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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

Minutes:

Deputy John Tomlinson was in the Chair.

 

Apologies were received from Councillor Melvin Cohen, Rachel Evans and Graeme Smith.

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2.

Members Declarations under the Code of Conduct in Respect of Items on This Agenda

Minutes:

William Upton noted that he had, in the past, been employed as a barrister acting against the City’s proposals for the Hampstead Heath Ponds Project.

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3.

Order of the Court of Common Council pdf icon PDF 181 KB

To note the Order of the Court of Common Council dated 27 April 2017, appointing the Committee.

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Minutes:

Members received the Order of the Court of Common Council dated 27 April 2017 appointing the Committee.

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4.

Election of Chairman

To elect a Chairman in line with Standing Order 29.

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Minutes:

An Election of Chairman was held on line with Standing Order 29. Karina Dostalova, being the only Member willing to stand, was declared Chairman for the ensuing year.

 

The Chairman thanked Members for their support and placed on record the thanks of the Committee to past Members for their service – in particular John Barker, Barbara Newman, Rev Dr Martin Dudley, Professor John Lumley, Keith Bottomley and Alderman Ian Luder, who had been a long standing ex-officio member.

 

The Chairman also thanked Jeremy Simons, past Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Committee who was no longer on the Committee.

 

The Chairman then welcomed Sam Cooper (English Heritage) and Ruby Sayed, Oliver Sells and William Upton to their first meeting.

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5.

Election of Deputy Chairman

To elect a Deputy Chairman in line with Standing Order 30.

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Minutes:

An election of Deputy Chairman was held in line with Standing Order 30. Anne Fairweather, being the only Member willing to stand, was declared elected Deputy Chairman for the ensuing year.

 

VOTE OF THANKS

 

Proposed by Deputy John Tomlinson

Seconded by Michael Hudson;

 

RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY:

 

THAT the Members of the Hampstead Heath, Highgate Wood and Queen’s Park Committee wish to place on record their sincere appreciation to

 

Virginia Rounding

 

for her outstanding service as Chairman of this Committee from May 2015 to March 2017.

 

During her tenure as Chairman, Virginia dealt with some often contentious issues with tact, diplomacy and – throughout – an unwavering dedication to ensuring Hampstead Heath, Highgate Wood and Queen’s Park remained among the front rank of London’s public open spaces.

 

On becoming Chairman, Virginia built on the work of her predecessor to bring the Hampstead Heath Ponds Project to a successful conclusion, ensuring that  today the Heath and its ponds enjoy  both a safe and enhanced natural aspect. 

 

Under her Chairmanship, the Committee focused on the myriad issues that illustrate the challenges of maintaining a diverse range of open spaces, whilst all the while managing the competing interests of millions of Londoners.

 

Issues that Virginia turned her attention to include legislation, namely the promotion of a City of London (Open Spaces) Bill in Parliament; policies and guidance governing emerging issues, such as the development of guidance on the use of drones; and of course the ever present need to be vigilant to ensure planning applications on the fringes of Hampstead Heath, Highgate Wood and Queen’s Park do not have any adverse impact on the public enjoyment of those open spaces.

 

Public open spaces that are so intrinsically important to the communities who rely on them for sport, leisure and relaxation can often provoke strong

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6.

Minutes

Minutes:

6a

Hampstead Heath, Highgate Wood and Queen's Park Committee pdf icon PDF 220 KB

To agree the public minutes and summary of the meeting held on 30 January 2017.

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Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 30 January 2017 were approved as a correct record.

 

Matters Arising

Open Spaces Bill

The Remembrancer was heard regarding the passage of the Open Spaces Bill through Parliament. He noted that it was currently at the Report Stage but its Third Reading had been deferred until the House reconvened following the General Election in June. He added that there would be time for the Bill to be reconsidered in the new Parliament, but that its passage would be dependent on the level of debate it promoted amount MPs.

