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We plan to relaunch the streatery on April 13

18 March, 2021

Belsize Village ‘streatery’

• IN the last year Belsize Village has been transformed thanks to businesses and residents working hand in hand.

This renaissance can be traced back to the foundation of the Belsize Village Business Association (BVBA) in 2018.

The BVBA is a voluntary organisation made up of local businesses. Members are not charged fees, it is run by volunteers, and its sole purpose is to promote and improve Belsize Village.

Last summer, with funding from local councillors and incredible resident volunteer power, the BVBA created a beautiful space for the whole community.

This culminated in the fantastically successful streatery, which helped save several businesses and over 100 local jobs.

We plan to relaunch the streatery on April 13 2021, following overwhelming support from our community noted in multiple consultations.

Historically Belsize Village has been marred by multiple closed shops, but through the collective efforts of the BVBA, and the community, Belsize Village will soon celebrate having no vacancies for the first time in recent memory.

The BVBA also aims to make Belsize Village the cleanest town centre in Camden.

For over 10 years a large recurring rubbish mound had sat atop the village square, blighting Belsize Village and deterring footfall.

The BVBA working closely with the community to remove the rubbish mound, jet-washed the pavement, and installed new garden planters, adding beauty and security to the village square.

Further a communal commercial waste collection was created with four bins that are emptied twice daily. These bins, although not perfect, have helped end the problem of foxes tearing the bags and leaving the streets strewn with rubbish.

Our original clean-up has been followed by ongoing litter reduction campaigns and volunteer litter pick-ups. The importance of this community-wide teamwork has been demonstrated in recent weeks.

When roadworks stopped routine waste collections happening, the old fly-tipping problems resumed.

But thanks to activity by community volunteers and a direct relationship with First Mile through BVBA, the problem was brought under control and the streets have now returned to being clean.

Under the old approach similar issues would persist for weeks or months. We are proud of Belsize Village’s revitalisation, as is most of our community.

As local businesses we are grateful to residents for their support and fully endorse the BVBA’s efforts to make Belsize Village the most attractive town centre in the borough.

ADMIRAL PROPERTY, BELSIZE ORGANIC, BODYMATTERS CLINIC, BOURNE’S FISHMONGERS, BROD WIGHT ARCHITECTS, CALICI, CHARRO DE RIO, ERGOTEC PHYSIOTHERAPY, FINE ART CONSULTANCY, HAZARA, HAZEL COLLINS DESIGN, HEYWOODS ESTATE AGENTS, OLIVER’S VILLAGE CAFÉ, OMNIDE, RETSINA, RONI’S, PROPERTYTIME, PENROSE CARE, PHYSIO ED MEDICAL, PIVOINE NAIL SPA, PYRAMID DRY CLEANERS, TAHERA, TETA’S, VILLAGE PHARMACY, XUL ARCHITECTURE

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