Current Issues

New arrangements for Recycling and Rubbish Collections

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 uk.occamden@veolia.com

Now this new system is up and running, the BRA would be pleased to receive your views and 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

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.