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6b

Hampstead Heath Consultative Committee pdf icon PDF 228 KB

To receive the draft minutes of the meeting held on 13 March 2017.

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Minutes:

The draft minutes of the meeting held on 13 March 2017 were received.

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7.

Appointments to Committees 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 187 KB

Report of the Town Clerk – to follow.

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Minutes:

Members considered a report of the Town Clerk regarding appointments to Committees and Groups for 2017/18. In response to a request from Members, the Town Clerk agreed to investigate the potential for earlier or later start times for Committee meetings. The Town Clerk also agreed to provide Members with a briefing note outlining their duties in relation to the Hampstead Heath Trust Fund.

 

RESOLVED, that

 

·         The terms of reference and composition of the Hampstead Heath Consultative Group be noted;

 

·         The terms of reference and composition of both the Highgate Wood Consultative Group and the Queen’s Park Consultative Group be approved;

 

·         John Tomlinson be appointed to the Highgate Wood Consultative Group, and the further two vacancies be deferred until the next meeting of the Grand Committee for appointment;

 

·         Ruby Sayed be appointed to the Queen’s Park Consultative Group, and the further two vacancies be deferred until the next meeting of the Grand Committee for appointment;

 

·         John Beyer (Heath and Hampstead Society) be appointed as the local representative to observe meetings of the Open Spaces and City Gardens Committee;

 

·         Clare James be appointed to serve on the Keats House Consultative Committee;

 

·         The current frequency of meetings of the Grand Committee be approved.

 

 

 

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8.

Open Spaces & Heritage Business Plan 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 102 KB

Report of the Director of Open Spaces.

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Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report of the Director of Open Spaces on the Open Spaces & Heritage Business Plan 2017/18 and the following points were made.

 

·         The Head of Corporate Strategy noted that the version before members was a draft corporate plan which would undergo several rounds of consultation before it was finalised in April 2018. In the meantime departmental business planning continued as normal.

 

·         In response to a question regarding reduction of fuel consumption, the Superintendent noted that all assets – including vehicles – were reviewed as and when they came up for renewal and the Open Spaces Department had decided to move away from diesel.

 

·         In response to a question the Open Spaces Business Manager confirmed that there was no hierarchy of priorities within the business plan.

 

·         A Member noted that the draft corporate strategy referred only to the Square Mile – where none of the North London Open Spaces (NLOS) were located. The Head of Corporate Strategy replied that NLOS were considered part of the People strand of the strategy rather than the Place strand, given their role in wellbeing and recreation.

 

·         A Member was heard regarding the fact many members of the public would not related to the terms Square Mile or indeed ‘co-working space’. Head of Corporate Strategy replied that comments such as this would be factored into future iterations of the strategy and the final version would be scrutinised by the Director of Communications to ensure language was as accessible as possible.

 

RESOLVED, that the Open Spaces & Heritage Business Plan be approved.

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9.

Hampstead Heath, Highgate Wood, Queen's Park Risk and Risk Management pdf icon PDF 220 KB

Report of the Director of Open Spaces.

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Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report of the Director of Open Spaces regarding Hampstead Heath, Highgate Wood, Queen’s Park Risk and Risk Management and the following points were made.

 

·         In response to a query from a Member, the Superintendent agreed to review the wording around some risks, given there was a perceived disjoint between some risk indicators remaining unchanged despite being rated lower than previously.

 

·         In response to a question from a Member, the Open Spaces Business Manager confirmed that reputational risk had been factored into overall risk assessments.

 

·         In response to a question from a Member, the Open Spaces Business Manager noted that Members would have the opportunity to monitor the risk register twice each year, and that exceptional risks would be brought to the attention of the Committee as and when they arose.

 

·         In response to a question from a Member, the Superintendent replied that he had appointed planning consultants to monitor planning applications both adjacent to the Heath and covering a wider area where any applications would have an impact i.e. on strategic views. Outcomes of any planning risks identified would be reported to the Committee at each meeting.

