Sunday, 3 January 2016

Camden snow arrangements and Swiss Cottage gritting routes

Lots of detail on Camden Council snow arrangements here

And the priority gritting routes in Swiss Cottage are shown in green below, with TfL responsible for Finchley Rd in red of course.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Our monthly newsletter - and best wishes for Christmas and 2016

Swiss Cottage Courier – monthly news from your ward councillors

December 2015

Councillors Don Williams, Roger Freeman, Andrew Marshall (Conservative)

See for updates, or follow @AndrewIMarshall, @DonSwissCottage and @RogerJFreeman

This e-newsletter has been sent out since 2008 and goes to over 1,500 homes in the area.

Bus success on Finchley Rd
HS2 petitioners
100 Avenue Road tower block
Camden Council – services over holidays: parking, rubbish etc 
Christmas Tree recycling
Swiss Cottage ward unemployment
Safer Neighbourhood Police team drop-ins
Other matters we’re pursuing
Councillor advice surgeries


Bus success on Finchley Rd
The impact of the Finchley Rd roadworks will be with us for much of next year.  However, thanks to very effective pressure from our colleague Cllr Stephen Stark (Hampstead Town), from last Saturday 19 December, bus routes 46, 268 and 603 returned to normal and are no longer being diverted. This is due to the reopening of College Crescent, as works carried out on behalf of Thames Water and National Grid Gas will be completed ahead of schedule.

HS2 petitioners
On Wednesday December 16th the House of Commons HS2 Select Committee heard Petitioners on the impact of construction of ventilation shafts at both Adelaide Road and Alexandra Place; the latter involving 50+ lorries a day for a 4/6 month period will cause noise and pollution effects on both Alexandra and Loudoun Road. To catch it go to

100 Avenue Road tower block
Still no decision from the Secretary of State as we write.

Camden Council – services over holidays

Some details from Council website below.  For full details of council services including library and leisure centre hours, see here:

Normal parking enforcement will be in operation on Thursday 24, Sunday 27 and Thursday 31 December.
Bank holiday parking enforcement will be in operation on:
Friday 25 December
Saturday 26 December
Monday 28 December
Friday 1 January

What is bank holiday enforcement? – see below:

On bank holidays restrictions will not apply and a penalty charge notice will not be issued to vehicles parked in the circumstances and/or locations listed below:
  • Resident or shared use (resident permit or paid for parking) bays
  • Single yellow lines (except where kerb chevrons indicate that a loading ban is in operation as outlined above)
  • Paid for parking bays
  • Business permit holder bays
  • Doctors’ bays
  • Loading bays
  • Market trader permit bays
  • Motorcycle bays
Rubbish and recycling collections
Collection services will remain the same unless your normal collection day falls on one of the dates listed below. If you don't know what day your bins are normally collected you can find out here.
Normal collection dayChristmas collection day
Friday 25 DecemberSunday 27 December
Monday 28 DecemberTuesday 29 December
Tuesday 29 DecemberWednesday 30 December
Wednesday 30 DecemberThursday 31 December
Thursday 31 DecemberSaturday 2 January
Friday 1 JanuarySunday 3 January
Christmas Tree recycling
Places to recycle real natural Christmas trees in the neighbourhood include Chalcot Square Gardens, Kilburn Grange Park and Fortune Green Road open space. They will be open from 4th to 14th January.
Swiss Cottage ward unemployment – the current unemployment claimant countin the ward is now 127, down 39% since May 2010. 
Safer Neighbourhood Police team drop-ins – our ward police team are available to talk to the public from 3-4pm this Wednesday 23rd December, and on Thursday 7th Jan from 1-2pm and on Thursday 21st Jan 11-12pm.  All at the Swiss Cottage library.

Other matters we’re working on:
  • Rogue car parking related to Xmas tree selling at Waitrose
  • Aberdare Gardens – missed rubbish collections
  • Greenfield – need for crossing behind Waitrose (this is a perennial issue which some additional residents have raised, we support it but are not confident of early success.  We’ll report back what we hear.)
  • Harben estate – security after break-ins to sheds
  • Overhanging trees (which are a real problem for the visually impaired) in the Priory area
  • Parking controls and commercial car valeting in Fairfax Place

Thursday, 29 October 2015

100 Avenue Road Appeal - please give if you can

We still await with considerable trepidation the decision of the Secretary of State  “on or before the 30th November”.

Meanwhile, the Save Swiss Cottage Action Group rightly sought various specialist help in making the fantastic representations it made at the appeal, alongside Cllr Roger Freeman and others.  There is still a considerable deficit in the appeal to fund this.   If any residents would like to donate, the details are:

Cheques made out to Save Swiss Cottage Action Group can be sent c/o The Treasurer, David Reed, Flat 2, 56 Eton Avenue, NW3 3HN;
Or by Bank Transfer to: NatWest Sort code 51-50-10 Account number 66231248;
Or in Person at: NatWest, Swiss Cottage Branch, 106 Finchley Road, NW3 5JN, using those account details.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Finchley Rd - roadworks phasing

Finchley Rd: One year of roadworks!

National Grid and Thames Water say it will take 13 months to replace ageing gas and water mains around Swiss Cottage.  We’ve asked for the phasing to be looked at again to minimise delays, not least for emergency vehicles.  We’re told that all plant is already on site and that this will limit the disruption.  Initial local consultation was patchy; we’ve asked for further drop-in meetings with residents over coming weeks, and will update online as dates fixed and we get further information.  If you have concerns about how this work is going, get in touch.  Details of the phasing below:

Phase 1
Avenue Road
August 2015 to November 2015
Road closure on Avenue Road. Access for residents only from the South (Prince Albert Road).
Phase 2
College Crescent
October 2015 to January 2016
Southbound closure, please follow diversion.
Phase 3
College Crescent
January 2016 to April 2016
Northbound closure, please follow diversion.
There will also be some night works (after 10pm) on Finchley Road during this phase.
Phase 4
Finchley Road
January 2016 to April 2016
Southbound, one lane closure.
Phase 5
Avenue Road (from junction of Buckland Crescent to Adelaide Road)
April 2016 to June 2016
Southbound, lane closures.
Residential Mains Replacement

Finchley Road (from the junction of College Crescent to Fairfax Road)
August 2016 to September 2016
Northbound, lane closures Day time, one lane
Night time, two lanes

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

100 Avenue Rd appeal

100 Avenue Road Appeal

This has been the big news story for the last month.  We salute all the detailed work done by the Save Swiss Cottage Action Group in marshaling the evidence and arguments required to present to the Inspector. It was fantastic that the local community gave both them and the Belsize Residents' Association the financial backing to allow specialist witnesses to be called by both groups to make presentations to the Inspector.

Both this mastery of the detail and also the big picture - in this case the enormity of the Tower - are required. We were pleased that Camden Council arranged a blimp so that all those who went to the Open Space on Wednesday 22nd could see and get a first hand impression of it will dominate the area.

Roger Freeman spoke at the enquiry, emphasizing that the density of rooms on the site was about 20% in excess of the upper limit.  We will not hear the result till September at the earliest..and it may be some months later. Normally the Inspector makes the decision; in this case the Secretary of State(SOS) for Communities and Local Government has called it in. What this means is that the Inspector will be preparing a recommendation for the SOS to decide.