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LIFE Spring 2018 Edition Issue 40

Metropolitan Police • Local burglaries up by 17%

Anthony Webb • Landlords, are you aware of the new HMO legislation?

Southgate District Civic Trust • 50 Years of Conservation

Southgate Green, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the conservation area

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welcome It was lovely to see the community out supporting our High Street on the Easter Egg trail this year. Thanks to Cyplon Travel for sponsoring this year's event the kids really enjoyed it. We are excited to announce that we have a new column in the magazine written by local Chief Inspector Neil Billany on page 9. Take a look at his article to see how you can protect your home from a potential burglary. According to Rightmove the London property market is in for a tough ride this year. Yes, it's true that 2017 saw a slight decrease in London property prices however the local market has remained stable. Despite a slight drop in the number of properties coming on to the market demand in our area is particularly high and local house prices remain consistent. Stretched buyer affordability, tighter lending criteria and increased stamp duty for second-home owners are all having an impact and buyers are being more selective in this tough market. What's important in today's market place is a proactive, professional and well established estate agent on your side. When you're ready to call in an agent we can ensure that your property is marketed across all the key online property websites, we provide honest advice, guidance and open communication throughout the transaction. Feedback from viewers is crucial to help tweak marketing and ensure that your property remains at the top of all local searches. With featured property listing on Rightmove and Zoopla we can also boost the potential of your property online. All our viewings are accompanied by a trained professional adding to the personal service that people have come to expect from Anthony Webb.


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A view from City Hall

by Joanne McCartney AM

Supporting Young Londoners E: joanne.mccartney@london.gov.uk www.joannemccartney.com Tel: 020 7983 5524 Government cuts over the last eight years have hit young people hard. As council budgets have been slashed more than £39 million has been lost from youth services since 2011, closing 81 youth centres and over 800 youth service posts have gone. With the Government failing to support young people adequately, the Mayor is creating a new £45million fund to help young Londoners – particularly those who are at risk of getting caught up in crime. The Young Londoners Fund will see £15million invested in each of the next three years. Each year £10million will be allocated for a new fund into which local communities, charities and schools can bid for funding. The remaining £5 million will be used to scale up existing City Hall projects in this area, such as our ‘Stepping

Stones’ programme which supports vulnerable students moving from primary to secondary school, and Team London’s volunteering projects for young people affected by mental health issues. I want to encourage as many community groups, schools and organisations across Enfield. Details of the criteria and how to apply for this funding are on the london.gov website, or contact me and I can send you details. #BehindEveryGreatCity In February 1918, the Representation of the People Act was passed in the UK, giving some women the right to vote for the first time, thanks to the campaigning of suffragists and suffragettes. In this centenary year the Mayor has launched the #BehindEveryGreatCity gender

equality campaign to champion the fact that it is the achievements and contributions of women, from all walks of life, which make cities like London great. This spring the statue of suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square will be unveiled, the first-ever monument to a woman to stand within the Square, and throughout the year City Hall will work with London’s many leading sectors – from culture, sport, education and business, to politics and public life – to support the continuing success of women and to push for greater gender equality for women from all backgrounds across the city. Details of the full range of events can be found on the london.gov website. *Joanne is the London Assembly Member for Enfield & Haringey and is the statutory Deputy Mayor of London.

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Past Times... The Big Conservation Conversation 50 years of Conservation in the Southgate District by Jane Maggs, Southgate District Civic Trust

In 2017 the civic movement marked 50 years since the Civic Amenities Act of 1967 was passed. This private members bill led by Lord Duncan Sandys, introduced for the first time the concept of conservation areas. This milestone was marked across the country as part of Civic Voice’s1 ‘Big and Conservation Conversation’ celebrated locally as the theme of Southgate Civic Week 2017. Lord Duncan Sandys

Now we are celebrating another milestone, as 2018 marks 50 years since the creation of Southgate Green and Winchmore Hill Green Conservation Areas. So what is a conservation area? An area that has been recognised for its special architectural or historic interest, designated in order to preserve or enhance its character or appearance. A conservation area has additional planning controls, not to prevent change, but to manage it in a way that keeps it special. Our area has two of the earliest conservation areas. Why? Much of the credit goes to the pioneers of Southgate Civic Society, set up in 1962 out of the campaign to save the Georgian Cottages next to the Cherry Tree on Southgate Green. The new society immediately registered with and became active in the national body, Civic Trust, which was the forerunner of today’s Civic Voice. Southgate Civic Society has changed its name a few times over the years, and is now known as Southgate District Civic Trust (SDCT). Importantly for our story, Southgate Civic Society worked with the then Southgate Council on proposals for both Southgate Green and Winchmore Hill Green, publishing a comprehensive report on Southgate, in February 1965.

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Looking back through our archive, the minutes show that in July 1966, the secretary sent a letter to Duncan Sandys, with information about 25-31 The Green (the Georgian Cottages), to be used in the debate on the Civic Amenities Bill. We like to think that Southgate helped shape this key legislation! The Society’s November 1967 Newsletter included an extensive report of the Civic Trust Conference debating the new Civic Amenities Act. At the end of her report Audrey Lennox said: ‘I wonder if we all realise that in the 10 years since the birth of the Civic Trust there has been a quiet and well mannered revolution. 10 years ago this new Act would not have been possible. 10 years ago, that the public had any right to interest itself in environmental planning, trees, building preservation was either startling, laughable or a discomforting concept.’ Finally, after a lengthy debate between the Council and the Society on boundaries, Southgate Green Conservation Area was created in April 1968, followed in November by Winchmore Hill Green Conservation Area. It marked a landmark year. So what does the future hold for Conservation Areas? There are now over 10,000 Conservation Areas across the country. In Enfield we have 22, which range in size and diversity. You can see details of all of them on the Council website (www. enfield.gov.uk). We cannot afford to be complacent as conservation across the country is under threat; one of the key themes from the speakers at the Southgate District Civic Trust February 2018 Open Meeting about 50 years of conservation. The shocking figure is that nationwide there has been a 33% reduction (since 2008) in key conservation officers. While recognising the importance of Enfield’s

