Fox Lane Area Quieter Neighbourhood

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The Fox Lane scheme is being delivered as trial, to help determine a future decision on whether any amendments are required, whether the trial should be removed or whether the scheme should be made permanent. The decision report for this trial to commence is here.

This project is part of a Borough wide programme, which aims to:
  • reduce the volume of motor traffic in residential neighbourhoods
  • reduce the speeds that people drive at on our residential streets
  • reduce the ability for people driving to 'rat run' through residential streets
  • improve the liveability, amenity and safety of our neighbourhoods
  • enable

The Fox Lane scheme is being delivered as trial, to help determine a future decision on whether any amendments are required, whether the trial should be removed or whether the scheme should be made permanent. The decision report for this trial to commence is here.

This project is part of a Borough wide programme, which aims to:
  • reduce the volume of motor traffic in residential neighbourhoods
  • reduce the speeds that people drive at on our residential streets
  • reduce the ability for people driving to 'rat run' through residential streets
  • improve the liveability, amenity and safety of our neighbourhoods
  • enable residents to walk and cycle safely from their front door, to connect with public transport or major walking and cycling routes
  • increase the health and wellbeing of residents and strengthen community cohesion

Quieter Neighbourhoods and the wider Healthy Streets programme is intended to achieve Council aims to see more people walking, cycling or using public transport for short trips in the borough. Long-term benefits will include better public health, reduced pressures on the NHS, less motor vehicle pollution and improved air quality, which will also help deal with the declared climate emergency.

On this project page you can find:

  • Key project dates
  • A video providing an overview of the project
  • A document library with key documents
  • A list of frequently asked questions

Project updates will be provided in the news feed.

The consultation for this project ran from 12 October 2020 to 11 July 2021.

  • Update 5 November 2021

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    The Fox Lane Area Quieter Neighbourhood was implemented as a trial under an Experimental Traffic Orders (ETO) and the project has been under review since implementation. Restrictions on travel due to Covid-19 were lifted fully in July 2021 and with schools returning in early September, a further set of traffic data was collected towards the end of that month to help assess the impacts of this trial. The Council is now reviewing this data with the intention of publishing a report in the next few months.

    If you would like to do so, objections and representations to the ETO can continue to be made. All responses will be considered alongside objections and representations previously made. Please make your objection or representation in writing stating the grounds on which it is being made and quoting the reference TG52/1451. You can send this via one of the following means:

    • By email to traffic@enfield.gov.uk, or
    • By writing to ATTN Healthy Streets, Enfield Council, Silver St, Enfield, EN1 3XA.

    Objections received via email to HealthyStreets@enfield.gov.uk will also continue to be considered. Objections must be received by 11.59pm on Tuesday 11 January 2022. Please note that any letter or email you write to the Council in response to the ETO may, upon written request, be made available to the press or to the public.

    Whilst the Council will not be providing individual responses to any further comments, these will be responded to in the published report, along with the rest of feedback that has already been received.

    The monitoring plan for the project, along with a range of additional information, remains available on the dedicated project page: https://letstalk.enfield.gov.uk/FoxLaneQN.

  • Update 4 July 2021

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    REVISION POSTED WHERE NOTED BELOW 24/11/2021

    Consultation Survey – closing Sunday 11 July 2021

    We delivered a letter to residents in mid-May advising that the consultation survey which has been open since 12 October 2020 will close on Sunday 11 July 2021. If you have not done so already, please complete the survey by clicking on the ‘Surveys and Forms’ tab above and selecting ‘Consultation – Fox Lane & Surroundings Streets Quieter Neighbourhood’.


    Experimental Traffic Order

    The scheme has been implemented as a trial under an Experimental Traffic Order (ETO). We modified the traffic order on 19 November 2020 to change the type of modal filter on Conway Road at its junction with Fox Lane. The modal filter under the initial ETO was a bollard that restricted all motor traffic at that location. The modal filter is now a camera enforced closure point to motor vehicles enabling unhindered access for emergency services as set out in the modified ETO. The intent of the traffic order was clear, however we identified that the notice of modification included a minor error. A new ETO has now been made to redefine the restriction in Conway Road at its junction with Fox Lane. Experimental Traffic Orders are usually valid for a period of 18 months, however we have specified that this order will remain in force no later than 7 March 2022 to coincide with the latest date of the initial traffic order. The new ETO can be viewed at this link.

