Enfield Southgate MP David Burrowes has asked local residents for their views on proposed segregated cycle lanes along the A105 from Palmers Green to Enfield Town. He says that 75 per cent of those asked are against the Cycle Enfield project.
This is Local London reports that Burrowes wants the £30m Mini Holland grant to be given back to the mayor, arguing the work will “decimate” street parking among other things. “It will result in increased congestion, worsened bus services and further blight on the high street as businesses struggle to survive,” he said.
In December, Burrowes sent out 17,000 freepost postcards asking local households: “Do you support the overall proposals for the A105 Cycle Lanes scheme?” Of these, 2,828 were completed and returned. 462 (17.71%) said they were in favour of the scheme; 1,973 (75.62%) said they were against it; 155 (5.94%) partially supported it; and 13 (0.5%) said they didn’t know.
Enfield Council’s consultation got 1,646 responses. In contrast, it found that 60 per cent of respondents were in favour – 51 per cent fully and nine per cent in part – with 39 per cent against.
Announcing the results at the time, Councillor Daniel Anderson, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “The silent majority have spoken – and shown they actually like our plans – despite a vocal campaign which has been spreading disinformation about what the proposals would actually mean for Palmers Green.”
Anderson was also unimpressed with how Burrowes’ survey had been carried out. “It was completely muddled and people will have been unclear about what it was really about, as he was not proposing any changes but rather asking for an opinion. He has wasted time and tax payers’ money,” he said.
Nevertheless, Burrowes will this week meet with the Mayor of London to discuss the results.
“I will be meeting with Boris this week and will be telling him that the majority of my constituents need to be listened to. This significant scheme needs broad support from residents and businesses and it is clear that the Council has not got it. 75 per cent of my constituents have said no to Cycle Enfield along the A105. The numbers opposing the plan greatly exceed the total number that responded to the Council's consultation.”