Monthly Archives: February 2014

GROW London, a new contemporary garden f

GROW London, a new contemporary garden fair, will burst into bloom for the first time on Hampstead Heath on 20-22 June 2014 from 10 – 5pm –

Organized by the team behind the Affordable Art Fair, a fresh, innovative approach to gardening arrives in London this summer when GROW London launches its first show on Hampstead Heath. A destination event where design lovers are as inspired and stimulated as passionate plants people, GROW London is an exciting sourcebook of all that’s best in the world of contemporary gardens.

Venue: GROW London Marquee, Lower Fairground Site, East Heath Road, Hampstead, London NW3 1TH

HOW TO GET THERE:

TRAIN OR BUS: Hampstead Heath overground station is just a 3 minute walk away. Buses C11, 24, 46 and 168 stop at South End Green.

TUBE AND FREE SHUTTLE BUS: Hampstead underground station is the closest tube stop. Free shuttle buses leave from outside the station every 15 minutes; look out for the GROW London bus stops.

COST:

Adult Advance – £10 (plus booking fee)

Adult Door – £16

Concession Advance – £8 (plus booking fee)

Concession Door – £14

Children under 16 – Free

TICKETS AND FURTHER DETAILS: http://www.growlondon.com http://ow.ly/tXyqy

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HS2 We have 617 signatures to the petiti

HS2

We have 617 signatures to the petition so really well done to those of you who have signed. But, we still need many more to make the Prime Minister sit up and listen.

Remember I am hand delivering this petition in hard copy with all the online comments and signatures to Downing Street with members of the Heath and Hampstead Society on Monday next (24 February) so we need all the signatures we can get to demonstrate the depth of feeling of the Hampstead community on this issue.

If you have not signed the petition below already, please do and please pass it to your friends and anyone else you think may be interested in this matter:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/hs2-impending-devastation-of-hampstead

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HS2 – One other effect of the HS2 propos

HS2 – One other effect of the HS2 proposals which I have not hitherto brought to your attention – but which was brought starkly to my attention by a member of the community – relates to house values and saleability of property.

I am informed that a local resident who is having to sell up in order to pay IHT is very worried about the effects of HS2/HS1 on the market value, indeed saleability, of his house.
Another member of the community sent me this link:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/10427468/HS2-benefits-essentially-made-up-economists-tell-MPs.html

and it makes very worrying reading when it is juxtapositioned against the severely damaging effects which this HS2/HS1 whim is going to cause our community.

I am working with the Heath and Hampstead Society to obtain a high level review of what is going to happen to our community by this project. But, ultimately, I need your continuing support.

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Please also see the attached article whi

Please also see the attached article which appeared in today’s issue of the Singapore Straits Times. Thanks to Guy for sending this through. http://ow.ly/i/4FYiU

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Ole White Bear – From London to New York

Ole White Bear – From London to New York and then to Singapore. The Ole White Bear is now famous and has gone global! Please see below the article in the New York Times on the plight of this pub. Thanks to all of you who sent this to me. http://ow.ly/tSvIl

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AUCTION ALERT Silver, Jewellery, and Gen

AUCTION ALERT

Silver, Jewellery,
and General Antiques

THURSDAY 27th February at 2.00pm.
First session, lots 1-210, commences 2pm.
Internet, telephone and commission bids ONLY.
Evening session, lots 220 – 563, commences 6:30pm, normal sale and internet bidding.
Viewing:

Hampstead Antique Centre, 12 Heath Street, Hampstead, London, NW3 6TE:
Saturday 22nd February 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 26th February 9am – 8.30pm
Thursday 27th February 9am – 12am and 5.30-6pm

FULLY ILLUSTRATED CATALOGUE NOW ONLINE
To view catalogue in a new window please click
HERE

LIVE ONLINE BIDDING AVAILABLE
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Evening Session 6.30 pm Sale Venue:

Hampstead Community Centre, 78 Hampstead High Street,
London NW3 1RE.
PRINTED CATALOGUE £5.00

CATALOGUE NOW AVAILABLE FREE ONLINE AT http://ow.ly/tSvqz

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Beech trees saved – phew! – please see t

Beech trees saved – phew! – please see the article in the Ham & High re the saved trees. A member of the community also received the email below re the decision to save the trees.

Dear local resident and other interested parties.
I am writing to thank you personally for having taken the time to write to us about our proposal to restore the historic vistas to and from the Kenwood Dairy. The scope of our consultation was considerable, and included a public open meeting, two meetings of the Kenwood Landscape Forum, and a Kenwood Dairy Open Day. During the consultation period, we provided information about the project on the Kenwood page of the English Heritage website, and ensured that the Ham and High reported on our proposal which of course resulted in the publication of a number of letters.