 

RESOLVED, that Members

 

·         Note the Risk Scoring Grid;

·         Note the Departmental Risk Register;

·         Approve the Hampstead Heath, Highgate Wood and Queen’s Park Risk Register.

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10.

Superintendent's Update pdf icon PDF 176 KB

Superintendent of Hampstead Heath to be heard on Hampstead Heath matters.

 

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Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Superintendent was heard regarding Hampstead Heath matters and the following points were made.

 

Management Plan Engagement

The Superintendent thanked the Deputy Chairman for her role in the recent public vision workshops. A report would be submitted to the Hampstead Heath Consultative Committee in July 2017 and then the Hampstead Heath, Highgate Wood and Queen’s Park Committee meeting in September 2017.

 

Cross-Country Running

The Superintendent noted that the dry spring weather meant that the ground was not overly damaged by the recent cross-country events.

 

Benches

The Superintendent noted that Members would be updated further once proposals had been put to the Hampstead Heath Consultative Committee for comment.

 

Planning

Water House, Millfield Lane

The planning appeal had been withdrawn and the property sold. The new owner was proposing disabled access on the ground floor and had been actively engaging with the local community through holding an open day on 18 May 2017, and was willing to invite the Hampstead Heath Consultative Committee on a visit to the property. The Superintendent noted that his main concerns were over the health of veteran trees on Millfield Lane that would be affected by any construction traffic.

 

Land Adjacent to Jack Straws Castle North End Way

A planning application had been received to which the City would object due to the impact on views from the Heath plus the loss of local car parking.

 

Barnet Planning Brief re Bus Station

The planning brief included a proposal for a tall building. The deadline for responses was 25 May 2017.

 

Drones

In response to a comment from a Member regarding drones, the Superintendent noted that it was difficult to enforce against drones provided they did not include surveillance equipment. A report would be submitted to the July 2017 committee meeting. The Superintendent agreed to circulate the draft

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11.

Hampstead Heath and Highgate Wood Cafés Lease Options Appraisal pdf icon PDF 114 KB

Report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath.

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Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath regarding the Hampstead Heath and Highgate Wood Café Lease Options Appraisal. The Superintendent noted that the proposed option regarding jointly monitoring performance was outlined in paragraph 8 rather than 7 as detailed in the report recommendations. The following points were made.

 

·         In response to a question, the Superintendent replied that the renegotiation envisaged was over the timing of leases.

 

·         A Member expressed concern over the likelihood that the leases would come up for renewal around the time of the next City elections in 2021. The Chairman responded that the discussions to date, including those of the Café Working Party, had been conducted in public. Therefore transparency was not an issue and would unlikely be an issue during City elections. Moreover, as noted by the Deputy Chairman, any renegotiation of leases would be conducted well in advance of the election period.

 

·         In response to questions, the Superintendent noted that the joint monitoring process would include two representatives from the Café Working Party – with the Working Party being able to nominate those two representatives on a rolling basis.

 

RESOLVED, that Members,

 

·         Note the outcomes of the public engagement and consultation undertaken and the role of the Café Working Party;

·         Note the view of the Hampstead Heath Consultative Committee and Highgate Wood Joint Consultative Committee

·         Agree the Service Standards and Performance Indicators as detailed in Appendix 2;

·         Agree the proposed option regarding the leases as detailed in paragraphs 15 and 18.

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12.

Parliament Hill Fields Lido Café - Lease Award Report pdf icon PDF 96 KB

Report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath.

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Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath regarding the Parliament Hill Fields Lido Café lease award. In response to a question, the Superintendent confirmed there was no rent free period.

 

RESOLVED, that Members

 

·         Note the results of the tender process outlined in appendix 1;

 

·         Approve the award of a lease for catering services at the Parliament Hill Lido Café to company C (identified in the non-public appendix) starting on 16 May for a period of at least until 12 January 2018 with a rolling break to terminate the lease at any point from 16 September 2017 exercisable by either party on one month’s written notice.

