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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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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Camden's new initiative on Play Streets

At the Forum's meetings, residents have often suggested Play Streets on which children can play safely. For years, some streets have been designated as Play Streets, but this has not meant much. Now, Camden has a new initiative. We asked them to explain what it involves. 

 

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Residents' views of the Forum's Vision

The Forum held a community conversation on 20 November 2014, with about 60 people meeting at Hampstead Community Centre. We shared the results of our consultation on our Vision document, and then hosted discussions on the aims and objectives in the document. Here's our report on what was said. 

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Positive response to Forum's Vision document

More than 400 people sent in responses to the Forum's Vision document, which was distributed to all households in our area. The results show a strongly positive response to the objectives that were set out in the document. Here we present the detailed results.

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Community conversation on 20 November

The Forum presented the results of its "Vision" consultation on Thursday 20th November at the Hampstead Community Centre. Thank you to all the people who came and offered their views. These will help us to take the next steps in developing planning policies that will support our aims and objectives. The presentation on responses to the Vision document will appear here soon. 

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Your views on the Forum's vision

The votes are in on our Vision document. We sent the document to every home in the Forum's area, and about 400 people sent in responses. We will present the findings at a 'Community Update' event at 6.45pm on 20 November 2014, at the Hampstead Community Centre, 78 Hampstead High Street.

Do come!

To give a flavour, there was very strong support for the objectives expressed in the document, though some people had reservations on particular issues. Many residents took the opportunity to express their views on a number of points. 

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