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Flash Flooding on Monday, 12th July

Following Monday afternoon’s flash floods, Camden is requesting that
anyone who noticed or experienced flooding should report this to
GREENCAMDEN@CAMDEN.GOV.UK

Camden is particularly keen to learn about the following types of
flooding:

* internal: clean water or sewage (please say which) at a property, eg
in basement, or coming up through the floor into the ground floor, or
simply entering the property from outside
* external: at a building site (eg an open basement or demolition
site), where water is seen to flow out of or through holes in the
ground.

If you should have any photos of flooded properties or streets (where
the drains were not coping), these would also be extremely helpful.

Camden produces a map of roads affected by flooding so that developers
know where to be particularly careful not to add to water run-off. The
last two flood years for Hampstead were 1976 and 2002, but the maps of
flooding for these two years included only the roads for which flooding
was reported. It is important that Camden is aware where properties
flood. CAMDEN DOES NOT DIVULGE _WHICH_ PROPERTIES WERE FLOODED, ONLY
THE ROADS (see map below).

The other reason to inform Camden is so that it can clear blocked
drains, and so Thames Water knows where storm drains and sewers are not
adequate.

As a result of reports on the 2002 storm by West and South Hampstead
residents (who receive rainwater surface run-off from
Hampstead/RedFrog), Thames Water Utilities Ltd constructed a sewer at
Sumatra Road, designed to intercept and divert flow towards a storage
tank providing approximately 1,700 m3 of storage during extreme rainfall
events. The scheme was expected to help to reduce the local flood risk,
but a potential flood risk during an extreme rainfall event still
exists, and Thames Water needs to know about this.

If you experienced sewage coming in, then you need to inform Thames
Water as well on: 0800 316 9800.

Public Consultation on London Rental Electric Scooter Trial

Residents have been invited to have their say on Camden’s involvement in the London wide electric scooter trial which launched in parts of the Capital earlier this month.

Transport for London (TfL) has been working with London boroughs and other organisations such as the Metropolitan Police and London Councils to develop proposals for a rental e-scooter trial in London. The aim of the trial is to provide an alternative option to public transport including taxis and private cars.

Camden Council is now consulting on the borough’s involvement in the London-wide trial which would decide whether to make rental e-scooters legal for people to use in the Borough and to provide an alternative option to motorised transport. The consultation asks for views on how Camden should take part including potential no go zones for e-scooters and options on where they could be used and parked.

TfL launched the London trial scheme on 7 June 2021 with Dott, Lime and Tier being selected as service operators by TfL and London Councils for a trial of up to 12 months.

Camden are not currently part of the TfL trial but is proposing to join by September 2021 for the remainder of the trial period, subject to the outcome of this consultation and consideration of relevant policies and other data.

For more information on the trial and to have your say, please visit www.camden.gov.uk/e-scooter-trial.

If you would like to make any other comments, you can do so by emailing safetravel@camden.gov.uk. Please note the consultation will close on Monday 12 July 2021

Belsize Society Newsletter May 2021

Welcome to the May Newsletter of the Belsize Society.

We were able to hold an AGM in March on Zoom, and this issue describes some of the discussion. The AGM included a short presentation about the Belsize Streatery which, as it re-opens, is also the focus of a Camden consultation.

We are hoping to see you in the coming weeks, as we hold the first event for over a year as we emerge from lockdown. Subject to the government roadmap relaxing restrictions, we will welcome members to our summer party in early July.

The Newsletter covers Camden’s recent announcement about plans for 31 Daleham Gardens, where the preferred bidder to develop the property will be a non-profit Community Land Trust. The NW3 CLT is a first for North London, and a key driver for the Trust is to tackle housing affordability. BelSoc committee member Sanya Polescuk describes the Trust’s work.

Thanks to members for contributing to TYCT, and we are really pleased to include this with the Newsletter.

We are celebrating 50 years this year and this Newsletter takes a look at the archives. The Belsize Residents Association has a long tradition of historical walks, and some of the most popular were by Mary Shenai. 

We were very sad to hear that  Aileen Hammond – who also conducted many Association walks – has passed away. The Newsletter includes some memories of Aileen. We also heard of the passing of former Belsize ward councillor Leila Roy, someone whose positivity about our area was welcomed at many Society events.

Belsize Society Annual General Meeting 2021

This year’s AGM was held on Zoom on Sunday 7 March, with around 45 members attending.  

