Friday, 18 June 2010

Duke of Hamilton, Hampstead

I am happy to add my support to the campaign to save the Duke of Hamilton in Hampstead. It takes two minutes to register an objection through the Camden website. If you have ever spent an afternoon or evening in this great pub, perhaps you might like to add your voice too.

Duke of Hamilton, Hampstead. Latest News.
(Written by John Cryne)

The campaign to Save the Duke of Hamilton gathered momentum this week when pub regulars, concerned local residents, members of CAMRA and local councillors Linda Chung and Chris Knight gathered at the pub as part of the campaign to prevent the pub's closure and conversion into housing. Councillors Knight and Chung spoke to the gathering who also heard from regulars at the Pineapple in Kentish Town, saved from
closure by a similar campaign a number of years ago. They made one very clear point - 500 objections were lodged to the Pineapple's conversion. That carried weight. If everyone who receives this newsletter can, at the least, go to Camden's site and lodge an objection to both applications then we will have over 700 objections.
So please get clicking, see details below. Clearly if you can embellish the objection with strong reasons against all the better but if you don't have the time, just object! It should only take a few minutes for each application.

Both are on Camden's website, just enter the application numbers when you open this link 2010/1923/C - was filed on 28 May and 2010/1901/P - was filed on 1 June - the closing date for
on-line objections is 30 June.

At its AGM on Monday, the Heath and Hampstead Society joined the campaign by expressing their objection to the change of use. All Society members will be encouraged to lodge objections to what, if allowed, would bring about a massive change to the character of New End and indeed this whole part of Hampstead. I am also asking residents of Camden to write to their local councillors and MP Glenda Jackson, who has already expressed her strong support for the Duke staying as a pub. It's easy to do this for both councillors and MPs at and entering your home post code.

The campaign has also gone on-line with a website set-up by another local resident to act as a focus for all the activity that is going on - check out for the latest news. We also hope to file detailed technical objections to the applications on the
site either later today or tomorrow.

As part of the campaign local residents are having a street stall on Hampstead High street outside Barclays Bank this Saturday (19th) from 11.00 - 13.00. They will have flyers encouraging local people to send in objections to the planning applications, and information on how to object and the sort of grounds that should be used in objecting. They will also have a petition but the real object is to mobilise people
to write in to Camden Council. It is hoped that David Bedford, pub regular and London Marathon Race Director will come along. If you live close by why not pop along and see if you can help in any other way, say by delivering flyers.

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