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housing growth, we need to reconcile that need with a sustainable approach, recognising the valuable social and economic contribution made by heritage. Looking back over our 50 years of conservation there is much to celebrate. We owe it to all those who campaigned for the establishment of conservation areas and have contributed to their success, to look forward to the next 50 years. This means that all of us, not just the civic and residents groups, form a key line of defence to champion the importance of heritage and conservation areas. So what can you do to protect our local heritage? Join a local civic or residents group that champions and campaigns for your area. Come to a Southgate District Civic Trust event and talk to us about what we are doing. See our website for more information (www.southgatedistrictcivic trust.org.uk). Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/southgatedistrict civictrust) and Twitter (@southgatetrust). Or join us! Notes: 1 Civic Voice is the national charity for the civic movement in England. Picture of Duncan Sandys courtesy of Civic Voice, all others Southgate District Civic Trust archive.



Parliamentary Comment by Labour Cllr Mary Maguire

A state of the art library in Palmers Green Cllr.Mary.Maguire@Enfield.gov.uk Mary Maguire has kindly submitted this months article on behalf of Bambos Charalambous, Labour Party MP for Enfield Southgate When I was a child, I would spend every hour I could after school and on Saturday afternoons in my local public library. I just loved the fact that I could read any of the hundreds of books there. My local library, like many up and down the country, opened up huge possibilities for learning. Many children, like me, couldn’t afford to buy books, but we could borrow and that gave us access to a whole new world. I learnt new words, found out about the past, and imagined the future. I was introduced to authors and their heroes and even fancied myself the hero of the adventures I read about. As a young mother in Palmers Green, I was able to take my children to their local library and introduce them to the knowledge they could find in books. They had their favourite authors and loved story-telling time, and, later, found books to help with their homework. Times change though, and in today’s era of smart-phones, instant internet access, kindle, TV on demand, social media and downloading the news, the library of my childhood would be out of place. But the desire to learn, to be informed,

doesn’t change, so our libraries have changed to meet the new challenges. Municipal libraries have a proud tradition of opening up knowledge, literature and the sciences to everyone. Before the 1850 Public Libraries Act, libraries were mostly private. It wasn’t, however, until the 1900s that public libraries became widespread and flourished. Here in Enfield, the local board of health adopted the Public Libraries Acts in 1892 and opened a temporary library in Gentleman’s Row in 1894. Other libraries followed, and Palmers Green library was opened in 1940 as part of Southgate Town Hall. Since 2010, as a result of Government “austerity” cuts, 343 libraries across the country have closed, 174 have been transferred to community groups and 50 handed to external organisations to run. This in the face of a survey last year that found 72% of people say that libraries are essential or very important to their community. Amongst the debris of library closures across the country as a result of Government cuts, we here in Palmers Green were able to celebrate a

complete refurbishment and re-opening of our library. It is one of five flagship libraries in Enfield. It is a library fit for our times and kitted out with up-to-date communication tools. It has interactive tables, a gadget bar with internet access, electronic noticeboards and digital endpanels. It has a bright, inviting children’s section, teenage area and a community room. There is a customer access point to locate council services through “My Enfield” accounts and the council website. And, of course, it has books. People visit Palmers Green library for many reasons - to use the computers, to study, do homework, read newspapers and magazines or borrow books and other materials. It’s great to see students from our local schools using the equipment. Our libraries are important social institutions, open to all residents without discrimination, and I believe they enrich the lives of those who use them, young and old alike. Palmers Green library is no exception. It is a lively centre for our community thanks to the commitment of your Labour council.

Cycle Enfield, was it a waste of money? by Cllr Ertan Hurer, BSc (ECON) FCA Cllr.Ertan.Hurer@Enfield.gov.uk Conservative Councillor, Winchmore Hill ward 3rd May 2018. Why is this date significant? It is the date of the Local Government Elections covering London Boroughs (including Enfield), Metropolitan Districts, Shire Districts and Single Tier Shire Districts. Irrespective of what political party you support I would urge you all to go out and exercise your democratic right. Local elections take place once every four years, so for many readers this may be the first time they are voting. In deciding which party to vote for it is of course vitally important that you consider the track record of the party in office (in Enfield currently Labour) and what the opposition parties have to offer. Turning to the white elephant known as “Cycle Enfield”, this issue has generated more complaints and division within our local community than any other issue over the last 8 years. I have received complaints from residents, many of whom profess to be cyclists themselves, pedestrians, public transport users and drivers. The common complaint is that the cycle lanes are dangerous and not user friendly. I recently witnessed a verbal altercation between a driver and a cyclist at the downgraded Palmers


