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Hadley Wood News - January 2018

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Hadley Wood News - January 2018

  1. 1. 2 Letter from the Chairman HWA AGM AND NEW YEAR ACTION Our 2017 AGM at the end of November was well attended with the Chairman’s report including improved finances followed by lively questions. Councillors Anne-Marie Pearce and Jason Charalambous completed the evening with their report and explanations of Enfield planning and other concerns. The new trustee board (Rupert Mackay, Liz Snape and Robert Wilson) are steadily working through the action items noted at AGM. The Minutes have been produced promptly with great help from Gill Henley, and are now posted on the website. The Accounts have been finalised and approved, also now on the website. The new accounts management is being put in place with Louise Houston in the office working closely with our Treasurer David Harbott, after consultation with our Independent Examiner Sanjiv Seth. We are laying the foundations for a membership drive in 2018. Louise is putting the current membership lists in order and reconciling subscription payments. We are preparing an updated data protection policy, again with help from Gill Henley, and a new membership form to collect and use contact information properly. Progress on the Neighbourhood Plan, and preparation for the 50th anniversary (June) of the Centre over the coming months, will help to show the values for membership. As a start to a new set of Rules to address car park issues, we have made a clear Rule: “No Commuter Parking” This applies whether or not the driver is a member of HWA. This supplements the general notice at the entrance: “Private Car Park. Authorised Users Only”. This Rule removes any doubt whether all day parking is allowed. It is not. Planning issues including flood risks and large blocks of flats are a very current concern, together with looming additional pressures from the new London Plan. We are discussing ways in which HWA can best help support and extend the efforts of the Neighbourhood Planning Forum, Conservation Area Group and individuals. We are making progress as we enter 2018, but there is still much to do with the support of the community. The Trustees of the Hadley Wood Association NOTICE TO HWA CAR PARK USERS The car park is private and for authorised use only, as stated in the sign at the entrance The Trustees have made a Rule that No Commuter Parking is authorised. This applies whether or not the driver is a member. Use of the car park is entirely at the risk of users, as stated in the sign at the entrance. Recent icy conditions have been a plain risk. HWA cannot practically try to keep the car park and access road gritted and free of ice risk. Drivers must accept full responsibility for their own use of the car park, and take all care to avoid damage to other vehicles or injury to people. ”The Original Garden Maintenance Company” Est in 1974, The ENGLISH GARDEN Company Ltd. has been caring for trees and gardens in North London and Home Counties for four decades; we were the first and remain the leaders. Calling on a regular set day and time, we never miss, no matter the weather; we have helped transform our client’s gardens into some of the finest in the UK. Our bespoke vehicles allow us to bring the garden centre to your door, providing our clients with all year round colour and the latest varieties in bedding, plants, and garden materials. Don’t just take our word for it; see what our customers have to say: “English Garden Company offers a highly professional, friendly, reliable and efficient service. They have maintained our garden for many years - visitors always comment on how lovely it looks and we take immense pleasure from it. EGC are always willing to help and nothing is too much trouble for them. I have no hesitation in highly recommending them. “Mrs. W – Hadley Wood office@englishgc.co.uk 01707 645069 www.englishgardencompany.co.uk
  2. 2. 3 One to One Fitness celebrates 20 years in Hadley Wood You probably know Jamie. You occasionally see him standing in front of his Fitness studio in Crescent West as you hurry by tightening your stomach muscles. Most of the time he is inside with his customers trying, usually very successfully, to turn us back into the athletic specimens we all were. Once. Jamie, born and bred in Liverpool, soon realised he was destined for a life in sport. A County rugby, athletics and tennis player he took a Sports Science degree and started working life as a tennis coach, and gym instructor. It soon became obvious to him that one to one training was a much more successful way of looking after his customers and on January 28th 1998 he opened his One to One Fitness studio in Crescent West. To start with this was downstairs only but it was not long before he occupied the ground floor as well and over the years there have been regular refurbishments and upgrades to the apparatus. Customers, including some well known footballers