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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.

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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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Fldra messages 13th December 2016
1. POLICE CONSULTATION ABOUT CRIME IN PALMERS GREEN WARD – HAVE YOUR SAY!:
2. POLICE CONSULTATION ABOUT CRIME IN WINCHMORE HILL WARD– HAVE YOUR SAY!:
3. FLDRA OPPOSES BOUNDARY COMMISSION PROPOSALS:
4. CONSULTATION ABOUT CHILDREN’S PLAY AREAS IN PALMERS GREEN: 13 DECEMBER:
5. Southgate Green Ward Meeting Report, including crime statistics:
6. Fairer Funding for Enfield Petition:
7. Planning:

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A reminder to come along to our meeting when Sheila Barford will be talking about the Forty Hall Vineyard. It is the only vineyard in London that produces its own organic, English, sparkling wine and has recently won an award.

In the second part of the meeting we can confirm that David Burrowes, MP, will be coming to talk about the proposed Boundary Commission changes to constituencies. Under these proposals the Enfield Southgate constituency will no longer exist but be split up among five different constituencies. Do come along and find out what these changes will mean for you and who to contact if you want your views heard.

 FLDRA messages 18 January 2016
1. Michael Garwood:
2. Spirals of Life in the Conservatory:
3. SN Newsletter February 2016 Palmers Green:
4. Talkies Community Cinema- The Adventures of Fantasy:
5. Trent Park Consultation – 26th – 28th Feb 2016:
6. Planning:

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FLDRA messages 9 November 2015
1. Remembrance Day Service on Wednesday 11 November at 10.40am:
2. FLDRA General Meeting – 7.45pm – Wednesday 11 November – Burford Hall:
3. Ashmole Primary School admission arrangements for September 2016:

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FLDRA messages 15 October 2015
1. The Palmers Scream – Saturday 31st October:
2. Community MarketN13 this Sunday 18th:
3. Broomfield Orchard Apple Day – Sunday 18th October – All Welcome:
4. Proposed Changes to Enfield Local Studies Centre & Archives – URGENT REQUEST:
5. North London Organic Gardening – Meeting 5th November:
6. Winchmore Hill Ward Safer Neighbourhood Newsletter:
7. Southgate Ward Safer Neighbourhood Newsletter:
8. Enfield Civic Trust – Open Meeting – Saturday 17th October:
9. Urgent Message from RAAD (Residents Against Abbots Depot) Barnet:
10. Attempted Mobile Phone Theft – The Mall/Fox Lane:
11. Planning:

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 FLDRA messages 23 July 2015
1. PG Ward Forum – 15th July – Feedback:
2. Council Gambling Licensing Policy – Public Consultation:
3. Ashmole Primary School – Consultation:
4. Cycle Enfield A105 scheme – How to comment:
5. Palmers Green Festival 2015 – More Helpers Needed:
6. Pinkham way Alliance – Update:
7. Talkies Cinema – Forthcoming events:
8. Planning:

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 Further FLDRA messages 10 July 2015
1. Details of the Cycle Enfield A105 public exhibition:
2. MarketN13 – Poffertjes!:
3. Urgent Message – Pinkham way – Cabinet Meeting Tuesday 14th July:

1. Details of the Cycle Enfield A105 public exhibition:

 

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The public exhibition at The Fox pub on 17th and 18th July will be the first opportunity to see the details of the proposed cycle lanes along the A105.  The exhibition is open:
Friday 17th July, 3.00pm – 8.00pm
Saturday 18th July, 10.00am – 4.00pm

 

2. MarketN13 – Poffertjes!:

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3. Urgent Message – Pinkham way – Cabinet Meeting Tuesday 14th July:

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 FLDRA messages 9 July 2015
1. Proms in the Park – Sunday 12th July – 2.00pm:
2. Cold Callers:
3. Cycle Enfield A105 scheme: Full details available from 17th July:
4. New reed bed in Groveland Park designed to reduce water pollution:
5. Talkies Community Cinema at The Fox – Wednesday 15th July – “HER”:
6. Enfield Council – Bitesize Community Growing Grants:
7. Palmers Scream Spooky Tales Competition:
8. Planning:

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Next Meeting

FLDRA General Meeting & Summer Social
Burford Main Hall
Wednesday 24 June 2017
7.45pm

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