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The South Hampstead Synagogue have listened to the concerns of residents and taken their redevelopment plans back to the drawing board.
The Synagogue say that they have outgrown the existing building on the corner of Eton Villas and Eton Road, and that it needs updating and modernising. They are planning new community facilities and a larger hall for
worship. However, in a series of meetings chaired by local councillors, Steele’s Village residents have expressed concerns about the bulk and mass of the new development and the impact of additional traffic on local streets.
The Synagogue have now appointed a new architect, the widely respected Allies and Morrison, and will be presenting revised designs to us on 10th October. A formal planning application could be presented to Camden Council before the end of the year.
Please get in touch if you would like us to keep you up to date on the plans as they develop.
Local residents have been invited to view South Hampstead Synagogue’s plans for a major expansion on their Eton Villas site.
The current synagogue building was completed in 1964 and serves the Jewish community in Steele’s Village, Belsize Park and beyond. The Synagogue tell me they want to create a modern facility catering for the same number of people as now, but with more space to act as a community hub. To do this, they intend to demolish the existing building and erect a new one.
There will be a public exhibition of the initial plans on Sunday 12th May, 11am to 3pm, and Monday 13th May, 4:30pm to 8:30pm, at the South Hampstead Synagogue. The proposals will then be developed through the Spring with a planning application submitted later this year.
The people of Steele’s Village are planning a street party on Sunday June 3rd to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.
Lots of ideas are in the mix, including a community picnic, screens to watch the river procession and live jazz music.
For more information, or to offer to help out, email email@example.com or pop into the Legal Cafe or the Diamond Supermarket, both on Haverstock Hill.
Haverstock Resident in Sloane Square: “Please could you take me to Haverstock Hill, just above Prince of Wales Road?”
Cab driver: “You mean Steele’s Village?!”
The above coversation was happily related to me this week by one of the leading lights of our campaign to re-brand the area between Chalk Farm and Belsize Park as Steele’s Village. As many know by now, the name pays tribute to Sir Richard Steele, founding editor of the Spectator and a local celebrity of the eighteenth century.
Fast forward three hundred years and there’ll be a modern day local celebrity – Sir Derek Jocobi – at Steele’s Village this Tuesday 6th December to switch on the Christmas tree lights. The event kicks off from 4pm outside the Legal Cafe.
Residents and businesses in Steele’s Village are organising a Halloween pumpkin competition.
Judges will be looking for Haverstock’s spookiest Halloween pumpkins on 31st October, from 4pm. The competition is open to children of all ages whose families live, work, shop or go to school in the area.
To enter, please email organiser Lynn Whiting, or drop your details into any of Steele’s Village’s shops before Friday 28th October.
Now, the Mayor of London has also agreed to my other requests. In a letter dated 9th September, he says: “I understand the stop signs should be changed in the next few weeks, together with the on-board bus announcements. Other publicity, such as timetables, will be updated during routine reprinting. I wish the local businesses and residents well in this venture.”
So next time you’re on a 168 or an N5, listen out for an announcement saying “alight here for Steele’s Village”.
Meanwhile the Evening Standard has given our campaign some publicity. It’s true, of course, that to properly rejuvenate an area it takes far more than a new name – but it’s a good first step. I met with local residents and businesses last week and we have heaps more ideas to develop the area: watch this space.
If you were spending public money on new signage, the first thing you’d do is check the basics like spelling, yes? Not, apparently, if you are Transport for London.
As part of a package of measures to give Steele’s Village (the new name for the area between Chalk Farm and Belsize stations) a face lift, I recently wrote to the Mayor of London asking him to rename the bus stops. This was intended to help the new name take hold.
The Mayor agreed, and new bus signage was introduced this week: a real campaign success!
Unfortunately, however, the bus stops have been labelled “Steel’s Village” instead of “Steele’s Village”. The author obviously couldn’t see the massive banners hanging just behind the stop, displaying the correct name.
So, another letter is on it’s way to Transport for London, asking them to come back and correct their spelling…
Update (Monday 5th September 2011): My spies on Haverstock Hill tell me that one bus stop has now been corrected.
Steele’s Village? Where? A group of residents in Haverstock are hoping we’ll soon all be able to pin-point it on the map of London.
That’s because Steele’s Village is the new name for the area between Chalk Farm and Belsize stations, named after Sir Richard Steele, founder of the Spectator, who was a prominent local resident. The village has been christened by residents and businesses along Haverstock Hill, and they have grand plans for the area. However, the first step is to foster a real sense of place and put Steele’s Village firmly on the map.
Already, businesses have clubbed together to buy lamp post banners and fresh flower baskets for each of the shops. Now, we want the Mayor to do his bit too. I have written to the Mayor asking that, the next time London’s bus maps are reprinted, the two bus stops on the Hill are renamed “Steele’s Village”.
Names are important: they’re how we define ourselves and our communities in a sprawling mass of a city like London. You can read more about the campaign in the Ham and High newspaper, here.