followed and many have become regulars in this friendly and consistent training environment. Nutritional advice combined with exercise has resulted in many body transformations when diets alone were unhelpful. Later Jamie was joined by Rory and Tom now part owners and Claudia previously a very successful dancer. Rory has worked in the fitness industry for almost 10 years, seven of them at One to One fitness. As with all this team he has had a passion for sport/fitness from a young age, race skied for England and now plays rugby at semiprofessional level. He has somehow found time to study and is very well qualified for looking after his customer’s health and fitness. Tom spent the last 7 years working in the fitness industry. Prior to this he was in the armed forces and has since dedicated his time to sport and fitness. He has used this experience and knowledge to help coach and train clients to a healthier, fitter and more active lifestyle. To celebrate 20 years in our shopping parade One to One Fitness will be having an Open Day on February 10th . 10.00am to 2.00pm. Drop in. There will be an opportunity to talk about nutrition, have your body fat checked ( your results will be published in the next Hadley Wood News..that was a joke) and your blood pressure measured. The various pieces of apparatus gleaming in the background will be demonstrated and apart from those of us too late and too far gone to try, you will leave determined to take advantage of this local opportunity to rebuild your body and improve your health. Rod Armstrong AssistedTravel Need assistance to travel by train to or from Hadley Wood? Telephone GTR’s helpline 0800 058 2844 - Textphone 0800 1018 giving as much notice as possible. GTR’s Assisted Travel line is available every day, 07:00 to 22:00, except Christmas Day
  3. 3. 4 DORCHENA ITALIAN DESIGNER KITCHENS BEDROOMS &BATHROOMS Tel: 01707 663 738 www.dorchenainteriors.co.uk INTERIORS Station Cuttings New Year Railway Resolution: Tap Every Time 2018 has arrived and with it will come the biggest UK train timetable change in living memory: the complete rewrite of the cross-London “Thameslink Programme” timetable to put it at the heart of the UK rail network. It will make having to change from train to tube to train to cross the river a thing of the past. Hadley Wood Rail User Group has been campaigning hard for the last 18 months with the train operator GTR to achieve the best possible services here and we are optimistic that we may start to benefit from a “metro” level – 4 trains per hour all week, including weekends – when the brand new timetable is phased in from May this year. Thanks to everyone who contributed responses to GTR’s Consultation Phase 3: Hadley Wood came 3rd out of over 270 stations! Progress will be monitored at the next RUG meeting on Wednesday 14th March, shortly after the timetable is announced. The meeting will also focus on usage of our step free entrance which, together with the Assisted Travel Scheme, enables step free travel in both directions. Full details are in the RUG’s Pocket Guide available in the ticket office, now open around the clock as a waiting room, and on our webpage www.hadleywood.org.uk/step-free-travel. Please spread the word and encourage people to make use of this great new facility, the only one on our line within Greater London. However, all this positive news comes with a caution. The official annual footfall statistics published just before Christmas showed a decrease for Hadley Wood, down to 392k from last year’s high of 406k. This is not what we want the DfT to see when it makes future decisions on services when the GTR franchise is retendered in 2020! So there’s a very simple message for every single station user: remember to tap in and tap out, whatever your ticket type – and that includes Freedom Passes and season tickets. The footfall data is based on the recorded taps and we need the trend to show an increase, not a decrease, to cement our case for better services. So please make this a New Year’s Resolution: tap in and tap out every time you use the station. A happy, healthy and fully-counted New Year to all station users! Francesca Caine, Chair, Hadley Wood Rail User Group,www.hadleywood.org.uk/railway What will the brand new train timetable hold for Hadley Wood following our intensive 18-month campaign for a “metro” service? Find out at Hadley Wood Rail User Group’s next meeting at 8pm on Wednesday 14th March 2018 at St Paul’s Church, EN4 0EN
