Mary Fielding House, Werner Scheff, cycle lanes and the Heath

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Issues over care dwelling’s future

Cllrs (Lib Dem) Dennison, Hare and Morris, Highgate ward, write:

We had been shocked to be taught that the Mary Feilding Guild Care House on North Hill in Highgate can be closing in three months.

We requested for an pressing replace from the council’s planning division who confirmed that there was a pre-planning utility assembly final August in regards to the improvement of a brand new and bigger dwelling, however there was no contact with the division since then. 

We additionally organized an pressing assembly with the supervisor of the Mary Fielding Guild final Friday to debate the welfare of the present residents and what assist they are going to be supplied with at this worrying time. And to clarify the urgency to shut the house (throughout a pandemic!) after they clearly couldn’t show that they’d progressed any plans for a brand new care dwelling. Following the assembly we nonetheless have severe considerations in regards to the therapy of Mary Feilding Care House residents and workers – and can assist them in any manner we are able to. 

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We even have main reservations as as to whether a care dwelling will proceed on the location. Till now we have forged iron ensures from the brand new house owners that this constructing will proceed to be a care dwelling we is not going to relaxation.

Data on Werner Scheff

Anthony Ensor, Judd Road, writes:

I ought to be thankful for any data, irrespective of how tenuous, about Werner Scheff (1888, Berlin-1947, London), an Austro-German screenwriter and prolific, profitable creator of fiction who fled to Nice Britain from Germany through Austria in 1937, apparently with pretty ample funds.

He settled at 24 Belsize Grove NW3, because it was then.

Fifteen novels of his are at present supplied for buy on the web, and movies derived in a technique or one other from his work might be discovered, too, however little or no by the use of biographical data seems to be accessible in any kind.

My curiosity is for tutorial analysis functions and I might be reached at anthonyensor@btinternet.com

Cycle lanes

Identify and tackle equipped writes: 

Many aged folks I do know who reside in roads off Rosslyn Hill and Haverstock Hill are overwhelmingly towards the proposed cycle lanes. They want their automobiles, and parking, as a way to perform day by day duties equivalent to meals buying, as do dad and mom with young children. Many aged folks can’t stroll distances, particularly carrying buying.

Supermarkets have a minimal spend for supply and that is typically larger than older folks can afford to spend. Even in these Covid occasions, it’s good for folks’s psychological well being to get out and interchange with different human beings.

The biking foyer alleges, with out offering any proof, that there’s a nice demand for extra cycle lanes. There was a rise in cycle gross sales, but it surely stays to be seen what number of of those had been purchased for leisure use or by truthful climate cyclists.

The proposed route is just too slim for the cycle lanes and would adversely have an effect on the companies on the route, and would massively improve congestion and air pollution, and delay emergency autos. If an ambulance is delayed in congestion, is a paramedic meant to get on his/her bike to succeed in a sick affected person?

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If the intention is to supply a cycle route from Hampstead Village to Camden City, a extra applicable route is perhaps alongside Fitzjohn’s Avenue and Adelaide Highway, the place there are few companies. Fitzjohn’s Avenue has some large pavements, the place there are fewer pedestrians than alongside the proposed route, and these pavements could possibly be narrowed to supply cycle lanes.

I used to cycle in London once I was younger and am not against cycle lanes in the proper locations. I’ve a Freedom Move however haven’t travelled on public transport for a yr due to Covid-19. I used to journey usually by bus however am unable to make use of the tube stations on the proposed route. Hampstead, Belsize Park and Chalk Farm stations should not accessible to me due to the steps.

If there may be ever a time to construct this specific cycle lane it’s not now. We’re informed to count on a 3rd wave of coronavirus and a flu epidemic this winter, and may due to this fact be avoiding public transport.

A Belsize Grove resident, full identify and tackle equipped, writes:

I’m very involved in regards to the lack of disabled parking locations on Haverstock Hill beneath the cycle lane proposals. This can be a well-used buying and café space.

Whereas I assist biking for many who can, pedestrians, together with those that journey by bus and tube to the busy space reverse Belsize Park tube, are the biggest group of consumers of the outlets and cafes. Adopted by automotive drivers, lots of whom are aged and/or disabled. And lastly cyclists. The steep hill, does, nonetheless, stop many from biking right here.

The proposal to take away just about all disabled (and paid) parking and put extra automobiles into already overcrowded aspect streets shouldn’t be going to resolve the issue of with the ability to park outdoors a store when you’ll be able to solely stroll a couple of steps. The proposal to maneuver parking areas into the aspect streets is not going to resolve the necessity for parking in the principle highway. The aspect streets are already full, primarily with residents’ automobiles, and never shut sufficient to the outlets together with Boots and Budgens, which has a much-used publish workplace.

The council paper states that automobiles can park or drop off in aspect roads. It seems to not be understood that if somebody is unable to stroll quite a lot of steps then they should park very near a store. Most aged and disabled drivers drive themselves so should not in a position to be dropped off.

Whereas welcoming the addition of additional crossing locations, the shifting of bus stops into the carriageway, as instructed, appears to be like considerably harmful for pedestrians.
Biking lanes, it’s proposed, can be placed on either side of Haverstock Hill. Whereas a variety of native individuals are involved in regards to the lack of clients for outlets and cafes on Haverstock Hill, many people are extraordinarily nervous in regards to the lack of use of native facilities by disabled folks. One suggestion is that the biking lanes could possibly be put simply on one aspect (the Belsize Park station aspect the place there are few outlets).

