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100 Avenue Road: New CMP 25/10/2019

The second Public Meeting on the new Construction Management Plan will be on 30th October, 2019 at 6.00 pm until 7.30 pm. The venue is Rear room, Ground floor meeting rooms, Swiss Cottage Library (as previously).
This is the final meeting before the CMP is submitted to Camden Council and Essential Living’s new proposals for comments,  may be seen at . The proposals are in the first four yellow boxes at the top of the page with the CMP Pre-Submission Proforma being the all important potential legal document. It is possible also to see what others are saying on the ‘Comments Tracker’.
Any questions should be answered at the meeting, after which there will be 14 days for written comments/objections to the ‘Submission CMP’.
Please send your questions/comments to:

Neighbourhoods of the Future 17/9/2019

Schools Engagement Meeting, 19th July 2019

A BelSoc Committee member attended this meeting on Camden’s proposals to curb school traffic in the roads between Fitzjohn’s Avenue and Finchley Road. The proposals include closing certain roads to incoming traffic at school peak times, fitting cameras, providing a “park and stride” option, encouraging the use of a new phone app geared towards parents sharing car journeys, and working with schools and parents’ groups.

Camden was awarded “Neighbourhoods of the Future” funding from the Mayor of London in March 2018 to improve London’s air quality in the chosen project area. Camden successfully bid for £359,500, which has been match funded, to create a Schools Low Emissions Neighbourhood (SLEN), and will help to fund the measures.

An element of the funding will be used to implement a minimum of three Healthy School Streets across the SLEN. Healthy School Streets aim to restrict traffic on those streets, at the start and end of the school day, except for residents of those streets, essential access and those who drive electric vehicles. All proposals will be subject to consultation and any changes implemented will be subject to robust monitoring,
From BelSoc August Newsletter

New Book about Hampstead Heath 17/9/2019

The campaign to save Hampstead Heath in the 19th century was at the heart of what became the new conservation movement. The campaigners set up the Commons Preservation Society in 1865, (now the Open Spaces Society), and the National Trust in 1895; and they were all involved in the founding of the Hampstead Heath Protection Society in 1897– today’s Heath & Hampstead Society.

Extensive new research has uncovered layers of fresh information about this fascinating story and rediscovers the remarkable people who played their part in the battle to save London’s commons. Helen Lawrence’s new book, How Hampstead Heath was saved: a story of ‘people power’, examines the political and social upheavals, the cultural developments that led to a new understanding of the value of open space, and the rise of Town Planning.

It records for the first time the battles of the Heath & Hampstead Society in the 20th century when they played a significant part in the development of modern democratic accountability. In the 1970s they joined with other amenity groups to fight the London “motorway box”, and in the 1980s they had to fight a roller-coaster battle for the integrity of the Heath all over again when the Greater London Council was abolished, taking their campaign to the heart of government.

Published by Camden History Society, jointly with the Heath & Hampstead Society at £14.95
From BelSoc August Newsletter

Young Tree Maintenance 17/9/2019

You may have spotted the new tree watering bags on saplings round Belsize

Camden Council writes:
“After planting, trees have three seasons of young tree maintenance. This includes weeding, watering and adjustment or removal of stakes. Young trees are watered for the first three seasons after planting. Trees are watered from May to September every two weeks.Any water residents can add to the trees would be beneficial to helping the trees establish. To use the irrigation bag just pour water into the hole on the bag above the new `help water me’ sticker. The bag will slowly release the water into the soil over 3-6 hours.
Please share your help using #camdentreesneedyou on Twitter.”
From BelSoc August Newsletter

Ward boundaries in Camden 17/9/2019

Review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England

The Local Government Boundary Commission is undertaking a review of the ward
boundaries in Camden. This review is part of a wider programme of electoral reviews of
London boroughs that have not been reviewed in the last five years, meaning that 25 of
London’s 32 boroughs will be reviewed before the end of 2020. The Commission aims to
recommend ward boundaries such that each local councillor represents approximately the
same number of voters and such that the boundaries reflect the interests and identities
of local communities, as well as promoting effective local government.
The review is a lengthy process, with two stages for the public to make their views known. We
are pleased to say that the representations that we made to the Commission at the first stage
were accepted and helped to persuade the Commission to have doubts about Camden Council’s proposals to split up Belsize ward.
The Commission’s draft recommendations recognise that “Belsize Residents’ Association [opposes] the Council’s proposed ward on the grounds that it would split the Belsize community between a number of wards and would not allow for effective and convenient local government. In particular, both the Residents’ Association and a local resident described the roads with ‘Belsize’ in the street name as being a central part of the Belsize community, and that these roads should all be included in a Belsize ward”. The Commission took into consideration that the BRA is a large and active association and saw the advantages of a Belsize ward that (i) reflects the area that the BRA covers; (ii) keeps the whole of Belsize Village in Belsize ward; (iii) includes both sides of Eton Avenue in Belsize ward; and (iv) includes Belsize Park Underground Station in Belsize ward.
The second-stage consultation saw BelSoc make further representations on the Commission’s draft recommendations. The Commission will publish its final recommendations to Parliament on 1 October 2019. For full information, see Whatever the outcome of the review, BelSoc will continue to work hard for the amenity of Belsize Park as a whole with no change in the substance of what we do or the services we provide for members.
From BelSoc August Newsletter

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