Bowes East Quieter Neighbourhood

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Enfield Council is working to make the borough safer, healthier and more vibrant, and enable more people to walk, wheel, cycle and access public transport. As part of the Journeys and Places programme, the Council is looking to deliver a Quieter Neighbourhood (QN) in the Bowes East area within the streets bounded by the A406 Bowes Road, Green Lanes, Berkshire Gardens at the boundary with Haringey Council, and Melville Gardens. A map of the proposed QN area, as well as the proposed interventions, can be found in the Document Library.

What is a Quieter Neighbourhood?

Over the last few years, Enfield Council has taken action to re-design many of our streets, introducing new pedestrian crossings, segregated cycle lanes, School Streets and cycle parking alongside other initiatives such as cycle training and free bike repairs. Quieter Neighbourhoods form part of this comprehensive approach that the Council is taking to reduce the speeds and volume of motor vehicles in the area and create an attractive and safe environment for people to travel by active and sustainable modes, such as walking and cycling. The long-term benefits we hope to see include improvements in people’s health, less congestion and safer roads, and improved air quality.

The Council has already introduced two Quieter Neighbourhoods in the Fox Lane and Bowes Primary QN areas.

The Quieter Neighbourhood initiative considers the introduction of features such as:

  • Modal filters that allow people walking and cycling through, as well as emergency services. All streets are accessible by car but some routes may be subject to change;
  • one-way streets;
  • School Streets and;
  • cycle parking.

Why is a Quieter Neighbourhood being proposed in Bowes East?

Bowes East has been chosen as one of the next QN areas because the area has poor air quality compared with other areas in Enfield, poor health and deprivation indicators that could be improved with active travel, two schools within the area and limited areas of open space.

Get involved

The project is currently in the second phase of engagement. We welcome residents and other stakeholders to review our proposed designs and answer a series of survey questions (found below) around these proposals. More information can be found in the tabs below.

Enfield Council is working to make the borough safer, healthier and more vibrant, and enable more people to walk, wheel, cycle and access public transport. As part of the Journeys and Places programme, the Council is looking to deliver a Quieter Neighbourhood (QN) in the Bowes East area within the streets bounded by the A406 Bowes Road, Green Lanes, Berkshire Gardens at the boundary with Haringey Council, and Melville Gardens. A map of the proposed QN area, as well as the proposed interventions, can be found in the Document Library.

What is a Quieter Neighbourhood?

Over the last few years, Enfield Council has taken action to re-design many of our streets, introducing new pedestrian crossings, segregated cycle lanes, School Streets and cycle parking alongside other initiatives such as cycle training and free bike repairs. Quieter Neighbourhoods form part of this comprehensive approach that the Council is taking to reduce the speeds and volume of motor vehicles in the area and create an attractive and safe environment for people to travel by active and sustainable modes, such as walking and cycling. The long-term benefits we hope to see include improvements in people’s health, less congestion and safer roads, and improved air quality.

The Council has already introduced two Quieter Neighbourhoods in the Fox Lane and Bowes Primary QN areas.

The Quieter Neighbourhood initiative considers the introduction of features such as:

  • Modal filters that allow people walking and cycling through, as well as emergency services. All streets are accessible by car but some routes may be subject to change;
  • one-way streets;
  • School Streets and;
  • cycle parking.

Why is a Quieter Neighbourhood being proposed in Bowes East?

Bowes East has been chosen as one of the next QN areas because the area has poor air quality compared with other areas in Enfield, poor health and deprivation indicators that could be improved with active travel, two schools within the area and limited areas of open space.

Get involved

The project is currently in the second phase of engagement. We welcome residents and other stakeholders to review our proposed designs and answer a series of survey questions (found below) around these proposals. More information can be found in the tabs below.

  • Update to the Proposed Interventions Map

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    On 17 January 2024 we commenced the second phase of community engagement on the proposed Bowes East Quieter Neighbourhood. We delivered letters to residents and businesses in the area which included a map of the proposed interventions. Thank you to those who are already engaging with us on the proposals. In response to feedback received, we have made some minor updates to the map to display the proposed interventions more clearly. The updated map can be found in the ‘Maps & Drawings’ folder in the document section of this webpage.

