Your views on local projects, and don't forget our AGM

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.

The AGM will also, as usual, review the accounts and elect a committee for the coming year. The minutes of last year's AGM can be viewed here. Nominations for the committee can be viewed here.

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