Gower Street resurfacing and a confusing set of diversions

Road closed signs.

People living on Grafton Way as well as staff and patients at University College Hospital are taking the brunt of the current traffic diversions as Camden Council's West End Project grinds towards its final act. The air on TfL's gyratory around the hospital is thick with traffic fumes and drivers and cyclists are confronted with …

Museum is keeping the drama of toy theatre alive with a new exhibition

Man standing in museum.

A special exhibition featuring 14 artists will reflect on the unique collection of dolls, teddy bears, and toy theatres, at Pollock's Toy Museum in Fitzrovia this month. A Pollock's Gallimaufry will be a month long event showing works by contemporary artists working in a variety of crafts and media inspired by the unique, mostly Victorian, …

Crucial decisions on ‘Oxford Street District’ by Westminster council sound alarm bells for community groups

Cars and vans queuing on street.

Community groups in Fitzrovia and Marylebone are bracing themselves for another battle with Westminster council in advance of crucial decisions being taken on the future of Oxford Street this autumn and winter. While full pedestrianisation of Oxford Street is off the agenda the council have been pushing forward with a plan to pedestrianise part of …

TfL limits buses to 10mph on Tottenham Court Road after ‘a number of collisions’ with pedestrians

Bus at night.

More than five months after Tottenham Court Road changed from one-way to two-way traffic a woman has become the fourth person to be struck by a southbound bus on the same pedestrian crossing. The woman, who has not been named, was hit by a route 29 bus operated by Arriva driven southbound on the central …

Greenery at public open space will be slashed under refurbishment plans

Camden Council has signed off plans that will see greenery cut back at Whitfield Gardens public open space in what the local authority says is an effort to save money on maintenance and stamp out public nuisance. It is only eight years since Whitfield Gardens on Tottenham Court Road was last refurbished but everything apart …

Pedestrian crossing on Tottenham Court Road has become a collision hot spot

Dried blood on pavement.

A light-controlled crossing on Tottenham Court Road has become a collision hot spot after three pedestrians were seriously injured after being struck by buses in almost identical circumstances. Since April emergency services and collision investigators have attended the junction of Tottenham Court Road and Torrington Place on three separate occasions. On the morning of Tuesday …

Camden seeks views on the cumulative impact of construction projects

It's a little late in the day but Camden's planners have finally woken up to the fact that a pestilence of planning applications and property development south of the Euston Road is having a negative impact on everyone's lives. Camden's strategic planners may be a decade or more behind the times but they are seeking …

New Brexit group is stuffed above a restaurant in Charlotte Street

Companies House document.

People chomping down sausages and slurping bubbly in a Charlotte Street restaurant will likely be unaware that in a room above their heads is the registered London office of a US-based pro-Brexit lobbying group. Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit party, hosted a launch for World for Brexit in New York in July, alongside American …

Camden Council continue to ignore our pleas to only carry out hedge cutting in the autumn and winter to protect wildlife

Workers cutting hedges.

We've asked time and time again for Camden Council to only carry out hedge cutting with machinery during the autumn and winter months to protect wildlife. Yet despite our efforts we continue to be ignored by a council that seems to be hell bent on carrying out work just to spite us. They did it …

Residents in affordable housing at Rathbone Square complain of poor quality materials and design

Front of building.

Great Portland Estates may have been awarded "Property Developer of the Year" but people living in "affordable" homes at its Rathbone Square site in Fitzrovia are struggling to live in poorly designed flats and are watching their bathrooms fall apart mere weeks after they moved in. Residents complain of high service charges, incompetent management, rotting …

Camden and Mayor’s traffic scheme risks health of hundreds of residents at Fitzrovia council block

Road signs on street corner.

The health of hundreds of residents in a council block in Fitzrovia is being put at risk because their street has been left out of the Mayor of London's new Ultra Low Emission Zone and will have increased motor traffic from a new road scheme designed by Camden Council. Residents living at 30-40 Grafton Way …

Cars, taxis and lorries are not being banned from Tottenham Court Road

Map of part of Tottenham Court Road.

Last week's news in the Evening Standard about cars, taxis and lorries being banned from Tottenham Court Road in three months' time (sic) brought jeers from drivers and cheers from active transport campaigners. But the Standard's story was so full of errors that it failed to describe what is actually happening. Cabbies may be pleasantly surprised …

Westminster council seeks local views on ‘Oxford Street District’ plans

Map of Oxford Street and surrounding area.

An exhibition of plans to re-shape the 'Oxford Street District' will be held this weekend at the building formerly known as the Fitzrovia Community Centre. Westminster council is asking local residents and people who work or visit the area what they think of their £150m strategy to "improve" the environment of the shopping street and …

Nursery empty again after charities fail to agree on future plans

Front of nursery building.

The children's nursery in Whitfield Street is to close at the end of this week after more than ten years of serving the community with the loss of 25 places for under-fives because of a disagreement between two charities over improvements to the building and plans to redevelop the site. A new childcare provider is …

Designs for Alfred Place and Whitfield Gardens go on public display

Glossy image of proposed park.

Camden Council has published landscape designs for a new public park at Alfred Place, a redesign for the existing Whitfield Gardens, and is seeking comments on the proposals this summer. The scheme is part of a £35 million transformation of the Tottenham Court Road area -- "the biggest Camden council-led transport scheme the borough has …

New plans for mental health services in Camden and Islington

Front of building with sign.

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust are consulting on plans to change mental health services and build a new hospital and community health hubs, a project to be partly funded by the sale of a property at Tottenham Mews in Fitzrovia. The consultation is seeking the public's views on moving patient beds from St Pancras …

Camden Council gets £870k to tackle rough sleeping

Someone sleeping on the street under a blanket.

Camden Council has secured £870,000 of government funding to assist homeless people in the borough after a count of rough sleepers identified a more accurate picture of its street population. The money, from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), is the highest amount awarded for any individual local authority. Neighbouring Westminster Council …

Volunteers sought for Camden rough sleeper count

Someone sleeping on the street under a blanket.

Camden Safer Streets Team will be carrying out a comprehensive count of people sleeping rough in the borough this week and is looking for volunteers from the community to help. In the autumn of 2017 an official count revealed that there were total of 1,137 rough sleepers in London. Camden reported the largest increase from …

Summer gardening club aims to make Fitzrovia greener, not more commercial

Pots of plants.

A new gardening club will be launched on Saturday at one of Fitzrovia's most used and abused public open spaces ahead of London becoming the world's first National Park City. Volunteers from the Friends of Fitzrovia Parks will be spending an hour every Saturday morning this summer making small improvements to Whitfield Gardens leading up …

Mortgage providers will not lend for affordable homes at West End site

Front of building.

A Westminster council planning committee is being asked to approve a legal agreement to enable affordable homes at a landmark West End development to be re-sold at market prices because mortgage lenders will no longer finance the type of property offered. The "intermediate affordable" homes are at Rathbone Square, part of a major development by …