The City of London Corporation has undemocratically imposed increased and compulsory charges for entry to the Hampstead Heath bathing ponds.
The Heath bathing ponds are unique gems for natural water swimming and cherished by many who spend time there in order to maintain their mental and physical health. There has been swimming here for at least 200 years, enjoyed under a common law right of access to all part of the Heath.
By setting increased, compulsory charges the City of London corporation is limiting access to public space while commodifying and commercialising the Heath.
This would be bad in any year, but at a time of unprecedented health and financial challenges and growing inequalities, it is unforgivable.
If you’re affected by the new charges, tell the City of London Corporation to reverse their decision. After you hit send, and email will go straight to the decision maker of your choice at The City of London, from your email address. The more personal you make your message, the more they’ll take notice.