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Enfield Takes the High Road

Published Tuesday, 02 April 2013

Enfield Council has started the second phase of a project designed to reduce crime and make residents of a New Southgate estate feel safer.

The first phase of the project was the Red Brick Estate Improvements which has seen high brick walls lowered, disused alleyways blocked up, trees thinned and open space beautified in an effort to open up the estate and improve visibility, therefore reducing the likelihood of anti-social behaviour and crime being committed.

The project is part of the wider Take the High Road Project which aims to improve open spaces in New Southgate so they are improved, made safer and more attractive so they are better used,

Work to the High Road has now started and will include planting new trees, repaving surfaces and creating a new direct walking and cycling link between High Road and Friern Barnet Road through the High View Estate.

Work on traffic calming measures and improvements to open spaces will also take place and will include the extensive renovation of the High Road Open space which will include the installation of an out door gym, sporting facilities and a playground for young children.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Business and Regeneration, Cllr Del Goddard, said: "We're forging ahead with delivering real improvements to New Southgate, we listened to what residents wanted and we are delivering a programme of significant improvements to the entire area so it can be opened up and made more attractive for the whole neighbourhood to enjoy.

"Our plan from the start was to deliver real improvements that helped to design out crime and anti social behaviour and turn new Southgate into a thriving, pleasant and vibrant area for everyone, we know there is still work to be done, but we are well on our way to achieving our aim."

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Ahmet Oykener, said: "I'm delighted we've finished the project to open up and improve the environment within the Red Brick estate and improve resident's quality of life and make them feel safer.

"We are absolutely committed to building safe, secure, pleasant estates for our residents to live in where families can thrive and our children can enjoy safe, stimulating play areas. This project will go a long way towards improving the quality of life for the people living in the Red Brick Estate and I'm very pleased we've been able to reflect their views in developing this project."

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