Enfield London Borough Council

All of the seats in Enfield were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change


Elected in 2018 46 Total councillors 46 Change+5


Elected in 2018 17 Total councillors 17 Change-5
Councillors change compared with 2014

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  1. Man goes without heating and hot water since March

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    A man has been without heating or hot water for almost nine months after the boiler broke down in his council flat.

    Steven Akintewe, who lives in Shropshire House, Edmonton, said he had faced a “stressful” time as he was forced to boil pots and pans on his oven to fill his bath.

    He said he called Enfield Council to report the broken boiler on 9 March – before the first coronavirus lockdown.

    “No-one came,” Mr Akintewe said. “I was phoning every single week, and they were saying ‘we are working on it’. I didn’t know where to turn.

    “It was stressful, just being without hot water and not bathing properly. It’s cold. I’ve been getting cooking pots, putting them on the oven, heating them up and pouring them into my bath – back and forth, back and forth.”

    Mr Akintewe said he emailed MP for Edmonton Kate Osamor and council leader Nesil Caliskan in October, and he was recently told someone would arrive to fix the boiler soon.

    “It is still broken, but someone should be coming,” he said. “Also, they found out last month that my emergency tank has issues. Normally, if your boiler is not working, you have got an emergency tank.”

    An Enfield Council spokesperson said: “We are very sorry to hear that Mr Akintewe was dissatisfied by the service provided by Enfield Council and for the delay in resolving the issues in his home.

    “The delay was partly exacerbated by the outbreak of Covid-19, which caused unexpected and severe disruption to our repairs schedule and issues with getting access into the property. We are glad we are now in a position to proceed with the necessary repairs and the case will be resolved."

  2. London areas to receive Covid-19 mass testing kits

    Twenty one areas in London are to get mass testing for coronavirus.

    The kits, which can deliver results within 15 minutes, are being rolled out to select areas across the country.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the tests would help to detect asymptomatic cases.

    The areas in London getting the kits are:

    Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Brent, Camden, City of London, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Wandsworth.

  3. Boost for netball fans with public court refurb pledge

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    Netball in north London has been given a significant boost after councillors approved the refurbishment of popular public courts.

    The decision means the nine courts in Broomfield Park, Palmers Green, will be resurfaced and partially reconstructed, with floodlights installed to allow them to be used throughout the year.

    More than 800 people attend the park on a typical Saturday when the courts are used by the North London Netball League.

    The application to revamp the courts, which are also used for tennis, was considered by Enfield Council’s planning committee yesterday.

    A planning officer told the meeting that the courts are “the only netball facilities in the borough” and are “an essential part of the netball community in north London”.

  4. Covid-19 testing centre opens in Enfield

    A centre providing coronavirus tests for frontline health and care workers has opened in Enfield.

    Lee Valley Athletics Centre

    The drive-through facility at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre in Edmonton is open to people working in the NHS or a care setting with symptoms of Covid-19.

    It can also be used by people who live in the same household as these workers and have symptoms of the virus.

    Testing is only available to people with a booked and confirmed appointment letter at the specified time.

    Enfield Council’s leader Cllr Nesil Caliskan, who recently urged the government to ramp up testing after warning coronavirus cases in care homes were “rapidly increasing”.

    Ms Caliskan said: “This is a helpful start, but we will not rest until all of our 5,500 frontline care sector workers in Enfield have been able to access tests as a matter of urgency.

  5. Council leader urges more testing of care home workers

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    A council leader has warned localised outbreaks of coronavirus in care homes are “rapidly increasing” as she urged ministers to protect staff and residents.

    Nesil Caliskan, leader of Enfield Council

    Nesil Caliskan, leader of Enfield Council, has called on the government to ensure enough personal protective equipment such as face masks reaches “forgotten” care homes and care workers.

    Ms Caliskan claimed there had never been enough stock of the equipment at Enfield care homes to last “more than two or three days”.

