Local Matters

Posted on 6/2/2022

The Friends of Belsize Community Library was first set up as PLUG (Public Library Users Group) in 1988 to fight Library closures. Since then it has continued to actively fight against efforts to close the library, held regular monthly talks of local, literary and historical interest (more recently on zoom), as well as making a contribution to fund raising activities. In 2016 it campaigned successfully for the building to be listed.
The Friends are seeking new members for the committee who are willing to help organise monthly events and to participate in the other activities of the committee. If you are interested ​in finding out more, please contact ​belsizelibrary@thewinch.org, who will pass your details on to the Friends Committee.

Camden has new electoral wards in 2022
Following a review by the Local Government Boundary Commission, the Council wards in Camden have changed. The number of electoral wards in the borough has increased from 18 to 20 while the number of Councillors will increase from 54 to 55. Fifteen wards will be represented by three Councillors and five wards will be represented by two. The changes are intended to make sure that all Councillors represent about the same number of residents.

The first election under the new wards will be the local Council elections on 5 May. In preparation for the changes, the Council has undertaken a review of its polling districts and polling stations within the new wards. The new Belsize ward covers (in broad terms) the area bounded by Finchley Road (west), Eton Avenue (south), Haverstock Hill (east) and the northern part of Netherhall Gardens (north).
For further information on the new ward boundaries, visit: https://news.camden.gov.uk/camden-set-for-new-electoral-wards-in-2022/

BelSoc plans to hold its customary hustings for candidates from major parties to answer questions from residents in the run-up to the May 5 poll.