Plans submitted for Camden Eruv
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New plans for an Orthodox Jewish boundary across Camden have been submitted.
The proposal is for a boundary of poles and wires at 57 locations marking out an area across Camden Town, Hampstead, Primrose Hill and Kentish Town within which Jews can carry out activities deemed as work which are banned during the Sabbath.
This includes pushing a trolley or pram, carrying shopping or keys, and pushing a wheelchair.
Previous plans for the Camden Eruv were withdrawn in July 2012 due to a flood of objections to putting up poles in a conservation area.
The application, from the United Synagogue, estimates there are more than 6,000 Orthodox Jews in Camden who will benefit directly from the setting up of the “notional enclosure’.
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It also stresses that communities in the existing eruv in Golders Green and in other parts of the borough will benefit from being able to use facilities within the Camden Eruv and “more importantly, facilitates access for all to the Royal Free Hospital which serves those areas.”
The Eruv will consist of a thin nylon fishing line attached to 5ft, 5ins high narrow poles at various locations and to existing walls and fences, some within conservation areas.
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The applicaton says: “The boundary of each eruv is very carefully researched so as to maximise the use of existing
walls, fences and buildings and to minimise the number of poles and their visual impact.”
Special tapered light poles have been designed for conservation areas and close to listed buildings.
Among the 57 locations are the entrance to Primrose Hill in Elsworthy Terrace, at the end of Nassington Road, at the entrance to Parliament Hill and in Pilgrims Lane where a special painted pole is located.
The West Hampstead Eruv was given the go ahead for parts of West Hampstead and Swiss Cottage by Camden planners in September last year after more than a year of deliberation and consultation.
Work has not yet begun on installing them until legal agreements have been finalised.
Hampstead architect Daniel Rosenfelder, who has designed the Camden Eruv said: “Now the principle has already been established I would imagine this scheme will be less controversial. We have taken huge trouble to ensure the visual impact will be minimal throughout.”
Comments can be made on the Camden Council website until June 7.