  4. 4. 5 . 2018 -The year of the plan Hadley Wood Neighbourhood Planning Forum - update Jan 2018 This is the year to deliver our Neighbourhood Plan. The pressure caused by building development continues to grow, with larger properties and apartment blocks replacing original homes built in the 1930’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. Back gardens are being built on and front gardens paved. Mature trees and shrubs are disappearing. The views from the street are changing, and waterlogging and flood risk increasing. And this pressure will increase; the ‘New London Plan’, issued in draft by the office of the Mayor of London, has increased the new build housing target for Enfield, has focused on house building in the suburbs around stations, and has reduced the numbers of parking spaces required for each new property (to discourage car use). Hadley Wood needs to recognise these challenges and produce a Neighbourhood Plan that is compatible with the New London Plan, but sensitive to some of the unique characteristics of our community. We will provide a strategic and long term plan, in accordance with the wishes of those living and working in the area, but a plan recognising the need for sustainable development. Our vision is; Development in Hadley Wood will enhance the local community by improving public spaces and facilities, sympathetically and appropriately altering existing buildings, and by the creation of high quality new homes. Hadley Wood has a distinctive and widely appreciated character, important amenities, and a crucial rail link. This plan seeks to retain and protect these positive features whilst supporting sustainable growth’. We made great progress in 2017, applying for and being awarded both funding and technical support. This has resulted in the appointment of Troy Planning to draft our Neighbourhood Plan, and AECOM to write the ‘Heritage and Character Assessment’ which is a key element of the evidence that supports our plan. The Neighbourhood Planning Forum met on 25th October, with the appointed consultant, Jon Herbert of Troy Planning in attendance. While Jon will be responsible for writing our draft Neighbourhood Plan, it will be based upon the vision and objectives that the Planning Forum members have set out, and it will be reviewed and edited by the Forum before publication. Realistically the whole Neighbourhood Plan will not be ready for review until later in the year; I hope we can see a draft in March or April. This is a little behind the target date we set last June, but still represents good progress. There is still a huge workload for the local community, so the Planning Forum Committee are grateful for the support they have received from 2 members who are nominated to join the Committee, Nick Cockburn and Robert Wilson. As a newly appointed trustee of the Hadley Wood Association, Robert will strengthen the important links between the Planning Forum and the Association. More information on the Hadley Wood Neighbourhood Planning Forum is available on the Hadley Wood Association website www.hadleywood.org.uk David Harbott
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  7. 7. 8 Noah’s Ark and the Flying Dutchman. I recently met Simon Neal who is a friend of the ‘Noah’s Ark’ Children’s Hospice. He was telling me about efforts to raise more awareness for the Hospice. So I told him I was about to do a charity ride home to Holland for ‘Guts in Motion’ (Crohn’s and Colitis in children) and offered to ride for ‘Noah’s Ark’ at the same time. This is what happened. On the 21st December I jumped on my bike and rode to Barnet where Noah’s Ark’s are building a much needed children’s Hospice for North London. Here I met up with 2 cycling friends, Asher and Pete. After a photo shoot we set off. The weather was a bit grim but not cold and the ride was good until we joined the A120. This was nerve wracking at times with cars and especially trucks passing us at 70 mph. We stopped, as arranged, at Braintree for a coffee and a bite where Asher was to return back home. Pete and I continued the journey on the A12 where I had my first and only puncture of the whole charity ride. Just before Colchester we split. Pete went to catch the train back from Manningtree and I continued to Harwich International where I had planned to join the night ferry. Arriving at the port together with 4 cars and 3 more cyclists I was refused boarding because the boat was ramped, full, and most likely double booked. So I had to take a B&B for the night. The next morning I took the 9.00 am ferry arriving at 5.15pm at Hoek van Holland. Unfortunately I was too late to cycle the 210 kilometres to Heerenveen, so I took the train to the 4.5 star Tjaarda Golden Tulip Hotel, kindly offered by the owner Tritte de Wolf. At 7.30am next day I met for breakfast with the Mayor of Heerenveen and 60 cyclists of the charity group called ‘FFF3FM’. This is a big group of cyclists who have been riding every year for 6 years for different charities. This time they were cycling for unfortunate children with lost parents/ family who need foster families. The money raised was to be given as a cheque to 3 DJ’s at the 3FM Dutch Radio station in Apeldoorn where they run an annual charity event named ‘Serious Request’. But first we started cycling. Three police motorcyclists escorted us to a rehabilitation centre for disabled people in Zwolle where we were invited for lunch. There we were joined by Elis Ligtlee (who won gold at the Rio Olympics velodrome track racing) at the Royal palace ‘Loo’ for a group photo where she handed their cheque over to the DJ’s. The next day we all went back by bus to Heerenveen and from there I cycled another 60 odd miles to Delfzijl to join my lovely mother for Christmas. I still had to make up the 210 kilometres I missed on my second day, so I rode a few hours through my old province ‘Groningen.’ To complete the journey I will travel back home by train and ferry, and then will ride the remaining distance planned on the weekend of the 13th and 14th of January with my GPS switched on, to complete my total distance of 350 miles (a promise is a promise). So far I’ve raised £1508.75 from some very generous people. This will help Noah’s Ark and Guts in Motion continue their work supporting children with serious and life limiting illnesses. If you’d like to make a donation or learn more about these two fantastic charities please follow this link. https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage? userUrl=MikeTheFlyingDutchman&pageUrl=2 Michael Van Broekhoven Window Cleaning Services Includes Frames Sills Doors and conservatories 6 or 8 weekly Cleans or One Off Clean References available All works guaranteed A Local small company based In Barnet Tel. 0208 441 8100 or 07861 764 994 Email:bugodx3@gmail.com
  8. 8. 9 The Growlers As you know, the original date for our annual Christmas party at the barn, was 10th December. Of course under Murphy’s law, on the 10th Dec. about 7 inches of snow fell in this area and Ferny Hill, like most of the roads in the area, was definitely a non starter and impassable, unless you were driving a Land Rover or something similar, So at 2.00 pm on the 10th Dec, the day of the show, we had to cancel for the sake of everyone’s safety. We managed to reschedule for the following Sunday the 17th December and because of the short notice and other events going on close to Christmas, the numbers were down a bit on previous years. However, everyone who came had a great time and The Old Brown Growlers lined up. Chris Redburn, Paul Bliss, Jerry Ferguson, Adam Day and Jamie Fisher were there as well as the rock n’roll legend, Phil Palmer on guitar. Phil has graced the worlds biggest stages over the years whilst playing with Eric Clapton and Dire Straits and now of course he can add the Brown Growlers to his CV !!!. A fun night was had by all and we raised a significant sum for the charity MDNA for sufferers of Motor Neurone disease. Anyone who didn’t attend but who would like to make a donation can of course still do so either direct to MNDA or can pass any donations on to me or to the Editor to forward to the Charity. Looking forward to the next gig at the barn already and a Happy New Year to everyone. Chris Redburn Coming in mid February. Take Seven, Hadley Wood’s dry cleaners are moving to new premises in Barnet at 3 Hadley Parade EN5 5SX opposite the Hadley Green Bentley garage. ‘We are re-launching and it is almost time to cut the ribbon and unveil our exciting new services’. Sharad and Bhati REFLEXOLOGY BY ANGELA angelajones2602@aol.com 07887 894132 Reflexology ‘fine tunes’ all the body systems & is a therapy carried out on the feet. *Improves Circulation *Aids Pain Relief & Inflammation *Removes Toxins *Balances Energy Flow *Heals & Boosts Immune System *Improves Sleeping Patterns I am a resident of Hadley Wood & I will provide your Reflexology treatment in the comfort of your own home or local place of work
  9. 9. 10 A Citizens Charter We moved to Hadley Wood in 2001 just before the birth of our first child. We have been extremely happy here over the years but we feel that as a community and neighbourhood certain characteristics have been lost. Fewer people seem to know their neighbours or really give much consideration to the overall environment that we live in. These are the issues that bother us. What about you? Let’s have a debate. Our pavements. It is regrettable that our green bin collection has moved to fortnightly especially in an area with above average garden sizes. As a result some residents (or their gardeners) are placing the green bin on the pavement some days before collection. Bins on the street are unsightly and often partially block pavements. Out on Sunday and back in on Monday would be a big improvement. Gardeners. Blowing leaves off property and into the streets/roads is bad enough never mind the noise. Many of us have large trees/hedges on our property which in autumn shed leaves on the pavement. Eventually the council sweepers deal with this but meanwhile the pavements are slippery and a danger to older residents. We could clear these up ourselves. Noise. I don't suppose we can do anything about the unnecessarily loud cars speeding around our roads. However, hosting loud late night parties with huge firework displays, without a thought for anyone, is quite common. Fireworks are a problem. Why not agree never to have displays later than 9.30pm or between midnight and 12.30am on New Year's Eve? There are lots of young children in Hadley Wood who go to bed at an early hour. Pets suffer too. Building works A big