What the Federation does for Enfield Residents
FERAA is the largest non-political volunteer organisation in the borough, representing the residents associations of Enfield to local government. These associations have a combined membership of many hundreds of households.
The objectives of FERAA are to investigate concerns and campaign on behalf of its members to achieve positive advances in the matters that impact on the quality of life in the borough.
How FERAA Operates
FERAA operates for and on behalf of its membership which consists of the residents associations of Enfield. Members annually elect a Managing Committee of officers who have a wide knowledge of public affairs. The Committee in turn reports formally to its members twice annually, but communicates by email on a daily basis. Further detail of how we work is available in our constitution – available to view on this website.
The FERAA Committee takes stock of its members’ interests, proposes action programmes and campaigns, and seeks representation directly and via public bodies to achieve resolution of members’ concerns.
FERAAâ€™s comprehensive web site now offers a more detailed view of the programmes being pursued on behalf of residents. Long term strategic issues are explained and FERAA’s proposals for remediation described.
FERAA’s delegates meet Enfield MPs, GLA representatives, leading borough councillors,Â council officers, and representatives from other bodies such as Transport for London, Thames Water, the Fire Brigade, NHS trusts, the Metropolitan Police Service, etc.
Reflecting the greater influence exerted over borough planning by the GLA, FERAA now extends its representations increasingly to public bodies outside the borough.
In addition FERAA delegates attend Ward Forums, Scrutiny Panels, conservation bodies, and other gatherings where it is important that the views of a wide body of residents are made known. FERAA is also represented on other relevant advisory bodies across the borough.
Origins of FERAA
FERAA has been campaigning for residents’ interests over many years. Back in January 1963, a federation of Enfield residentsâ€™ associations was created from the three former boroughs of Enfield, Edmonton and Southgate. This was before the new Borough Council of Enfield even came into formal existence.
In April 1971 Alan Young, then the leader of Enfield Borough Council (EBC), called leaders of this Federation and the Federation of Civic Associations together and suggested that the two organisations amalgamate. There would then be one body to present its views to the local authority and be representative of a substantial number of residents and ratepayers (as they were then known).
The Federation of Enfield Residents’ and Allied Associations was formed. Affiliation is available to any properly constituted body of residents in the London Borough of EnfieldÂ which does not have a party political allegiance.