Green “triangle”. The motorist’s complaint to the cyclist was that he was not using the cycle lane. Before the argument got too heated I interjected and informed the motorist that there was no legal requirement for the cyclist to use the cycle lane. I did however then enquire as to why he (the cyclist) was not and to which he replied “they (the cycle lanes) are too dangerous, I used it a couple of days ago and got knocked off my bike when someone in a parked car opened the door as I rode past, I’ll be using the road, it’s safer”. The cyclist’s comments I believe sum up the whole scheme; dangerous, unusable and a waste of money. Turning to the financial aspect there is also a lot of misinformation about the source of the finance for the scheme. I understand from local residents that some members of the Labour Party are informing them that the funds come from TFL and not the local authority. This is totally untrue, this is a jointly funded project and the local authority has and is putting several million pounds into the scheme. The scheme was also planned, designed and built by the local authority and not TFL. If I had been in control I would have certainly not have spent your money on the cycle

lanes but would have looked to renovate Broomfield House. You may have also noticed recently a significant number of “green bikes” appearing like algae in our streets and pavements recently. These “Urbo bikes” (as they are called) are dock less bikes which you can hire and simply drop off anywhere. They are currently on trial and if you have any comments or observations please let your local councillors know. Personally I think they are dangerous as they can be left anywhere (until collected and re-docked) and make our street scene ugly. They have already been withdrawn following trials in several towns France and Belgium. A “Green Elephant” perhaps? On a personal note, after 16 years representing Winchmore Hill Ward I will be stepping down as a Local Councillor (Conservative). It has been an honour and privilege to represent both the residents of my own ward and the people of Enfield. As a local resident and business owner I will soon be on the other side of the fence holding the local authority and local councillors to account.

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Community events at Hazelwood School by Ellie Sales PTA co-chair We are all aware of how our local schools are being affected by recent changes to the budget. Our school and its governing body are looking at ways these cuts will impact on the school and the education it provides our children over the next few years. It's at times like this that the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) can pay an even more crucial role. We are fortunate at Hazelwood to have a diverse community and we like to think that our school works closely with local shops and residents as we believe the success of our school and its community run hand in hand. More recently we combined a fundraising social event with St Monica's primary school. Our annual Comedy night was a roaring success and saw each school raise £800 profit, all for a few laughs. The majority of our events are open to the wider community and we invite you to join us at our; • Ladies Night Friday 27, April from 7pm - Nicole, a mum at our

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school, and her sister Louise are local fashion designers. With their help we organise a fun evening including a fashion show alongside stalls and beauty treatments. Not to mention the bar and some disco music, this is a great night and only costs £5 entry including a glass of prosecco! Buy your tickets on the door. • Nearly New Table Top Sale Sunday, 20 May 9am to 12 noon – If you’ve got some goodies to sell or just fancy a nose around pop in and take a look. Tables are only £20 each, to book please contact laura.hpsa@hotmail.com

• Hazelwood Stock Summer Fete 10, June 12-4pm – Enjoy some live music, entertainment, games and much more. If you are a local music artist and would like to perform please get in touch with us, hpsa@hotmail.co.uk. Hazelwood Parent and Staff Association (HPSA) is a registered charity and with the support of our community, our anonymous donor (£5,000 every year! We thank you) and our main sponsor Anthony Webb Estate Agents we manage to raise an incredible £30,000 per year.



Enfield MP calls for more palliative care funding at newly named Hospice Centre launch Enfield Southgate MP Bambos Charalambous called for an increase in palliative care funding when he attended the launch event for North London Hospice's newly named Health & Wellbeing Centre on Thursday, 15 March. professionals, local business leaders, residents and the Mayor of Enfield Christine Hamilton at the event, which demonstrated the broad range of services - from medical, psychological and emotional support to complementary therapy, rehabilitation and social activities - on offer to patients.

“The amount of money that is spent on palliative care from the NHS is miniscule compared to the benefits that it gives to people,” he told guests at a showcasing of the wide range of support services available to patients at the Winchmore Hill centre. “We need to have more funding, that is a big issue. We are so lucky in Enfield to have such a fantastic facility on our doorstep. I'm absolutely blown away by the thought that has gone into this building and the services that are provided here.” Mr



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“Many people who are afraid of dying have the wrong idea about what a hospice is and they are scared to find out so they don't come,” said Joy Watkins, who is herself a patient at the Health and Wellbeing Centre. “I first came here four years ago because I was in a lot of pain….they not only help me cope with that but what I get here is the space, time and flexibility to talk through things with experts who know about living with quality of life not about dying, and who know about dealing with the impact of a life-threatening illness, practically, emotionally, physically on every level. And that is the support you get when you come to a hospice.”

The new Health and Wellbeing Centre name replaces Outpatients and Therapies and better reflects the multi-professional approach to enable patients and their families who attend the centre to live as well as they possibly can and improve their quality of life. Examples of these activities - including art and drama therapy, acupuncture and seated reiki were demonstrated to the 100+ guests throughout the afternoon. Trudi Leighton, Associate Director at the Health & Wellbeing Centre said: “Over the last year the service has expanded to offer activities such as courses, social and peer support groups and workshops on a range of issues that are common in our patients.

“The principle aim is to enable and empower those that are living with the effects of a lifelimiting condition to manage their symptoms, gain information to help them make decisions, function independently and live as well as is possible.”

Enfield cancer charity launches new premises There was cause for celebration when The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre, Baker Street, Enfield officially launched its new premises. At an event on Friday 26th January, guests were treated to a guided tour of the purpose-designed space and had the opportunity to speak with health-care professionals in their dedicated counselling, lymphoedema, consultation and therapy rooms. The Mayor of Enfield, councillor Christine Hamilton, was on hand to cut the ribbon and said, “It is my pleasure to be here today to open this wonderful new site for The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre. It is superb that such avibrant, enthusiastic team are behind this local support mechanism that does so much to help those in need and their carers and families.” Former client and current volunteer Sue Abbs said, “When I had breast cancer 11 years ago, The Nightingale became a huge part of

my life and recovery. Nothing compares to being able to chat to people going through the same experience.” Andrew Bone, one of the three founding trustees said, “It is wonderful to have such support from the community and we would not be here without them. With the increased space we now have and therefore the diary time now available to us, we hope

to increase our services from helping 600 people a year to over 1000 people a year and the aim is to achieve this within the next three years.” Since the birth of the charity 15 years ago, The Nightingale had been sharing premises with several other charities at The Lancaster Centre, Enfield, limiting the amount of services they could provide.

