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Belsize Park launderette is here to stay

Manager thanks neighbours for helping save launderette from closure

12 March, 2020 — By Helen Chapman

Celia King at Belsize Library last week

A LAUNDERETTE in Belsize Park saved from closure has thanked neighbours for their support – and the New Journal for reporting on the fight to keep it open.

Celia King, the manager at the England’s Lane launder­ette, gave a speech on Thursday at Belsize Library at an event about protecting public spaces under threat.

“It is not just a launderette,” she said. “Those people are like family. They are in there more or less every week. It’s a place where they can come, leave their kids, go back and get their washing and come back and know their kids are safe there while they are doing that.”

Family-run business Artichoke, which has a greengrocers in Heath Street, Hampstead, pulled out of a move into the shop after reading about its users’ distress in the New Journal.

Planning officials later rejected the change of use.

Belsize Library has launched a new membership scheme to combat dwindling funds, which has a free option and then a £20 or £50 a month option, so it has more “predictable” funding.

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