Get active in your community

Newly-elected Southbury ward councillor Ayten Guzel wants to see more residents get active in their community and help make Enfield a better place to live

Ayten Guzel won the Southbury ward by-election in May
Ayten Guzel won the Southbury ward by-election in May

When I was asked to write this column, I thought of this as an opportunity to share all the exciting work I have been doing in Southbury ward since the by-election in May.

While ward surgeries with residents have not been held since the start of the pandemic, I have been highly active in my ward to make up for this. Following reports from residents, I met with council officers to see first-hand the issues they are facing. I want residents to know that I genuinely care and will actively work to resolve their concerns.

As one of my main priorities is keeping our streets clean, I joined our waste enforcement team on their usual patrol and witnessed how hard they work to identify evidence so they can issue Fixed Penalty Notices to waste criminals. The team aims to clear reports of fly-tipping within 24 hours, and we all need to do our bit by reporting incidents that we find to the council. I am also happy for Southbury residents to report this directly to me.

Our parks have seen a rise in footfall during the pandemic and they are very important to us. I am lucky to have Bush Hill Park in my ward. The Friends of Bush Hill Park (FOBHP) group dedicate much time and effort to ensure the park is well looked after and I am proud to work alongside them. The group arrange monthly litter-picking sessions, which I have been very pleased to join.

As Enfield Council is encouraging more recycling, I am calling for recycling facilities to be installed in Bush Hill Park. To push for this, I am meeting with officials and FOBHP to agree on a plan moving forward.

I regularly discuss residents’ unfortunate experiences of crime and anti-social behaviour with neighbourhood police, including ‘car meets’ at Southbury Corner Leisure Park, on the A10. I recently met with the police, the council and relevant stakeholders to discuss how we can prevent these car meets and address the noise and anti-social behaviour issues reported by residents living nearby.

I want Southbury residents to actively engage with the police. We need more people for our quarterly Community Action Partnership in Enfield (Cape) meetings, where local police offices meet with residents and community representatives. Please join by emailing your name, address and telephone number to [email protected].

Finally, I urge all Enfield residents to comment on the draft Local Plan by feeding into the consultation which runs until Monday 13th September. I look forward to hearing the views of Southbury ward residents.

Ayten Guzel is a Labour councillor representing Southbury ward, alongside Mahmut Aksanoglu and Nneka Keazor (all Labour):
020 8132 0032
[email protected]

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