Over 100 people attended a meeting at Lea Valley High School, on Thursday 15th October, to discuss the issues with representatives from Enfield Council, Epping Forest District Council, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority. A range of measures were discussed as to how the situation might be improved – including the Enfield Council led Northern Gateway Access Package (NGAP) project. Residents expressed strong support for a direct access road to be built from Mollison Avenue to the M25, in order to ease the volume of traffic along Bullsmoor Lane.
Hundreds of residents have already signed a petition calling for action to be taken and Joan Ryan and local residents will be creating a campaign lobbying plan to help focus political attention on the issue. They will also be seeking a meeting with the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt. Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP. Residents want the Secretary of State to keep the promise he made to them in April this year, just a few weeks before the general election. Rosemary Mehmet, a local resident, told the meeting that Mr McLoughlin said a Conservative Government, if elected, would make the building of the access road a priority. “Since the election we have heard nothing from the Secretary of State […] we feel grossly misled”, said Ms Mehmet.
Cllr Alan Sitkin, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration & Business Development - with responsibility for planning, said the local authority strongly supported initiatives to improve the transport links and the quality of life for people in the area.
Rt. Hon Joan Ryan MP, Labour’s Member of Parliament for Enfield North, said:
“Local residents have campaigned on this issue for many years and got nowhere. I am determined they will be listened to. The meeting on Thursday was very positive - we secured the full support of Enfield Council and it was great for the residents to have the opportunity to meet with a number of stakeholders who will be so important to resolving this issue.
Local residents have had to put up with intolerable traffic and pollution levels. They deserve to live in a healthy and peaceful environment.
I am committed to working with residents and to fight for the improvements required for as long as it takes.”
Rosemary Mehmet, local campaigner and resident, said:
“The traffic on Bullsmoor Lane is constant – 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
The amount of traffic means residents are seriously affected by noise pollution, structural damage to properties, health problems from air pollution and high levels of congestion on Bullsmoor Lane and the surrounding roads.
There is an overwhelming need for the situation to improve and local residents want to see a new access road built.
We’ll be campaigning hard on these issues in the weeks and months ahead.”