Where You Live: Enfield

Where You Live >> Enfield

London is more than just the City and its famous landmarks. More than its museums, theatres, palaces, taxis and red buses. It is home to some 8 million people. You live, work and socialise across London’s 32 boroughs – you make them tick. You give Enfield’s neighbourhoods, from Palmers Green to Enfield Lock, their unique identity. It is these distinct areas that make our great capital such a rich and diverse city. Unlike the previous Mayor, Boris is working to give all your boroughs - not just Zones 1-3 - his attention.

Boris Johnson has a nine point plan to secure Greater London’s future. He is paying for this plan by cutting waste at City Hall to free up £3.5 billion for services.

In Enfield the plan means:

  • Freezing City Hall’s share of council tax for three successive years and cutting it this year, benefitting 121,400 Enfield households and putting an extra £445 back into pockets of the average household (GLA Website, ‘Budget archive’, link, GLA, Press Release 1 February, link, DLG Website, Calculation of Council Tax Base for Formula, Grant Purposes, October 2011, link).
  • Growing the local economy with £750,000 from the Mayor’s Regeneration Fund, a £715,000 economic boost for theA10/A1010 corridor and £4,312,000 (including matching funds) for North East Enfield, both sponsored by the Mayor’s £50 million Outer London Fund (GLA, Outer London Fund – Round 1 Grant Funding, 8 December 2011, link ) (GLA, Outer London Fund –Round Two Grant Funding, Summary of Winners, 12 January 2012, link ).
  • Investing in transport by rolling-out Oyster cards onto national rail, investing £2.13 million in the renovation of Lytchett Way Streets, Harbet Road and Silver Street Station, investing £17.3 million to boost local transport in Enfield. (TfL, Press Release, November 2008; TfL, Press Release, December 2009, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2010, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2011, link; Enfield Borough Website, Accounts 2010-11, 31 March 2011, link).
  • Boris is also supporting local pensioners by reversing the previous Labour Government’s decision to stop those at 60 getting the Freedom pass until 65. (GLA, Mayor’s Questions, 17 December 2008, link).
  • He is the only candidate in this election who can secure a better deal for London from No 10.

Freezing council tax

  • Boris Johnson has frozen council tax for three years and is cutting it this year. Boris Johnson has frozen his share council tax for three years and is cutting it this year (GLA, Mayor’s Final Draft Consolidated Budget 2012-13, link).
    • This has helped keep cost of living low for benefitting 121,400 households in Enfield, (DCLG, Council Tax Base Band, October 2011) putting an extra £445 back in the pocket of the average household.

Restoring green space

  • 565 street trees. 100 street trees have been planted in Enfield under Boris Johnson. (GLA, Mayor’s questions, 25 January 2012, link).
  • 49 green spaces. 111 green spaces have been created for Enfield residents to grow their own food (2nd highest borough) (Capital Growth Website, link).
  • Ending garden grabbing. Boris Johnson has introduced new protections for gardens from development. His revised London Plan enables boroughs to: ‘introduce a presumption against development on back gardens or other private residential gardens where this can be locally justified’ (GLA, The London Plan 2011, July 2011, p. 86-87, link). Draft guidance also urges councils to prevent garden grabbing: ‘Such a presumption reflects Government’s recognition in PPS3 of the need to provide support for justified, local measures to prevent “garden grabbing” (GLA, Draft supplementary planning guidance, December 2011, link).

Investing to transform local high streets

  • More than £3 million for Enfield from the Regeneration Fund. Enfield has received £3,323,000, sponsored by the Mayor’s £70 million Regeneration Fund, to repair damage caused to high streets and town centres during last summer’s riots (GLA, Mayor’s Regeneration Fund, link)

Making your streets and homes safer

  • 1,000 more police across London by May and £132 million more investment under Boris. The number of Special Constables has more than doubled from 2,500 to well over 5,000. (GLA, The Mayor’s Consultation Budget, 22 December 2011, link; MPA Website, Police numbers, link; GLA, Mayor’s Final Budget 2011-12, link; Evening Standard, 30 January 2012, link).
  • 1,359 more patrols a month In Enfield there were 1359 more monthly patrols in January 2012 compared to April 2008 (GLA, Mayor’s questions, 25 February 2012, link).
  • Total crime and robberies in Enfield have fallen. Since May 2008, Enfield has seen a 14%% decrease in total crime, 11.6% reduction in the number of robberies and 4.8% fall in youth violence. Bus crime has also fallen by 33% (MOPC, Monthly Report: Police and Crime Committee, 8 March 2012, May 08 – Jan 12 compared to Aug 04-April 08; MPS Statistics).

Ensuring a true Olympic legacy

  • Boris Johnson has funded five sport participation programmes in Enfield so far. They are (Mayor of London, Sporting future for London, April 2009, p. 9, link):
  • 4 organisations in Enfield are receiving Sports Legacy Programme grants to offer free sports coaching to London. (Freesport Programme Website, link).

Investing in transport

  • £17.3 million of funding for local transport in Enfield. Since becoming Mayor, Boris Johnson has invested over £17.3 million to boost local transport in Enfield, including £1.2 million to introduce five 20 mph zones to help improve safety around schools. (TfL, Press Release, November 2008; TfL, Press Release, December 2009, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2010, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2011, link; Enfield Borough Website, Accounts 2010-11, 31 March 2011, link).


  • Improving Tube lines in Enfield. This is part of the Tube upgrade programme secured by Boris Johnson:
    • Piccadilly Line. The Piccadilly will be one of the two last lines to be upgraded. The upgrades will deliver new trains, new signaling and new control centers, allowing for increased capacity on the line (TfL, ‘Tube Upgrade Plan’, link).

Roads and congestion

  • Introduced the roadworks Permit Scheme. Boris Johnson introduced the roadworks Permit Scheme in 2010, resulting in a 17% cut in the number of road works. In Enfield 16% of applicants have been refused (TfL, ‘London Permit Scheme’, link).


  • Bus improvements. 11 bus routes in Enfield have been expanded or improved under Boris Johnson (TfL, Bus service changes May 2008-January 2012, link).
  • Bendy Buses removed. Nearly 500 new vehicles boasting the latest clean engine technology will replace the Bendy buses, saving £7 million a year. The buses have been replaced by new buses on route 29 in Enfield. (TfL, Press Release, 5 October 2011, link).


  • 970 affordable housing units completed in Enfield. 590 social rented and 380 intermediate were completed in Enfield between 2008/09 and 2010/11 (DCLG, Affordable Housing Live Tables 1006, 1007, 1008, link).

Mayoral visits

  • Boris Johnson has made more visits to Enfield in his first term than Ken Livingstone made in his first term. Boris Johnson has visited Enfield 5 times since March 2010. Ken Livingstone visited Enfield just 2 times in his first term as Mayor (2000-2004). (GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2000 – April 2008; GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2008 – March 2012).

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