Fitzrovia – Skin trade: Bad journalism meets bad business

By Linus Rees, assistant editor The Sunday Times runs an article today claiming that single women are attracted to buying property above a lap-dancing club in Tottenham Court Road. The article entitled "What women really want" should be called "What John Gray and estate agents really want you to believe". Feminists, look away now. A …

Fitzrovia – Residents objections to Capricorn Club licence put to local councillors

By News Reporters Tonight Linus Rees, chair of Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association, represented residents objections to a licence application by the Capricorn Club, Goodge Street. Mr Rees presented the views of Goodge Street residents to Adam Harrison, Bloomsbury Ward councillor. Goodge Street residents had asked to be represented on their behalf because they were unwilling to …

Fitzrovia – The road to Transition Town continues

By Fiona Green On 17 March 2010 Transition Fitzrovia was begun. Our meeting was held in the beautiful Gallery of Cllr. Rebecca Hossack, where we showed the film “A Farm for the Future” which was about how a young Devon woman transformed her farm into low energy. Twenty people attended, and we were privileged to …

Fitzrovia – Vice continues after sex club closure

By News Reporters Local residents were delighted when the police raided and then closed down the Capricorn Club on Goodge Street in November 2009 after arresting seven people. Especially when the police said this had put an end to the prostitution and drug activities going on there. But now the club has applied to Camden …

Fitzrovia – Where tradition and hyperreality collide

By Linus Rees Inside Arup’s shiny new glass and steel building on Fitzroy Street is a new, permanent exhibition space called Phase 2. This venue will add to the increasing collection of galleries in Fitzrovia but from the perspective of professionals in the fields of design, architecture, engineering and planning. Phase 2 is very much …

Fitzrovia – History is being sacrificed for profit

Summer, and the buds of spring will grow into the fruit of autumn. A harvest of capital is being planned, and the cash apple expected to drop from the tree is the old workhouse in Cleveland Street. A planning application is being submitted, to build a large housing development. And before building, they have to …

London Festival of Architecture 2010 in Fitzrovia

The London Festival of Architecture 2010 is a London-wide event taking place from Saturday 19 June to Sunday 4 July. The Festival is an open event and "all Londoners are invited to join the Festival community, to develop projects to take part in debates; to investigate ways that London can be made a better place …

Fitzrovia – Jill Kempson’s Norfolk exploration

By Art Reporters Jill Kempson's exhibition - Garden Exploration - In & Out of Norfolk - is now open at Rebecca Hossack Art Galllery. The primary content of this new body of works is based upon an exploration of a small number of private gardens in Norfolk which Kempson visited in June 2008. The exhibition …

Fitzrovia – Results of local elections

By News Reporters Labour swept back into Bloomsbury with three newly elected councillors. Conservative councillor Rebecca Hossack lost her seat as Labour surged ahead in Camden regaining seats lost in 2006. Labour's Adam Harrison topped the polls with 1670 votes (13.97%) in Bloomsbury. In Fitzrovia's Westminster wards the Conservatives held onto all six seats, with …

Fitzrovia – Local election battle was our most popular story

By News Reporters Our story about the local election battle was the most popular page on the Fitzrovia News website over the past 30 days. The overwhelming majority of visitors arrived at our home page, but the Local Election Battle story that we published on 14 April 2010 was the most popular single story. On …

Fitzrovia – Pity the London Plane tree in Whitfield Gardens

Camden Council again carried out tree surgery to protected trees in Whitfield Gardens during the spring growth period without regard for their own tree protection policies. Tree surgeons used chainsaws at the end of April to cut off branches during routine tree maintenance. According to Camden's own regulations the work should only be done during …

Fitzrovia – Where are all the election posters?

By News Reporters Fitzrovia's voters seem to be shy of showing their political allegiance, yet keen to take part in debate. Perhaps there are a lot of floating voters who have yet to make up their minds. A survey of Fitzrovia by Fitzrovia News revealed very few election posters on display. Candidates out canvassing have …

Fitzrovia – Galleries of variety in between exhibitions

By Linus Rees Saturday in Fitzrovia will be quiet this holiday weekend, when many people will escape for a short break. It's an ideal time to wander around Fitzrovia's streets and visit the galleries without the hordes of people and motor traffic normally around in the week. Two of Fitzrovia's galleries are between exhibitions of …