City of London Hampstead Heath boss to resign

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6:45 PM January 12, 2022



Hampstead Heath head of the City of London Corporation is leaving the company after six ‘fulfilling years’.

Anne Fairweather is leaving the City of London Corporation (CoLC) at the next election.

Under his chairmanship of the Heath Committee, controversial mandatory charges were introduced for swimming in the ponds and events were held to mark the 150th anniversary of the Hampstead Heath Act.

She said: “I have had the privilege and honor of being chair of the Hampstead Heath Committee, a place close to my heart and full of childhood memories, from swimming in the ponds to sailing the adventure playground,” she said.

Cllr Fairweather was elected to represent the City Tower ward as an independent in 2016 and was re-elected unopposed the following year.

In 2020, she replaced Karina Dostalova as Chair of the CoLC’s Hampstead Heath, Highgate Wood and Queen’s Park Management Committee.

The 2021 elections have been delayed by Covid and will take place on March 24.

“Unexpectedly, I became the lockdown chair, navigating challenges we had never faced before,” she added.

“Everyone pitched in, with all volunteers and staff going above and beyond their duties.”

She said she was “grateful” to lead the work during such a difficult time, saying the Heath provided an outlet for people and was vital in supporting mental and physical health during these times.

“It was great to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Hampstead Heath Act and all the Heath has to offer in 2021.

“From the wealth of wildlife to the vast opportunities for learning and recreation including swimming, fishing, walking and team sports, the moor is a much-loved space.”

A series of events took place in June to mark the 150th anniversary of the Hampstead Heath Act 1871, including a kite event, community festival, musical performances and a film festival.

Under Ms Fairweather’s leadership, the CoLC decided to charge for Hampstead’s bathing ponds in 2020, citing rising running costs and safety concerns.

A judicial review to determine whether the charging scheme for swimming in Hampstead Heath bathing ponds discriminates against people with disabilities is now scheduled for February 23 and 24.

‘I want to thank everyone who has supported me during my term as President and helped to make Heath the incredible green space it is today,’ she said.

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