Minutes

Turkey Street Ward Forum
Monday, 20th October, 2014 7.30 pm

Proposed venue: Kempe Hall, Kempe Road, EN1 4QS

Items
No. Item

1.

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS

Minutes:

Residents were welcome to the meeting and the Councillors introduced themselves.

 

2.

UPDATE FROM THE POLICE

Minutes:

PCs Smedley updated the meeting on local crime patterns. Police are actively working to deal with the A10 racers at weekends.

He advised residents to contact officers on (020) 8721 2691, which was diverted to a mobile when the Safer Neighbourhood Team officers were on patrol, for local matters which were not appropriate for 999 calls.

 

3.

ENFIELD RESIDENTS PRIORITY FUND

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Cllr Chibah introduced the options for the Residents Priority Fund, and there was a discussion of the various options. Residents were particularly supportive of the applications from Bestway Educational Project, and of the need for more activities for young people.

One resident thought that park equipment should be funded by the relevant statutory council service rather than by the Residents Priority Fund.

There was discussion of the damage to the benches on the Kempe Road open space. It was agreed that Councillors would take urgent action to establish what the risks were; who, if anybody, was at fault for the incorrect installation; and suggest a way forward which ensured that the seats were safe and properly maintained.

 

4.

NE ENFIELD AREA ACTION PLAN

Minutes:

Cllr Simon outlined the major aspects of the plan, including the major developments in Ponders End; the possible refashioning of the Co-op site; and the implications of additional tracks on the rail line through Brimsdown and Enfield Lock. Residents expressed their support for the proposed access (the Northern Gateway) to the M25 from Mollison Avenue to take traffic off Bullsmoor Lane. They also suggested that s106 money should be used to fund community halls.

 

5.

ENFIELD HOMES ESTATE ISSUES

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Residents expressed concern about the waste disposal arrangements for the flats on Kempe and Elsinge where residents were expected to put the rubbish out in bags during the week, and then to transfer it to the front on Wednesday morning for the collection. This led to a lot of damage by animals, with rubbish being spread around.

There was a strong feeling that proper waste bins should be provided, allowing for recycling. Residents had regularly complained to Enfield Homes about the problem but nothing had been done.

A resident also complained that the Alleygate next to 133 Elsinge Road had been left open by council officers, and that it should have been closed and locked.

 

6.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND OTHER ISSUES OF CONCERN TO RESIDENTS

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Residents drew attention to the damage being caused to the houses in Bullsmoor Lane by heavy vehicles. They said that HGVs came fast down the slope from the railway bridge, apply the brakes and this caused shuddering which damages their houses by the vibration. They urge that a reduced speed limit for HGVs should be imposed.

It was pointed out that a number of mattresses had been dumped outside Rossington Close, and that this also often happened on the Maltby Drive estate. It was suggested that CCTV could be helpful in preventing this.

A resident asked for traffic calming in Elsinge Road. There was discussion as to whether a one-way system would help, but the consensus was that this would encourage drivers to go faster, and was therefore not desirable.

There was a request for double yellow lines opposite the church on the south-east corner of the estate. Because of obstructive parking, particularly at nursery drop-off time, it was often very slow to get out from Elsinge Road to Turkey Street.

 

7.

WARD SURGERIES AND FORUMS

Minutes:

The arrangements for ward surgeries were outlined, with the regular surgery being held every Saturday 1145 to 1245 at Ordnance Road library, though with a three-week gap while the temporary library was moved back into the new permanent location. (Note after the meeting; the new library will be opened on 11 December).

The councilors asked whether the meeting though they should also hold additional monthly surgeries at Kempe Hall. The preference of residents was to have Ward Forums once every two months at Kempe Hall, rather than to have surgeries on Saturday morning, in view of the limited attendance; the wish to promote use of the new hub at Ordnance Road; the desirability of having a mid-week as well as a weekend option; and the greater involvement that this will promote.

 

8.

DATES OF NEXT MEETING

Minutes:

The next meeting would be at 1930 on Monday, 15 December at Kempe Hall.