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Save AIR Studios NEWS UPDATE 13 October 2017
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New book about Belsize Park now available here and at Daunt Books
See photographs of the launch celebration here
BELSIZE Remembered, many years in production, is a collection of memories of life past and present in Belsize Park. From the story of the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor to memories of artists and musicians as well as once favourite shops, pubs and places of entertainment, these reminiscences capture the flavour of what old hands and relative newcomers relish about where they live.
Fully illustrated with contemporary and archival images, this book presents more than ninety chronicles from Belsize residents revisiting old experiences and feelings. Over 200 pages illustrated in colour to be published late October this year. Read more about the book
Sir Derek Jacobi reads extracts from BELSIZE Remembered – watch video here
Sunday 19 November 6.30 pm – St Peter's Church Belsize Square
Belsize Baroque are playing Bach and Telemann
Tickets £12 on the door
Photo: Linda Grove
Gardening Projects in Belsize Park
The wide pavements of Haverstock Hill are looking better than ever this summer.
Now that Giraffe has closed down in Belsize, Linda Grove, Royal Free Hospital volunteer gardener, noticed that the wonderful plant containers originally belonging to Giraffe were about to be broken up by builders.
As a result Linda asked if Costa Coffee and Euphorium Bakery would like to adopt them. In fact both decided this was an excellent idea and accepted some planters.
Now Mohammed, manager of Costa Coffee, Sandro Pires, Euphorium manager, and Eliza deputy manager, along with RFH gardening volunteer Malcolm Grove planted up the containers for everyone to enjoy!.
Very many thanks to both companies for supporting the community.
Euphorium Bakery Manager Sandro Pires Photo: Linda Grove
Belsize Village is Under Threat
Photo: Nerali Patel
The Village is under threat of losing yet another community asset following the closure of XO in Belsize Lane. Belsize Village is proud to be home to many local independent businesses. We do not need or want any more development in our beautiful village.
The Village most certainly does not want to lose another local business to a faceless corporation. Please help to keep our local businesses as they have been – an integral part of our community. Please Sign the Petition
Latest News regarding St Stephens
and the Proposed Immunological Building for the Royal Free at Hampstead Green
Disturbingly, current publicity material for this project gives every impression that construction is in going ahead without further ado. In fact there are still major unresolved issues of which the community needs to be made aware, and which the hospital has a responsibility to make clear.
The present status of the hospital’s planning application is that it has been granted subject to certain conditions. The most important of these conditions is that Camden requires that the hospital produces designs to be certified by independent suitably qualified consultant surveyors that demonstrate that the project can be delivered with no more than negligible damage to neighbouring buildings. There are many pages on the S106 agreement devoted to this. Read more>
Cheering up Haverstock Hill
Springtime on Haverstock Hill, 2017
Following on from the success of the Pond Street Gardening Project volunteers have planed bulbs and flowers around the trees on the west side of Haverstock Hill (near the Everyman and Thornton's Budgens). Camden Council agreed to provide soil for the planting.
Anyone wishing to help brighten up our local pavements please contact David Percy or Linda Grove on 07770 507 383.
A group of enthusiasts ensured that Pond Street was also planted with shrubs and covered in daffs for the Spring.
A group of Korean tourists helped to plant the area outside the Royal Free read more >
Read the original idea for Haverstock Hill >
Volunteers of the Royal Free Charity are raising funds to continue to transform the outlying areas of the Royal Free from the previously abandoned litter-covered patches into beautiful flowery gardens. Please support this ongoing work by visiting their JustGiving page here >
Join the Belsize Community Choir
It is inclusive, fun and non-auditioned, the first week is free
plus a glass of wine during the break! learn more >
New term commenced in September 2016
100 Avenue Road latest 2017
Essential Living, apparently in breach of safety requirements applied by the Secretary of State, is now attempting to demolish the existing building before all its foundation plans are complete, in place and approved by London Underground Ltd.
There is a three-year deadline before the planning permission for this construction expires. However...
Artist's impression of new building
Read more here >
Belsize Park Newspaper Seller's Kiosk Saved
Nurul Islam celebrates at his Belsize Park kiosk. The popular vendor who runs the Belsize Park newspaper kiosk thanked his customers for pressuring Camden Council into doing a u-turn over the rent hike which threatened his business.
Nurul Islam had said he would no longer be able to run the business after the council doubled his rent. He would have been forced to shut down the kiosk he has run outside Belsize Park Tube Station for 13 years. Full story >
New construction underway on Haverstock Hill
Artist's impression of new building
Planning permission has been granted for the erection of a five-story building plus basement near Belsize Park Underground station. The scheme will create retail space at ground and basement levels and five self-contained flats from first to fourth floor level following demolition of the previous single-storey building. Architects: Squire & Partners.
Artist's impression of the proposed scheme
Proposed Cycle Superhighway Swiss Cottage
Massive turnout for the public meeting
held at St Stephens`
The planned cycle superhighway will permanently affect access to Swiss Cottage, Regents Park and the West End.
