It is 50 years since Belsize residents came together to preserve the amenity of Belsize Park.
- FIFTY YEARS AGO: A group of local residents ran a campaign against a proposal for a ring road around London that would have destroyed Victorian houses and cut Belsize Park in two. This turned into the BRA in 1976.
- FORTY YEARS AGO: The BRA Constitution was adopted in 1982 and a campaign against estate agent boards was started.
- THIRTY YEARS AGO: In February 1991, Harold Marks was Chairman. The BRA was contributing to the Camden Borough Plan.
- TWENTY YEARS AGO: In February 2001, Gordon Maclean was Chairman. The BRA was campaigning about the Swiss Cottage redevelopment; opposing a major redevelopment of the Load of Hay pub in Haverstock Hill; and welcoming the green recycling boxes (members supported the boxes but did not like the loose lids!).
- TEN YEARS AGO: In February 2011, Averil Nottage was Chairwoman. The BRA was gearing up for the formal consultation on HS2; taking action about budget cuts to libraries; and investigating the impact of basement developments.
- NOW: The BelSoc Committee continues to meet by Zoom and is arranging the first (and hopefully last) Zoom AGM. Our work on planning applications continues and new ideas for digital content are in train in order to keep up community spirit in a pandemic.