Welcome to the November BelSoc Newsletter.
As we enter a second lockdown, the Newsletter has a focus on strolls around the Belsize areawith a walk that takes you to Hampstead and back. There is also a piece looking at the trees listed in Camden’s open data.
We are hosting the Camden Air Quality team via zoom November 25, a first event for quite a while for the Society. The Newsletter introduces this session and gives joining details.
The lockdown means that a few of the activities we were hoping would continue after the summer – such as the popular streatery in Belsize village and the re-opening of Hampstead Theatre – have had to be paused. But each are ready if the lockdown ends in December as planned.
This issue comes to you with a letter about renewing your membership. We hope you continue to support us as we continue to develop our charitable activities – consider using gift aid when making payments to us.
Hope you enjoy this Newsletter.
Hampstead Theatre will lift our spirits with Pinter
If you are by now yearning for the theatre, then you will be interested in the Hampstead Theatre’s production of Harold Pinter’s “Dumb Waitor”. Directed by Alice Hamilton, it is now due to run from 3 December to 16 January. The play received its premier as part of Hampstead Theatre’s first ever season in 1960. It returns for its 60th Anniversary Production. Reviewing the 1960 production, the Sunday Times wrote: ‘If the Hampstead Theatre Club keeps to this standard, it not only deserves success it will command it’. That has certainly come true.
Belsize Community Library
Due to the new lockdown rules, Belsize Community Library is closed to the public this November but as part of their BCL Recommends Series, they will be offering a community book-lending scheme.
To participate you will need your library card, (to get a card, use this form) then either email email@example.com or phone 020 7586 6746 on Mondays between 11.00 and 17.00, saying what types and how many books you would like. Allow one hour for the library team to pick your books then collect them from the library entrance during the hours above, making sure you wear a mask and observe all social distancing guidelines.
The Belsize Village Streatery
Many members will have taken advantage of the outdoor eating facilities in Belsize Village over the summer months. The Streatery has had its licence renewed until 1 January 2021. Let’s hope that they will be able to use it. The licence includes permission for environmentally-friendly electric heaters to be installed, which may encourage people to continue dining outdoors over the winter period.
Access to Council Libraries during Lockdown
Camden Council writes:
- Swiss Cottage Library: this library will close on Thursday 5 November and reopen on Monday 9 November for “request and read”. Collections will be from the foyer.
- Camden Local Studies and Archive Centre: the centre will be closed to customers but resources can be accessed online: www.camden.gov.uk/about-the-local-studies-archives-centre.
- Home Library Service: we will continue to deliver to housebound customers. If you, or someone you know, can’t get out and about, you may be eligible for the free home library service. Every four weeks, we will bring reading, music and films to your home. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Update 29.10.20.: HS2 will be carrying out further drainage surveys from 9-12th November and from mid November for up to six weeks, will start to remove further vegetation and trees within their site boundary. Here is the notification or visit HS2incCamden
Traffic management on Adelaide Road will now continue until late November, with no access between Adelaide Road and Eton Road from 2 November. Overnight utilities surveys will take place on 2 and 3 November.
Please see details, including maps, as attached here or visit HS2inCamden.co.uk for more information.
Camden Friends of the Earth are co-hosting virtual Energy Cafe chats in collaborations with Power Up North London, Transition Kentish Town and Camden Council.
Their goal is to help those whose energy costs have become too high and are struggling to understand the cheaper options out there as well as helping homeowners who are looking to retrofit and highlighting the Government’s Green Homes Grant which Camden Council has said it will match for residents who apply, all of which fall squarely within their plans for a green and fair recovery.
The first Energy Cafes will be held via zoom on Tuesday 10th and Tuesday 24th November. To attend, register on Eventbrite; search for Camden Energy Cafe.
It is also possible to join a webinar directed at homeowners aiming to retrofit; you may register here.
Camden is proposing to install one cycle hanger with capacity for 6 bicycles opposite no. 5 Belsize Square and one adjacent to no. 49 Belsize Avenue. This will mean the loss of approximately one permit holder parking space in each location to accommodate the hangers. Any comments may be made by email to email@example.com by 8th October 2020.
Veolia Camden have just issued their first ECO Newsletter which will be published quarterly. Contents include Veolia developments in Camden plus hints and tips to minimise waste and other useful information. See it in full here
Camden is consulting on two new drafts for Home Improvements and Housing plus updates on Amenities (air quality; basements; community, leisure and pub uses; design; employment, energy efficiency and adaptation; planning for health and wellbeing; town centres; transport).
To see what is being proposed and comment, please go to www.camden.gov.uk/cpg.
They would like your views by 09.10.20.
100 Avenue Road: Pause in Construction
Many will have noticed the removal of cranes from the 100 Avenue Road site. The developers – Essential Living – held a Construction Working Group meeting in July to update local groups and councillors about plans. The phase removing the old building and putting in place foundations has ended and work at the site has been paused. Continue reading
Welcome to the Newsletter of the Belsize Society.
We were very sad to hear about the passing away of Consuelo Phelan in May. She was passionate about the trees in Belsize and helped the Society and BRA for many years. This Newsletter has a piece about her.
The Newsletter also presents results from last year’s pollution monitoring project. It shows three of our 10 locations breached the annual legal limits for nitrogen dioxide and several other sites experienced high levels during winter months. Thanks to the volunteers and Teresa Poole for this study which we’ll build on in the coming months.
Peter Darley writes about Robert Stephenson, Chief Engineer for the London and Birmingham Railway in the 1830s, residing in Belsize, and who personally took responsibility for the the first nine miles of the line from Camden Town, establishing the construction technology for the railway age.
September sees the release of a book that captures Belsize in the 18th century. David Percy’s book about “Moll” King describes a woman who mixed with harlots, courtesans and lords.
The Newsletter also updates on some local news, including the work of a group of organisations towards a Hampstead Hopper Bus. We also describe donations the Society are making, particularly responding to C19 challenges. With this issue, you’ll also be receiving a copy of Tradesman You Can Trust.
Hope you enjoy the Newsletter.
Hampstead Hopper Bus (HHB) is an “unincorporated community organisation of local residents” which is gauging the interest in a Hopper Bus service travelling around the wider Hampstead/North Belsize Park area to encourage people to move around and go back to shops, and of course, to avoid car use post Covid. The intention would be to launch the service in the latter part of the year. It would be a subscription funded bus serving Hampstead and parts of Belsize Village.
HHB will need at least 500 interested people to make this a viable project, so do ask as many of your family, friends and neighbours to complete this survey, which is available here.
The deadline for completion is Friday, 31st August and the organisation can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org