Have your say on funding local projects

If you had over a million pounds to spend on local infrastructure projects, what would you spend it on? This is the sum that our local wards have to spend. You can have a say. The Forum has compiled a list of possible projects in a short questionnaire 

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Forum's consultation on accessibility issues

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A wide variety of issues about accessibility in Hampstead were raised at a meeting at Henderson Court Resource Centre held on 25 November 2015. Many thanks to Eileen Neilson for organising the meeting. We had a good turn-out with an excellent discussion. Someone even brought along a model! Read a summary of the issues and remedies compiled by Jacqui Hayler here. Also, Jon Hersov, who has been working with TfL on improving services for those with learning and mobility issues, has offered to work with us.

 

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How safe is Hampstead's air?

London's deadly air pollution is in the news. Research reveals it is killing 9,500 of us every year. Surely Hampstead's air is better? We live on a hill and have no trunk roads. But how much difference does that make? We plan to find out!

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Basement Development Survey

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URGENT!!! Deadline is 21 September 2015! 

Update (12 Sep): deadline extended from 16 to 21 Sep. Camden is conducting a survey about basement development to inform their planning policies. Basement development is of considerable concern to many residents. The Council has mailed addresses near to where basements have been developed in the last three years inviting them to take part in the this survey. Have you received this survey? If not, please let Camden know via this link as well as your experiences of basements.

https://consultations.wearecamden.org/culture-environment/basementdevelopmentsurvey/consult_view

Camden would like to hear about your experience of this development and whether it has affected you. Camden is interested in hearing your views even if you have not been affected by basement development as it will help them build a picture of the impacts of basement development in Camden.

This survey is open to any residents where basements have been developed near their home or work.

The deadline for comments is 21 September 2015. It is highly advisable that the largest possible numbers of residents that have either suffered are suffering or are simply concerned about the negative effects of basement development(s) in their neighbourhood reply to Camden. Please do not hesitate to dispatch this as widely as possible to all the members of your Resident Association or your neighbours.

Please note that your contact details will be kept confidential and will not be associated with your survey responses. This survey will be used to help inform Camden's Local Plan policies. Further information is available at www.camden.gov.uk/localplan

 

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Camden’s new Local Plan

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Camden is producing a new Local Plan to take the place of the Core Strategy and Camden Development Policies. When our Neighbourhood Plan goes through examination and passes the referendum, it will sit alongside this new Local Plan in shaping new development. It makes sense that both plans are as good as they can be. You can read our comments on Camden’s draft.  

Meanwhile, we are continuing work on producing our Neighbourhood Plan and hope to have a first draft ready for public review this autumn.

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Protect our pubs

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Today the Forum launches a campaign to protect our local pubs – and we need your help!
Protecting our local amenities, such as pubs and community facilities, has been a strong theme throughout our consultation and is one of the Forum’s priorities. We are working with new legislation that gives greater protection to any pub of importance to the local community.

The new law means any pub listed as an “Asset of Community Value” has to get planning approval to be given another use. Furthermore, if a pub listed as an ACV is to be sold, the community can get a six-month moratorium to raise funds to buy it and keep it open as a pub.

We will ask Camden Council to list all 12 local pubs as ACVs. To make a strong case, we need to hear from you why your favourites are important to the local community.

The Old White Bear and The Magdala are already listed, which leaves us with 12 to nominate: The Duke of Hamilton, The Flask, The Freemasons Arms, The Garden Gate, The Holly Bush, The Horseshoe, King William IV, The Old Bull and Bush, The Wells, The Roebuck, The White Horse and The Rosslyn Arms – which we hope will re-open soon.

Please go to our Pubs page and give us your reasons why your local is important to you.

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This is who we are: a profile of our area

What do we know about ourselves? How do we compare with the rest of London, and with the rest of England? Are we getting older or younger? (The answer is both!) The Forum has built a profile of our area, so that we can base our policies on sound facts. 

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Forum holds second AGM

Thank you to all the many Forum members who attended our second annual general meeting on 5th March 2015. Your support and participation are vital to the success of our community effort to build a Neighbourhood Plan for Hampstead and South End Green. We're also grateful to Rachel Allison and Simon Briscoe of the Highgate Neighbourhood Forum for coming to tell us about their experiences so far.

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Annual General Meeting: Thu 5 Mar 2015

Please save the date for our second AGM.  We will hear a summary of the work we have accomplished during the first year and objectives for the year ahead.  We also have invited guests from the Highgate Neighbourhood Forum, who have just published their Plan, to share with us their experience and advice.

In addition, we will discuss some of the projects we are working on and opportunities to get involved and help.
 
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How to help South End Green?

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The Mayor of London is offering up to £20,000 to communities for projects to improve their high streets. The Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum will bid for this money for SEG. A winning bid will promote a vibrant, attractive high street, nurture business and enhance civic life. Please give us your view on how to bid.

We have already consulted traders and local groups, who have suggested some ideas. The deadline for responses is 25 January. (This initiative has now expired).

 

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