    No changes to the layout of filters in the area or how they operate are being made under this new traffic order. This new traffic order does not change the project in any way with respect to making a decision on whether to make the wider trial permanent, make changes or remove it. We continue to monitor the trial and will be reviewing the outcomes of the public consultation to inform a future decision about the trial.

    UPDATED 24/11/2021 - What does the new Experimental Traffic Order mean for the Fox Lane Area QN consultation?

    Objections and representations can continue to be made up until 11 January 2022. All responses received between the closing of the consultation survey on 11 July 2021 and 11 January 2022 will be considered alongside objections and representations previously made.

    Please make your objection or representation in writing stating the grounds on which it is being made and quoting the reference TG52/1451. You can send this via one of the following means:

    • By email to traffic@enfield.gov.uk, or

    • By writing to ATTN Healthy Streets, Enfield Council, Silver St, Enfield, EN1 3XA.

    Objections received via email to HealthyStreets@enfield.gov.uk will also continue to be considered. Objections must be received by 11.59pm on Tuesday 11 January 2022. Please note that any letter or email you write to the Council in response to the ETO may, upon written request, be made available to the press or to the public.

    Please note the information in this section was updated on 24/11/2021.

    Monitoring of traffic in the area

    You may have noticed that we carried out some traffic surveys on several surrounding roads earlier in June as part of our monitoring of the trial. These surveys collected traffic data for a week starting on 7 June. They were placed on the ground early ahead of data collection which started on 7 June after half-term.

    We are carrying out further traffic counts this week to collect data before the end of the school year. In light of the recent government announcement delaying further easing of restrictions beyond 21 June, we will be considering any impacts of ongoing restrictions due to Covid-19 on data collected.

    In addition to traffic surveys which collects data on numbers and speeds of vehicles, we are also monitoring bus journey times in the area as outlined in our monitoring plan.


  • Update 12 May 2021

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    Thank you to everyone who has participated in the consultation for the Fox Lane and Surrounding Streets Quieter Neighbourhood so far. The below update provides information on the upcoming webinar, information on the consultation and monitoring of the project.

    Consultation on the trial

    The consultation survey on the trial has been open since the 12th October 2020.

    The consultation survey will close on Sunday 11th July 2021. This extends the opportunity for comment beyond the minimum statutory consultation. Please share your comments on the project by this date via the survey under the ‘Surveys and Forms’ tab here on the project page. If you prefer, you can provide feedback via email to healthystreets@enfield.gov.uk or via letter addressed to:

    ATTN Healthy Streets team

    Enfield Council

    Silver Street

    London EN1 3XA


    Monitoring and reporting on the trial

    The Monitoring Plan for the project has been published on the right-hand side of the project page. The Monitoring Plan includes information on the various activities we are undertaking to monitor the trial, including the collection of traffic data and air quality monitoring.

    In the coming weeks we will be collecting traffic data on the surrounding roads to help understand the impact. We will then be collecting further traffic counts across the whole area in summer as we anticipate traffic volumes across the borough to return to more ‘normal’ levels as restrictions on travel due to the pandemic are planned to ease. Following this we will be reporting on all monitoring activities and the outcomes of public consultation in Autumn 2021, at which point a decision will be made to make the project permanent or remove it.


    Public webinar

    We would like to invite you to join an online public webinar on 26th May 2021 from 6.30pm to 8.00pm.

    This will be an opportunity to hear from the project team about the monitoring and evaluation plan, consultation and engagement activities, the Equalities Impact Assessment, and an overview of next steps. There will be a presentation followed by an opportunity to ask questions.

    You will need to register to attend the webinar. To register for the webinar, complete the form under the ‘Surveys and Forms’ tab. We will be closing registrations at 5pm on 26th May 2021. We will be emailing the link to the webinar to people who have registered during the week of 24th May, ahead of the webinar. If you register on the day of the webinar, you will receive the link prior to the webinar that evening after registrations have closed. The webinar will be recorded and available to view following the event.

