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Community Action in Enfield by David Flint

Our own Laura Davenport is a founding member of the Bowes Telford Community Action Group (BTCAG) which works to improve the lot of those living and working on and around the A406. She is also a committee member of Broomfield Home-owners and Residents Association (BHORA). She gives us good and bad news from Bowes.

The good news is that they have found a supplier of solar panels who is keen to offer a good price if a number of neighbours will all buy their panels. Since the energy companies pay over 40p* for each KWh generated this can be quite lucrative - and, of course, it cuts CO2 emissions.

The bad news is that the Notting Hill Housing Trust (NHHT) plans to build a LOT of houses and flats but no shared amenities. "A mix of the NHHT scheme and the New Southgate Master Plan" writes Laura, "would see every piece of open land built on, businesses bulldozed for houses/flats and family homes bulldozed for, you guessed it, flats! The council think that if they give schemes different names we won't notice that they all fit together into the jigsaw puzzle that is Bowes and Southgate Green ward". NHHT failed to attend the last local area forum to discuss this. How strange. Could it have something to hide? Now BHORA has asked a Bowes councillor and the local Greater London Authority member to organise a public meeting to discuss the planned over-development of the area. Maybe NHHT will actually attend this one!

[* July 2012 update. This figure is, alas, now down to 21p per KWh, and is about to reduce to 16p on August 1st]

First published in the EGP members newsletter, October 2011

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