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Please assist to get this scheme checked out once more so that each one disabled parking is retained.

Session?


Fifty one per cent of voters elected to rename Albert Highway Recreation Floor the Tambo Recreation Floor.

– Credit score: Haringey Council

Keith S Gold, Highgate Avenue, writes:

On the day surge testing was occurring in N10 on account of an outbreak of the South African variant and the day our new council tax payments got here by means of our letter packing containers, a group of workmen arrived on the Albert Highway Recreation Floor to rename it.

In October final yr, within the midst of lockdown Haringey Council hand delivered 87,976 letters to buildings inside 1000m of the Recreation Floor asserting a session on account of finish on November 23 on renaming the bottom to the OR Tambo Recreation Floor.

On February 12, within the Ham&Excessive, council chief Joseph Eijofor introduced the results of the session as 51 per cent in favour. This was after the outcomes had been reviewed on the cupboard assembly on February 2 forward of discussions on 2021/22 price range and the welfare help fund.

I submitted a Freedom of Data request so I may scrutinise the votes in Haringey’s chosen space for session. They voted towards, as did different Haringey residents. It was solely with votes from as far-off as Billericay, Greenford, Islington, Brighton, Hackney, Wallington, Lambeth and others that the 51computer  majority was achieved.

This appeared towards the federal government’s code of apply for consultations however Cllr Eijofor mentioned “The function of the cupboard is to contemplate the entire accessible data, give it the suitable weight, after which to take a choice on behalf of the entire residents of Haringey.”

Even when they don’t reside in Haringey?

Biodiversity

Cllr Adam Harrison, cupboard member for a sustainable Camden, writes:

In October 2019, Camden declared a local weather and ecological emergency. As a council, we pledged to put in writing a brand new plan for the ecology of the borough – and, regardless of the challenges of Covid, during the last yr councillors and our in-house biodiversity specialists have been inspecting what we are able to do to assist nature bounce again.

Human exercise of the final couple of centuries has put the pure world at nice threat.

Authorities assessments present that the UK is failing badly on this entrance: for the reason that 1970s, 41 per cent of species have decreased in abundance (the variety of people per species), whereas 15computer face extinction. Too many habitats have turn out to be fragmented or misplaced altogether. However it is usually human exercise that may assist rescue and restore the surroundings, particularly in city areas, which may host all kinds of species. In Camden, over 60 species of principal significance have been recorded, together with toads, stag beetles, and hedgehogs. We have to assist them thrive.

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That’s the reason a brand new “nature restoration community” sits on the coronary heart of Camden’s draft plan. We foresee a spot the place wildlife could make a house for itself, in a position to transfer freely alongside stepping-stones of habitats all through our borough. We wish to be “greening the gray” by remodeling our streets by means of planting extra timber, creating raingardens, and decreasing noise and air air pollution. We’ve already been placing this into apply throughout Covid by incorporating tree-planting into measures to allow extra strolling and biking.

However we additionally know that nobody individual or organisation can resolve the ecological disaster, and supporting a biodiverse Camden goes to want all of us – a spread of people, organisations and companies bringing their information, abilities, and assets collectively.

So our proposal is to ascertain a Camden Nature Partnership to construct out this restoration community. Camden Council will present the secretariat for the partnership and search funding to broaden its work.

We at the moment are asking to listen to your views on the council’s new Biodiversity Technique. Please head to camdenbiodiversitystrategy.commonplace.is now to have your say on how we are able to shield and assist nature in Camden.

Our Heath

Robert Sutherland Smith, chairman, United Swimmers Affiliation, writes:

Like many swimmers of “lengthy standing/floating” within the duck and fish ponds of Hampstead Heath (people notably near its aquatic chicken life) I’m saddened by the decline in its different examples of chicken species there.

The decline, is a part of a protracted course of; swirling starling formations are tremendously missed as are the numerous thrushes that when abounded. When Hampstead Heath was managed by the magnificent London County Council, of fond reminiscence, there have been additionally rabbits on Hampstead Heath, which one may observe on early morning walks. All gone! Together with the liberty of Londoners to swim with out cost, with the duck and fish, in its three bathing ponds. I believe the Metropolis Company could, at this very second, be devising methods of charging the fish and the geese for swimming in these ponds?  

I count on to take part in conferences of the newly ordained and engineered Metropolis Company “Sport and Welfare Discussion board” conferences, if allowed. However it appears that evidently Der ring des Nibelung of EC2 (in any other case referred to as the Metropolis of London Company) want to exclude its lengthy and trustworthy critic in one other type of enclosure – a ‘Not invited!’ signal.

So long as there stays a free press in Hampstead and Camden, and breathe in my physique, I shall be an lively promoter of truthful criticism of the antediluvian Metropolis of London Company which has grossly betrayed its stewardship of Hampstead Heath.  

By lengthy coincidence, the day of my delivery, June 29, is similar because the publication day of the 1871 Hampstead Heath Act. So I’m in a manner, its corporal embodiment.

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