Jewish Eruv plans would see poles and fishing wire erected in West Hampstead and Swiss Cottage
12:38 05 June 2014
Plans to erect an Orthodox Jewish boundary made up of poles and wires to be established across parts of West Hampstead, Swiss Cottage, Kilburn and Fortune Green have been submitted to Camden Council.
The controversial boundary – known as an Eruv - marks out an area within which Orthodox Jews can engage in activities normally deemed as work and banned during the Sabbath, such as pushing a trolley or pram or carrying shopping.
Pairs of poles (each up to 5.5m high) with clear fishing wire running between them are proposed at 15 locations to mark out the area, labelled the Brondesbury Eruv.
Those backing Eruvim – already established in other areas of London - argue the poles and wires are “discreet” and “blend into the street furniture”.
When plans surfaced of an 18-mile Eruv to be erected in Camden in 2012, opponents submitted concerns that the poles would “clutter” public streets with “religious paraphernalia”.
The current Eruv plans were submitted by Brondesbury Park Synagogue.
Residents have until June 23 to make their views known to the council.
A list of the proposed locations for the poles:
Loudoun Road (5.5m) - 24 Hilgrove Road (flank) and adj to north end of bridge
Abbey Road (5.5m) - 129 Belsize Road (flank) and adj to railings @ north end of bridge
Kilburn Priory (5.5m) - 197 Belsize Road and adj to north end of bridge
Kilburn High Road (5.6m) - Camden North end of Kilburn High Road station and 4/6 Kilburn Bridge
Minster Road (5.5m) - Pole behind lamp post, at pier on north Boundary of 14 Minster Road and at pier 13/15 Minster Road
Mill Lane (5.5m) - Pole adj to brick and hairpin railing fence wall beyond south end of south of railway bridge wall and adj to wire fence to left of access to zigzag ramp
West End Lane (5.5m) - Pole adj to angle of wall to railway embankment and at northwest corner of 148 West End Lane (NWR) Borough LOCATION ADDRESS Pole No height
Billy Fury Way (3m) - Pole approx 300 in front of top step each side of Billy Fury Way
Blackburn Road (5.5m) - Pole 600 from east end of flank to 124 West End Lane and adj to pier to right of 4 Blackburn Road shop
Canfield Gardens (5.5m) - Pole at west corner of 2 Canfield Gardens and adj to west end of St John’s Court canopy projection
Goldhurst Terrace (5.5m) - Pole adjacent to west end of Waitrose return canopy and to right of Snappy Snaps shopfront pier
Fairfax Road (5.5m) - Pole to right of pier at south hand end of masonry Wall and to adjacent to south of return shopfront
Belsize Road (5.5m) - Pole adjacent to plinth to left of Station House (1-15 Swiss Terrace) entrance and adjacent to railings at end of brick wall at rear of 133 Finchley Road
Dobson Close (5.5m) - Pole adj to railings to left of street name sign and just before the south end of 79 Dobson Close front garden wall
Hilgrove Road (5.5m) - Pole adjacent to pier to west side of 19 Hilgrove Road and adjacent to railings between 16/18 Hilgrove Road