The Belsize Society (registered charity 1180842) is an amenity society covering Belsize ward, its adjacent areas and historic environs. The Society has over 500 members. It does not make profits and is non-political. Recently becoming a charitable incorporated organisation, the Society has been a feature of the Belsize area since the 1970s.
Belsize is a vibrant and historic part of London and the Society seeks to preserve and enhance this. Our activities depend on volunteers. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the Belsize area, with members living in the area between Lyndhurst and Adelaide Roads from north to south and between Fitzjohns Avenue and the approaches to Fleet Road from west to east. To join us, please see here
Our charitable objectives are:
1. To promote for the benefit of the public high standards of architecture, conservation, planning, design, and use of buildings and infrastructure in and/or affecting Belsize Ward, its adjacent areas and its historical environs, and to promote the protection, development, and improvement of features of historic or public interest in that area;
2. To encourage and promote for the public benefit high standards in urban planning, infrastructure, and transport including in the identification of traffic solutions, the maintenance and improvement of streets and public places, the protection of the environment, and improvement of air quality in Belsize Ward, its adjacent areas and its historical environs.
3. To foster interest amongst the public in Belsize Ward, its adjacent areas and its historical environs, and to educate the public in the history, including natural history, and architecture, of the area by organising lectures, visits, and other events.
The full constitution may be seen here.
Our activities include:
- Checking all local planning and tree applications; commenting or objecting where appropriate. We also seek to influence planning policy. The BelSoc response to all applications is listed in the minutes of our monthly committee meetings. To receive notifications of neighbourhood applications, sign up here. For advice on how to object or comment on a planning application to Camden Council, please see here.
- Raising concerns about and responding to consultations on local public services, traffic, parking and transport. Meeting regularly with councillors to discuss local issues.
- Providing information about local issues and activities through quarterly newsletters, two noticeboards and this website as well as publishing an annual booklet (“Tradesmen You Can Trust“) listing tradesmen recommended by our members..
- Noticeboards: the BelSoc has noticeboards in Belsize Village and on Haverstock Hill. These are used to publicise community events. For guidance on displaying posters, see here.
- Organising a programme of social events. See here.
- The BelSoc would sometimes act as a channel of communication between the community and those who provide our public services, but we do not lobby or act directly on behalf of individual members, nor can we provide legal or planning advice.
Annual General Meeting
Our AGM takes place in March each year. The annual reports, accounts and minutes of the meetings are available here.
The Trustees and the Committee
The BelSoc has five trustees who are elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting and serve three year terms. Until the AGM in March 2020, the trustees are:
Prabhat Vaze (chair)
They meet as necessary and are supported by a committee, also elected at the AGM. Committee members take responsibility for specific topics based on their particular interests and skills and meet each month except August. Committee minutes are available here.
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