  • Update 4 March 2021

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    Please find below an update on a number of aspects of the Fox Lane and Surrounding Streets Quieter Neighbourhood.

    Experimental Traffic Order and Key Dates

    The consultation survey has been live since mid October 2020. We are receiving lots of responses and we thank you for taking the time to share your comments. The scheme has been implemented as a trial under an Experimental Traffic Order (ETO) which allows us to make changes to the scheme. Following early feedback we changed the modal filter (consisting of planters which enabled cycles only to pass through) on Conway Road near its junction with Fox Lane to a camera enforced closure. This was done by modifying the ETO on the 19th November 2020 – the modified ETO can be found on the right hand side of the page under the Document Library. As a result, the statutory consultation period now ends six months after the modification was made, on the 19th May 2021.

    Monitoring

    We are continuing to monitor the area and feedback received, whilst recognising travel patterns have been highly variable since we implemented the scheme as a result of the impacts of Covid-19.

    Whilst the statutory consultation period ends on the 19th May 2021, the ETO continues to be live until March 2022 (18 months since the ETO was initially made). Owing to the current situation, we have delayed the collection of traffic surveys until such a time that we can gather data that is reflective of ‘more normal’ traffic conditions. This is unlikely to occur until after the easing of Government restrictions. A decision will not be made until this comprehensive data is available. As we move towards making a decision on the scheme we will continue to provide updates and will also publish more detail on our monitoring approach to help explain this.

    Ongoing Feedback and Equalities Impact Assessment

    If you have not done so already, please provide feedback via the Consultation - Fox Lane & Surrounding Streets Quieter Neighbourhood survey on the Surveys & Forms tab on this page.

    A particular focus area for us over the next few months is engaging specifically with members of the community with disabilities, representative groups of people with disabilities, and carers. We have contacted Blue Badge holders directly with a further survey to gather more insights. We will also directly contact those who have completed the Consultation - Fox Lane & Surrounding Streets Quieter Neighbourhood survey on this page and identified as having a disability, receiving care assistance in their home, or as a carer. The feedback collected will inform our ongoing Equalities Impact Assessment and be considered alongside feedback collected through the main consultation survey and other monitoring activities when making decisions on the future of the scheme.

    Electric Vehicles

    You may be aware Enfield Council has advertised the intention to install electric vehicle chargers in lamp columns on a number of streets in Enfield as part of a trial. Whilst this project is being managed by another team in the Council, the combination of a range of initiatives will contribute towards achieving the aims of strategies such as the Climate Action Plan and Health & Wellbeing work. Details of this can be found at this link.

  • Consultation for Fox Lane trial opens

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    The consultation for the Fox Lane trial is now open for feedback, via the Surveys & Forms tab on this page, a direct link to the form is here. You can complete feedback more than once throughout the consultation period.

    This consultation follows a period of implementation of the trial during September.

    The design implemented has responded to the feedback received from the community engagement that took place towards the end of 2019. A summary of this feedback, along with a copy of the leaflet showing the revised design sent to residents in the area, are available in the document library.

    Please note that the closure points on Meadway and Fox Lane, where 'no motor vehicles' traffic signs are displayed, are enforced by a camera. If you pass through in a motor vehicle then a penalty notice will be issued. These types of closures are in place at the request of the Emergency Services, to enable them to continue to pass through the area unhindered.

  • Update 5 March 2020

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    The Fox Lane Area Quieter Neighbourhood Engagement Findings Report is now available to download via the document library on the project page.

  • Update 24 February 2020

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    The Healthy Streets team have now completed an extensive analysis exercise to review the comments received on the Fox Lane Quieter Neighbourhood programme, following the engagement event held on Tuesday 12th November and subsequent 6 week opportunity to provide comment. This review included consideration of the following:

    • 1174 comments and 67 questions through the Let’s Talk platform;
    • 267 comments cards from the public exhibition;
    • 166 emails;
    • 147 signatures on a petition from residents in Oakfield Road;
    • Four letters from stakeholder groups including:
      • Green Lanes Business Association
      • Federation of Enfield Residents and Allied Associations (FERAA)
      • Better Streets for Enfield
      • Winchmore Hill Residents’ Association.

