Very late in the day, the Lib/Dems have announced their candidates for the South Hampstead ward in the Council elections to be held on the 5th May. They are:
Having failed in its bid to have Camden's rejection of its proposals for affordable housing overturned at appeal, the owners, Essential Living, has now submitted a new appeal. It is now asking the Planning Inspectorate to overrule Camden and permit it to substitute cheaper (GRC instead of real stone) cladding materials on the exterior. As we've said before - the saga continues.
It ain't over till the fat lady sings. Members will recall that in October 2021 a private school, North Bridge House, submitted a planning application for the use of English National Opera's building on Broadhurst Gardens (Lilian Baylis House) as a school for 300 pupils. A less-suitable site for a school - in the humble opinion of CRASH - could hardly be imagined, the building being next door to a pub, with other bars, cafes etc as neighbours. CRASH, together with other amenity groups voiced concern, and a formal objection was submitted to the Council. At the time, English National Opera denied that the building was being put up for sale, claiming that the site wasn't "formally on the market" and that any planning application was "entirely speculative". It is now reported that Lilian Baylis House is being marketed with a price tag of £11 million. Is this the end of opera in CRASH-land? We await the final aria from the fat lady.
Further to the item 'New Councillors' dated 12/01/22, here is an update. We stated in the news item that our ward councillor Simon Pearson had decided not to stand in the election to be held on Thursday, 5th May 2022. However, Simon had a change of heart and put himself forward to stand again, only to be de-selected by his 'comrades' in the local Labour Party. South Hampstead has now had two of its three ward councillors de-selected, following the earlier ban on Cllr Leo Cassarani.
In the same news item we pointed out that the election would be held for the new South Hampstead Ward (at present Swiss Cottage) and that Polling Districts within the Ward would change. For instance, residents in the northern section of the ward - roughly north of Canfield Gardens - will now be required to cast their votes at the Acol Bridge Club on West End Lane rather than the traditional venue of the Crossfield Centre on Fairhazel Gardens. Your Polling Station will be shown on your Poll Card which are sent out by Camden nearer to the election date. Members are reminded to check their Polling Station before heading out to cast their vote.
As most members will know from local media coverage, Land Securities (Landsec) has now submitted its planning application to Camden for the development (over-development) of the site. In due course, CRASH will ask all its members and friends to submit objections, and hopes shortly to be able to give targeted advice on grounds for refusal. It is anticipated that Camden will not table the application for committee until the early summer, giving us adequate time to marshal our forces.
The South Hampstead Flood Action Group would like everyone who was flooded to fill in one of Thames Water's Flooding Questionnaire.
The more people who do this, the more likely it is that Thames Water will make this area a priority for drainage improvement. Thames will keep the information provided confidential --- they won't share them with any other organisations, including insurers.
You can fill in the questionnaire online: tinyurl.com/f6k8br7c. Or print a copy to complete by hand and post in by googling: “Thames Water Flooding Questionnaire”.
If anyone needs help printing the form or filling it in, they can contact the Flood Action Group on: email@example.com.
The Group wants everyone to encourage their friends and neighbours who have been flooded to fill in the questionnaire, including everyone who completed the local survey prepared by The Group in the autumn.
They would also like residents to tell them more about impact of being flooded on them and their property. They welcome any photos or videos they have of the flood or of the damage it did.
The Group will use this information anonymously as part of its campaigning. For example it will form part of its submission to Thames Water's Independent Review, as well as being used to inform the council and the local press about the importance of protecting this area from any future extreme rainstorms.
The Group welcomes any comments and ideas you have. Please contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org
West Hampstead Amenity & Transport, WHAT, has arranged a public meeting with Camden on Wednesday 16th February at 8pm on the Landsec O2 redevelopment scheme. Please find full details at https://whatnw6.com/ CRASH members are very welcome and encouraged to attend. The venue is the Synagogue Hall, Dennington Park Road, NW6 1AX, which is a large hall that will accommodates social distancing.
The Conservative Party has announced its three candidates for the South Hampstead ward in May's council elections. They are:
The Labour Party has announced its three candidates for the South Hampstead ward in May's council elections. They are:
CRASH looks forward to hearing from them, and also from the Conservative, Lib/Dem and Green candidates (and perhaps one or two independents).
Swiss Cottage ward is to have three new councillors come the Camden council elections in May, with Cllrs Nayra Bello O'Shanahan and Simon Pearson announcing that they do not intend to stand again, and the (shameful) de-selection of Cllr Leo Cassarani. The elections will be fought with slightly-altered ward boundaries and the name of the ward will change from Swiss Cottage to South Hampstead. The Polling Station where you normally cast your vote may change.
CRASH would like to take this opportunity to express its gratitude to all three ward councillors for their support and assistance over the past four years. We wish them well.