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A message from the Queen’s Park Day team

 
We are sorry to announce that Queen’s Park Day will not take place again this year.
 
Despite our efforts to see how we might be able to go ahead, we have accepted that we simply will not be able to make the event happen this year. We are sorry for any disappointment.
 
Thank you for your support.  Let’s look forward to better times ahead.
 
Queen’s Park Day Team
 
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Local Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs)

We have expanded our Streetscape action group recently due to the great interest in LTNs and Brent’s plans to introduce them in the QPARA area.

Marina Cantacuzino, a member of the expanded group, has been compiling a dossier of reports and studies into LTNs. Here is a link to the latest version of the dossier updated today containing links and extracts from over 70 reports.  

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Call for food donations for local Christmas deliveries

A call out for food donations – a few of the local initiatives are short of donations over the next two weeks, partly because schools have broken up and collections are no longer possible. They are very keen to collect as much pasta, rice, tuna, tinned tomatoes, fruit and veg as possible over the weekend both for parcels on Monday and to share with the Granville for their midweek deliveries. Home pick-up of donations is possible and we will also be around the Farmers Market and 22 Lonsdale Rd on Sunday. More info at bit.ly/helpourhungry  

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Tier 3 and Queen’s Park’s facilities

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London moves into Tier 3: Very High Alert

From December 16, London has been placed in Tier 3: Very High Alert to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Most of the facilities can continue to operate with strict measures in place to reduce the risk of virus transmission.

This includes:

  • Parliament Hill Athletics Track
  • Tennis courts at Parliament Hill, Golders Hill Park and Queen’s Park
  • The Parliament Hill Fields Lido
  • The Highgate Men’s Bathing Pond and the Kenwood Ladies’ Bathing
  • Pond
  • Small weddings – 15 people or less (Golders Hill Park and Queen’s Park)
  • Pitch and Putt (Queen’s Park)
  • Guardians Gym (at the Lido)
  • Trim Trails at Hampstead Heath, Highgate Wood and Queen’s Park
  • Football and Rugby
  • Volunteering
  • Licenced Events e.g. Be Military Fit and the Hampstead Winter Swimming Club
  • Cafés (takeaway only)

We have had to close the Children’s Farm at Queen’s Park and the Peggy Jay Centre on Hampstead Heath. Keat’s House will also be temporarily closed until further notice.

The public toilets remain open as will the playgrounds and car parks. We will continue to empty litter bins, although we do still ask that visitors take their rubbish and waste away with them wherever possible.

Queen’s Park, Highgate Wood and Golders Hill Park (including the Hill Garden & Pergola) opening hours will remain as advertised.

We expect to be busy during this next phase of the Coronavirus restrictions as people continue to socialise outdoors and we will continue to use our social

media channels to remind visitors to follow the Government advice, the byelaws and to be considerate towards staff and other visitors.

Please share this update with your contacts and thank you for your support during this time.

For more information follow us online:
Twitter: @CityCorpHeath, @CoLQueensPark
Facebook: Hampstead Heath Official, Queen’s Park Official

website: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/hampsteadheath www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/queenspark www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/highgatewood

Best wishes

Anne Fairweather
Hampstead Heath, Highgate Wood & Queen’s Park Committee

Bob Warnock
Superintendent of Hampstead Heath

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Carols by Candlelight from St Anne’s, 5pm, Sunday 20th December – Zoom service

Click on the link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIocOqvrTMpGdyqPWF-0yUzNVetEhKcqxWa

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Friends of Paddington Old Cemetery

We were delighted to welcome Paul Scott and Andrew Lowe from the Friends of Paddington Old Cemetery, as guest speakers at QPARA’s online AGM on 12th November. They gave a fascinating talk about the history of Paddington Old Cemetery, the challenges it faces, the achievements of the friends and plans for the future, in particular their Biodiversity Management Plan. 