disruptive issue. Many of us feel we live permanently on or near a building site While understanding the rights of property owners to develop their land, subject to planning, there are some issues which need consideration. Given that the owner of the property is paying for the job it should be possible to ensure the contractors respect neighbours. Firstly by keeping the work, noise and heavy duty lorry deliveries in sociable hours no matter whether the project is delayed or not. Working on Sundays and bank holidays for example or lorry deliveries at 6.15 am is really not fair. Bad language from workman shouting at each other is often worse than the old football terraces. They could be reminded that there are home workers and plenty of kids around. Litter Almost all the litter on our streets is from workman; coffee cups, lunch wrappers, cigarette packs etc. They might not care about the area but we do. Finally, they need to make sure that the sites are kept secure and that sheeting around buildings is attached properly so that it doesn't flap noisily in the wind all night. What do YOU think? A Hadley Wood resident. ASPECTS OF EASTER ‘GOD’S GENERAL’ By John Hall A talk with archive film and photographs about William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, and his remarkable life and times in Hadley Wood. 7:30 for 8:00 pm on Friday, 16th March, 2018 at St Paul’s Church with light refreshments afterwards. Further details to follow AssistedTravel Need assistance to travel by train to or from Hadley Wood? Telephone GTR’s helpline 0800 058 2844 - Textphone 0800 138 1018 giving as much notice as possible. GTR’s Assisted Travel line is available every day, 07:00 to 22:00, except Christmas Day
  10. 10. 11 Letters to the Editor Hadley Wood- Safe Haven or Burglary Hotspot In an age when thefts and burglaries top the nations crime rates and are ever on the increase, rural areas are becoming a prime target. With the nights getting darker, a lack of street lighting and a notable absence of policing in the area it begs the question; will Hadley Wood become a hotspot for home invasions? Being a young woman living in Hadley Wood, I often feel intimidated by the conditions I experience when walking through the HWA car park en route from the station to Courtleigh Avenue. With many people from outside the area congregating in the car park and the lack of lighting there in the evenings, I often feel the need to extend my journey home via Lancaster and Duchy. An extra 15 minutes walk. The car park is an area where children and families are passing through regularly and I feel that there should be a much higher standard of security there, not only to reduce the current crime rate but to make our residents feel safer. Factors such as this make the area a prime target for crime. We do have the option to subscribe to the Hadley Wood security service but with the hefty sum that this comes with it puts the question into everyone’s minds, does our own personal safety come with a price? There are a variety of precautions you can take to make you feel safer whilst walking at night. These include avoiding being distracted by your mobile phone or headphones, trying to walk with a friend or making sure someone is aware of your whereabouts and your estimated arrival home. I also persuade any residents to keep an eye out for anything they see which is slightly suspicious and to alert somebody as soon as possible. Priya Chauhan. Hadley Wood resident To book please contact Stuart Martin On 07787552326 stuart.tennis76@gmail.com Hadley Wood Tennis Club Dear Editor Thank you for the opportunity to respond to Priya’s letter. We do patrol the car park area at Hadley Wood regularly in an unmarked police vehicle and we have not found anything of note there since the 5th November 2017 when a number of youths were issued with cannabis warnings. The car park does not actually present too many problems for us apart from the cannabis issue. In our experience offences involving violence, robbery and weapons rarely ever happen in Hadley Wood and when they have done there is usually a back story to it rather than it being a random incident. We are happy to supply personal attack alarms to any residents that would like one (subject to availability) although personal robberies in Cockfosters are very rare. With internet access readers can check crime figures for an area on the Metropolitan Police website by inputting the relevant postcode at https://www.met.police.uk/ Finally if Priya or any other residents from Hadley Wood would like to receive our regular Cockfosters newsletter please let us know. It shows where and when crimes on the ward are committed. Steve Douglas PCSO 7231YE Metropolitan Police | Enfield Borough Tel: 0208 721 2688 Email: steven.douglas@met.police.uk Address: Southgate Police Station, 25 Chase Side, Southgate, London, N14 5BW Follow us on twitter https://twitter.com/MPSCockfosters Find us on facebook: &&www.facebook.com/metpoliceuk
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