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June 2022: Belsize Village Celebrates the Queen's Platinum Jubilee
With food, drinks and music, there was a wonderful turnout of local villagers on a sunny afternoon for the Platinum Jubilee party in Belsize Village square.
In Memory of Malcolm Grove
Photo: Linda Grove
Sadly local resident Malcolm Grove has passed away following a tough battle with his health over the past few years. The sum of £5,000 is being raised to fund three park benches which will be in Malcolm Grove's memory. These benches will be placed on the pathway in front of the Pears building on Hampstead Green. Currently there is only one bench on this path. With your help, enough could be raised for these three benches, each one costing £1,590. Any contributions left over will be donated to Abacus Belsize Primary School, in which Malcolm and Linda Grove played a key role in founding. Please donate at Just Giving
A memorial service and celebration of Malcolm's life was held at 11.30am on Wednesday, May 18 at St Peter's Church, Belsize Square, with a reception afterwards in the church gardens.
02 Centre Plans April 2022
There is still time to object to the plans for the proposed massive redevelopment of the 02 Centre on the Finchley Road by the developer Landsec. Comments on the application can be made at the Camden Planning Application Website – No. 2022/0528/P.
The application is for the construction of 1,800 flats. These flats would be built in towers of up to 15 storeys high with a number of blocks taller than any other building in the local area. Amazingly, the application does not provide for any parking whatsoever, and makes no guarantees that any additional facilities will be provided.
Trafalgar Square Rally 27 February 2022
Hundreds gathered in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 27 February for a rally to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine and to demonstrate their support for the people of Ukraine. Trafalgar Square hosted groups of people holding banners and waving the Ukraine flag. Russians in the UK also joined Ukrainian protesters to criticise the invasion.
Leo, who belongs to a Belsize resident, was there to show his full support.
London Rally 6 March
Photo: Linda Grove
Urgent appeal for Ukranian refugees
Londoners can support the Ukrainian refugees by donating to one of the many donation points set up across the city. There are a number of charities and donation points set up where Londoners can support Ukrainian refugees.
Petition to Grant Emergency VISAS for Ukrainians who are Family Members of UK Citizens you can sign at Change.org.
September 2021: Mayoral visit to Belsize Village
The Mayor of Camden visited Belsize Village as part of her efforts to support small business in Camden. The Belsize Village Streatery, which attracted the Mayor’s visit, holds a special place as the first alfresco dining event after Lockdown 1. It inspired the Streatery/al fresco movement across London and beyond. Notably, according to Cllr Oliver Cooper (Hampstead Town) the beautiful streateries in Sloane Square and Duke of York Square in Chelsea were directly modelled after the Belsize Streatery.
Mr Khan of Pyramid Dry Cleaners, Belsize Village Business Association (BVBA) co-coordinator Robert Stephenson-Padron of Penrose Care, Perkin’s / Pyramid Dry Cleaners manager Mr Rahman, Mayor of Camden Sabrina Francis, Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenant for Camden Roxane Zand, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Camden Cllr Adam Harrison
Following the visit, Cllr Adam Harrison said: “Lots of people out in the amazing Belsize Streatery this afternoon. Mayor of Camden Sabrina Francis visited, highlighting the importance of supporting hospitality and independent businesses and helping them recover. In The Square local magazine has also just launched.”
And Cllr Anne Clarke AM said: “Beautiful day for it! Wonderful to see the excellent streatery doing so well! Thanks for all your hard work.”
BVBA gardening volunteer Luisa Vasquez / Louise Lawson, BVBA co-coordinator Aya Khazaal of Pivoine Nail Spa, BVBA head of gardening Jane Lyons, Mayor of Camden Sabrina Francis, BVBA co-coordinator Robert Stephenson-Padron of Penrose Care, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Camden Cllr Adam Harrison, Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenant for Camden Roxane Zand.
And 2022 News: Robert “Bob” Stephenson-Padron, Belsize Village Business Association co-head, has been awarded an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen for services to social care in the Platinum Jubilee Birthday 2022 Honours List.
The Story of Moll King's Belsize Houses
An illustrated presentation by David S. Percy with Dame Janet Suzman reading excerpts from the book, now available to view here. This is the fascinating account of some of the first settlers on Haverstock Hill. A story of pioneers who arrived in Belsize in the early part of the 18th century and the houses they lived in. A captivating tale of a really gutsy, determined individual who made her own way, a woman who mixed with harlots, courtesans and lords of the land.
Produced to coincide with celebrations to mark the Belsize Society-BRA 50th anniversary.
100 Avenue Road Update
Following the report in our recent newsletter we can now confirm the appeal by Swiss Cottage tower developer Essential Living has been rejected by the planning inspector. The inspector, Tom Gilbert-Wooldridge, rejected the appeal following an inquiry held 9-12 November 2021. Tom Gilbert-Wooldridge refused Essential Living’s attempt to renege on the 100 Avenue Road affordable housing agreement.
The inspector said, "The appellant claims to be stuck between not being able to sell the site or deliver the development as consented with its various planning benefits… However, I have not been persuaded that the financial position of the appellant means that the only option is the proposed modification to the S106 agreement… While a realistic alternative use value for the site may be lacking, this does not undermine the prospect that another residential-led scheme could be delivered on this site, particularly given the site’s urban location next to a London underground station.”
Janine Sachs of Save Swiss Cottage said, "We can't say what Essential Living will do next, but given the revelation during the appeal of their considerable deficit, it's hard to imagine how they will continue.” There has been no work on the site since mid-2020. Essential Living is now facing a massive £70million deficit over the project.
If Essential Living should go ahead with the project the developer must provide the full amount of affordable housing that they agreed to provide in the original proposals – namely, 28 Affordable Rent units, 8 Intermediate Housing units, and 18 Discounted Market Rent units for a minimum of 15 years post completion.
Belsize Village Summer Flower Baskets
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
The Belsize Village Streatery
Belsize locals and visitors are now enjoying the Belsize Village Streatery, especially with the arrival of the warmer weather.
News: 20 March 2021
The Belsize Village Bambi artwork has been restored. Belsize Village Business Association’s volunteer project foreman and local resident Richard Lagani restored the artwork originally created by street artist Bambi in 2010. Since then the artwork had become mired with mould that had overtaken it and the original perspex had been badly damaged. Richard Lagani removed the mould and replaced the perspex restoring it to its former glory. Read the full story