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Spring 2011

posted 23 Jul 2011, 10:17 by Stephen Taylor   [ updated 25 Jul 2011, 15:56 ]
by Frank Harding 

As I write this report in mid April, the weather is beautiful as is Hampstead – blossom on the trees, spring flowers in the gardens, deep blue skies above. We are indeed fortunate to live in this part of the world.

Although this report is somewhat shorter than usual the committee has had much discussion about plans and preparation for the future. 

Heavy goods (and other) vehicles 
We have become increasingly concerned at the number and size of heavy vehicles passing through Hampstead which are doing so only to avoid the volume of traffic on other routes. These vehicles shake and no doubt damage the old foundations of the streets and the buildings. We believe that a weight limit should be put on the roads approaching the village and the Whitestone Pond in order to reduce the numbers coming through Hampstead, confining them to buses, taxis, emergency vehicles and those requiring access to houses, flats, shops and offices in the area.

We have spoken to Councillors and hope that some progress can be made. Meanwhile, following a discussion with Brian Coleman, GLA member for Barnet and Camden, he met the Chief Executive of National Express who agreed to instruct the company’s coach drivers not to pass through Hampstead. Should anyone see a National Express coach in the village, please contact National Express to report that sighting.

Hampstead art
Camden has in its archives a large number of paintings, watercolours, prints and old photographs of Hampstead and the Heath. We are proposing that some of these works be put on show at Burgh House and it is possible, if the exhibition proves popular, as we think it will, that we shall organise more than one show; the first is scheduled for November 2011.