Impact on the general public

Since the majority of the Eruv’s perimeter is made up of pre-existing boundary features (such as terraced houses and fencing), the Mill Hill Eruv has negligible, if any, impact on the broader community.  In the few locations where poles have been erected, they are discreet and unobtrusive enough to be almost invisible and as has been shown by other Eruvin in London and elsewhere, they largely go unnoticed by pedestrians and motorists. On the contrary, the wider community’s acceptance of the Eruv to date is a fine example of the multi-cultural harmony enjoyed in Barnet, Harrow and Hertsmere.

Concerns have been raised as to the risks associated with running wires over main roads in which tall vehicles may pass. The pole height at which the wires are attached has been selected to be above a majority of other items crossing the highway (for example foot bridges) and therefore the possibility of coming into conflict with traffic is significantly reduced. However nothing in life is certain, and the design of the pole and wire has been selected to allow the wire to snap if required and so not impede the traffic. Any wire break is identified during the regular inspections carried out during each week and repaired prior to the next Sabbath to allow the Eruv to be used the following week.

The Eruv is another positive feature of a community serviced by orthodox synagogues, Jewish schools and other communal services.