We will no longer be able to drive into the upper part of Avenue Road from Fitzjohn’s Avenue, or be able to drive into Regents Park other than between 11am and 3pm read more >
A consultation sets out TfL's proposals for a route from Swiss Cottage southwards, along Avenue Road, the Outer Circle of The Regent’s Park, Park Crescent and Portland Place. Full details here >
Save AIR Studios UPDATE 13 October 2017
The petition has over 10,000 signatures and is
supported by Hans Zimmer and Brian May details here >
LATEST on AIR STUDIOS full story >
Fantastic News! 13.10. 17 Application Dropped!
Our neighbours have decided to drop both Appeals and both Planning Applications for their proposed basement development! We are so relieved and so incredibly thankful to all of you who have supported us over the last couple years.
Every musician, artist, composer, client, music fan, engineer, producer, the local community, film and TV company, record label, other recording studios, local government, other government agencies, industry bodies and all our brilliant staff – Your efforts have played such a huge part in helping to get to this resolution. We cannot thank you enough!
Currently there is nothing to stop new applications of a similar nature but if they do we hope we can count on your future support if required. We will of course update you all with more news as and when we get it. Again, thank you, thank you, thank you! You have been amazing.
AIR Studios announcement 13.10.17
Composer and conductor Gavin Greenaway says it is sheer folly to excavate near Air Studios. Read his letter to the editor of the Camden New Journal >
AIR Studios relocated in 1992 to the beautiful Lyndhurst Hall on the corner of Rosslyn Hill and Lyndhurst Road and named it AIR Lyndhurst. Due to the potential disruption form building/ basement pool work next door AIR Studios may have to close for six months and may never reopen. So the studio has hired top lawyer David Cooper who has sent an official letter of objection to Camden.
Read the full story and appeal here >
100 Avenue Road Appeal: The Planning Inspector has now sent his recommendation to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
Important new information, read more here >
Please help to keep our Village and the local area tidy
The Retail section of Belsize Village
Camden council wishes to remind us that the retail section of the village and the flats above the shops have daily morning collections.
For retail premises in the daily collection area you may put out your waste between 8am-9.30am.
Waste should not be presented before 8am or after 10am. To use these daily collections you must be a customer of Camden’s Business Waste Service.
If you are a resident who lives in a flat above a shop you may put out your waste between 7am-9.30am
FOR THE RETAIL SECTION OF BELSIZE VILLAGE THE DAILY COLLECTION TIME IN THE MORNING IS BETWEEN 10AM-12PM
The Residential part of Belsize Village
If you live in the residential section of the Village (other than retail premises or a flat above a shop in Belsize Lane, Belsize Mews, Belsize Place, Princess Mews, Belsize Crescent) the day for your refuse collection is TUESDAY and your waste must be presented neatly and secured for collection from 7am onwards on your collection day. Everyone is requested to please store their refuse in bins – or in your property – on non-collection days. This will prevent foxes from opening up bags on the street. More details >
Charlotte Gascoigne and Linda Grove are looking for local folk to join them to help improve our public spaces in NW3, so if you would like to get involved, starting with the gardens in Pond Street in front of the Royal Free, then please send them an email.
There is no requirement to be a fantastic gardener, just someone who appreciates our lovely location and wants to help to improve and preserve it.
The Peace garden in South Hill Park has been an inspiration, and we are fully aware that by being involved in community projects like this brings our neighbourhood closer together, creating a place where we want all to live, So come on, get those marigolds on and join them! – contact Charlotte and Linda.
Village Flowers in full bloom
The flowers along Belsize Lane were extended last summer, with an additional six baskets along Belsize Lane down to McCrone Mews, a basket on the lower lamppost on Belsize Crescent, and one opposite the entrance to Belsize Court Garages – they look really lovely.
These flowers are organised by Angela King of Heywoods, Angela says: "It obviously costs us more money to do this, so I would be most grateful for any further donations that our local residents may like to make to help with the annual flowers, as well as our Xmas lights. I have the baskets changed twice annually, so we have a spring/summer show and an autumn/winter show – they are maintained weekly too." Donation information is below.
Chatting to artist Alan Lancaster In the Village
Want to know more about Belsize Park?
The two films about Belsize Park are now free
to view in full online here
And the documentary on Hampstead Garden Suburb celebrating the story
of one of the first garden suburbs is also available to view here
Village Lights and Summer Flowers
YOUR VILLAGE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
The spring/summer flowers aren't provided free
On behalf of the Belsize Village Association Angela King of Heywoods Estate Agents collects the donations and organises the winter lights & flowers as well as the installation every year.
Donations Please – Drop Cash or Cheques in to
Heywoods Estate Agents 27 Belsize Lane - NW3 5AS
(Cheques payable to Heywoods Estate Agents attn Angela King)
Or donate via credit card through PayPal
With many thanks to the organisers