In our latest councillor’s column, Christine Hamilton champions Enfield Highway’s parks
I have been an Enfield ward councillor for nearly a decade; four years in Enfield Lock and now five in Enfield Highway.
In Highway there are nine tower blocks – the highest number in Enfield. We also have two large parks, Albany and Durants, which I regard as the gardens for our tower block residents. The adventure playgrounds are full of children and family picnics on sunny days after school time. We work with council officers to ensure that our parks in eastern Enfield have the same level of care as parks on the western side.
We held the first ‘Albany Park Funday’ this summer, with an inflatable playground alongside music and games. There was a great turnout and we will ensure that more of these community events take place in the ward’s parks in future.
We hold regular Highway ward forums at Enfield Business Centre in Hertford Road. Alongside our three local police officers we update, inform and listen to local residents. The main concerns raised are around housing, fly-tipping, the environment, youth offending, gangs and bullying. A big concern I am currently working on with residents is around dangerous speeding in Alma Road. Residents have asked for a reduced speed limit, cameras and police on the road to catch these dangerous drivers.
Not having enough police visible in our local community is down to the Conservative government’s cuts over the last nine years. As Labour councillors we will continue to campaign for the necessary funding.
I sit on a number of committees and boards, including as governor of the Royal Free NHS Development Trust board, which covers Chase Farm Hospital. Because of the shocking cuts to public health spending I have put forward a council motion raising the concerns of many residents following the passionate campaign led by Enfield Over 50s Forum. The borough’s allocation is £47 per head compared with the London average of £73 per head and we will continue to campaign and lobby this government to change this.
Christine Hamilton represents Enfield Highway along with Ahmet Hasan and Ergun Eren (all Labour). Ward surgeries are held every Saturday, 10.30am-11.30am, at Enfield Business Centre, 201 Hertford Road EN3 5JH.
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