Bedford Park Society Announces New Chair
Helen Jameson takes over from Peter Eversden
The Bedford Park Society has elected Helen Jameson as Chair in succession to Peter Eversden, who has stepped down after 19 years’ sterling work for the conservation area. He will remain as Deputy Chairman, and continue to be actively involved with the Infrastructure sub-committee.
Helen has lived in Bedford Park for 26 years, and been a committee member since 1998. She has been very active on traffic and transport issues, particularly the campaign against Heathrow’s third runway. In 2014 she negotiated the listing of the Tabard as an Asset of Community Value, and was part of the group which organised last year’s commemoration of Jonathan T Carr, founder of Bedford Park.
Helen was also on the working group which developed the concept for Society’s new sub-committee structure, which is designed to enable more people to become actively involved in the work of the Society, and she chairs the Infrastructure sub-committee.
Helen praised Peter for the time and commitment he has given to Bedford Park and its community, and the many significant achievements of the Society under his leadership.
A vocal advocate of green policies, he set up a survey of street trees in 2004 to encourage the planting of more. Awarded the MBE in the New Years honours list for 35 years of service to community engagement in planning for London, Peter has worked tirelessly to keep Bedford Park safe for future generations.
During his chairmanship the Society organised a ground-breaking “summit”, held in 2009, to bring together elected councillors, conservation experts and borough officials to discuss the issues facing Bedford Park. He was also a strong supporter of the Society’s initiative, led by Deputy Chairman Peter Murray, to research and create log books for each listed house.
Peter Eversden has built up a formidable knowledge of planning law and an extensive network of personal contacts as Chair of the London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies. The Society will continue to benefit from his expertise as he will now become Deputy Chairman, and continue to be actively involved with the Infrastructure sub-committee.
June 2, 2016