A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
Thank you Richard for announcing this meeting. Tory MP David Burrowes. is creating false divisions in our community for reasons that are pretty obvious. The reality is that we can and do support both our local shops AND our local cyclists - it is wrong to pretend, as Mr. Burrowes does, that we must choose between one or the other.
Go back to the Mini-Holland award - a bipartisan effort signed off by the MP's fellow Enfield Tories and by Conservative Ldn mayor Boris Johnson - and you will see that the Council has always promised to consult extensively to ensure that the scheme's ultimate roll-out accommodates the interests of all our constituencies. Starting, contrary to the misinformation the MP is disseminating, with our shopkeepers.
Many of us are also taken aback by the way in which Mr. Burrowes and his chosen Council candidates' campaign ignores local residents' air quality concerns. Less than a month after truly horrendous smog afflicted London residents (starting with Bowes and Palmers Green wards, abutting the North Circular), the Tory MP is trying to foster opposition to a scheme meant to have major health benefits for all our people. It's highly irresponsible, even dangerous.
The reality is that cyclists such as myself are also shoppers and motorists. Research shows that commercial districts accessible to pedestrians and cyclists feature higher spend than those which can solely be accessed via automobiles. We can and will ensure there is enough parking in and around the Palmers Green high street.
Concerned residents need to attend the meeting to tell this Conservative MP and his followers that it is wrong to be so negative and block progress towards a more sustainable community and indeed economy.
To repeat, I support both our shops and our cyclists. Mr. Burrowes is wrong to say it's one or the other. Please let him know.