For more information and to get involved with the Friends of Paddington Old Cemetery contact: paddingtoncemetery@gmail.com.

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Kilburn Lane closed between Buller Road and Harrow Road until mid-December for Harrow Road / Ladbroke Grove junction works

The closure  is between 23rd Octoberuntil mid-December.

Bus routes 28, 52, 316 and 452 will be diverted. All these serve Chamberlayne Road and the 316 also serves Queen’s Park by Premier Corner. See below for further details.

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The Autumn edition of QPARA’s newsletter is ready to be posted through Queen’s Park letterboxes!

Queen’s Park News will be distributed to all households and businesses in the QPARA area over the next couple of weeks. It is full of informative articles on many topics of local interest. 

If you can’t wait for yours to arrive or you live outside the area, you can read it here. The Newsletter section of the website has editions going back to September 2009. 

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Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) – update

A special item at QPARA’s monthly meeting on 8th October discussed Brent’s proposals for LTN19 Queen’s Park / Brondesbury Park and LTN20 Kilburn (which includes some streets east of Salusbury Road). Some 90 members and other residents who attended heard updates on the latest position and expressed continued strong concern at the lack of consultation on the proposed scheme (see News article 30 Sept explaining QPARA’s stance). 

Members of QPARA’s Streetscape Group had taken part in a Brent Council briefing for residents’ groups on 22 September. This revealed that LT19 would now be phased, with only the closure of Tiverton Road at the Chevening bridge junction being implemented first and other changes placed on hold unless ‘needed’ in future. In contrast, all the planned closures in LT20 would proceed as planned originally. Maps of these two updated proposals were shown.

QPARA pressed Brent for the official notes of the meeting and the maps for over three weeks since the 22nd. The notes finally arrived on 14th October (but no maps) confirming the ‘Tiverton only’ proposal for LT19, for the present, but also now showing that point closures on Victoria and Donaldson roads in LT20 were now on hold. Other point closures in LT19 outside QPARA’s area would proceed (for example Brondesbury Villas, causing concern to QPARA members in Brondesbury Road due to displaced traffic). No firm dates were given for any closures. The notes also showed that  closures would now be reviewed at 2 and 4 months rather than at only 6 months intervals as envisaged before. There were still no plans to consult on schemes in advance, as this was to follow once implemented, running in parallel. Without updated maps yet provided by Brent, out website can show only the out of date originals .

Hearing news of the changes and also that many members had collected figures on the mass of vehicles entering Queen’s Park area in the morning peak, the meeting on 8 October agreed immediate actions. Again putting on record strong concerns about the lack of prior consultation, it was agreed to fund Traffic Engineer expertise to advise QPARA if needed, and in addition to make a submission to an upcoming Extraordinary Meeting of Brent Council 16 September.

The Council had given no real notice of this special meeting, and certainly none to interested parties including residents’ associations, even when these were actively engaged in LTN issues. On 14 October QPARA’s Chair Virginia Brand therefore submitted a formal letter to the Meeting on behalf of the association. It was circulated to all Brent councillors, and complained about the inadequate consultation process, the lack of data or projections to show how the schemes would impact, the absence of assessment on consequences for disabled people and the lack of consultation about the Meeting itself (live streamed at http://democracy.brent.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=180&MId=6345&Ver=4 ).

The Meeting approved a motion endorsing going ahead with LTNs but QPARA awaits clarification on its full meaning.

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ICMP music college is planning to open in Salusbury Road in September 2021

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) have reached an agreement to take over the lease of the former Corrib Rest and have applied to Brent Council to approve a change of use from A4 (a pub) to D1 (Education and Health).

QPARA members may be interested to see and comment on the planning application which can be found here: https://pa.brent.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=DCAPR_151666&activeTab=summary

Plans for use of this site, the renewed ACV and the Section 106 provision are kept under active consideration by our Corrib action group and discussed extensively at QPARA’s monthly meetings.

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