The winter edition — due out on 15/01/21 will be important because we will focus on Camden Council's woeful refuse infrastructure — if one can call a load of plastic bags thrown all over the place all day an infrastructure.
Hampstead High Street, Heath Street, Flask Walk, Rosslyn Hill, Holly Hill, New End and Finchley Road are now permanently strewn with split rubbish bags. It's unacceptable. It's disgusting. It's unhealthy and something has to change.
It's not always been like this. Until about 2003, we did used to have a commercial waste infrastructure with wheelie bins hidden behind walls in Hampstead's various mewses and alleys. But since it has allowed Veolia, First Mile, Albion and others to deal with commercial waste, standards have dropped drastically.
So we'll be highlighting what's wrong and where, and what ought to be done about it. Sometimes the only way to get action out of our local authority is to embarrass them into taking it.
We will, of course, also be continuing our campaign to remove the Hampstead Village Business Improvement District (BID) which extorts funds from struggling local businesses, charities, two state schools and an NHS surgery. And, by the way, has done nothing to solve our commercial refuse crisis. There will be a ballot in 2021 and we need to get as many Hampstead 'hereditaments' onside as possible to vote the blasted thing out.
But on the whole, the winter edition will mainly be a load of rubbish!
Thank you for your support and viva Hampstonia!
- Colin Brown
- B.M. Shaughnessy
- Jill Henry
- Catherine Hays
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