For further information please contact director Joan Kearns at The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre on 020 366 4333 or email fundraising@nightingalesupport.org.uk The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre is a registered charity, number 1094435. The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre, 187a, Baker Street, Enfield, EN1 3JT.


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Residential burglaries are on the rise by Chief Inspector Neil Billany Hello and welcome to my first contribution to Palmers Green & Southgate Life. By way of an introduction, I am the new Neighbourhoods Chief Inspector for Enfield and I am looking forward to working here. Enfield means a lot to me, having previously lived in Southgate and still having family in the area (near Oakwood Park and Edmonton.) I have spent most of my 17 years in the Met working in front line roles, mainly Neighbourhoods and Response policing, but I join Enfield from Kings Cross where I was responsible for policing the Taxi and Private Hire trade across London. Given how many cabbies live here, I am sure a few of you already know me! The main challenge we face in policing here is dealing with a worrying increase in residential burglaries – to date we are seeing a 17% increase across the borough, with offences equally spread across all areas. The chances of police actually catching a burglary in the act are very slim and we have more difficulty than most given the size of Enfield when compared to most other London boroughs.

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The most effective way to prevent burglaries is through ‘target hardening’, which in short is making your property unappealing to a burglar looking for easy pickings. If you have the money to spare CCTV and alarm systems are highly effective, however making your house less attractive does not need to cost a lot – a sensor operated light costs around £15 and is proven to deter some offenders. Other suggestions could include tactical gardening – planting prickly shrubbery by your garden fence or cutting back shrubs at the front of your property so a burglar cannot work without being seen. A large number of burglaries are very crude – a garden spade left out will be used to smash a patio door or a ladder tucked by the side of your house will be

used to get in an upstairs window. Both of these could be prevented at no cost at all by putting things back in the shed. Enfield Police are active on social media and we run weekly contact sessions in all 21 wards. Further details of these can be found on your local life webpage – go to www.met.police.uk and enter your postcode to see what we are doing on your ward. You can also raise your concerns with your local ward officers and have an input into what their priorities should be – more on this next issue! For further crime prevention advice please have a look at www.securedbydesign.com, not all ideas cost money and it could make the difference between you being a victim of burglary or not.





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Successful language learning: learning from the children by Laura Scaramella The fundamental elements of learning a language are only a few: being exposed to it by hearing lots of it and putting it into practise by speaking at any opportunity are two of them. But the most important is a fearless and trusting mind. When I was at school, I studied German for years, however, the only phrase I can say is ‘und so weiter’, which means etcetera. But why after so many years can I only say such a useless phrase? This is because it is the only phrase that my teacher used to say in German when teaching us. We never got to hear much German nor did we speak it in class. These are clearly great disadvantages when learning a language as hearing it continuously in context underpins learning. Speaking it is another pillar of a successful methodology. Our adults and children classes are taught in the target language and are given plenty of opportunities for speaking.

Children, unlike adults, are less preoccupied with understanding every single word, so long as they can follow the general meaning, they will be interested. Their attitude generates a virtuous circle, the more they hear then the more they understand. This is the natural way of learning our mother tongue. Context is most important, for example, if the child doesn’t know what the word ‘apple’ means, if the parent holds an apple in their hand as they talk, the child will learn the word. Adult learners have the same ability but most tend to question and focus on what they don’t understand. They demand to understand every single

word and feel lost when they don’t. In the previous example, they hear a sort of ‘bla, bla, bla, mela’ and rather than focus on the meaning of ‘mela=apple’ which is clear from the context, they focus on the ‘bla, bla, bla’. This becomes exhausting and ineffective. Successful adult learners trust themselves and have a mental openness similar to that of children. They are fearless and let the language soaks into their mind, capturing the essentials and more. If you are interested in learning a language, let the children teach you to be fearless.

Our new Italian classes for children and adults start after Easter. For more info please visit: www.parlaitaliano.co.uk, email laura@parlaitaliano.co.uk or phone 07941092593

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Gifts liable to Inheritance Tax (IHT) by Alex Chrysostomou Alexander Associates, your local accountant 24A Aldermans Hill, Palmers Green, London N13 4PN Tel: 020 8882 6611 Fax: 020 8882 6621 Email: alex@alexassociates.co.uk Website: www.alexandersandco.com

If you make a gift to someone, the inheritance tax on that gift might not necessary be due when you die. Capital gifts during your lifetime can be subject to IHT at the rate of 20%, unless the recipient is exempt or the gift is covered by a separate exemption. There are exemptions for gifts made to political parties, charities and housing associations and for gifts used for a national purpose or for the maintenance of historic buildings. Gifts which don’t qualify for an exemption include those to hospitals which are not registered as

a charity, those to charities which are registered outside the EU and those to political lobbying movements. Lifetime gifts are not chargeable to IHT where they fall within your annual exemption of £3,000. If you don’t use all this exemption in one tax year, you can roll-over the unused amount to the next year, but not beyond. Now is a good time to review the gifts you have made during the tax year. Small gifts of up to £250 per person per annum are exempt; so are regular gifts which amount to normal expenditure

out of your income. Your nil rate band of £325,000 can cover gifts made in the last seven years which are not specifically exempt. Capital gifts over your available nil rate band are potentially subject to IHT; it largely depends on who has received the gift. Needless to say that planning around IHT is a sensitive and complex topic. If you require any advice around this area or any other tax matters, please feel free to contact us.

