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Streaming “The Story of Moll King’s Belsize Houses”, 20 Dec-6 Jan 20/12/2021

David Percy’s presentation is available to stream online over the seasonal period, in case you would like to see this excellent presentation again or were unable to go to the recent screening. David has kindly allowed his illustrated production to be available for a limited period, streaming from 20 December to 6 January.

The link online is

The original screening for this was at the Belsize Library at an event marking the Society’s 50th anniversary. We would also encourage you to make a donation to the community library. The Community Library receives no regular funding from national or local government and relies almost entirely on contributions, large or small, to ensure it continues to be free to use. Please make a one-off donation or become a sponsor to fund this community-driven vision for the future:

Belsize Streatery Designation Consultation 9/12/2021

 for a permanent designation for street trading purposes only, is now open until 21st January 2022. It can be found here.

Camden has included some explanatory notes such as: “Designation Consultation”, which indicates that if approved, the area will still be the subject of a licence application. Also informative are  “About Pavement Licensing” and “About Pavement Licences”

Camden is launching a new consultation on the Site Allocation Local Plan 2/12/2021

(This possibly relates to the substantial controversy over the proposed development of the 02 Centre site.)

Further opportunity to have your say on the emerging Site Allocations Local Plan

Since the last consultation on the Site Allocations Local Plan ended in March/April 2020 a lot has happened: Camden has declared a climate emergency; there have been significant changes to the national planning system; the New London Plan has been adopted, as have two more Neighbourhood Plans; and we are in the midst of a worldwide pandemic that is likely to have a lasting impact on our work, home and leisure priorities.

Over the last few months we have had requests from some local residents and community groups for us to carry out some further consultation on the Plan before we undertake a formal consultation on the next draft (Publication Draft). In response, we held an online public meeting earlier in November to give people a chance to find out more about the Plan and ask questions (recording available here). We have also now launched an additional online consultation to make it easier for people to have a further say on the growth areas and individual sites proposed for allocation in the Plan and on what more the Plan could do to help tackle the climate crisis. Please see our site allocations commonplace homepage. Alternatively you can email your comments to using the subject title: Site Allocations – Additional Engagement.

The closing date for additional comments on the Draft Site Allocations Local Plan is Monday 24 January 2022. All comments received by the Council will be considered by the Council in preparing its the Publication Draft of the Plan.

HS2 works in Eton Road 26/11/2021

HS2 will be closing Eton Road for works from 8th – 17th December. Here are the contents of their email:

“Dear Residents
High Speed Two (HS2) is the new high speed railway for Britain. Phase One of HS2 – from London to the West Midlands – is now in its construction stage.
We wrote to you recently about works to carry out utility surveys on Eton Road for one night on 1 December. You can view our pervious notification here
As part of our ongoing works to set up the Adelaide Road site, we will be carrying out ground investigation works on Eton Road. This will involve digging a temporary trench to confirm the location of utility services under the road surface.
The ground investigation works will take approximately 10 days, starting from 8 December until 17 December. We will be working during our core hours which are 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. Eton Road will be closed for the duration of these works, you can find further information about our traffic management plans on our notification here
If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact the helpdesk on 08081 434 434 or email
Kind regards
Liam Heath
Community Engagement Officer – Area Central
Braitrim House, 98 Victoria Road, London, NW10 6NB

Belsize Society Newsletter November 2021 20/11/2021

The November BelSoc Newsletter is online here as a pdf.

It has been a pleasure to welcome you to some events over the last months. We have had almost a year and half without this being possible but this Newsletter reports on two lively and successful events.

Averil Nottage provided an excellent tour of both Belsize and local history, with a walk that gathered 50 of us despite the threat of rain. The library hosted a screening of David Percy’s “The Story of Moll King’s Belsize Houses”, an illustrated presentation of his recent book. The event also gave us an opportunity to celebrate 50 years and we reproduce in the Newsletter Averil’s talk about our first half-century.

The Newsletter also draws from our archives, looking at the community events that have been a feature of the past half century of our work and TYCT. The Newsletter also covers the Belsize Community Choir and notes some of the planning matters that are live in the Belsize area (100 Avenue Road, HS2). Some Society matters are also covered.

We look forward to seeing many of you at the Society’s carol singing this year. 

Hope you enjoy this Newsletter.

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