Thank you to the more than 370 people who offered your opinions on proposed local projects by responding to the Forum's survey in February. Here are the results of the survey - and meanwhile, we wanted to remind you about our AGM on 8th March.
Your views on whether new projects should receive funding will considerably help Camden councillors to decide how to spend money raised through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), a tax on developers. More than £700,000 of CIL funds has been allocated for spending in Hampstead over the coming years.
We listed six projects that had been proposed by local community bodies. Here are the results of the survey:
Project % support no opinion don't support:
Royal Free Dementia Unit 74 20 6
Royal Free flowerbeds 71 20 9
Boades Mews garden 65 26 9
Keats House access 63 25 11
Community Centre renovation 62 30 8
Baptist Church access 32 40 28
The Forum is now working on next steps with the bodies concerned and with Councillors.
This was the second survey that the Forum has conducted regarding potential uses of CIL funds. From the first batch of projects, improvements at Keats Community Library and Burgh House have been funded and a number of other projects are under way, including improvements to Oriel Place Gardens, better lighting for South End Green and new railings for Holly Hill.
Finally, a reminder about the Forum's Annual General Meeting, which will take place at Burgh House at 7pm on Wednesday 8th March. At the meeting, we will give the first presentation on the draft Hampstead Neighbourhood Plan. This will be the beginning of an eight-week public consultation on the Plan.
Once the Plan has completed all stages of approval, it will sit alongside Camden's local plan and will help to shape development in our area over the next fifteen years. We have written the draft following extensive consultation with local residents, businesses and communities over the past three years.