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The Association has been working for residents of Bush Hill Park for over eighty years. We are an active group looking to help local residents solve problems and promote the well-being of the area. We work very closely with the local Councillors, meeting them each month to discuss issues and developments. Please use our contact form or Facebook to get through to us. Or you can e-mail info@bhpra.org.uk. Better still—why not join us? It is only £5 per household and you can see details of what we do and also how to pay here on the web-site.

Public transport: face coverings are mandatory from Monday 15 June

Everyone is reminded that face coverins must be worn on all public transport from Monday 15th June. Check-out this link (Public Health England) on instructions about how to make your own.

Councillors’ surgery by phone

Local Councillors James Hockney and Clare De Silva operate a twice-monthly surgery (first and third Friday) by phone between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

Call them on 020 8379 4770 (James Hockney) and 020 8379 2591 (Clare De Silva).

At present there is no published information for a surgery for our third ward councillor, Will Coleshill.

20m Phone mast for Park Avenue? “No” for the time being…

We’ve heard that LBE’s Planning System has refused permission for the proposed 20m mobile phone mast on this green space. Read more. . .

Coronavirus donations

The BHPRA have donated £500 to two local organisations who are helping people in need at this difficult time. We have given £250 to the Enfield Stands Together scheme and £250 to the North Enfield Food Bank. These donations are possible because of the generosity of members at past AGMs in supporting our raffles.

Subscriptions

The BHPRA Committee have decided that we will not be asking members for subscription payments this year as we wish to avoid our Liaison Officers having to call on residents to collect subs. A number of members have already paid us by cheque or bank transfer and we will hold this for subscription payments in 2021.

We need more Liaison Officers. . .

We’re looking for street Liaison Officers to cover roads in our area. Please consider volunteering for just a few hours a year to help. Full details are here. Thank you!

Horse trough in Park Avenue, Spring 2020 [Photo: Gillian Porter]

Bury Lodge depot site cleared

Bury Lodge depot from the wetlands. [Photo: AFL]

The site in Bury Street West which was formally a council depot, has been cleared of trees in a move which appears to herald the start of building work, though this seems likely to be delayed by the current coronavirus epidemic.

The BHPRA understands that following a fruitless search for a private developer willing to take on the site’s high percentage of social housing, the Council are to develop the site itself.

TfL Announces new trains “by June”

TfL have sent out an e-mail to customers informing them that the new trains are now being introduced onto the Enfield, Cheshunt and Chingford services, with “all in place by June of this year”.

New trains start running on Enfield Town line

On Monday 24th February the 11:22 from Enfield Town to Liverpool Street became the first public service to be operated by the new Class 710 overground stock. The new stock was due to return to Enfield Town from Liverpool Street at 17:15 but failed in an earlier roster to Cheshunt, so didn’t run. We believe this pattern may be being repeated (though, hopefully, without the train failures).

It is still likely to be some time before all the services are operated by the new trains.

The new stock has air conditioning, wifi and USB phone chargers. But less good is that it has considerably fewer seats, with seating along the sides facing inwards—like other Overground stock. This means it’ll be standing room only from Bush Hill Park in the rush hours.

Class 710 No. 117, passes through Bush Hill Park on a driver training turn, February 26th

Station Garden Group

The group who look after the station planters have started to clear the winter away and have created a colourful spring display. The group is looking for more help to try and improve more of the station. Contact the group here.

Bush Hill Park Overground ticket office hours reduced

As from today, 30th January, the ticket office at Bush Hill Park will only be open between 6.45 and 10.00 Monday to Friday. It will also be closed on bank holiday Mondays.

Campaign for more off-peak Overground trains?

We’re considering running a campaign to get TfL to increase the frequency of the off-peak service from Enfield Town. If you want to get involved, please e-mail MoreEnfieldTrains@gmail.com.

Spurs match dates

Check this site for the next Spurs match date if you are concerned with match-day parking or travel on Overground.

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