    Her pleas came in a letter to health secretary Matt Hancock dated 16 April, a day before the tragic death of Enfield care worker Sonya Kaygan, who worked at Elizabeth Lodge Care Home in Winchmore Hill.

    She added that in the week beginning 6 April there were just ten testing places available for a care workforce of 5,000 staff in Enfield and that some had to travel to Wembley to take part.

    The National Care Forum (NCF), which represents care providers, said it estimated around 4,000 residents had died from Covid-19 within UK residential and nursing services up to 13 April.

    The Department for Health and Social Care has been approached for comment.

  6. Council adopts a 'clear all' refuse policy during lockdown

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    Extra rubbish bags left next to wheelie bins will be picked up by collection crews as households create more waste during the coronavirus lockdown.

    Bags of ‘side waste’ will be collected under a temporary ‘clear all’ policy announced by Enfield Council yesterday.

    The update, published on Twitter by council leader Cllr Nesil Caliskan, comes after a 15% increase in waste produced by people staying at home to stop the spread of the virus.

    In line with other boroughs, the council has temporarily closed Barrowell Green Recycling Centre as part of coronavirus safety measures.

    Enfield Council’s workforce is currently down 17% due to general absences and the impact of coronavirus – putting pressure on frontline teams.

  7. Winter shelter opens in Enfield for the homeless

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    Homeless people will have a safe and warm place to stay over the winter months thanks to a new shelter that has opened in Enfield.

    The shelter, in a converted building on the Claverings Industrial Estate in Edmonton, can sleep up to 20 people and provides breakfast and evening meals for guests.

    Open between 17:00 and 09:00, it features beds, shower rooms, kitchen areas, and male, female and disabled restrooms.

    In 2018, Enfield had the fourth-highest number of rough sleepers in London and the seventh-highest in England, according to a council report.

    One of the guests, a man in his 20s, said: “This shelter has allowed me the time and energy to focus on other areas and on sorting out some problems, giving me the opportunity to focus on the next stages of my life.”

    The shelter was approved at a meeting of the planning committee earlier this week. It is run by a charity called All People All Places and will remain open for six months.

  8. Enfield to introduce charge for garden waste collections

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    A decision to charge residents for garden waste collections has been defended by Enfield council.

    Enfield council leader Nesil Caliskan

    Leader Nesil Caliskan said the £65-a-year charge will save money and revealed a support scheme could be set up for those who struggle to pay.

    At a meeting of Enfield Lock ward forum one resident claimed the charge was “extortionate”.

    Ms Caliskan said: “It is absolutely going to save money, something like £2.5m a year, even with the investment."

    The council leader added they needed a 25% take-up to be cost-effective.

    She did not think there would be an increase in fly-tipping as a result of the charge.

    Neighbouring Haringey Council recently faced calls from the Liberal Democrat Group to drop its £75-a-year charge for its garden waste collections after it raised £200,000 less than expected.

  9. Council leader accepts bullying accusations

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    Nesil Caliskan
    Image caption: Enfield Council leader Nesil Caliskan has accepted a ruling that she bullied a colleague

    Enfield’s council leader has accepted a ruling that she bullied a colleague – but then drew attention to the fact the investigation of the complaint cost the council £11,000.

    Councillor Nesil Caliskan initially denied allegations that her decision to remove councillor Yasemin Brett from her cabinet post in November last year was “made in undue haste and in an inappropriate fashion”.

    But after she had her appeal over-ruled, she told a full council meeting yesterday, that she "accepted" the ruling by the council's conduct committee that she bullied Ms Brett and breached the local authority’s code of conduct.

    Ms Caliskan told yesterday's meeting: "The committee upheld the original decision – and while I do not agree with them, I accept the decision of the committee.

    "Councillor Brett’s choice to submit this complaint and use a council process has cost the Labour council £11,000."

    Yasemin Brett
    Image caption: Yasemin Brett submitted the complaint against Ms Caliskan

    Deputy council leader Ian Barnes accused Ms Brett of misusing "a council process".

