A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
When TFL decided (back in 2008 I think? under Enfield's previous Administration in any event) to block off the right turn south into Brownlow from the NCR, it created a bad congestion problem for Warwick Rd residents.
This was compounded by Haringey Council's decision to block off the left turn north into Brownlow from Bounds Green Road. The motive may have been good - ensure the safety of pedestrians leaving Bounds Green station - but the effect was the same: more traffic diverted onto Warwick.
Since Labour took over Enfield in 2010, Achilleas, Yasemin and I have been working to mitigate the effects of this double whammy. Let's be clear - we're dealing with the symptoms, not the root cause. Ideally, TFL and/or Haringey Council would reverse their earlier decisions. They're not budging however, nor can we force them - so all we can do is try to alleviate the problems they have created for Warwick.
One of the first things we did in 2010-2011 was get a 20mph zone in and around Warwick (extending to Natal, York, etc.). This was widely supported in the consultation that we ran. But it's crucial to always be honest in situations like this - more needs to be done. As George and our other Warwick friends will confirm!
So we have kept working. The next step was to get TFL to help organise a "destination and origin" study so we could tell exactly where the surplus traffic was coming from. Took a long time but that's finally been done.
Based on this info, we then got Enfield Council traffic officers to put together a finite list of possible responses. None is perfect, each has its own shortcomings. But together with a substantial capital allocation that Bowes Labour has decided to set aside from the ward's 2012-2013 Enfield Residents Priority Fund, they constitute the best that can be done for Warwick - again, short of TFL and/or Haringey Council reversing their road scheme decisions.
We are in a position now to share this limited range of options with the community and are therefore inviting all friends with a direct involvement in Warwick to a meeting to be held Monday night 16 Sept at Bowes Primary School. I assume that the meeting will start at 8pm but that will be confirmed in the document that Bowes Labour will be distributing in the area over the next week or so - a large Enfield Council leaflet containing sketches for the different possibilities we will be studying on the night. One of which will be implemented.
Note that we've been waiting to sort this out to address other Warwick issues, starting with trees, road tables, pinch points, etc. It wouldn't make any sense to pay for work teams to come to the area to do one of these jobs, only to have to return later for another. Everything will be done at once.
What that involves, however...depends on which option you choose. If you want to contact Achilleas, Yasemin or me between now and 16 September, the best place for our contact details is the ward website, http://boweslabour.blogspot.co.uk/.
See you soon, Alan
PS. Pls. note that we'll be inviting TFL on the night. I don't know if they'll attend and suspect they might be afraid of the anger many of us feel at the way their Brownlow "solution" has messed things up for Warwick. The point of the evening cannot be to simply give vent to our anger, however. We need to achieve positive outcomes for the area, and that means adopting one of the three or four options that will be on display.