We have been extremely impressed with the scale of local residents’ engagement with the proposal and with the intelligent, mature and eloquent way in which the vast majority of you have expressed your views. In total, we have received responses from 189 individuals, as well as formal responses on behalf of their members from the following organisations who are represented on the Kenwood Landscape Forum:

· Dartmouth Park Conservation Area Advisory Committee,
· Friends of Kenwood,
· Hampstead Garden Suburb Residents Association
· Heath and Hampstead Society.
· Heath Hands,
· Highgate Conservation Area Advisory Committee,
· Highgate Society,
· Kenwood Dairy Restoration Trust,
· London Parks & Gardens Trust,
· Vale of Health Society
The responses we received included considerable support for, and very limited opposition to, the opening up of the view between the dairy and the house. But it became very clear from your responses that removing the copper beeches in the West Meadow was for most people a step too far. I am writing to let you know that as a result of the feedback received during the consultation period, English Heritage has concluded that the project will still go ahead, but in an amended form to ensure that the three copper beeches will be retained.

As we have been keen to explain during the consultation period, this exciting project will bring Kenwood many benefits. We will restore the holly hedge and the farm pond and as a result, create a more extensive wildlife meadow. Visitors will get a better idea of the care and skill with which the Kenwood landscape was originally created and especially of the connection between the house and the dairy.

This decision was last night presented to the Kenwood Landscape Forum at a special meeting which was convened to communicate the outcome of the consultation. I’m pleased to say that the response was overwhelmingly positive – everyone present expressed their appreciation of having being given the opportunity to share in a genuine and meaningful consultation on an important subject, and the conclusion of the group seemed to be that ultimately, the consultation process had allowed us to arrive at the right outcome.

I would like to conclude by saying how, during our consultation, I have been reminded about how much people care for Kenwood, and about how much they are interested in accurately remembering its past, caring for its present and protecting its future. As the guardians of the Iveagh Bequest, English Heritage also cares deeply about the same things, and are totally committed to the ensuring the long term sustainable future of Kenwood and to honouring the terms of the Iveagh Bequest. I would like to reassure you that we will continue to work hard to achieve this, and will, as appropriate, continue to work with local organisations and seek the views of local people such as yourselves to help us to make the right long term decisions for Kenwood.

Once again, thank you very much for taking the time to actively engage in the Kenwood Dairy Views consultation process.

Yours faithfully

Alex Sydney

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HS2 – do see the article in this week’s

HS2 – do see the article in this week’s Ham & High. You may well have thought that I was being a doomsday specialist when I sent out my note about the potential effects of HS2. Well, since my last note to you, I have found out that the effects will be worse than my last email. Here’s why:

· 8 bridges demolished and rebuilt

· Sewers and drains dug up, new water, gas and electricity facilities built

· All major through roads – Camden Rd, Kentish Town Rd, Chalk Farm Rd, Camden High st, Eversholt st, Adelaide Rd, Hampstead Rd, Albany st, Parkway, Gloucester Ave, Haverstock Hill, York Way – partially or completely closed

· At least 19 new construction compounds and depots built in local areas

· Up to 1500 extra lorry movements a day

· Closures on the North London Line (used by 55,000 people every day)

· At least 15 local bus routes diverted

You are all awesome though because we are now up to 443 signatures on the petition. I thought I might receive a modest 300, but you have been amazing joining me for the general charge.

Do keep the signatures coming in and let everyone you think may be interested know. This is massive and we need to protect Hampstead. http://ow.ly/i/4AOVE

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Car crime – there have been a number of

Car crime – there have been a number of car break ins and thefts recently. If you consider that there are any suspicious persons in your area and want to check out their license plates, please email PC Pete Trice, a police constable on the Frog and Fitz Safer Neighbourhood Team, with the number plate details. He can run it through the Met’s system in a couple of minutes and let you know if this is something to be concerned about. His email address is:

pete.Trice@met.pnn.police.uk

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The Ole White Bear – great news! Plannin

The Ole White Bear – great news! Planning permission to turn it into a 6 bedroom residence has been refused. Please see the flier attached.

But, this is not the end of the story. In order to ensure that refusal remains permanent, Camden need to hear from us by 10 March that the Article 4 directions which it has imposed to ensure that any future application to turn it into a residence is the subject of planning permission, please read the first flier and write the email to Camden as shown in that email.

You will see that the Ole White Bear got Asset in the Community Status. That means that if ever the new owners want to sell the pub, they have to give the community 6 months to come up with funds to buy the property. http://ow.ly/d/1U16

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