If you have an accounting question for Alex please e-mail him directly he will be happy to assist you, alternatively Alexander Associates offer an initial free consultation, please contact them to find out more. Disclaimer: The information provided in this article should not be construed as legal advice and the information is offered for information purposes only. You should always seek advice from an appropriately qualified accountant on any specific accountancy enquiry.

How to update your kitchen on a budget by Mick Lawton your local Palmers Green DIY Doctor For many of us the kitchen is the heart of the home. It is also one of the most important considerations for buyers when looking around a prospective new home. Replacing a tired kitchen can add thousands to the value of your home but there are alternatives if you are working to a budget. Here are my simple tips to spruce up your look without breaking the bank. • Replace old fashion doors with modern ones if the framework is still in good shape. It’s quick, effective and relatively low cost. • Give your cabinetry a quick refresh with a few coats of paint and renew your splashback to transform the look of your kitchen. • Soft furnishings, floating shelfs, ceiling

racks, vintage cookware and furniture can really add a wow factor to your kitchen, don’t be afraid to mix and match. • If you have a little more money to spend a new work top will work wonders and makes any tired kitchen look brand new. • A new floor will also give your kitchen a fresh look, and you can save money by running it under plinths as opposed to wall to wall. • Add a feature wall using wallpaper or tiles to create a stunning modern look. Make sure you choose wallpaper that is specially designed for the kitchen so it is heat and steam resistant.

• New appliances can refresh your kitchen without changing any of the furniture. You’ll need to ensure that they will fit into your existing space. Freestanding appliances can be replaced more easily. Why not visit Top Discount in Palmers Green, they have a great range of appliances as well as friendly helpful staff. • Consider lighting to add atmosphere to your kitchen. Ideally, you should have task lights, such as spotlights over the worktops, halogen bulbs on the extractor and overhead lighting with ambient light in a dining area.

If you’re stuck for inspiration take a look at some design magazines or give me a call. I will be happy to pop over and discuss the options. www.micklawton.com, or contact me on 07985 412 599

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• Two bedrooms • Ground floor flat with garden • Spacious living room • Off street parking • Long lease

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Elmdale Road, Palmers Green, N13

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Don't get caught out by the new Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) Regulations by Vanessa Gills Head of Property Management at Anthony Webb

There are serious implications for HMO landlords who do not obtain a Mandatory HMO LICENCE, under the new criteria announced on 23, February 2018. The new legislation comes into force as of the 1, October 2018 in England. The Order changes the definition of a HMO property under the Housing Act 2004. The current definition is any property: • occupied by 5 or more people; • formed of 2 or more separate households; and • comprising 3 or more storeys.

The new definition for the purposes of a HMO license will be: • occupied by 5 or more people; and • formed of 2 or more separate households. Changes to the legislation will see many more properties fall under the banner of an HMO. Houses, flats (including those above shops) and single storey dwellings will all be liable for the new licence.

Other changes coming into force are; • Mandatory licensing will apply to individual flats and homes with five or more occupants, if at least two of them are unrelated (from different households) • Licenses will specify which rooms may be used for sleeping accommodation and the number of persons who may occupy such sleeping accommodation. • There is also a requirement to review the mandatory licensing requirement in 2023 and every five years thereafter.

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There were a range of other proposals which were included in the consultation such as minimum room sizes. These are not in the regulations but that does not mean that they will not be coming into force in the future.

Be warned that in some cases lenders are now refusing mortgage applications if the licence hasn’t been issued, on the other hand improved standards in their properties may result in more favourable mortgage applications.

Transition period Landlords who already have a license will not need to apply for a new license until their current license expires even if that is after 1st October 2018. This will apply to existing HMO licences under a local authority additional licensing scheme as well as landlords who have a selective licence. Those who will fall within the new definition after 1st October 2018 may need to make changes to the property because of the number of people occupying the room. As such, advice should be sought sooner rather than later. There is NO GRACE PERIOD and so if a landlord falls within the new description they will need to get a licence application in before 1 October.

Ultimately the licence is designed to deter rogue landlords. It is important that tenants are housed in suitable and effective housing and after 1, October tenants must be shown that the property is licensed BEFORE they move in or before a new AST is issued to a current tenant, otherwise the landlord is in breach of Section 21 legislation.

Landlords, with properties that fall within the criteria 5 unrelated people sharing facilities, - will break the law if they do not APPLY for an HMO licence BY 1st October 2018.

We anticipate that there will be a rush on applications to the council and therefore recommend that you apply for the licence as soon as possible to avoid any delays and possible prosecution. At Anthony Webb we manage a number of HMO's for our landlords. If you have any questions regarding your rental property and want some professional advice please do not hesitate to contact me on 020 8882 7888.



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Farm memories sought for local history project The search is on for Enfield residents who have previously worked at Forty Hall Farm, or anyone who has memories of the Farm and its history. Thanks to funding from The Enfield Society, Forty Hall Farm in north Enfield has been awarded a project grant to produce a series of information boards for visitors, to tell the history of the Farm and farming in Enfield. Farm manager Kate McGeevor explains: “The Farm has been open to the public for several years, but we have not been very good at telling our visitors about the development and history of the Farm. Our generous grant from The Enfield Society will change that, allowing us to produce and install a series of information boards to tell the Farm’s history. We already have some information about how the Farm has developed over the years and have also gathered lots of useful information from the Local Archives at the Dugdale Centre. But what we really want to hear and collect are people’s memories of the Farm, especially from those who might have worked here over the years.”

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producing food for the people who lived and worked on the Estate. Since the 1950s, the Farm has been run as a separate agricultural business, with several tenant farmers leasing it over the years.

