Better walking and cycling in Hampstead: responses to Covid-19
The Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum is involved in consultations with Hampstead residents and businesses on ways to improve cycling and walking in response to the coronavirus emergency.
Most recently, we asked whether there was support for closing the sliproad at South End Green to create a piazza-like space that would help pedestrians, cafés and businesses. The survey closed on Friday 3 July with more than 250 responses. We will report back soon.
This was the third time in recent weeks that we have asked for your opinions on transport measures that Camden might consider as part of its response to the coronavirus emergency.
The second survey asked whether you supported ideas for cycling and walking in the Hampstead and Frognal area. We received more than 500 responses. We will be reporting back when we have analysed them.
Those suggestions were generated from the 226 responses to the first survey, carried out in May, which asked you for ideas. Read about the responses here.
The Forum has been working with councillors and other organisations to help develop ideas for quick measures that could be implemented by Camden.
More measures may be taken by Camden. Conversations continue about longer-term improvements to transport in Hampstead.
The Neighbourhood Plan, which was passed by referendum with a 91.5% majority and adopted by Camden in 2018, set goals for Hampstead’s future, and policies to achieve them. In keeping with the Forum's mandate and the goals set out in the Plan, the Forum is working with Camden and local partners to develop a long-term transport strategy for Hampstead that will make further progress towards, for example, cleaner air and more walkable streets.
The Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum is a voluntary group set up by local residents. Under the terms of the Localism Act 2011, communities were given the ability to shape future development in their areas through Neighbourhood Plans. The Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum developed the Plan following intensive discussions over five years with local residents, community groups and businesses.
The Forum held its seventh annual general meeting on 16 March 2020. Because of the coronavirus outbreak, the AGM was sparsely attended. All those present practised social distancing. A new committee was appointed, the accounts approved, and the Forum's new mission statement was also approved. Janine Griffis, Forum chair, gave a report on the activities of the past year.
You can read the minutes of the meeting here and view the slides that were shown here. The new committee can be found here. Janine Griffis's subsequent report to members can be read here. Griffis stepped down in June 2020 after six years of outstanding service to the community as the Forum's founding chair. Stephen Taylor was elected chair.
The purpose of the Neighbourhood Plan, and of the Forum, is not to oppose development. Rather, the Plan aims to keep Hampstead lively and contemporary, while safeguarding the fine heritage of our streets and buildings. Hampstead should be enduringly green, with the Heath, open spaces, trees and landscapes well protected. It should be safe and walkable, with good public transport. It should foster local enterprise, supporting the needs who live and work in the area as well as visitors. And it should be a strong community with good amenities.
PLANNING WATCH: The Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum comments selectively on planning applications that, in our view, support or are at odds with the Neighbourhood Plan's policies. Click here to see the Forum's recent comments and to see how the Plan's policies are being taken into account in planning decisions.