    The team are now in the process of finalising a report for this engagement, which will provide the key themes and include a detailed FAQ section. In addition to this feedback, the Healthy Streets team have been reviewing detailed input from a further engagement process direct with Ward Councillors. The draft report from the public engagement will now be discussed with Ward Councillors before finalising and uploading to the engagement hub.

    However, prior to the publication of this report, we can say that as a result of the feedback received, a decision has been made to make changes to the original design. Further work is now ongoing to develop a revised proposal, that responds to a number of the key concerns raised. The Council have held a number of conversations with local groups and have received suggestions of what a revised scheme could look like. These ideas will be seriously considered and will help inform a revised design. This will include a review of the use of ANPR (Auto Number Plate Recognition) in Quieter Neighbourhood projects. Initial thinking is that whilst ANPR could play an important role in certain contexts (for example, enabling continued through access for emergency vehicles) they are unlikely to be the right solution for every street corner across the Borough.

    We anticipate the following next steps:

      • Publication of initial engagement report once discussed with relevant Ward Councillors
      • Development of a revised scheme design
      • Ward Councillor discussion on revised scheme design
      • A workshop session with local community representatives to discuss revised design and how it is presented
      • Sharing of revised design to wider community with opportunity for final comment
      • Decision on whether to procced with a trial
      • If a trial period is decided, formal consultation would then start enabling a further opportunity for comment

    The Council can implement trials on the public highway without any pre-engagement, with formal consultation through the trial period. However, we recognise the value in engaging with the community and the community helping to shape the design of these neighbourhood projects. The Quieter Neighbourhood project was re-launched in the summer of 2019 and is focused on creating long-term change. This project is expected to be delivered over the next 20 years, progressively delivering neighbourhood improvements across the Borough. The Healthy Streets team recognise the need to continually review how we deliver projects and will take learnings from one scheme to the next.

  • Update 21 November 2019

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    Dear Resident,

    Thank you for your feedback on the initial Low Traffic Neighbourhood proposal for the Fox Lane area following the engagement event on the 12th November 2019.

    We are aware there has been much interest in the proposals and in view of the different opinions that have been voiced, we have extended the engagement period to the 22nd December 2019.

    The initial proposal remains available online and following feedback to date, we anticipate revisions to this proposal, a key theme so far being concerns around entry and exit points into the area.

    The council is committed to addressing ‘rat-running’ and reducing pollution levels in the long-term, but any proposal must be the right solution for your area, one that works for the local community. A future trial should ensure that traffic is not just moved from one local residential street within the area to another.

    All comments will be carefully considered before we decide on the next steps and any scheme would be introduced as a ‘live trial’, allowing us to make changes in light of feedback from residents.

    Any trial will not start before Spring 2020 and would only be considered as a permanent change if it improves the situation for local people and works for local business.

    Updates and the opportunity for further engagement will continue to be published on the engagement hub for this project. A summary of the feedback and how a future trial may look is anticipated early in the New Year.

    We welcome your continued input to the process.

    https://letstalk.enfield.gov.uk/foxlaneQN

    Cllr Ian Barnes

    Deputy Leader of Enfield Council

    Winchmore Hill Councillor


  • Update 17 November 2019

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    Dear Residents,

    We are extending the opportunity to comment on these plans and so the form and Q&A section will remain open until Sunday 22nd December 2019 - a further update will follow soon.

    Please note we have identified an issue affecting BT internet email addresses where users' verification emails are being blocked by the email provider. If you have a BT internet address please register with an alternative email address or email letstalk@enfield.gov.uk.

    Please note this update was moved to this news feed from the project page here in January 2020.
  • Update 12 November 2019

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    We invite residents of the Fox Lane and surrounding streets Quieter Neighbourhood to a public exhibition of plans for the area on Tuesday 12 November. This public exhibition will be held from 3pm to 8pm at 305 Green Lanes (former Starbucks), during which time residents may visit to view the plans and speak with the project team. The flyer detailing the Fox Lane and surrounding streets Quieter Neighbourhoods area is available for download in the Document Library to the right of this page.

    If you are unable to attend the event and would like to provide your comments on the plans or a question, you can do so using the survey and Q&A tool below.

    Please note this update was moved to this news feed from the project page here in January 2020.

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