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100 Avenue Road: Summary of Minutes from CWG meeting on Wednesday, 26th February 2020. 29/3/2020

1. Recent activity: piling activity completed; excavation of site near farmers’ market finished and progressing to the south, near parkland; most of noisy breaking out 95% complete.
2. Future works: include more foundations and retaining walls, construction of basement box and ground floor slab.
3. Tower crane: some concern recorded about safety of recently installed tower crane, particularly in windy conditions. It was explained that the crane is designed to unlock over certain wind speeds to act like a weather vane rather than a sail!
4. Noise and pollution: readings from dust and sound monitors all below legal limit. Readings on website to be graphical. Discussion about averages versus peaks. Request for measuring pollution levels in relation to base level not possible because planning regulations refer to specific pollutants. Camden representatives also explained the difficulty of measuring additional pollution in such an already polluted area.
5. Vehicle compliance: a question on vehicle compliance to Euro 6, including small vans, was that only two or three sub 7.5 ton vans per day. Camden’s ultra low emission zone will include the site after October 2021, but restrictions do not cover construction machinery.
6. CMP: old version currently being followed; when changed to new version, daily vehicle numbers will increase to 25 over parkland. There was a reminder that movements are to be presented as a graph. Talks with TfL re moving the crane were non-productive as were the CWG’s requests for a TfL representative to attend the meetings. Meanwhile awaiting completion of safety audit from TfL prior to using new CMP, which should be operative around June. However, new CMP is also dependent on payment of bond which is awaiting amendment to parkland licence.
7. Construction Impact Fund: model is that recorded breaches are investigated and the bond is to recover council costs of investigating rather than a fine.
8. Construction contractor: no agreement of commercial terms with MACE. Hopefully new contractor announced within next two meetings and to start June/July.
9. Council contact: S106 manager will not be directly replaced but enforcement officer is still main contact. If residents require specific officer to attend meetings, write in advance to line manager, Brian Macdonald.

PLEASE NOTE: Next CWG meeting will be video conference call on 2nd April at 18.00. Register with Barry Coltrini: <barry.coltrini@essentialliving.co.uk>

HS2 Drop-in event 19/3/2020

HS2 had planned a community drop-in event concerning works on Adelaide Road, at Swiss Cottage Library for Thursday, 26th March. Following the most recent government advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19), they have decided to cancel the event. They apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The event material and a Q&A document about their work on the Adelaide Road site will be published from 26th March at http://www.hs2inCamden.co.uk
If you have a question about HS2 or the works, please contact the helpdesk on 08081 434 434 or email HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

Useful Council Links 15/3/2020

(Also on ‘Useful Websites’ Page) 

Grants for Home Owners and Private Tenants.
Did you know that Camden’s Warmer Cheaper Greener Programme provides a wide range of grants to help people make their homes more energy efficient? If you are thinking about energy efficient measures, have a look at Camden’s website here

Camden Parking Suspensions
Did you know that you can find out all about parking bay suspensions on Camden’s website? You can book a suspension online as well as searching for current suspensions here. There is also a facility for receiving alerts about future suspensions, for those who do not want to get caught out. 

Camden Weekly Planning Applications, including Trees
All weekly planning applications can be checked on the link which follows, but it could be particularly useful for those wishing to comment on any proposals to fell trees, be they visible from the street or not. Unfortunately, the tree applications are amongst all the building applications so there is often quite a list to trawl through but here’s the link.

Camden Local Planning Alerts
The only notifications we now have of neighbourhood planning applications, are yellow notices on lamp posts. It is however, possible to sign up for email alerts about your local applications from Camden here

WAC Arts and Hampstead Town Hall 15/3/2020

Members may recall that over the years Belsize Residents’ Association made a number of donations to the WAC Arts organisation, based in the old Hampstead Town Hall on Haverstock Hill. In 2019 BelSoc continued this with a further donation of £200. For members unaware of the organisation’s work, we thought some account of its history and activities might be welcome, particularly in view of its intention to carry out some building work within the Town Hall. As you may know, the Town Hall is a Grade II listed building. BelSoc now has as one of its charitable objectives to promote high standards of architecture, conservation, planning, design and use of buildings in Belsize Ward, and to promote the protection, development and improvement of features of historic interest in the area. So it will be part of our responsibility to take an interest if significant changes of this kind are planned.
WAC Arts is a charity that has been in existence for forty years and provides access to the performing arts for the young, the disabled and the disadvantaged. It also provides support and services to other charities and organisations to help them promote their own effectiveness, offering professional advice, training, event and conference management and accommodation. It began life in a community hall and then quickly moved to the Inter-Action site in Kentish Town, where access to studios and a large hall afforded opportunities to increase its intake of young people and extend the range of programmes on offer at weekends. Twenty years later and with a full weekend of activity for 5-26 year olds, it found itself to have outgrown the Inter-Action space and in 2000 secured the Old Town Hall, which was about to be turned into a commercial site, as its new home.

 

Wac Arts 15/3/2020

At the start of its 40th birthday year WAC Arts was awarded a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, allowing it to launch a Connecting Communities Project enabling its young people, building partners and the wider community in Camden to explore the organisation’s abundant participatory artistic heritage. It identifies particularly with the Town Hall’s own occasionally radical history. An illustration of this came in 1959 when David Pitt was chosen a Labour candidate for Hampstead, becoming the first person of African descent to stand for Parliament. After his selection he gave a speech on the steps of the Town Hall which a mob tried to disrupt, the disturbance eventually turning into a riot. He went on to lose the election, but later founded the Campaign against Racial Discrimination and became a member of the House of Lords in 1975.
As custodian of the Town Hall WAC Arts is responsible for the maintenance and management of the building and grounds. In March last year it appointed Ash Sakula architects as partners to help it restore some of the Hall’s original features (including restoration of the “imperial staircase” and carry out a wide-ranging refurbishment to transform what is already a considerable community asset for wider public benefit. One of the proposed changes involves a new large cafe open to all, spilling into the central staircase area and expanding onto the Hall’s terrace space, allowing it to connect with a greater number and range of people, supporting the organisation’s ambition to develop its inter-generational appeal. The intention is that the new spaces will allow year-round, community-led activities helping to reduce isolation and foster social cohesion among people of all ages. WAC Arts also hopes that improving the accessibility of the building will help increase the number of people able to benefit from its programmes, for example young people with special education needs and disabilities.
Costs for the building work are in the region of £3.2 million. More Information on the plans, including  how to donate, can be found at www.wacarts.co.uk/homepage/inside-out-wac-arts


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