WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE CITY’S PROPOSALS?
There are two unacceptable and legally unnecessary sets of works.
· UNACCEPTABLE because the new dams proposed for the Model Boating, Men’s Bathing, Mixed Pond and the “Catchpit dam” will ruin these parts of the Heath. They will disfigure the Ponds, destroy landscapes and natural appearances.
· LEGALLY UNNECESSARY as the City’s claim that reservoir safety law requires these works is wrong without taking account of other legal obligations such as lifesaving factors like early warnings and civil emergency procedures. The 1871 Hampstead Heath Act requires the City to preserve the “natural aspect and state” of the Heath – there will be environmental and public benefit costs from the permanent damage.
KEY ISSUES TO CONSIDER IN ANSWERING THE QUESTIONNAIRE:
· Flooding south of the heath has never been caused by Heath ponds, but due to torrential storms and sewer failures. The City itself says that these works will not stop flooding down stream happening.
· The City’s computer modeling is not based on facts but on an extreme and hypothetical 1 in 400,000 year worst case flood scenario presuming the collapse of all dams and massive loss of life.
The City claims “We will not be able to comment on the comments that challenge the need for the work to be done. Doing the work is a legal requirement for the City to minimize the risk to the public from the dams”. The campaign DamNonsense challenges this statement that it is a legal requirement.
CITY’S CONSULTATION SO FAR
The City set up the Pond Project Stakeholder Group of local residents and Heath users, on which we have a representative. All the swimmers groups, the Heath and Hampstead Society, the Highgate Society and the Heath Anglers Association have formally opposed all the massive embankment options, which have been offered.
THE CITY’S INFORMATION AND QUESTIONNAIRE ARE ON LINE AT
Get the forms at the Parliament Hill yard or call 020 7332 3847
Email by sending your name and address to email@example.com requesting a copy.
FILLING IN THE QUESTIONNAIRE.
There are 10 questions and you are asked to choose between:
· Options 4 and 6 for the Model Boating and Men’s Pond.
· Options M and P for the Mixed Pond and Hampstead No 2 Ponds
IF YOU WANT TO OBJECT you should answer the questions as follows:
QUESTIONS 1, 3, 5, AND 7: TICK FIRST POINT – NOT SATISFIED.
QUESTIONS 2, 4, 6 AND 8: ANSWER ALONG THE LINES OF KEY ISSUES – works of this size will ruin the natural appearance of the Heath and are not required by the Reservoirs Acts.
QUESTION 9: You may amongst other responses say that the City has not consulted you on the proposed 5.6 metre high earth dam to be built across the whole Catch-pit valley or the raising of the dam by 1.25metres at Highgate No 1 or the building of massive spillways – some of them 60 metres across.
QUESTION 10: You could question why the design of the works ignores the possibility of meteorological forecasts, early warning systems, evacuation procedures required under civil emergencies legislation
Further details of the DamNonsense Campaign can be found at:
http://www.damnonsense.org.uk/ and http://www.heathandhampstead.org.uk/
And on the KLPA website at http://www.klpa.org.uk/2/post/2013/11/dam-nonsense-press-release.html