    In a written statement, he said: "At a time when the council is experiencing severe budgetary cuts which have an impact on the services we provide to residents, I regret that a council process has, in my opinion, been misused in this way.

    "Council resources should not be used for political matters. A review of external legal spending is underway."

    Later in the meeting, Ms Brett gave a statement thanking the conduct committee for its verdict.

    She said: "I am by no means been the only person experiencing difficulties. Bullying is a very serious matter – and mob bullying an even more serious one.

    "As a victim, I am currently accused of having cost the taxpayers money from having brought this case to the council’s attention – even though the complaints were upheld.

    "This was further, and public, victimisation, as an epitaph to 25 years of service here."

    The conduct committee also told Ms Caliskan to write to Ms Brett apologising for her actions.

    Enfield Civic Centre
    Image caption: Enfield Council members met for a full council meeting yesterday
  10. Calls for 10,000 homes to be council owned

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    Campaigners are calling for all 10,000 homes planned for the Meridian Water development in Upper Edmonton to be owned by the council.


    M4CH believes about 4,000 people are on Enfield's waiting list and said only 75 of the first phase of 725 homes will be council houses.

    The borough council said it aims to meet the Mayor of London’s target of 50% affordable housing across the Meridian Water site.

    But Labour councillor for Edmonton Green, Tolga Aramaz, said: “There has not been a viability assessment to see how we can get 100% council homes. The main drive is speed rather than focusing on the type of homes.”

    A recent meeting about the site drew an audience of just under 100 people.

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    Video caption: Women's FA Cup final: Nikita Parris & Rosie Kmita's road to Wembley

    From the streets of Toxeth and Enfield how Manchester City's Nikita Parris and West Ham's Rosie Kmita fell in love with football as they prepare to face each other in the FA Cup.

  12. Rise in number of highest earners at Enfield Council

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    Enfield Civic Centre

    The number of top earners on Enfield Council’s staff has risen by 60% in a year, figures have shown.

    Data from campaign group The TaxPayers’ Alliance show there were 16 council employees earning more than £100,000 in 2017-18 – up from 10 during the previous year.

    Top earners include the chief executive, the executive director of finance, resources and customer services, and the executive director of health, housing and adult social care. The identities of 11 of the top earners were not disclosed.

    Neighbouring Haringey has seven employees earning more than £100,000 – down from eight during the previous financial year.

    These include the chief executive, the director of public health and the director of housing and regeneration planning.

    Three Enfield Council workers and four Haringey Council employees earn more than £150,000 – down from four and six respectively in 2016-17.

    The Town Hall Rich List reveals Essex had the highest number of top earners in 2017-18, with 55 workers on salaries of more than £100,000.

    In London, Hackney and Lambeth councils each paid 28 employees more than £100,000.

    John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “The average council tax bill has gone up by more than £900 over the last 20 years and spending has gone through the roof."

    “There are talented people in the public sector who are trying to deliver more for less, but the sheer scale of these packages raises serious questions about efficiency and priorities.”

    But a spokesperson for Haringey Council pointed out that its pay bill for senior managers had fallen by £355,000 since 2016.

    The spokesperson added: “In 2015, the bonus payment for senior managers was removed and since 2016 the pay award for this group has been paid at the same or at a lower rate as the rest of the workforce, which is nationally agreed."

    Enfield Council was also approached for comment.

    Haringey Civic Centre
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    Video caption: The families living in converted office blocks in Harlow

    Converted commercial buildings are becoming more commonly used for temporary accommodation.

  14. Enfield Council 'dictators' jibe over bin collection cut

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    Enfield Council has been accused of acting like a dictatorship over a decision to cut bin collections in the face of public opposition.

    The council’s Conservative group leader Cllr Joanne Laban urged the Labour administration to “respect the will of the people” after two-thirds of those who were consulted said they wanted to keep weekly collections.

