Local London Assembly Member, Andrew Dismore AM and Burnt Oak Ward Councillors, along with Labour London Assembly candidate Cllr Anne Clarke have written to Barnet Council to demand action is taken over the dangerous and dirty alleyways behind Watling Avenue after a fire.

The Labour representatives have long raised objections to the state of the alleyways due to drug dealing, litter, public drunkenness, urinating, human waste and flytipping. They have demanded action be taken by Barnet Council to fence off the offending locations, maintain cleanliness and take action against antisocial behaviour.

Local London Assembly Member, Andrew Dismore AM, said:

“I have been asking Barnet council to deal with the state of these alleyways for over 20 years, but sadly the Council has consistently failed to take real action. There was a fire nearby a few years ago – and this was at the same time Burnt Oak was found to be the fifth worst Town Centre in England, which should have shamed the Council into action.”

Burnt Oak Labour Councillor Sara Conway added:

“On behalf of local residents and businesses I’m so concerned and upset about this. For the last two years the ward councillors have had meeting after meeting with the Council, who have repeatedly promised action but nothing has been done to properly address this. I dread to think what could have happened if the fire brigade hadn’t been called in time. Barnet must now take this situation seriously and urgently fix the fences to increase safety and clear the area of dangerous waste.”


  • Andrew Dismore AM is the London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden
  • Cllr Sara Conway, Cllr Nammar Naqvi and Cllr Charlie O’Macaulay are Labour Councillors for Burnt Oak ward, London Borough of Barnet.
  • Cllr Anne Clarke is the Labour candidate for Barnet and Camden.


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