Agenda item


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


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 broadband service from a third-party supplier leading to an improved on-line service.


CIL Project to Improve the Entrance to the House:

The application for planning and listed building consent has been submitted to the London Borough of Camden. The new layout and lights will provide a notable improvement. Some objections may be received due to the Grade I listed status of Keats House and its residential setting.


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