Whatever happened to ‘The Big Society’? Neighbourhood forums battle on with little government support

David Cameron’s “Big Society” dominated headlines in the run-up to the 2010 general election as he pledged to give people the power to shape their own communities. Four years on, the Conservative leader’s flagship policy has seemingly been relegated to the sidelines.

Ham & High 23 June 2014

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Community tea: ideas on Living Hampstead

S_Web_7961.jpgAbout 120 people came to our community tea party at St Stephens, Rosslyn Hill. There was lively discussion around tables on conservation and housing, community and business, and trees and transport. Many people contributed their views verbally and on Post-it notes. 

Thank you to St Stephens and to Gail’s Artisan Bakery.

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Hanging in the balance

So at last, the People’s Popular Front of Hampstonia might have a small foot in the door when it comes to getting things done around here. 

Hampstead Village Voice Spring 2014

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First AGM considers Hampstead's future

agm-2014.jpgThe inaugural AGM of the Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum was held at Hampstead Community Centre on 6 March 2014. About 80 people attended. This marked the formal establishment of the Forum: a constitution was adopted, area boundaries approved and a committee elected. Afterwards, there was an informal brainstorming session. This is the report on what was said:

  

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What does the future hold for Hampstead? Play streets for kids could be on the cards

Why would anyone leave Hampstead? The question was posed at a public meeting about plans for a new community pressure group, and for one attendee the answer was simple: only death could wrench him away.

Ham & High 14 Feb 2014

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Rampant development and high street woes drive support for Hampstead pressure group

Fears that rampant development and struggling high streets could see Hampstead “change out of all recognition” are contributing to a surge in support for a new pressure group, a campaigner says.

Ham & High 4 Feb 2014

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How new Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum could hand power back to residents

The latest Neighbourhood Forum in Camden is currently being established in Hampstead – and could provide neighbours with an added layer of protection against controversial basement schemes that have hit the area.

Camden New Journal 17 Dec 2013

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New Neighbourhood Forum for Hampstead

In response to the 2011 Localism Act which gave local communities the authority to develop their own local plans, a grou pof local residents and business people are setting out to develop a shared vision that will guide future development in Hampstead for years to come.

The Heath & Hampstead Society Newsletter Jan 2014

 

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New Hampstead neighbourhood forum will have ‘real power to shape area’s future’

A collective of residents with real power to shape Hampstead’s future – that is the dream of campaigners bidding to set up a new community pressure group.

Ham & High 11 Dec 2013

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New Hampstead neighbourhood forum will be force to be reckoned with for planners

A campaign to create a community group with powers to help shape planning policy in Hampstead was launched this week.

Ham & High 3 Dec 2013

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