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Winchmore Hill - our new development ward by Jean Robertson-Molloy

Winchmore Hill has recently been designated Enfield Green Party's new Development Ward.
A development ward is one where the Green Party does not expect to win a Council seat immediately, but believes it has a good chance of doing well.

At the last elections there were 1149 Green votes here, which was the third largest individual Green vote in the Borough. This is very much an area where the 'squeezed middle' are worried about many issues including schools, transport costs, jobs, housing, care for young and old, and above all, the attacks on the NHS and our local hospital at Chase Farm. Many voters are dissatisfied and disillusioned with all three big parties, and are recognising the value of Green policies.

There is much pride in the local area and a wish to preserve its traditional character. Alongside this runs the influence of the new demographics, with the influx or return of younger people, who have the energy to develop the area in many new directions, as shown in the two recent festivals, on the Green and in Grovelands Park, which inspired the whole community to take part.

And beneath the air of affluent respectability, there has always been a strong non-conformist element in this area, exemplified by the establishment of a Meeting House for the Society of Friends - the Quakers - in the seventeenth century. They remain here to this day, and they perhaps reflect the sturdy tendency towards independent thinking which has always existed in Winchmore Hill, a willingness to 'buck the trend'.

As Greens we aim to build on all these strengths. And of course we have already seen the impact of this community spirit in the 700 signatures which we were able to gather from residents of Hoppers Rd and the surrounding streets. We are proud that our campaign has already shown results, in the Council decision to implement a 20 mph limit throughout Hoppers Rd. We look forward, with your help, to further successful campaigns.

Not yet published in the EGP members newsletter, but expected to be.

Published and promoted by Bill Linton for Enfield Green Party, both at 39A Fox Lane, London N13 4AJ