The Chair of Trustees, Prabhat Vaze, reported that, despite the difficult conditions of the pandemic, the Committee had continued to scrutinise planning and tree applications.  More use has been made of the website, especially for Newsletter posts, but regular events had been cancelled including carol singing.  BelsSoc had spearheaded a worthwhile pollution monitoring exercise conducted with Camden, with three of the monitored sites over the safety limit and two just below. The results have proved useful to Camden Council when assessing traffic and cycle proposals.  The Society maintains a membership of over 500 households and this year celebrates having been active (in various different forms) for 50 years – not a common occurrence amongst such associations/societies. 

In answer to questions from members, the Chair explained that the Committee is waiting to see results from similar trials including pollution results before finalising its view on traffic changes in Haverstock Hill.  Members expressed opposition to a bus stop on one side of a cycle lane on Haverstock Hill as this positioning has caused accidents elsewhere.

The Treasurer reported on the Society’s financial position, saying that subscription income was similar to previous years.  The first Gift Aid payment had been received.  There had been unprecedented donation receipts thanks to a legacy and payments from Film Fixer (which has an exclusive contract as Camden’s film service) when streets in Belsize are used for film shoots. Expenses had been lower than usual owing to fewer events. 

The accounts were unanimously approved.  Jill Tyrell was reappointed as the independent examiner for 2021.  Ten members, including four trustees, stood for election to the Committee and were elected unanimously.  

After the formal business of the meeting was completed, the Chair introduced guest speaker Bob Stephenson-Padron from Penrose Care who talked about “Revitalising Belsize Village and the Belsize Streatery”.  Bob is the Co-coordinator of the Belsize Village Business Association.  In closing the meeting, the Chair looked forward to seeing everyone in person at the 2022 AGM. 

Local news

Belsize Streatery: Update

You may have read in previous Newsletters and elsewhere about the Streatery in Belsize Village, which has now been in operation for over a year. The Streatery has had its licence renewed by Camden until June and re-opened in mid-April for serving customers outside under socially-distanced conditions. The hope is that this will help the local hospitality sector recover as lockdown restrictions continue to be lifted. It has already once again proved extremely popular (despite the distinctly chilly April weather!), which bodes well for when diners are allowed to return inside cafes and restaurants (scheduled for 17 May at the time of writing).

Camden would like to hear from residents about how they think the scheme is shaping up. You can let them know what you feel about the changes and share any ideas about improvements via a dedicated website: Streateries.commonplace.is. If you prefer to complete a paper form for this purpose you can ring 020 7974 4444 and one will be posted to you.

BelSoc Matters

Gift Aid: Update

As members will know from BelSoc’s end-year financial statement for 2020, in that year we made our first claim to HMRC in respect of our Gift Aid entitlement as a registered charity. This has resulted in a payment to BelSoc of over £350, additional income which will be of considerable help in pursuing our charitable activities and objectives. 

You may also like to know that under HMRC rules, where charities have multiple subscriptions/donations to claim for, as BelSoc does, and these are for £30 or less, donations can be aggregated (i.e. lumped together) when a claim is made, which in turn means that there is no requirement for us to supply HMRC with personal information such as names, addresses etc. 

We are most grateful to those members who have so far agreed to Gift Aid their membership subscriptions.  If any member has not yet submitted a Gift Aid declaration form, and wishes to do so, do get in touch at www.membership@belsize.org.uk or give Anne Stevens a ring on 020 7794 0874.

Tradesmen You Can Trust 2021

The good news is that this May you, our members, are receiving paper copies of TYCT at the usual time, rather than three months late!

The number of tradesmen listed is pretty well the same as last year, due to your responses to the email we circulated in March – for which a big “Thank you”.

Hopefully, now that we seem to be exiting some lockdown restrictions, you will be indulging in more home and garden renovations; a little bird told us that many £s are being spent on gardens so we’re hoping for a bumper crop of new gardeners, paving, decking, fencing  and garden pot specialists, etc. to boost our 2022 booklet. Remember you can send your recommendations throughout the year to tyct@belsize.org.uk. or fill in the form in the booklet or on our website.

Let’s hope for a lovely, blue-skied Summer and Autumn with a little less wind than of late and plenty of occasional rain, so you can keep all those tradesmen busy.

Mayoral Environment Debate

A More Natural Capital invites residents to join a landmark moment for nature & climate in London: Mayoral Environment Debate, chaired by Julia Bradbury, on  Monday 12th April at 19.00 -21.00.

The debate will allow Mayoral candidates to forward their policies on nature and climate to London’s voters. If you want cleaner air, thriving parks, more abundant wildlife and new foot paths and cycle ways, this is your chance to ask the next Mayor for them.
To attend, please register through this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5qu5UD…
To submit a question in advance please email matt@wcl.org.uk

See more here