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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 09:11

Residents warned against doorstep conmen

Residents warned against doorstep conmen

- Enfield Council is warning residents not to agree to costly home improvements on the doorstep
- Work is often unnecessary and expensive
- Vulnerable and older residents are most at risk

bogus tradesEnfield Council is urging residents not to sign up for home improvements on the doorstep to ensure they are not scammed and conned out of thousands of pounds for unnecessary building work.

Residents are being warned to beware of workmen who turn up offering to do home improvement repairs, lay new driveways or provide gardening services.

The repairs are often completely unnecessary and/or can result in people being overcharged by thousands of pounds compared to the true cost of works.
 
In some cases residents have been escorted to the bank by the rogue builders to withdraw large sums of money in cash to pay for the works. 
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “These conmen generally target the older and more vulnerable members of society, and though we will not hesitate to prosecute any known rogue sellers and seek to recoup any money victims have lost, it is, of course, preferable if residents avoid getting ensnared in the first place.

"We therefore strongly advise residents not to sign up for any building works on the doorstep, however tempting the offer may be. Remember a moment's hesitation can lead to a lifetime of regret."

How do uninvited doorstep sellers operate?
 
-Usually they “cold call” i.e. knock at your door without invitation;

-If their vehicle has a UK registration they may park it out of sight;

-They persuade the resident to have work done that is not necessary – typically, to the roof, driveways, gutters and fascias or general garden work;

-Often they will say they are only working in the area for a short time so are offering you a special or discounted price, and then pressurise you for the works to start straight away;

-Once work starts, they may say they want more money and provide you with poor reasons;

-They may ask you to make payment by bank transfer. be particularly suspicious if this is to an account, not in the trader's name. Remember, if in doubt, DO NOT PAY OUT;

-They will not offer you a “cooling off” period, which you are legally entitled to; and

-They will not give you written notice detailing your right to cancel the contract.

Enfield Council offers the following advice to residents:
 
-Don’t rush to part with your money. Wait 14 days to cool off and think about it, get other quotes and opinions.

Most repair and maintenance can wait 14 days before you agree to contract. Do not be pressurised by false claims such as ‘your roof is rotten and can fall down’ or ‘you can be prosecuted if someone is hurt’ by an issue at your property.

These are just tricks these con artists use to prey on your fears. Never pay cash, only pay directly (cheque, credit/debit card, bank transfer) in the name of the person your contract is with.

-If you are approached by any person offering to carry out repairs to your property, and you feel unable to say no, tell them you are not the home owner. If you not sure who is at your door, don’t open the door. 

-You can carry out checks of any trader you are thinking of employing to do work at your property.

Visit the trader at their business or home address to confirm who they are, and/or ask for photo i.d and a recent utility bill and keep a copy. Ask for their public liability insurance, and what permissions and qualifications are required for the work to be carried out.

Check online or with a surveyor. If you feel you may have a rogue trader at your property, without putting yourself at harm take a picture of the vehicle registration number and trader. 

-You should always use a reputable trader and get three quotes for the work.

-If you feel threatened ring 999 or if you are suspicious call Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06 who will refer the matter to Enfield Trading Standards who will then contact you. 

-Visit Which? Trusted Trader website for a list of contractors who have signed up to trading responsibly.

The survey is now live and it can be accessed via our www.enfield.gov.uk/enfieldtownmasterplan

The Draft Framework Master Plan covers the borough’s primary town centre and aims to provide planning, design and development advice for Enfield Town and will help guide future regeneration opportunities. The consultation is asking the public and interested parties to consider whether the draft document has captured all relevant principles for achieving the desired vision and regeneration strategy for Enfield’s historic Market Town.

The Draft has been published for a six week consultation period from Monday 10th July 2017 to 5.00pm Monday 28th August 2017.

The draft document will be available for review online at: www.enfield.gov.uk/enfieldtownmasterplan or as hard copies at the Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield, EN1 3XA and at the following libraries: Enfield Town, Palmers Green, and Ordnance Unity Centre.

Public Drop-in Session

An opportunity to ask questions and discuss the Draft Framework Master Plan with council officers has been arranged for Thursday 27th July between 6.00pm – 8.00pm in the Place Shaping Room, Enfield Civic Centre.

