A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
I have decided to reignite the debate on introducing a CPZ on the Enfield side of Bounds Green. As I am sure many of you are aware Enfield Council consulted on the idea around 5 years ago now and since then its my belief that things have got worse.
I live on York Road and on speaking to my immediate neighbors saw that there was an agreement that it would be good if something could be done. I leafleted the majority of York Road on Friday to canvas opinion asking for people to sign there name at the following link http://tiny.cc/bgcpz and have been quite pleased with the response so far.
I conducted a unscientific survey last week along York Road which showed that on Saturday and Sunday at around 1pm, there were 16 and 18 spaces respectively that were available, however at the same time on Monday there were only 2.
It is quite clear that the bulk of the availability of spaces is concentrated during weekdays and the problem is being caused by commuters who use our roads as a car park. As Haringey have a CPZ covering their side it has further pushed more vehicles down into Enfield.
What has happened about Bounds Green CPZ? Are any meetings taking place?
I have been emailing back and forth for the past two months with Councillor Daniel Anderson, who is in charge of this issue for Enfield, in the hopes that he could arrange a meeting with his Haringey counterpart. This meeting has not yet taken place and as far as I know they're is no timetable for it to do so. I suggest you email him directly if you are keen for this meeting to happen - Cllr.firstname.lastname@example.org
I saw the new MP for Enfield Southgate, Bambos Charalambous, on Friday afternoon at his surgery. I raised the issue of parking as I live at the Enfield end of Marlborough Road and it's got a lot worse in recent years. Bambos understands the issues we have with parking in the Enfield side of Bowes Park, and the need to consult on a CPZ for this. He is happy to support with this - Jacob, should I put him in touch with you, or Councillor Anderson?
I also mentioned the community association to Bambos and he was interested to hear about their work. Please could someone remind me who the Chair of the BPCA is, and how to contact them. It would also be helpful to know if there is a sub-group of the committee that works on parking.
Does anyone know if there is currently a petition on CPZ going on in Marlborough Road?
I've had a reply from Enfield MP Bambos Charalambous about a CPZ in the Enfield side of Bowes Park/Bounds Green. The Principal Engineer in the Traffic Team at Enfield Council says that the council will only carry out a consultation on CPZ if local residents show a demand for it. We are expected to carry out our own petitions in the affected roads and submit the results to the council. Apparently residents of Belsize Avenue and Marlborough Road recently requested petition pro-formas in October. I live in Marlborough Road and would be interested to hear from whoever requested the pro-forma.
Hi Charlotte, here's an update on this: I live on Kelvin Avenue and I have just submitted a petition for a CPZ alongside a second petition for Melbourne Avenue which was organised by one of the residents on Melbourne. The two petitions were sent in separately but at the same time, and both were signed by more than 50% of residents on the road which is what's required to kick-start the consultation process. Bambos was copied into the correspondence and knows that the petitions have been submitted. We are now working to get Enfield Council to consider the applications in an area-wide context, rather than on a road by road basis, given that the knock on effect of the implementation of the CPZ has clearly had such a knock on effect on all of the surrounding Enfield roads across the border, not just one or two. The Council have acknowledged receipt of the petitions and have said that they will respond within 20 days, so this leaves about a week. I'll post here once we have an update. The crucial thing once the consultation starts, will be to ask neighbours on both roads to actually return the forms to the Council confirming that they would like the CPZ to be implemented, otherwise they Council won't act. Hope this helps.
If anyone knows of any other petitions in action on any other neighbouring roads please do let us know! The more they have the better. Ellie
Thanks everyone, it's great to hear this is progressing and an area wide approach is definitely the best option. I still don't know who requested a petition pro-forma for Marlborough Road but hopefully they will start petitioning soon as I would be very happy to sign and support this.
I was sent a pro-forma for Marlborough Road after enquiring about the minimum size of a CPZ but I have no plans to carry out a petition as I simply don't have the time - I will happily forward on to you if you like?