    The updates include:

    • Changed the sign at the junction of Melville Gardens with the A406 from a banned right turn to a left turn only, to correctly reflect the existing permitted movement at this junction.
    • Changed the icon of the proposed pedestrian crossing upgrade to help differentiate between that and the existing pedestrian crossings.
    • Included a shape to better show the location of the School Street camera enforced timed closures.
    • Removed the existing one-way traffic arrow from Princes Avenue, east of Fairbrook Road, as this section of road has two-way traffic. The inclusion of the one-way traffic arrow was an error and there are no proposals to make this section of Princes Avenue one-way.
    • Added an existing gate that is located on Fairbrook Road.
    • Updated the graphics for the proposed traffic calming measures to show that these would be considered along Melville Gardens/Wolves Lane. We do not yet have specific locations for traffic calming features, but wanted to share that traffic calming is being considered along this stretch of road.
  • Phase 2 engagement open to provide feedback

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    Enfield Council wants to create healthier, greener, and safer neighbourhoods. In September and October 2023, we heard from the community about their ideas for the proposed Bowes East Quieter Neighbourhood, and about current issues that could be addressed through the project. Thank you to everyone who spoke with us at an event, shared your comments via the online interactive map, and emailed us with your views. The summary report of this engagement phase has been published on the project page (link below). Using these community insights, we have now developed a design proposal for the Bowes East Quieter Neighbourhood, and invite residents to share your views with us to help inform the development of this design.

    The next phase of community engagement starts on Wednesday 17 January 2024 and will run until Sunday 11 February 2024. We invite you to view the proposed plan and get involved in one or more of the following (continued overleaf):


    Online survey: Share your views to help inform the design for the area here.

    Open now until Sunday 11 February 2024

    Drop-in session at Trinity-at-Bowes Centre Plus Community Centre, N22 8RA: Speak with the team about the project, share your feedback on the proposed designs.

    4.30pm – 6.30pm Thursday 25 January 2024

    Drop-in session at Trinity-at-Bowes Centre Plus Community Centre, N22 8RA: Speak with the team about the project, share your feedback on the proposed designs.

    10am – 12pm

    Saturday 3 February 2024

    Webinar held on Microsoft Teams at http://tinyurl.com/BowesEastwebinar2024. Hear from the project team about the proposed designs and have the opportunity to ask questions.

    6pm Wednesday 7 February 2024

    You can also email your ideas and issues to us at journeysandplaces@enfield.gov.uk or write to us at:

    ATTN Journeys and Places, Enfield Council, Civic Centre, Silver St, London EN1 3XA.



    Once this phase of community engagement has concluded, we will publish a summary document which captures the feedback we have heard from residents, businesses, and other stakeholders as well as explaining the next steps.

    We look forward to listening to your views over the coming weeks

  • Early Engagement Summary Report

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    Thank you to everyone who took part in the engagement opportunity we hosted for the Bowes East Quieter Neighbourhood in autumn this year. We have now published the Engagement Summary Report which can be found under the ‘Documents’ tab on the right hand side of this project page. The report details the process we undertook to engage people in this project and hear your ideas and issues that could inform the design. It includes information on who took part and summarises what we heard from participants. These findings will be considered throughout the design process as we progress this project.

    The next project phase will involve finalising a proposed design that will be shared with the public early in the new year for feedback.

    We would like to thank the participants for getting involved and sharing their ideas and issues with us.

  • End of first community engagement phase

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    The recent community engagement period for the Bowes East Quieter Neighbourhood commenced on Monday 11 September and closed on Sunday 8 October 2023. A range of activities were undertaken during this time including drop-in sessions, business surveying, online webinars, an online interactive map to collect current issues and ideas, and workshops with schools.

    The Journeys and Places team would like to thank everyone who participated in these events.

    An engagement findings report that summarises the engagement activities and what we heard is being prepared and will be shared on the project page later this year.

  • Community engagement open to share your ideas

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    Enfield Council is proposing a Quieter Neighbourhood in the Bowes East area and has launched a period of community engagement to hear from residents.

    We want to hear from you about your ideas that could be incorporated into the plans for the Quieter Neighbourhood, and any current issues you think the project could address.

    Share your ideas and issues with us via the interactive map on the project page where you may drop a pin within the purple shaded area and provide your ideas as well as identify issues in the area. The map will be open for you to share your comments until midnight on Sunday 8 October 2023.

    We will be holding a webinar on the Monday 2 October at 6pm where we will present the project and invite attendees to ask questions of the project team, and drop-in sessions will be held on Wednesday 20 and Saturday 30 September for residents to speak with the team, find out more about the project and share their ideas and issues. More information on these activities can be found in the Key Dates section of this project page.

    Throughout the engagement period we will also be speaking with businesses, disability groups and schools in the area to gather their ideas and issues to inform the Bowes East Quieter Neighbourhood.

Page last updated: 13 Feb 2024, 10:34 AM