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13.

Golders Hill Park Zoo Vision & Collection Plan pdf icon PDF 144 KB

Report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath.

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Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath regarding the Golders Hill Park Zoo Vision and Collection Plan.

 

RESOLVED, that Members approve the Golders Hill Park Zoo Vision and the key themes of the ‘Wildlife in Britain’ Collection Plan.

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14.

Model Boating Pond Island - Options Appraisal pdf icon PDF 108 KB

Report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath.

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Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath regarding the Model Boating Pond Island – Options Appraisal and the following points were made.

 

·         The Superintendent noted that the petition for the island to be managed as a refuge for swans free from public access had reached 5000 signatures but had not yet been formally submitted.

 

·         The dry Spring weather had slowed down recovery of vegetation at the Model Boating Pond.

 

·         In response to a question, the Superintendent replied that the main objective of the land in question was to protect trees – but that the causeway was intended for public access once the ground had been given an opportunity to recover. There was also the possibility that the land be used by anglers – all of which could be discussed when the Committee visited the land in question on its next walk.

 

RESOLVED, that Members

 

·         Note the options outlined within the report.

 

·         Note that it was the majority view of the Hampstead Heath Consultative Committee that the island be managed as a refuge for birds free from public access

 

·         Approve that the island remains closed to the public during the restoration period and until a final decision is taken on its use at the July 2018 meeting of this Committee.

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15.

Management of the Highgate and Hampstead Ponds pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath.

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Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath regarding the management of the Highgate and Hampstead Ponds. The Superintendent noted that there were still some issues for staff to address including further de-silting of the ponds. A Member placed on record thanks to heath staff for their quick response to a dog attack on swans on the ponds. The Superintendent concluded by noting the management plan would come back to Members for final decision in due course, and that comments were therefore welcome outside of the meeting.

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16.

Hampstead Heath Education Programme Progress Reports - January-March 2017 pdf icon PDF 56 KB

To receive the Hampstead Heath Education Programme Progress Reports for the period January-March 2017.

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Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Hampstead Heath Education Programme Progress Reports for the period January-March 2017 were received.

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17.

Superintendent's Update

Superintendent of Hampstead Heath to be heard on Highgate Wood and Queen’s Park matters.

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Minutes:

The Superintendent was heard on Highgate Wood and Queen’s Park matters, noting that Queen’s Park was due a ‘mystery shop’ visit by Green Flag inspectors in July 2017.

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18.

Questions on Matters Relating to the Work of the Committee

Minutes:

There were no questions.

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19.

Any Other Business That the Chairman Considers Urgent

Minutes:

City of London Charities Pool Survey

The Chairman noted that she would be competing and submitting a survey on the management of the City of London Charities Pool, which included the Hampstead Heath Trust Fund.

 

West Heath

The Chairman made clear that, in light of recent incidents, two Heath members of staff were responsible for cleaning up detritus associated with the use of West Heath as a public sex environment and that issues arising would be discussed at the forthcoming working group meeting on 27 May 2017.

 

Communications

The Chairman requested that the Communications Team look at ways to improve the timely communication of events on the Heath among City Members, staff, and the general public – including if possible inclusion in the City’s morning briefing.

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20.

Exclusion of the Public

MOTION: That under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part I of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act.

 

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Minutes:

RESOLVED, that under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part I of Schedule 12A of the Act.  

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21.

Non-Public Appendix to Item 12 [Parliament Hill Fields Lido Café - Lease Award Report]

To receive the non-public appendix to Item 12.

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Minutes:

The non-public appendix relating to Item 12 [Parliament Hill Fields Lido Café – Lease Award Report] was received.

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22.

Questions on Matters Relating to the Work of the Committee

Minutes:

There were no questions.

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23.

Any Other Business That the Chairman Considers Urgent and Which the Committee Agree Should Be Considered Whilst the Public Are Excluded

Minutes:

There was no other business.

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