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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Hampstead Heath will close if people continue to flout social distancing rules, the City of London Corporation (CoLC) warned on Tuesday (March 24).

Hampstead Heath swimmers have promised the fight against compulsory charges to take a dip in the Heath’s ponds is not over.

Heathside School has confirmed it will abandon its boarding premises at West Heath Road after protracted discussions and a High Court case with Barnet Council.

From May 2, it will be compulsory to pay to use the Hampstead Heath bathing ponds, and the basic entry fee will double.

Voluntary charges for swimming at the Hampstead Heath ponds “should raise significant funds”, agreed members of the City of London’s (CoLC) Hampstead Heath Consultative Committee on Monday night.

A Haringey park could be lit up with innovative solar lights if a local crowdfunding effort is successful.

Swimming groups are planning peaceful demonstrations outside the two meetings which will see the future of the Hampstead Heath bathing ponds decided.

A group of anxious north Londoners met in Stroud Green Library this week to launch the North London Aircraft Noise Campaign Group.

The Heath is a hedgehog’s favourite place to live in London, according to researchers from the Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) Hogwatch programme.

Camden Council spent nearly £800,000 on fly-tipping in 2018-19, nearly double its previous year’s outlay.

Huge swathes of land and property in north London are still being held by anonymous corporations despite Brexit and changes to tax law, the Ham&High can reveal.

Work has begun on the long-awaited Oriel Place gardens revamp in Hampstead – but campaigners and community groups are angry at a perceived lack of engagement over antisocial behaviour fears.

This weekend a revolution is coming to Hampstead Heath.

French air quality monitoring firm Plume Labs have joined with schools, parents and children in NW3 to test the air we breathe.

A Camden climate group has urged the borough to “hear our alarm” as it shut down part of Finchley Road in protest over environmental “inaction”.

Boris Johnson has given HS2 the go-ahead, despite fears over its cost and impact on the environment.

In January the London Scottie Club visited the Heath as part of their mission to take over the city’s green spaces.

Another site in the Vale of Health has been saved from developers after the planning inspectorate rejected a plan to build seven permanent static caravans after a three-year long dispute.

A Camden brewery is selling hedgehog hideaways in its pledge to support the preservation of the spiky creatures.

A Camden climate group has held an exhibition in Kentish Town to protect the oceans.

Hampstead residents will be able to find out about their legal rights when trees damage or overhang their property at an upcoming talk.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) could ban swimming on the Heath “at any time” if bosses don’t show “meaningful engagement” with safety advice it has given.

The number of people subjected to on-the-spot searches in north London skyrocketed in 2019 for the first time in a decade.

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