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COMMUNITIES - BARNET JEWS GIVEN GREEN LIGHT FOR ERUV

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Barnet LBC is set to grant a licence to a Jewish community to establish Britain's first eruv - a six-and-a-half mil...
Barnet LBC is set to grant a licence to a Jewish community to establish Britain's first eruv - a six-and-a-half mile square area in which Jews can carry out certain tasks on the Sabbath.
The plan has been discussed for years (LGC, 30 September 1994) and has created controversy within the Jewish community. The north London borough has already granted planning permission for the eruv and its highways department is about to grant a licence. Now the community is waiting for Transport for London to give the green light.
The scheme, which would cover Hendon, Golders Green and Hampstead Garden Suburb, involves putting up 87 poles at 39 locations from which a fishing line would be strung to create a boundary next to buildings, fences and other obstacles.
A spokesman for Transport for London said:
'There are a number of concerns that need to be addressed. We need to make sure that it's not obstructing the free movement of people on the highway, that it's not a health and safety issue and that it doesn't affect any aspect of our work.
We also need to be sure that it doesn't affect the pavement and facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and the disabled.'
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