Land girls in Southgate Park, during WWII. Source: Enfield Local Studies Centre.

Forty Hall Farm is run by Capel Manor College, the only further education college in London specialising in learning about the environment, who use the Farm as an educational centre for student practical sessions. The Farm is part of the Forty Hall Estate and would have originally been a home farm,

If you used to work at the Farm or know someone that did, or if you have any memories of the Farm that you’d like to share for the history project, please contact Kate McGeevor on 07713 488501 or by email fortyhallfarm@capel.ac.uk. Those with memories to share are also invited to the spring reopening of the Farm next month. You can go along to its popular Lambing Weekend on Saturday, 24 and Sunday, 25 March from 11am to 4pm, where staff will be running a stall about the history project. Visit the Farm website www.fortyhallfarm.org.uk for more information.



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Say no to animal testing by Kiri from Fabulous Hair Company Fabulous Hair Company 382 Green Lanes, N13 5PD Tel: 020 8886 7070 Welcome to the Spring issue, let's hope the weather improves from here on in! I’m glad to see the disruptions of the cycle lane nearing to an end but sad to see so many shops empty in Palmers Green. Let’s hope Enfield Council have got this right only time will tell. On a personal note you might see me riding an Urbo bike as I try to embrace the new changes to our high road. In this month’s article I want to look at cruelty free hairdressing, at Fabulous Hair we partner ourselves with Paul Mitchell products. In 1980, Paul Mitchell became the first professional beauty company to publicly stand up against animal testing. Now 38 years later, that pledge to our furry friends remains a driving force in all that we do. A few ago, Paul Mitchell® Co-founder John Paul DeJoria made the decision to stop selling our products in China when animal testing became a mandate, reaffirming our steadfast commitment to being

cruelty-free. If you don’t use hair colour now, chances are you will at some point in your life. Some people never colour their hair. Others, well let’s just say they don’t even remember their natural hair colour but for many females hair colouring tends to a monthly routine. What most people don’t even realise is that some hair colours can be tested on animals. Of course, there are companies that do not and have never tested on animals like Paul Mitchell, and that’s why it is important to be informed. Ask your salon stylist and know what you are promoting when you colour your hair from companies that do test on animals verses a company that does not. I would

ask your hairdresser what products they use, and do they know if they test their products on animals, if you want to check for yourself visit Beauty without Bunnies online. In the modern world surely we do not need to continue testing on animals. Fabulous are proud to be supporting Hazelwood School at their upcoming Ladies Night on Friday, 27 April. We will be styling the models hair and look forward to seeing them strut their stuff on the catwalk. Pop along if you're free tickets are £5 on the door.

If you have any questions that need answering quickly regarding your hair care, please email me at kc@fabuloushaircompany.com and I will get back to you soon as I can. If you enjoyed my article let us know, like us on Facebook and we will enter you in our monthly competition for a chance of winning a Paul Mitchell in-salon Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin treatment worth £25. Just go to our website www.fabuloushaircompany.com, and click the Facebook/ Instagram icon to follow and a chance to win a AWG treatment.

Pain is so much more than “It hurts” by Nicola Forward, your local Amatsu Practitioner

When we think of pain we might think “ouch”, “discomfort”, “annoying”, but I have started to understand from my clients that pain can mean so much more. It can mean being unable to do the gardening, worrying about being invited out for dinner as it involves sitting for too long, being unable to play the sports you love or having your sleep disturbed. It could mean that simple household tasks are not so easy or maybe brushing your hair or tying your shoes has become difficult. Amatsu client, Sallie contacted me with pain in her lower back that radiated down through her legs. She said: “It’s beginning to affect my concentration and energy levels. Being a dog owner and keen walker, life was getting pretty miserable as the pain was becoming more constant.” She decided to investigate Amatsu, having read some very positive reports and she was particularly attracted to our non-invasive and holistic approach to client wellbeing. I’ll let Sallie describe her experience.

“I was amazed to find considerable improvement after just one session with Nicola, remaining free of the usual pain for several days, before it returned but on a much milder scale. “The improvement continued after session two, with a slightly longer period of pain relief, and after the third treatment, the pain had almost completely disappeared. The previously reduced range of movement in my hips also improved and I found that my energy and concentration levels were much better. “Nicola is a very welcoming and calming practitioner and I soon became very comfortable with the specific movements that she utilises in order to correct posture and movement. “I’m looking forward to further sessions with Nicola in order to maintain my corrected

posture and new-found energy levels!” With Amatsu, I very gently realign your body releasing your habitual postural tensions helping to relieve your pain. After each session together I suggest simple ‘self-maintenance’ for you to fit in between our sessions to help support your health and wellbeing. Sallie and I are both very pleased with the results from Amatsu and for the most part Sallie has now taken charge of her own self-care with an occasional ‘Amatsu tweak’.

If pain is overshadowing the joy in your life then you could call me for an informal chat about how Amatsu could make the difference for you. Mobile: 07720 81 01 01 Email: nicolaforward@aol.com www.amatsutherapyintl.com And you could take advantage of my special “3 for 2” Introductory Offer.

