Safer Streets

In January, Urban Movement hosted two Community Conversations online. These sessions were aimed at gathering local opinion on traffic and streetscape issues in Dartmouth Park, and identifying key parameters that any potential interventions for the area will need to meet to address them. The sessions were well-attended and garnered interesting and passionate discussions, and Urban Movement and Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Forum would like to thank all who attended for their contributions. For anyone who was not able to attend the sessions, recordings will be posted shortly.

More details including recordings of the events can be found here:

Next steps:

All attendees of both sessions as well as those who were not able to come along are invited to attend a final Ideas Workshop on the 23rd of February 6-8pm, where Urban Movement will be presenting the draft design charter. Attendees will have the chance to feedback on it and raise any points that may not have been covered already. The workshop will be hosted online via Zoom, anyone who wishes to attend can sign up here:

Some key pieces of research were mentioned in the sessions, links to which are provided below:

Information / studies on the economic impacts of providing for walking and cycling:

Information / studies on the impacts of reducing / removing through-traffic:

Hampstead Heath Lockdown changes

In line with the latest Government advice, Hampstead Heath will be temporarily closing the majority of our facilities to support the new national restrictions from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December. They will be keeping a close eye on announcements from the Government and if anything should change they will respond quickly and keep the public informed. 

Closures will include:  

·         Parliament Hill Athletics Track 

·         Tennis Courts at Parliament Hill, Golders Hill Park and Queen’s Park 

·         The Parliament Hill Fields Lido 

·         The Hampstead Heath Bathing Ponds 

·         Weddings (GHP & QP) 

·         Childrens Farm (QP) 

·         Zoo (GHP – the central passageway) 

·         The pitch and putt at Queen’s Park 

·         The Peggy Jay Centre 

·         The Adventure Playground and Clubhouse 

·         Guardians Gym (at the Lido) 

·         Winter Swimming Club 

·         Football and Rugby 

·         Volunteering 

·         Licenced Events e.g. workshops, children’s activities, Be Military Fit and the Hampstead Winter Swimming Club. 

The Heath intend to keep the public toilets open and they will continue to empty litter bins throughout this period, although they do still ask that visitors take their rubbish and waste away with them wherever possible. The car parks and our playgrounds will also remain open and the cafe’s will be available for a takeaway service. 

Queen’s Park, Highgate Wood and Golders Hill Park (including the Hill Garden & Pergola) opening hours will remain as advertised.  

School outdoor learning activities led by the Learning Team will continue, as will Licenced Forest School activities for Ofsted Registered Early Years Providers. 

Filming that has been agreed with the City of London’s Film Office and is COVID Secure will continue. 

They expect that the Heath, Highgate Wood and Queen’s Park will be very busy during this period as people visit to exercise or meet with one person from another household.  

Signage on site is being updated and will remind visitors to follow the latest Government’s Guidance, be considerate towards Staff and other visitors.  


From The Camdenist, 4 September 2020:
The big redevelopment of Gospel Oak’s Murphy’s Yard site, potentially including 750 new homes and a landscaped new walk between Kentish Town and Hampstead Heath, moves on to the next phase with a public forum. 

From The Camdenist, 14 August 2020: (scroll down to find mention of the DPNF ‘Streets for People’ survey).

Article from Hampstead & Highgate Express, 17 August 2020:
Dartmouth Park survey shows support for Swain’s Lane closure – but butcher calls it a ‘terrible’ idea.

Article from Hampstead & Highgate Express, 27 May 2020:
Highgate Newtown Community Centre: Neighbourhood forum raise noise and safety concerns over demolition plan.

Article from Hampstead & Highgate Express, 7 May 2020:
Opinion: We don’t need to wait for Covid-19 to be over to plan a better economy – Maya de Souza & Farhana Yamin.

Article from Hampstead & Highgate Express, 27 February 2020:
Opinion: Making London a true National Park City – Sian Berry.

Article from Hampstead & Highgate Express, 12 February 2020:
Dartmouth Park referendum: Neighbourhood plan wins vote.