ENFIELD SOUTHGATE PARLIAMENTARY SEAT TO BE DISMANTLED? BOUNDARY COMMISSION WANTS YOUR VIEWS BEFORE 27 MARCH 2017

Enfield Southgate is a constituency created in 1950 which is represented in the House of Commons by a Member of Parliament, currently David Burrowes, a Conservative. It comprises the wards of Bowes, Cockfosters, Grange, Palmers Green, Southgate, Southgate Green, and Winchmore Hill, all of them located in the Borough of Enfield.

The Parliamentary Boundary Commission is proposing to break-up this constituency as part of a nationwide plan to reduce the number of MPs/constituencies from 650 to 600. The result would be that the wards currently included in the Enfield Southgate constituency would be attached to other existing or new constituencies, and Enfield Southgate would cease to exist. Cockfoster Ward would be joined to Chipping Barnet, Palmers Green would be joined to an expanded Edmonton constituency, Grange Ward would be incorporated into what is now Enfield North, Bowes Ward would be joined to Wood Green, and Southgate, Southgate Green, and Arnos Wards would be sent to a new constituency which would also include Friern Barnet and Finchley.

As a result, there would be 5 different MPs representing different parts of Enfield, and some MPs would represent communities in more than one Borough. The comments already made to the Boundary Commission and published on its website (https://www.bce2018.org.uk/) show that there is considerable opposition to the proposals for our area. Some of the views expressed are that the proposals would break up representation of a cluster of wards that have a lot in common, and undermine the links and collaboration that have been built over decades by community groups working in Enfield. For example, some residents in Palmers Green consider that they have strong links with similar communities within Enfield, such as Southgate and Winchmore Hill, but no tangible links with Edmonton. The comments mention Broomfield Park, Old Southgate Town Hall, Green Lanes, the rail link to Winchmore Hill and Bowes Park, and numerous community groups, as examples of those links. .

It is understood that there is cross-party opposition to the proposals for our area. A number of counter-proposals have been put forward. FLDRA does not support any political party, however, for the purposes of this debate, it is pertinent to illustrate some of these alternatives. A campaign led by the current MP David Burrowes proposes a new Chipping Barnet and Mill Hill constituency made up of the following wards: Brunswick Park, East Barnet, High Barnet, Mill Hill, Oakleigh, Totteridge and Underhill. Then there would be an Enfield Southgate seat made up of Bowes, Bush Hill Park, Cockfosters, Grange, Palmers Green, Southgate, Southgate Green, and

Winchmore Hill. There is also a related web-based petition that can be found in Change.org. The Labour Party’s counter proposals can be found in the Boundary Commission page (https://www.bce2018.org.uk/node/33244/view). They recommend that the Hornsey & Wood Green BC should include Palmers Green in addition to Bowes as under the Initial Proposals while the remaining wards of Tottenham would be in a Tottenham & Edmonton BC with three wards of Enfield. There would then be Enfield Southgate (including Bush Hill Park, Highlands and Town) and Enfield North (including Jubilee, Ponders End and Lower Edmonton) constituencies.

To express your views, go the Boundary Commission website https://www.bce2018.org.uk and tap in your postcode. This will bring up a map of the area and there will be a tab with the title “Make a Comment”. The consultation closes on 27 March 2017.

Fldra messages 17th March 2017
1. REMINDER: DON’T MISS YOUR ASSOCIATION’S NEXT OPEN MEETING ON 26 APRIL, FIND OUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD AND HEAR A PRESENTATION ABOUT REFUGEES IN ENFIELD:
2. THIS COULD SERIOUSLY AFFECT YOUR HEALTH! NHS ENFIELD’S PROPOSAL TO RESTRICT ACCESS TO SOME NHS TREATMENTS. CONSULTATION CLOSES ON 31 MARCH:
3. PALMERS GREEN CRIME UPDATE:
4. ENFIELD OVER 50s MEETINGS:
5. REDEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS: CAMBRAI COURT (ALDERMANS HILL) AND SELBORNE ROAD:
6. NEW PLANNING APPLICATIONS AND DECISIONS:

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FLDRA messages 8 March 2017
1. DON’T MISS YOUR ASSOCIATION’S NEXT OPEN MEETING, FIND OUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD AND HEAR A PRESENTATION ABOUT REFUGEES IN ENFIELD:
2. FLY-TIPPING:
3. WHAT FUTURE FOR THE GREEN BELT? GREEN BELT FORUM MEETING 30 MARCH 2017:
4. EVENING AND WEEKEND GP APPOINTMENTS FOR ENFIELD PATIENTS:
5. YOGA AT PALMERS GREEN LIBRARY:
6. NEW PLANNING APPLICATIONS AND DECISIONS:
7. SILVERFIT FUN AND FITNESS SESSIONS AT BROOMFIELD PARK:
8. WARD FORUMS: MEET YOUR COUNCILLORS AND RAISE THE ISSUES THAT CONCERN YOU ABOUT YOUR AREA:

