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Footway or trees and furniture?

13 June, 2019

• HAMPSTEAD publican Jimmy McGrath is right to challenge a “business levy” on grounds that Business Improvement Districts operate like dictatorships, (Hampstead business levy rebellion continues as more refuse to pay, June 6).

For instance, when Camden Town Unlimited claimed credit for improvements to Cobden junction in 2015, they failed to realise that increasing the footway on the west side of Camden High Street from approximately three metres to over six metres was going to result is less footway space.

This is because this area is now populated by young trees, and the placing of tables and chairs on the highway outside licensed premises. Don’t they understand that footway space should take precedence over space for young trees?

The footway outside Mornington Crescent Underground station was increased from six metres to 10 metres wide and this has enabled trucks to park on the pavement all night for ongoing noisy engineering works which commenced in 2016.

At least Transport for London are quick to respond to reports of noisy manhole covers. So one gets the impression that BIDs can have a malign influence as they appear to be motivated by greed.

JAMES REDMOND
Mornington Crescent, NW1

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