Current Issues

Changes to Local Bus Routes

Following last year’s consultation on proposed changes to routes in the Finchley Road and West Hampstead areas, it can be seen on TfL’s website that from Saturday 1 April, major changes will be effective; the present Routes 13 and N13 are withdrawn, and Route 82 is renumbered 13 with a new 24 hour service. Route 113 now operates between Edgware and Oxford Circus, Route 139 now operates between Waterloo and Golders Green via West Hampstead and Route 189 now operates between Brent Cross and Marble Arch.

New arrangements for Recycling and Rubbish Collections

From 1st April, many BRA members will be affected by Camden’s new refuse collection contract. Under this new system, recycling and food waste will continue to be collected weekly but other rubbish will be collected fortnightly. For non-recyclable rubbish, black wheelie bins with 240 litre capacity will be provided for houses with room to store them at street level (120 litre bins are available on request) and those houses with insufficient space will have orange Camden-branded bags delivered every six months, allowing the use of up to two bags per week, each with a capacity of 60 litres. (For reference, most black household bins have a capacity of 80-90 litres although larger ones are available.)

There will be an optional paid-for garden waste collection. For more information and to request this service, visit camden.gov.uk/gardenwaste. It will also be possible to contact Camden to request appropriately coloured bags in which to place textiles, household batteries or small electrical items such as kettles, toasters, and hairdryers. These will be collected with the weekly recycling.

Containers of appropriate types of rubbish must be placed at the front boundary of the property, but not on the pavement, by 7a.m. on the designated collection day. Assisted collections may be requested.

Camden says this system is more flexible and will be reviewed each year, enabling them to assess results and make any necessary modifications.
For more information, call 020 7974 2202 or visit camden.gov.uk/recyclingandrubbish

Once this new system is up and running, the BRA would be pleased to receive any comments about its feasibility and practicality.

Save our Streets

A BRA member who recently moved into the Eton Conservation area, has described it as beautiful and a pleasure to live in, but has been shocked by the traffic using the local residential roads as cut throughs, causing vibration, subsidence, significant noise and air pollution, danger to residents crossing roads and consistently breaching road usage and speed restrictions. A vibration report was commissioned and shows 6% of passing vehicles cause vibration of houses above British Standard levels and a traffic consultant is now reviewing local traffic flows.

The key problem has been identified as the junction between Adelaide Road and Haverstock Hill where there is neither right nor left turn from Adelaide Road to Haverstock (other than a right turn into a small side road). The banned left turn at Chalk Farm is a relic of 1960s speed traffic engineering, diverting traffic into quiet residential streets with the intention of saving money on repairing main roads and junctions.

Save our Streets is proposing a redesign of Chalk Farm junction to make it “all ways” for all vehicles with subsequent prevention of traffic through Eton Conservation area, particularly Steele’s and Eton roads. This should preclude any HGVs using small side roads and solve the weight and scale of traffic flows. HS2 will close off the bottom of Eton road anyway, so this is an ideal time to adjust the local impact of the current Chalk Farm junction. Support will be required from Camden and TfL but HS2 has a funding element for community spaces (£30m) which could contribute, alongside other funding sources.

The proposals can be seen at www.saveourstreets.co.uk and queries and comments emailed to info@saveourstreets.co.uk. Leaflets will be circulated during coming weeks for signatures with an approach then being made to ward councillors, TfL and MPs.

Belsize Community Library

The Friends of Belsize Community Library and the Winchester Project, the charity which runs the library, are celebrating additional opening days at the library.  It will now be open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. providing a welcoming space for people of all ages to read, think and play.

A programme of new activities for children and older people has been launched and there will be a monthly “Open Mic Night” at 7 pm on the first Thursday of each month. Details of forthcoming events will be on local noticeboards and Friends of Belsize Library website: http://www.friendsofbelsizelibrary.com/category/events/

For membership and lending information, please see http://belsizecommunitylibrary.org.uk

Boundary Commission

On 15th February, the Boundary Commission announced that the second consultation of the 2018 Boundary Review will run from Tuesday 28 February 2017 to Monday 27 March 2017.
As a reminder, the purpose of these consultations is to reduce the number of constituencies in London from 73 to 68 and by law, every constituency must contain between 71,031 and 78,507 electors.

The purpose of this second consultation is to publish all representations received during last year’s 12-week consultation on the initial proposals. Nearly 20,000 individuals gave their views in writing, or at public hearings held by the Commission around the country. You will be able to view the representations on our consultation website, at www.bce2018.org.uk.

Following this consultation, the Commissioners will consider all representations from both consultation periods, before deciding whether to revise the initial proposals.

 Cycle Superhighway CS11

Transport for London has decided to proceed with the majority of proposals as outlined during the CS11 consultation but it has made a number of changes to the proposals for Swiss Cottage,
particularly concerning the potential increase in traffic on some minor roads. TfL now plans to
allow motor traffic to make two turns which it originally proposed to ban and which traffic
modelling indicates will reduce the amount of traffic reassigned to these minor roads. It will
also improve access for local people who want to reach destinations to the west of Swiss Cottage.

However, these turns will increase some journey times, particularly for vehicles travelling east on Hilgrove Road. TfL will therefore look at redesigning the junction so that the right turn from
Finchley Road into Hilgrove Road could be banned on a part-time basis. The latest traffic
modelling information is available on TfL’s website.