For more information about the document, the drop-in session, and consultation process please contact the Local Plans team by email localplan@enfield.gov.uk or phone 020 8379 3866.  Comments on the draft document should be sent to:localplan@enfield.gov.uk

 

Masterplan

guide dog logoThe role involves bringing up a puppy for it's first year of life before it goes on to train as a Guide Dog, if suitable. It takes a lot of time, commitment and love but the end result is a very special animal. Feeding, training and caring for a puppy's daily needs is time consuming. When very young, puppies cannot be left on their own for extended periods of time. Our guideline is 3 hours maximum. Will you be able to commit the time required for this?

The puppy will need exposure to busy town conditions on a regular basis: shops, traffic, crowds. It will also need to be familiarised with car travel and public transport. Would you be able to provide this experience?

You need to have a suitable area in your home to accomodate the puppy with easy access to a hard surfaced or gravel toileting area.

You will receive support throughout the process from a Puppy Walking Supervisor. They will visit regularly to check on progress, give practical advice and assist with any difficulties you may encounter.

 

Minimum age: 18 years

Any current pets must be of a suitable temperament for the puppy.Guide Dogs

This role is not suitable for full time workers.

You must be willing to adhere to the training instructions set by supervisors or this could impact on the puppy's future training as a Guide Dog.

This opportunity is currently only available in the following postcodes: EN1-EN5

For more information, please visit the Guide Dogs website:
http://www.guidedogs.org.uk/supportus/volunteering

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On Tuesday 27th June, there were celebrations outside Barclays bank to mark 50 years of the ATM.  The gospel choir from St Anne's Catholic High School entertained the crowd that had turned out despite the downpour of rain. Barclay Guards joined in with the celebrations and spontaneously joined the choir in their own rendition of Katy Perry's 'Roar'. 

 

The first automated teller machine (ATM) was famously opened on 27th June 1967 by Reg Varney of 'On the Buses'.  To mark the special occasion, one of the current ATMs has been given a gold makeover and is accompanied by a new plaque. 

 

Local apprentices are being given the opportunity to climb the workplace ladder on the building site of the new Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield.

Edmund Sully, 38, and Davey Xhika, 19, both live in Enfield and both attended Enfield College, where they studied plumbing. Now they’ve been offered full time jobs as apprentice plumbers on the large hospital site and are learning a whole host of new skills.

Edmund is working for Norstead and Davey is working for another contractor, called Lalux, who are both under the main contractors, IHP.

Both apprentices are supervised on the job and are being given tasks such as being responsible for the stores, which helps them learn the names of all the equipment, as well as cutting and threading pipes.

Davey Xhika said: “I’ve always been more interested in practical stuff. The important thing is to listen and learn and be able to take the banter on a building site!”

Edmund Sully added: “I’ve done all sorts of jobs including working in a milk factory and some plumbing related work but this is the first time I’ve worked on a site. You do need to be physically fit and happy to work in all weathers but I enjoy the work and the people you meet.”

Steve Williams, senior site manager from IHP, said: “We are keen to promote construction within the local neighbourhood and show people this can be an interesting career. We’re looking for people who have that desire to learn and develop. I love this job, it’s great to be able to point out iconic buildings and tell people you’ve been involved with the build.”

Chase Farm apprentices

 

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Two gardens which have been designed to help support patient care, rehabilitation and recovery have opened at Chase Farm Hospital today.

 

The gardens were funded thanks to an appeal launched by the Chase Farm Charity which raised over £125,000.


RFCThe first of the two gardens is a dementia care garden, which uses colour, scent and visual stimulation to evoke memories. It recreates a residential street from the post-war era, complete with period shop fronts, street lamps and even a real Mini.


It has been proven that dementia patients respond positively when given free access to outdoor areas. Agitation and aggression is reduced and there is an increase in memory recall (1).

The second garden is aimed at patients recovering from a stroke. It is based on a Japanese design and will provide a tranquil haven for patients for whom the noise of a busy ward can be overwhelming, as well as a quiet place for family and friends to visit. It also incorporates a gardening project with raised beds to enable patients to participate in gardening activities, all designed to support recovery.
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Ruth Gardiner, a recent patient at the hospital said: "I walked around the garden with my physio, it was beautiful and I also sat out with a cup of tea when my son came to visit. The lights are lovely when they come on at night.”

Tracy Goodman, urgent care matron, said: "The dementia garden is designed to be a trip down memory lane. The idea was always to create something that would help to stimulate patients.

