Whitewebbs Park petition
This petition for the protection and preservation of Whitewebbs Park is now active on the Council’s website. Please sign the petition on line by going to https://governance.enfield.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx…
If the petition is to have any effect it is vital that we collect as many signatures as possible. Please sign it yourself and ask your friends and neighbours to do so. Please do not delay.
The process is simple. Go to the site above, click the “sign petition” link. Fill in your name and address (this is ensure that all signatures are valid) and click “continue”.
Copies of the petition for manual signing will be available shortly. A full list of the places where you can sign will be published on Facebook and on the website. Here is the full text of the petition with the accompanying text.
We the undersigned
1. call upon the Council to avoid any measures or developments that will in any way restrict the citizens of Enfield from freely enjoying full access to the woodlands, amenities, current physical activities, golf and the open spaces of Whitewebbs Park.
2. ask that the Council restrict developments and landholding in the park to those that will maintain full use of the park by ordinary citizens and to those that will not damage or radically change the atmosphere, usage and environment of the park.
3. ask that no development will be permitted that will have an adverse effect on the climate and air quality of Enfield through construction work and traffic generation.
4. Ask that nothing be done that will adversely affect the ancient woodland and biodiversity of the whole park.
5. ask that there be full public consultation with all interested park users before any proposals are agreed and implemented.
Enfield Chase Protection – Whitewebbs Park
The Enclosure Acts from the 1770s to the early 1800s allowed the rich and the powerful, through leases and freehold purchase, to divide up and enclose the common land of Enfield Chase. Through the greed of the rich and influential and ineffectual action by parish councils, the poor got little or nothing for their loss of rights and benefits.
In 1931 Enfield Urban District Council redressed this to some extent by purchasing the 243 acres Whitewebbs Park Estate as public open space for the people of Enfield. The park contains 140 acres of ancient woodland and a 103 acre public golf course. It is a unique relic of the historic Enfield Chase in Enfield.
The park is open to all, with free parking for about 100 cars, a small café and many footpaths that allow visitors to enjoy the open spaces and woodland. It makes an important contribution to the mental and physical health of Enfield residents. The golf course provides low cost physical activity for ordinary citizens who cannot afford to, or do not want to, join a private club.
The ancient woodland with its magnificent oaks and hornbeams helps clean the air of Enfield and makes a significant local contribution to combating climate change. The trees and open spaces, including the golf course make a major contribution to the biodiversity of the borough.
While it is poorly served by public transport this metropolitan park has adequate free car parking making it accessible to people from all over the borough, the young, the old, the infirm, the recovering, families with young children, runners and walkers, riders and cyclists.
This Petition closes on 31/01/2020.
If you know people who would like to sign the petition but do not have computer access, please download this form for manual entry. The completed form can be dropped off at 3 Lea Road, the Village Wholefood Store, Forty Hill and the Whitewebbs Cafe. It can also be scanned and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org .