The Forum has urged the Boundary Commission to keep Pond Street and Hampstead Hill Gardens, as well as part of South End Road, within Hampstead Town ward and not to place them in Gospel Oak ward. The Forum argues that the Boundary Commission's proposal goes against 800 years of history. You can read the Forum's comment here.
The Forum's submission to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England is in line with protests from local residents that have been reported in the local and national press. For example, the Hampstead and Highgate Express reported here.
Among the changes proposed in the Commission's regular review of ward boundaries is the shifting of Pond Street, Hampstead Hill Gardens, Maryon Mews and part of South End Road from Hampstead Town ward to Gospel Oak ward. The plans are visible by toggling on the the Commission's website here. The same Commission webpage is the one to use for comments, if you wish to do so. The deadline is 5 August 2019.
The Forum argues that Pond Street and the surrounding area have played an integral role in the development of Hampstead town since the earliest recorded settlements some 800 years ago. When Hampstead became a spa around 1700, Pond Street was the road used by carriages coming from London to Well Walk, where the waters were taken.
The story of Hampstead's development is of an area that was - and remains - bounded by Pond Street to the south. Houses in Hampstead Hill Gardens were specifically designed for artists, underlining the place of the street in Hampstead, which has long been home to writers, artists and actors.
In addition, Pond Street is the southern boundary not only of Hampstead Town ward but also of the Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum area and the Hampstead Conservation Area.