The Amwell Society routinely undertakes a number of tasks which are mainly performed by members of the committee, but help from members is always welcome. If you are interested in becoming involved, please let us know.
We scrutinise planning applications which are brought to our attention, and will write to the planning department with objections and suggestions for improvement. Where a major development is being proposed we will attend the planning committee if relevant. Some recent successes have been to stop the SOAS building on Vernon Rise being turned into a hotel, and to pevent the engine house site at the New River Head being converted into houses and flats. These were achieved in conjunction with other groups.
We give evidence at planning appeals, most recently concerning the New River Head.
We work with other groups to protect our heritage and improve the environment. Recent examples have been the creation of a new garden in Vernon Square with the Vernon Square Forum, and the planting of Wilmington Square by providing funds to the Wilmington Square Association.
We look after St Helena’s Garden, the sunken garden between Lloyd Square and the Margery Street Estate.
We attend the Clerkenwell Safer Neighbourhoods Panel and advise the police Safer Neighbourhoods Team about anti-social behaviour in the area, and where to prioritise their efforts. We also help to disseminate information from the police to the public. The chair and vice chair of the panel are both members of the Amwell Society Committee.
We support the local shops and businesses by promoting them through the website. The Amwell Society initiated the Christmas shopping evening held at the beginning of December in Amwell Street.
We help promote a sense of community by contributing to the organisation of the summer Amwell Street Festival. We organise events for our own members such as the summer party and most recently a canal trip. We also advertise other local events through the website and the newsletter.
We liaise with other associations in the area in order to share knowledge and expertise, and where appropriate to act as an umbrella organisation to co-ordinate action. We also work with other societies which are interested in history, architecture and planning. The Amwell Society has recently been instrumental in the creation of the Friends of the New River Head and the Mount Pleasant Forum.
We produce a newsletter four times a year which has items of news about issues which affect the local amenities or planning, and also includes articles concerning local history and other interesting and unusual facts and occurrences.
We provide information about the history of the area through talks, mainly given at our Annual General Meeting, and publications. We have produced a booklet called “A Village in London” and a new edition of some descriptive notes of “the New River Head” which was first published in 1927.
We respond to consultation papers from Islington Council and government departments.
We elicit the support of local councillors and council officers where needed.
We have developed a website which we hope will provide an up to date source of information about what is happening in the Amwell area.