Review of the year - October

Enfield Independent: Chase Farm Hospital protest Chase Farm Hospital protest

In a last-ditch attempt to save Chase Farm Hospital's A&E and maternity wards, in October Enfield Council announced it would take legal action over the decision to close the services.

Later in the month, hundreds lined the streets of Enfield in protest against the closure of the key services.

Campaigners’ struggle to stop the downgrade saw them flock to the streets for a fourth time, attracting crowds of more than 200.

Their efforts were in vain, as the High Court dismissed the council's legal appeal in November.

Police used the first anniversary of a fatal stabbing to make a renewed bid for witnesses.

October 20 marked one year since 28-year-old Teon Palmer was murdered at the junction of Montagu Road and Goodwin Road in Edmonton.

Three arrests were made in December in connect with Mr Palmer's death.

Grovelands Residents Association chairman Christopher Binns said “a fine balance must be struck” after proposals were made to expand a primary school on green space beside The Priory Hospital in The Bourne, Southgate and Grovelands Park by 2016.

Shopkeepers called on Enfield Borough Council in October for a helping hand paying business rates, which are the equivalent of council tax for companies.

The campaign led to Mayor of London Boris Johnson paying the borough a visit.

Finally, disgruntled residents kicked up a stink about Thames Water as a petition of more than 2,200 signatures was delivered to the council.

In a heated meeting at Green Towers Community Centre in Edmonton Green, campaigner Claire Whetstone put forward the concerns of residents living close to the Deepham Sewage Works.

The council eventually backed the 'stop the stink' campaign and is still awaiting a response from Ofwat, a key player in funding the project.


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