    The consultation – which drew the biggest response in Enfield’s history – showed just 9% of more than 5,500 respondents backed the proposals favoured by council officers to move to fortnightly collections for refuse and recycling.

    But senior councillors this week gave the green light to cutting bin rounds after a lengthy debate with council officers over why the changes had been recommended.

    Cllr Laban said: “The Conservative Group is extremely disappointed that the Labour administration has recommended to change the wheeled bin service to fortnightly collection for refuse and dry recycling.

    “There were many options to choose from in the consultation, but the administration has chosen the one that least reflected people’s views.

    “The Labour administration in this regard is acting more like a dictatorship than a democratic institution.”

    Labour councillors argue that failing to save money from waste collections would mean having to make cuts to areas such as adults’ and children’s social care, as local government continues to bear the brunt of austerity measures.

  15. Enfield bin collection to go fortnightly despite opposition

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    Bin collections in Enfield look likely to be cut to once a fortnight – even though most residents who were consulted opposed the change.

    Council officers have recommended changing the borough’s refuse and recycling collections to once every two weeks and introducing a £65-a-year charge for the fortnightly garden waste rounds.

    The shake-up is the most drastic of the proposals made in a recent public consultation, which drew more than 5,500 responses – more than any other Enfield Council consultation.

    It would make the biggest savings for the council – amounting to £7.5 million over five years – and would also see the roll-out of separate, weekly food waste collections, in line with the Mayor of London’s Environment Strategy.

    The shake-up could boost the borough’s recycling rate to 49 per cent – up from 38% under the current scheme.

    But it was the least popular of the eight options presented to members of the public – backed by just 9% of the consultation respondents.

    Two-thirds of respondents (66%) wanted to keep the current weekly collections.

    Despite this, the report states: “It can generally be said that there was no strong majority for any of the proposals, 66% of respondents preferred to retain the current collections with 46% strongly agreeing and 20% agreeing.”

    Tory councillors called for weekly collections to stay during a debate at full council.

    Cllr Lindsay Rawlings, Conservative member for Town ward, warned fortnightly collections could lead to a rise in fly-tipping and dirtier streets – particularly in the east of the borough.

    But council leader Cllr Nesil Caliskan said failing to save money on bin collections would mean having to make cuts to essential services such as adult social care.

  16. 'Rain gardens' could be key to avoiding flooding

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    A series of gardens could help to protect nearly 400 properties from flooding and boost walking and cycling in Enfield.

    Enfield Council is planning to create a series of ‘rain gardens’ in Haselbury that would link up Firs Farm and Pymmes Park wetlands.

    The gardens help to store water and release it slowly into the surrounding area in a way that mimics the natural environment.

    Bexley Gardens, Westerham Avenue and Park Lane are among the streets set to receive rain gardens, which can also increase biodiversity and improve air quality.

    While the construction of a flood storage area at Firs Farm Wetlands has reduced the risk of flooding for more than 100 nearby properties, almost 400 homes and businesses could still be at risk.

    The council says schemes such as rain gardens are the best way to tackle this problem, as climate change continues to make flooding more likely.

    More than 3,000 residents were asked for their views on the proposals in a consultation launched in September – but the council only received 18 responses.

    The replies were “mostly positive”, but four raised concerns over the scheme’s potential impact.

  17. Enfield residents to have say on bin collection changes

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    Bin collections in Enfield could be cut from once a week to once a fortnight under proposals put forward by the council.

    The changes – which include charging a fee to collect garden waste – are set out in a council report containing seven options for overhauling the service that could save the council up to almost £3m a year.

    If the council approves the recommendations in the report, a consultation will be held with the public on whether to alter collections or stick with the status quo.

    The current arrangements see refuse and dry recycling collected once a week, while mixed food and garden waste are collected once a fortnight.

    But the council is under pressure to save £18m by 2020 due to a funding squeeze by central government – and cutbacks to bin rounds could help to meet that target.