. We thank our supporters for their continued support and will be calling a public meeting in due course”.


Click on the image to read the Save Our Green Lanes Guide to the Revised cycle lane proposals for the A105

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In February 2016, Enfield Council’s Cabinet approved the cycle lane proposals for Green Lanes.

This is despite there being overwhelming opposition from local residents, businesses, churches and community groups.

This is despite there being no evidence that these cycle lanes will be beneficial to our local economy. On the contrary, Enfield Council’s own consultants Regeneris have warned that the scheme that

“The lack of UK precedents makes it difficult to predict the extent to which the scheme will have the transformational effect on town centre attractiveness and liveability which scheme planners seek”. (4.110). You can read a response to the report here

Traffic modelling by Enfield Council’s own consultants has predicted that there will be more congestion and a worsening of air pollution.

So why are the Council not calling a halt to these proposals which could be detrimental to the lives of majority of local residents?

This comment, made by a local resident, Peter Johns sums the situation up:

There has previously been a torrent of adverse criticism about such things as effects on air pollution, convenience (both getting around and standing still),local business, the manner that surveys have been engineered in justification of a faulty scheme, etc. etc, all falling on the deaf ears of certain LBE councillors more interested in Boris Johnson’s money than the lives of their own constituents, that a further expounding of what is wrong with the scheme would be a waste of time. What we need now is an acceptable way forward. Why should we be cooperating with those that we elected if they will not listen to us?

A FULL CAMPAIGN UPDATE, INCLUDING PROPOSED NEXT STEPS WILL BE ADDED SHORTLY

Here is an open letter to Boris Johnson from Save Our Green Lanes which should help you to understand why we believe that we are fighting to SAVE OUR GREEN LANES

Read the letter here


THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE GREEN LANES CONSULTATION CLOSED OCTOBER 9TH 2015. 

Cycle Enfield report that 1646 people completed the public consultation.

Here is how Cycle Enfield have tried to present the consultation results as a “demonstrating that the silent majority support the scheme”. Click on the image below to download

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Please bear in mind when looking at these results that the consultation was open to anyone living any where in the world, regardless of whether they have actually ever visited Green Lanes.

Closer inspection will show you that “a majority support figure” for people who actually provided an Enfield postcode is obtained by adding together people who stated that they support the scheme (45%) with those “who partially supported the scheme” (9%).

Please note that the consultation has not at this stage taken into account submissions from residents associations and other important community groups, such as the Over 50s Forum. To quote Cycle Enfield:

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We now wait to see whether the views of local residents regarding the Green Lanes proposals have been listened to. We believe that Enfield Council has been told via consultation questionnaires from local people, postcards sent to Cllr Daniel Anderson, public meetings, social media and letters to the press that these proposals are deeply unpopular.

The information about the scheme was unbalanced – putting forward benefits that could not backed up by evidence that this scheme will benefit our local community. The impact of the cycle lanes has not been fully evaluated as there has been no economic risk assessment, detailed traffic modelling, environmental or equalities assessment

The consultation process was open to abuse – anyone could participate – without having any connection to the local area.

The next steps will be presented at the Cycle Enfield Partnership Board (West Enfield) on January 21st 2016. The details of the final consultation have been put back two months, as the consultation has not taken into account submissions from residents associations and other key community groups.

Following Freedom of Information requests (FOI) it has become apparent that Enfield Council has not conducted environmental or economic impact studies, nor has the scheme been scrutinised for how it complies with equalities guidelines, designed to make roads accessible for people with disabilities.


DAVID BURROWES MP REFERENDUM

In December 2015, David Burrowes MP, delivered a referendum pack to every households in wards in the Enfield Southgate constituency which are in close proximity to Green Lanes (Palmers Green, Winchmore Hill, Grange and some roads in Southgate Green). The pack included statements for and against the proposals, so it was more balanced that the information put out by Enfield Council, which have downplayed any problems that the cycle lanes might cause.

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2828 people replied, within a two week window, a much higher level of response than the official Cycle Enfield consultation, Each submission was cross checked against the electoral record to ensure that these were ‘real’ local people.

The results show conclusively that there is no popular support for these proposals.

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More details can be found on David Burrowes’ website

www.davidburrowes.com