Review of the year - May

Enfield Independent: Squatters at Arnos Grove centre said their eviction was a defeat for the taxpayer and the council Squatters at Arnos Grove centre said their eviction was a defeat for the taxpayer and the council

Squatters forced out of offices in Arnos Grove in May claimed the cost of their eviction was a “defeat” for the taxpayer and Enfield Borough Council.

Up to 15 people living in Arnos Family Resource Centre in Bowes Road were ordered to leave by Wednesday, May 29, during a hearing at Barnet County Court.

The squatters were ordered to pay the council £5,000 – something which squatter Pedro Lima said would be “impossible” to pay.

Enfield shopkeepers said “something must be done” after Enfield Town was brought to a standstill by gangs of school children on Friday, May 24.

Three 16-your-olds were arrested, two of them for assaulting a police constable, and three police officers received minor injuries when a gang of between 80 and 100 young people descended on the area outside McDonald's in Church Street.

Two shootings in the borough in April continued to raise questions of safety.

Councillor Christine Hamilton blamed Mayor of London Boris Johnson for waving through the closure of the police front counter in Chase Side just weeks before Zafer Eren, 34, was killed in Southgate.

Also in May, Russet House, a special school, received a £2.46million from Enfield Council to open a new sensory room and kitchen.

And rules were brought in meaning charities could be fined £200 if on-street fundraisers were caught flouting strict new rules set out by Enfield Council.

Only five charity sellers, or 'chuggers', are allowed to work at any one time across the whole borough under new measures to encourage people to return to the high streets.

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