“When it comes to recovering from a brain injury this can mean many weeks of prolonged hospital stay for our stroke patients. Patients now have a safe and welcoming space for them to continue their therapy in the fresh air. It’s also a great place to simply come and think.”

The therapy gardens have been designed to the highest specification by a landscape architect and involved consultation with nurses, therapists and patients. They will be used by more than two hundred patients every year, along with hundreds more visiting family and friends and staff.

Chris Burghes, chief executive of the Royal Free Charity, said: “So many people have been involved in this project from fundraising to giving up their time to help create the gardens. It has been amazing to see it all come together.

“We are incredibly lucky to have hospital wards that lead directly out on to gardens and now patients, staff and visitors can take full advantage of this.  The new therapy gardens aim to be an example of best practice that others can learn from.  At the moment, if people want to see the best example of a dementia garden they have to travel to a dementia village in the Netherlands.  In the future, we hope people will travel to see these gardens.”

Monday, 12 June 2017 20:02

Become an Enfield Police Cadet

 

Met Police CadetsDo you know someone aged between 10 and 21 who would like to join the Volunteer Police Cadets?


Enfield Police Cadets are vital and appreciated members of our service who assist with local and London wide events in their spare time. These include local town shows or fairs and also high profile events like Remembrance Parade, the London Marathon, film premieres and conferences.


Cadets meet once a week in the evening and are involved in activities at the weekend and during school holidays.  Volunteer Police Cadets also have the chance to gain Duke of Edinburgh Awards and other accredited skills which provide them with greater opportunities for obtaining education, employment and training for the future.

If you would like to join, contact our Enfield VPC Co-ordinator PC Julian Pell-Coggins on 0208 345 1110 or 07714 300735 or go to https://www.met.police.uk/cadets to find out more.


We look forward to welcoming you to our Police family.

Thursday, 01 June 2017 08:22

MP Candidate Interviews

Emma Rigby from Love Your Doorstep, along with Francis Sealey of Enfeld Voices and GlobalNet21, interview the candidates for the borough's three constituencies.  Here's your chance to watch them answering questions from the community.

 

Enfield Southgate Candidates

 

David Burrowes - Conservative

 

Bambos Charalambous - Labour

 

Pippa Morgan - Lib Dems

 

David Flint -Green Party
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Enfield North Candidates

 

Nick De Bois - Conservative

 

Joan Ryan - Labour

 

Nicholas da Costa - Lib Dems

 

Bill Linton - Green Party

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Edmonton Candidates

 

Nigel Sussman - UKIP

 

David Schmitz - Lib Dems

 

Benjamin Gill - Green Party

 

Gonul Daniels - Conservative

 

Kate Osamor - Labour

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- Enfield in Bloom competition opens; entries to be received up to 9 June
- 17 categories available encompassing different types of gardens and open spaces
- Enfield in Bloom is run entirely by volunteers
 
Enfield is one of the greenest boroughs in London and what better way to show off our gardening successes than with the annual Enfield in Bloom competition.
 
Supported by Enfield Council and run entirely by volunteers, the competition’s aim is to encourage residents, local businesses and schools to help improve the environment through horticulture.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “The competition is one of the highlights of the calendar. Every year the quality of the entries exceeds our expectations and we are sure 2017 won't be an exception.

"Communal and residential gardens help to create welcoming spaces in our neighbourhoods and our green spaces are the pride of Enfield. We are therefore very lucky to have such keen gardeners, volunteers andENfield in Bloom 2 organisations, such as Enfield in Bloom.

“We are always focusing on encouraging growth and sustainability in Enfield and we want residents to have access to green open spaces and high quality leisure activities. Enfield in Bloom plays an important role in helping us to achieve that aim.”
 
Dennis Lushey, Chairman of Enfield in Bloom said, “There is plenty of scope in this year's competition for everyone to show off their gardening skills. In addition, there are many volunteering opportunities with Enfield in Bloom. Over the years we have planted millions of bulbs alongside verges, schools, businesses and parks. If you’d like to volunteer please get in contact and help keep Enfield flourishing with colour.”

All competition entries must be received by Friday 9 June. There are 17 categories including Front Gardens, School Grounds, Innovative Growing Spaces (including Allotments), so there’s a category to suit everyone. Entry forms are available at the Civic Centre on Silver Street, libraries, Clockhouse Nursery on Forty Hill and at www.enfieldinbloom.org.uk.

 

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