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FLDRA Messages 28 February 2017
1. CRIME REPORTS FOR WINCHMORE HILL AND PALMERS GREEN:
2. PETITION AGAINST CLOSURE OF PALMERS GREEN WAITROSE:
3. NEW SECONDARY SCHOOL PROJECT: WREN ACADEMY ENFIELD OPENING DELAYED:
4. BRINGING LIFE BACK TO LOCAL RIVERS – FREE EVENT ON 11 MARCH 2017:
5. LATEST DESIGN PROPOSAL FOR THE PALMERS GREEN TRIANGLE:
6. TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF TRENT PARK MAIN GATES 6-9 MARCH:
7. FREE SMALL GREEN KITCHEN GREEN CADDIES:
8. NEXT SOUTHGATE GREEN WARD MEETING:
9. PLANNING:

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Fldra messages 2nd February 2017
1. INVITATION:
2. ENFIELD TRANSPORT USER GROUP – Next meeting 6:30 pm on 13 February 2017 at the Civic Centre:
3. WINCHMORE HILL WARD FORUM:
4. ENFIELD LANDLORDS FORUM – FREE SEMINAR 27 FEBRUARY 2017 – 2pm to 8pm – Dugdale Centre:
5. BOB WRIGHT:
6. TALKIES COMMUNITY CINEMA:
7. ENFIELD CROQUET CLUB: FREE INTRODUCTORY COURSE:
8. NEW PLANNING APPLICATIONS:

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We’re very sorry to advise that Bob Wright passed away on Sunday following a fairly lengthy illness.

Bob, and his partner, Jackie, were members of, and supported the Association throughout the past few years.

Some years ago, when we decided that we needed to move into the modern world, Bob provided all the technical advice for, and set up for us, our first website and was always available to provide technical support where necessary. Before his recent illness, he was again assisting the Association to run its current website.

This is very sad news, Bob will be greatly missed by those who knew him and we are sure you will join us in sending our condolences and best wishes to Jackie and other family members.

FLDRA Committee

Fldra messages 21st January 2017
1. BROOMFIELD PARK – COME ALONG TO THE OPEN MEETING ON 30 JANUARY:
2. FUTURE OF THE PALMERS GREEN TRIANGLE:
3. LET’S CREATE BUTTERFLY AND MOTH-FRIENDLY GARDENS THIS YEAR – Meeting on 2 February 2017:
4. HOMELESS IN ENFIELD:
5. PLANNING APPLICATIONS IN OUR AREA:
6. CUPPA WITH A COPPER:
7. CRIME: SOUTHGATE GREEN CAPE MEETING 20/12/2016:
8. CRIME: NEWS FROM THE PALMERS GREEN SAFER NEIGHBOURHOODS POLICE TEAM:
9. MORE PLANNING:

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Fldra messages 7th January 2017
1. CHALLENGES FOR 2017: JOIN US AND PARTICIPATE IN THE WORK OF FLDRA THIS YEAR. GENERAL MEETING ON 8 FEBRUARY:
2. PINKHAM WAY PETITION DEADLINE 11 JANUARY 2017 PLEASE CONSIDER AND SIGN NOW! :
3. ROAD WATCH – 2 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED on 17 JANUARY
4. CLEAN AIR FOR ENFIELD ; HAVE YOUR SAY AT THE CONSULTATION ON 12 JANUARY:
5. FREE BIKE CHECK-UPS :
6. FOX PUB SITE REDEVELOPMENT:
7. PLAY QUARTER PROPOSALS FOR CHILDREN :
8. TALKIES COMMUNITY CINEMA :
9. PLANNING: APPEALS :
10. PLANNING: NEW APPLICATIONS:

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Fldra messages 22nd December 2016
1. HIGHLIGHTS OF 2016 AND CHALLENGES FOR 2017:
2. WINCHMORE HILL: CAR CRIME AD BURGLARIES:
3. CAMPAIGN FOR FAIRER FUNDING FOR SERVICES IN ENFIELD NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT:
4. TRENT PARK REDEVELOPMENT:
5. Planning:

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Planning Applications and Decisions w/e. 13th December 2016

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Next Meeting

FLDRA General Meeting
Burford Main Hall
Wednesday 26 April 2017
7.45pm
Our speaker is Barbara Luckhurst
Enfield Refugee Welcome - talking about helping to settle refugee families in our community.

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