Report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath.
Members considered a report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath regarding the development of a Divisional Plan for Hampstead Heath, Highgate Wood, Keats House and Queen’s Park and the following points were made.
· Richard Sumray (London Council for Recreation and Sport) felt that the number of projects scheduled for delivery in 2017/18 was overambitious. He also felt that some of the terminology in the plan needed to be harmonised with terminology in other City documents such as the Corporate Plan. He also felt that issues such as staff training and the Affordable Art Fair could be usefully included.
· Colin Gregory (Hampstead Garden Suburb Residents’ Association) agreed that the language could be harmonised with other City documents. He noted that neither the Heath vision nor the Corporate Plan were scarcely referenced in the Divisional Plan. He also felt that tree health and health and wellbeing should feature in the Plan.
· Nick Bradfield (Dartmouth Park Conservation Area Advisory Committee) felt that electric vehicles should be referenced within the Plan.
· Michael Hammerson (Highgate Society) requested that a detailed archaeological survey be included within the Plan, alongside an ecological survey of the ponds. He also queried whether there was any potential clash of charitable objectives within the Plan.
· Richard Sumray (London Council for Recreation and Sport) noted that the Plan should be reviewed in tandem with the Heath’s ten year plan and requested that both plans come to a future meeting.
· Susan Rose (Highgate Conservation Area Advisory Committee) noted that some of the projects outlined within the plan had been completed and queried what process there was to include projects during the year.
· In response to comments from Members, the Superintendent agreed to include a status column (e.g. red, amber, green) in future reporting.
· The Projects and Management Support Officer noted that the 10 year plan for the heath would focus on outcomes whereas a 3 year plan was geared towards ‘actions’ – many of which were already captured in the Heath’s Annual Work Programme.
· Thomas Radice (Heath and Hampstead Society) requested that the glossary be updated.
· The Chairman noted that Members were welcome to provide further feedback outside of the meeting up until 16 October 2017.