Firstly, I am not anti cycle lanes, my concern is the lack of good safety pedestrian pavements and crossings since the cycle lanes which had ruin our local shopping area. Just to give one example commuters step off the bus and step hazardously on to the cycle lanes and this is even more worrying if commuters are with their young children. Therefore, the problem is that cyclist and pedestrians are now potentially in harms way of each other.
Well, this hap hazards had resulted in the closure of 8 Shops (and counting) and remain to date vacant in the Parade of shops in Palmers Green. Retrospectively, the area was once a charming, popular and prosperous shopping area particularly given the areas excellent travel links and known on-route access.
For many years now Enfield Council have been crying poverty to us deeming it so unfair that the government are much more generous towards other London local authorities., I used to be a sympathiser but now they have fallen far from my esteem, they just to not really listen to residents despite surveys issued to us. The lack of good planning between Enfield Council and TFL has ruin our shopping area and nobody concern is unwilling to make improvements, it seems they do not want to admit to errors as if their egos are far more important then the function and prosperity of our area.
Shops to prosper need customers, customers need safe pedestrians paths and crossing where they chose to shop, particularly if they have young children, elderly and have various unseen health issues. Moreover, all council's should have skilful and creative staff who can really improve an area making it inviting for traders and shoppers alike all year round.
Palmers Green may seem as a too small a town to be of any irrelevance to the London economy, yet the way I view it is that it is part of the fabric of London and a prosperous, green shopping area can offer so many employment.
Does anybody outside Palmers Green really care?