Which Hampstead projects would you like to fund? At the beginning of 2016, we asked how you, as local residents, would like Camden to spend more than £700,000 that has been allocated for infrastructure projects in Hampstead.
Funds have now been earmarked for the top projects you selected, but a substantial amount is still available for other uses. Now, we are asking your views on additional projects.
The funds come from a tax on developers called the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). The money must be spent on infrastructure projects that help to meet the needs of local residents.
Local councillors have the final say in allocating CIL money in consultation with neighbourhood forums and local communities. The Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum is carrying out this second survey after receiving a strong response from more than 220 people last year.
As a result of last year’s work, Hampstead Town is the first ward in Camden to have received CIL money. The two projects that received the most support in our survey have already been awarded CIL funding: a renovation project at Burgh House and improvements at Keats Community Library. Meanwhile, a project is under way to reopen the public garden in Oriel Place, and improvements to public space at Henderson Court are under discussion. So too are improvements to the Greenhill embankment, tree planting schemes and improved lighting in South End Green.
The Forum recently met local groups and councillors to come up with a new range of possible projects.
The workshop that we held on 23 November 2016 was attended by:
Janine Griffis (Chair, Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum), Nicola Sinclair, Alex Nicoll (both Forum Committee), Stephen Stark (Councillor, Hampstead Town ward), Siobhan Baillie (Councillor, Frognal and Fitzjohns ward), A. Hendance, Lucy Gannon (Hampstead Heath, City of London), Julio Grau (Royal Free charity), Danielle Wilde (Royal Free NHS), Frank Harding, Juliette Sonabend (both Heath & Hampstead Society), Chris Knight, Richard Weaver (both Hampstead Community Centre), Blake Crozier, Philippa Richard (both South End Green Association), Jonathan Bergman (World Peace Garden Camden), Marianne Colloms (Flask Walk Neighbourhood Association), Laurie White (Henderson Court), Liz Nash (Queen’s Crescent Community Association), Frankie Kubicki (Keats House), Neil Debnam (Camden Arts Centre), Susan West (Hampstead Safer Neighbourhoods Panel), Bob Warnock (Superintendent, Hampstead Heath), Andrew Lavery (Hampstead Business Improvement District), Vicky Bobasch, Steven Bobasch (both Keats Community Library), Linda Davies (Chair, New End Primary School)
The Forum has since been working with the proposers and with councillors to build the short list of projects that we are including in the survey. Your views will really help councillors to make decisions on what to fund.
The survey asks your opinion about six new proposals. You can support as many or as few as you like. All the proposals will be subject to scrutiny of costs and plans, to the receipt of any necessary approvals, and to eventual decisions by Camden Council.
Please complete the survey by Friday 3rd February 2017, and please help us to analyse the results by adding your postcode, street number and email address at the end. However, the survey is anonymous and the information will not be used for any other purpose. If you want to ask the Forum any questions, or if you have any comments on the survey itself, or if you are not a Forum member and would like to join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The survey includes brief descriptions of the projects that are being proposed. If you want to see more details from the proposers, please click here.
TO TAKE THE SURVEY, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
It will only take a couple of minutes. Your views count. We will report back on the results in February.
If you would like to see the results of the previous survey, they are summarised HERE.