Bowes Road potted plants

MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In January this year a local councillor raised concerns about TfL's potted plants along Bowes Road being unsuitable for the location due to the amount of space they take up, causing difficulty for cyclists and pedestrians to pass, particularly if they have mobility issues or prams. After contacting TfL repeatedly regarding this issue throughout this year and not receiving adequate responses, the councillor has recently received the response:

"Thank you for your continued correspondence regarding the potted plants on Bowes Road. Please accept my apologies that this matter is taking so long to come to a satisfactory resolution. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the arboriculture manager for North East London highways is currently off duty. As such, although your query has been logged, I have been unable to get a response from our contractors with any decisions regarding these potted plants on Bowes Road. I apologise for this stagnation, but due to the current situation, I cannot at this time confirm when I will be able to obtain a full response for you regarding these plants."

Do you think this is a satisfactory response and what action will you take to ensure this matter will be resolved as soon as possible?


Answer for Bowes Road potted plants

Answer for Bowes Road potted plants

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am sorry, I agree this is not a satisfactory response and it seems that TfL's escalation procedures failed to be activated. The planters at Bowes Road were introduced as part of the Bounds Green improvement scheme at the request of Enfield Council. They bring colour to the area but agreed, in a location that is less than ideal and can obstruct pedestrian movement. The planters have been temporarily removed for the winter period and TfL will work with Enfield Council to identify a more suitable location for the planters when they are returned to site next spring.