A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
Residents living in the Enfield part of the Bowes & Bounds area have received a leaflet on Monday from Enfield Council about the proposed Bowes Quieter Neighbourhood Scheme. A scan of the leaflet, including a map of the scheme is attached below.
The Friends of the Green, Bounds Green (FGBG) want to know what you think about the proposed plans. Enfield Council have released a perception survey, but it is the group's understanding that a consultation will be done later on when the trial is up and running. The group thinks that is too late so they want to hear your views now as big changes are coming. The measures are planned to be implemented in August and September.
They would be grateful if you could take part in a short survey; the results of which will be fed back to Enfield and Haringey Councils.
The survey is available on their website: https://fgbg.org.uk/
Please complete it before midnight on 28th July 2020.
If you would like more information on why residents have been pushing Enfield to reduce traffic locally and some reaction to the current plans there is a new article on the Better Streets for Enfield webiste: http://betterstreets.co.uk/please-support-the-plan-for-bowes-even-i...
All I see is that Enfield are working in isolation and we in the Haringey side of Bowes will get the overspill thats created as a result.
I have asked if a wider environmental impact assessment has been carried out but there does not seem to have been so. I also asked if there had been any partnership work with Haringey Council but there does not seem to have been so. A consultation seeks views and resident's solution prior to working up a scheme not once a 'pilot' has started. The likelihood of not looking at a larger area and traffic flow is that there will be unforeseen consequences. One of the likeliest is increased usage of side streets and jams.
In relation to phase two. The junction at Bounds Green is one of the most polluted areas in Haringey due to queueing traffic -this is likely to increase. Pollution decreases as you enter side streets-putting more traffic on to these is counterproductive. Traffic coming from Muswell Hill will turn right and go down side streets.
I am totally in favour of radical and visionary change to car use and traffic in our area (e.g.more pedestrianisation, play streets etc).-best designed in real consultation with local people. Traffic changes divide people and consensus needs to be built. But, I see no vision only a piecemeal approach. Of course we want schools to have less polluted air. But I am not convinced that this will achieve that goal.
Can we also try to ensure that people do not sit for long periods in their cars with their engines idling -generally in long conversations on mobile phones. This is highly polluting.