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Apologies were received from Steven Bobasch (represented by Nigel Steward), Karina Dostalova, Andrew Dutton-Parish and Vivienne Littlechild.

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Members' Declarations under the Code of Conduct in respect of items on the agenda


There were no declarations.

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 68 KB

To approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on 3 October 2018.

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RESOLVED – That the minutes of the previous meeting held 3 October 2018 be agreed as a correct record, subject to an amendment to the spelling of Nigel Steward’s surname, who represented Keats Community Library in the place of Steven Bobasch.


Matters Arising:


Licensing arrangements: The Principal Curator, Keats House, advised that licensing arrangements are progressing. Neighbourhood consultation is complete, and the license application will be submitted to Camden Council shortly. Neighbours have requested notification regarding any changes, however the Chairman requested that legal advice be sought before this is confirmed with neighbours.


Objections are expected from police, as this is standard practice for police to submit objections, however the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath advised he would work with police to resolve any objections.


The Superintendent advised there would be approximately 20 events per year which would require a license, plus any additional private hire events.


Heat Pumps:


Members were advised that all options were considered including heat pumps when the central heating at Ten Keats Grove was replaced, and the Department of Open Spaces is aware of the restrictions on digging at a heritage site.


Livery Companies:


The Superintendent will continue to contact Livery Companies regarding using Keats House as an event venue, in order to promote potential revenue from livery companies.


Private Hire:


Members were informed that delays to major works on the house have prevented confirming future event hire at a Keats House. Structural works to the roof and windows will take six to eight weeks and will require a two-week closure.


Low staff capacity also puts restrictions on events, as casual staff cannot be responsible for the security of Keats House. Members suggested employing City of London Corporation employees for events, as they are security-vetted.


Internet at the Library:

Keats House Community Library has purchased a

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Draft Annual Report for Keats House Charity 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath.

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Additional documents:


Members received a report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath relative to the Draft Annual Report for Keats House Charity 2018/19. The report presented the draft annual report on activities at Keats House for the year ending 31 March 2019 and proposed to change the timing of Keats House Consultative Committee meetings to better align with the City of London Corporation’s reporting cycle. The following discussion ensued:


By reorganising the meeting schedule to May and October, the information in the May report can also be used for the statutory charities report eliminating unnecessary effort. The information in the November report (such as revenue and visitor numbers) will contain actual half year data and will help inform the planning for the following financial year. The Consultative Committee supported this proposal.


Regarding the wording of ‘The Charity’s Origin’ in the Draft Annual Report, the Bridge House Estate (BHE) contact in the Chamberlain’s Department is being consulted to reword the section without losing meaning.


The Keats House business plan is informed by the City’s Corporate Plan, and the achievement of key priorities relates to the departmental vision and priorities. The Chairman noted that cultural objectives should also be recognised, and Keats House should not be seen solely as an Open Spaces initiative.


Members were informed that the Keats200 Programme has been successfully launched. The programme was brought forward from 2021 to 2018. At the launch in December 2018, 230 visitors attended, and although entrance was free on that day, Keats House made more revenue from gift shop sales than ticket and shop sales combined for the same day the previous year. The event demonstrated a clear link between history, location and connections with the Heath. The over-all events programme is strong, with Keats200 being promoted throughout the programme.


Members were informed of other

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Questions on Matters Relating to the Work of the Committee


There were no other questions.

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Any other business that the Chairman considers urgent


There was no other business.

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Date of the next meeting


The date and time of the next meeting will be rescheduled by the Committee Clerk to reflect the change in schedule as discussed in Item 4. The Committee Clerk will inform Members and Officers when the date is confirmed.

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