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FLDRA messages 4 June 2017
1. FAIRER FUNDING FOR ENFIELD PETITION HITS 10,000 SIGNATURES TARGET:
2. UPDATE ON PINKHAM WAY: INSPECTOR’S REPORT SUPPORTS CONSERVATION:
3. SOUTHGATE CIVIC WEEK (10-18 June):
4. RARE CHANCE TO VISIT A BEAUTIFUL LOCAL GARDEN AND HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR THE BROOMFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY :
5. SHOPPING AT TESCO? YOU CAN SUPPORT THE FIRS FARM “GAMES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE” PROJECT:
6. PLANNING APPLICATIONS AND DECISIONS:

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FLDRA messages 30th March 2017
1. IMPORTANT REMINDER: PUBLIC MEETING ON 30 MARCH ABOUT THE REDUCTION OF NHS SERVICES IN ENFIELD:
2. QUIETER NEIGHBOURHOODS CONSULTATION ENDS THIS FRIDAY 31 MARCH:
3. CHILDREN’ S EVENT AT BROOMFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY ON 2 APRIL:
4. SOUTHGATE GREEN WARD FORUM REPORT:
5. ENFIELD CHILDREN COME OUT TO PLAY!:
6. PARK TOILETS SERVICE UNDER REVIEW: SOME CLOSURES POSSIBLE:
7. PLANNING:

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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.

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.

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Fldra messages 7th October 2016
1. OPEN MEETING – Saturday 15th October 2016: Bugging the Nazis in WW2: A Very Secret War – Helen Fry :
2.Planning:

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Support the Planning Application 16/5606/FUL – Ashmole Primary School to ensure the education of our children.
Support the planning application online via Barnet Council’s Planning Portal:
https://publicaccess.barnet.gov.uk/online-applications/
Reference: 16/5606/FUL
Closing Date 27 SEPTEMBER 2016

FLDRA messages 19 May 2016
1. Ruby Galili – Funeral Arrangements:
2. Conservatory events in Broomfield Park:
3. Its not too late to plant in June!:
4. Broomfield Conservatory News:
5. Car Theft in our area :
6. Planning:

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FLDRA messages 28 April 2016
1. Spring Bazaar Ruth Winston Centre:
2.Update on the Community Growing Space:
3. Planning:

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FLDRA messages 28 January 2016
1. FLDRA AGM – Wednesday 3rd February:
2. Cycle Enfield – Enfield West Partnership Board (EWPB) meeting – 21st January:
3. Date set for 2016 Palmers Green Festival:
4. Talkies Community Cinema – February Events:
5. Abandoned vehicle in ‘The Pound’ in Fox Lane:
6. Joe Studmans’ Forthcoming Walks:
7. Friends of Broomfield Park – Open Meeting – 8th February – 7.30pm
8. North London Organic Gardeners – 4th February:
9. Southgate Green Safer Neighbourhood Newsletter:
10. Planning:

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

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