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In the Garden with Paul Knight Get in your garden and enjoy spring! Contact Paul on 07957 942728 info@outside-designs.co.uk or visit his website www.outside-designs-shop.co.uk Spring is here, my favorite time of year. After a long winter it is such a welcome site to see the days lengthening, to feel some warmth from the sun and to see plants waking up with their new buds and leaves. The first to show are the snowdrops, popping up through the cold hard

ground and followed by crocuses and then come the daffodils and tulips. All a site to behold and it makes you feel glad to be alive and really happy to be a gardener. As spring is upon us, it is time to start preparing the garden for the new growing season. Think about what changes you can make now

before summer is upon us. Here are some tips; If you hadn’t done so already, cut back any dead growth from woody perennials and grasses. Be careful not to prune any flowering shrubs or trees as you could remove this season’s flowers. Spring is a good time to get on top of the weeding, as the ground should be moist, making it is to pull the young plants. Effort put in now will make it easier in the weeks ahead when the temperature rises and everything grows like crazy. Dividing or transplanting plants should be done in spring just after the plants start emerging. A little bit

of warmth and they will grow fast. Add good quality organic mulch to soil. This will add nutrients to the soil and benefit the soil structure and condition, aiding plant growth. A nice thick layer that can be left on the surface or lightly forked in. Once the frosts have finished you can get to work on lawn maintenance. Aerating if needed, scarifying, to remove the moss and adding a spring feed. Adding lawn seed to an existing lawn really helps it look healthy and lush. Time to think about getting your boots on enjoying the garden! Until next time, Paul

Call us for all your garden needs; Garden design • Planting design • Landscape construction • Irrigation • Maintenance Follow us on Twitter outsidedesigns1 See our range of bespoke garden furniture at www.outside-designs-shop.co.uk

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Premiere of Amazon film by local actors Kate Braithwaite and Sean Lerwill – a Scottish road movie adventure.

A moving and funny black comedy about a suicidal mechanic being helped by his pregnant Persian neighbour.



A MAN OF NO AMBITION Using his charm and dry wit Ralph T Hutchings presents extracts from his TV series.





SHORTS PREMIERE The 2018 Talkies commissions by talented young makers creating short films located Palmers Green. THURS JULY 5 THE DUGDALE CENTRE


Pro - and anti - government demonstrators are brought together in the back of a police van after a demonstration.

An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country.

A wealthy art gallery owner can’t put down her exhusband's new novel.






Retelling of romance between a struggling young actor and Oscar-winner Gloria Grahame.

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Funny, musical and occasionally dramatic, this is the story of tumultuous rise and fall of a Dublin Soul band, The Commitments.

BATTLE OF THE SEXES The true story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

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Lee Valley Crossroads by Alan Weston “Sometimes it gets hard to look after those closest to you and balance having a life of your own” – Sound familiar? – For the last 31 years at times like these Enfield people have turned to Lea Valley Crossroads, we are here for you.” Hi, I am Alan and I work at Lea Valley Crossroads or to give us our full name Carers Trust Lea Valley Crossroads Care Service. We are Enfield’s number one provider of support for people caring for loved ones, in their homes, in the Borough. Why? It’s simple. We have been reliably providing high quality professional care to people in Enfield for the last 31 years. The care we provide is regulated and rated as “Good” by the Care Quality Commission. Additionally we have been awarded the Carers Trust’s Quality Mark assuring you reliably high quality services there when you need them. So what do we do so well to get this

recognition? We put you and the ones you are caring for at the centre of all we do. When you turn to us, as have thousands in the borough before, we conduct a thorough assessment of your care needs and requirements to design a truly personal package that gives you peace of mind. Why do we take such care in matching your needs to the services we provide? It’s so you can really relax and have the break you deserve away from caring in the secure knowledge that all is well at home and for a while you can take time to be yourself. We are proud of the work we do and the 150 families a year that trust us to be there when they need our

support. Proud that we support families to cope with any condition or any age from children to older people caring for even older relatives and friends. Proud to be associated with all organisations working to relieve the stress of unpaid carers. • Even carers need to go to the hairdressers or barbers; • Attend appointments; • Go shopping; • See friends; • Have an undisturbed night’s sleep without getting up to care for a loved one; • Some will need help with personal care, washing, dressing etc.; • Some will need help with medication.

Whatever it is when we are caring for others we all need a break sometimes so when that time comes call us on 020 8373 6210, email info@crossroads-leavalley.org.uk or look us up at www.crossroads-leavalley.org.uk Here for you when you need us most. Carers Trust Lea Valley Crossroads Care Service, your local solution.

Palmers Green Tales by Jenny Bourke www.palmersgreentales.com Find us on Facebook and look for Palmers Green Tales and ask to join the group. Our twitter address is @PGTales Susan Mehmet and myself have made a film about Tom Maysh, the celebrated bicycle manufacturer and keen cyclist who had a shop in Bowes Road backing onto Pymmes Mews, which has been restored by Ian Puddick, our local gin distiller, famous for Old Bakery Gin. The shop was established by Thomas Maysh, Tom’s father, who was an engineer and originally it repaired cars and bikes, but when Tom took over he concentrated on bikes which he sold, repaired and manufactured. We did have some feedback from people who had bought their first bikes at Tom’s

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shop and also from someone who was in this photo taken in 1949, many thanks Jim Hirst. The children are looking at a celebrated cyclist who is racing on a static bike with the mileage and speed on a large display. You can get a clearer picture of what was going on from this photo, in the days before televised sport, local athletic

centre, many thanks to John Clark our Local Studies Officer. Thanks are also due to Odette Coates, Tom’s daughter and Ian Puddick who helped us with their invaluable photos and information.

events were a great draw. Bowes Road and the Bowes Parade of shops were very prosperous, and it included a milliner’s and a tailor’s shop. Susan and I did some very useful research at our local history unit in the Dugdale

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Your Legal Questions Answered

by Fariz Uvais

Fariz Uvais is a Consultant Solicitor at Fahri LLP based in Whetstone North London. Write in and ask your legal questions. Fariz will try and answer your questions in Palmers Green LIFE each month. Send your questions to Fahri LLP, 1268a High Road Whetstone, London N20 9HH or by email to fariz@fahrillp.com. Tel: 0203 813 8457 I have been with my partner for 11 years and we have lived together for 8 years. Our mortgage is in his name. We both work full time and have both paid the mortgage and all bills etc between us for the past 8 years. We have recently broken up but I still live at the property. I sleep in the spare room, although we share all the other rooms, kitchen, living room, etc. My partner says that I do not have any claim against the property because the mortgage and title to property is in his name. Is this correct? If you have contributed towards the mortgage payments from your personal

income, then the position taken by your partner is almost certainly wrong. However, this question raises many related issues which are impossible to cover in an article such as this and there fore you should seek legal advice as a matter of urgency. Even though a person is not a legal owner of a property because the title is not registered in his or her name, in circumstances such as those described in your question one may acquire an equitable interest in the property. Only a Court is able to determine the extent of the equitable interest held by a party and this in turn depends on all the circumstances specific to the case. Details

such as whether or not there were any agreements between the parties before the contributions towards the mortgage payments and/or the upkeep of the property, the nature of the relationship between the parties and many other relevant details are taken into account in determining the share of interest in the property that is awarded on this basis. The reason this type of an interest is referred to as an equitable interest is because the Court is engaged in bringing about a fair and equitable solution to a problem which would without the intervention by the Court end in unjustly enriching one party at the expense of the other.

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I hope that you are all keeping well and enjoying the longer and lighter days. I love springtime when all the daffodils and other flowers spring up making our parks and gardens look pretty and colourful. Also, I view springtime as the doorway to summer holidays which is always something that I look forward to. We are as ever keeping busy advising and guiding those going through a relationship breakup and also those trying to sort out arrangements for children upon separation. We all work very hard on trying to settle matters for parties promptly, amicably and as cost effectively as possible so please let us know if we can assist you in any way.

MCKENZIE, FRIEND OR FOE? Divorce proceedings often result in prolonged negotiations between solicitors and the initiation of Court proceedings where an agreement cannot be reached. The legal costs associated with instructing professionals both inside and out of the Rene Panayiotou Court room can quickly escalate to thousands of pounds. Those who cannot afford to instruct professionals are left with little or no option but to represent themselves. Divorce in itself can be a very demanding and emotionally trying process without the added stress of presenting your own case to the Court. As a result, the possibility of having a McKenzie friend for assistance can seem very appealing to someone in such a vulnerable position.

appeal it was found that every party had a right to have a friend beside him/her in the Court room to ‘give them support, take notes and quietly give them advice’. It is important to note that a McKenzie friend has no legal qualifications. The Court in that case approved the use of an unqualified and unpaid friend. However, nowadays not all McKenzie friends are the good Samaritans that the Court originally envisioned them to be. There have been reports of cases whereby a McKenzie friend has been found to act beyond his role to the detriment of a person’s case. Last year, a McKenzie friend was banned from assisting a mother in her case regarding her children’s matters. The McKenzie friend had been acting on behalf of the mother throughout the case and had been communicating with social services, the court and the father on the mother’s behalf. The

A McKenzie friend is a lay-person who offers moral support and assistance to a litigant in person. The term ‘McKenzie friend’ derives from the case McKenzie v McKenzie: CA 10 July 1970. The husband in this case had been accompanied at Court by a friend who was prompting him during the hearing. The Judge at first instance dismissed Mr McKenzie’s friend and made a judgment in favour of the wife. However, upon

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McKenzie friend’s communications with the father in particular had severely aggravated matters. This friend had even instructed social services to make substantial changes to their core assessment report before the report reached the Judge. The McKenzie friend was so heavily involved in the case that the Court mistakenly recorded the McKenzie friend as the mother’s solicitor on their records. BBC’s Inside Out aired an episode in late February 2018 in relation to McKenzie friends that had overstepped their mark. One lady in particular had acquired a McKenzie friend who had issued an emergency injunction on her behalf to the wrong Court and had failed to effect service of the injunction on the lady’s expartner. All of these errors led the lady having to instruct a solicitor to undo the mess that the McKenzie friend had left her in. On top of giving the lady wrong advice the McKenzie friend had also charged her £500 at their initial meeting to deal with her matter. On that note it is important to bear in mind that McKenzie friends nowadays do charge at an hourly rate, which varies considerably. Sadly, McKenzie friends are not regulated professionals and therefore it is only until an application is rejected or a Judge has banned


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the friend’s involvement that there is ever any recourse for their incorrect advice. Unfortunately by that time the party has often incurred costs of using the McKenzie friend and the delay and added costs of having to undo the McKenzie’s damage to their case. Solicitors and barristers are regulated by independent bodies and a party always has the right to issue a complaint during and after the course of the proceedings. This article is not intended to denigrate McKenzie friends but to simply caution those who acquire them. It can be very tempting to follow the legal advice of someone who is morally supporting you. However, it must be remembered that the McKenzie friends have no legal qualifications and therefore they should only be relied on for support and prompting during a hearing as originally intended by the Courts.

Chapman and Pieri Solicitors are here when all avenues have been exhausted and you need professional support to help you navigate what may be a very emotionally challenging time ahead. We have a team of experienced family lawyers chosen for their warm approach to help you through your journey. If you want to speak to a solicitor please call on 020 8882 9850. We offer a no obligation initial consultation for £75 plus vat.

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Palmers Green and Southgate LIFE Spring 2018  

Free community magazine distributed to 12,000 local homes in Palmers Green and Southgate. Brought to you by Anthony Webb Estate Agents

Palmers Green and Southgate LIFE Spring 2018  

Free community magazine distributed to 12,000 local homes in Palmers Green and Southgate. Brought to you by Anthony Webb Estate Agents


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