Camden to decide on West End Project plans

Taxis and delivery vehicles on Tottenham Court Road.

Camden Council's cabinet will be asked to make a decision on the public realm and traffic changes for the Tottenham Court Road area at a town hall meeting next Wednesday. Camden's officers are recommending that the proposals laid out last year for what they call Camden's West End Project be approved subject to some changes as …

‘Love Activists’ find new home in Fitzrovia

Front of building.

The Love Activists direct action group who had occupied the former Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) building near Trafalgar Square in December are currently occupying an empty commercial building in Rathbone Place. The group who had set up a food bank and soup kitchen at the RBS building were evicted by bailiffs and the police on …

Travel show offers a world of inspiration

Two women cycling.

If you are in search of an active holiday in 2015 then an event in west London during January will help you decide what to do and where to go. The Adventure Travel Show at Olympia London brings together a huge collection of travel companies, writers, filmakers and explorers, with stalls, talks, seminars and films. And Fitzrovia News is …

A ‘crassly over-developed’ scheme planned for Cleveland Street

End of building.

Residents in Holcroft Court and Cleveland Street have received an early and unwanted Christmas present after a planning application revealed the true scale of a huge building development mere metres from their windows. The residents are furious with Dukelease Properties, Assael Architecture, and PR company Four Communications, who stand accused of giving out false information and trying …

Middlesex Hospital Chapel “was never named” say new trustees in response to petitions

Memorial plaques on wall of Middlesex Hospital Chapel.

Our campaign to preserve the name of the Middlesex Hospital Chapel took a bizarre turn this week when the new trustees who are due to take charge of the building issued a statement saying the chapel "was never named" in the first place. The statement followed a press announcement made by The Fitzrovia Chapel Foundation last Friday which …

Camden undermines its own planning policies by lack of enforcement

Car free housing statement from Camden Council.

A property developer has been allowed to get away with converting offices to residential in Warren Street without planning permission because Camden Council neglected to take out enforcement action despite having the opportunity to do so. Not only has the developer circumvented the planning system he also gained valuable on-street car parking space despite the council's policy …

FOI response tells us what we already knew about Exemplar’s motives over chapel

The Middlesex Hospital Chapel as seen after the hospital was demolished.

A courtesy letter to us from Westminster City Council in response to our petition to preserve the name Middlesex Hospital Chapel did not tell us very much. But documents obtained from The Council under the Freedom of Information Act were more enlightening. On 15 April 2014 Councillor Robert Davis, deputy leader of Westminster City Council, …

My commute: Maya de Souza cycles from Highgate to Millbank

Woman standing with folding bicycle.

Maya de Souza passes through Fitzrovia on her commute to work from Highgate to Millbank. Cycling from the north to the south of the London Borough of Camden and into the City of Westminster gives her the opportunity to see at first hand the challenges of managing London's environment. It's something that comes in handy …

Unanswered questions about the Middlesex Hospital Chapel

Trying to get straight answers out of director of Exemplar Mark Younger is a near impossible task. After several email exchanges where our questions about the future of the Grade II* listed Middlesex Hospital Chapel went unanswered, he finally rejected my last email as spam. I’d asked him about the plans to change the name …

Camden Council and Fitzrovia BID drunk in charge of food and drink quarter

Cans of beer on supermarket shelf.

Readers of the Evening Standard and the Camden New Journal may have seen articles last week about an initiative by Camden Council to stop sales of super strength lager and cider in off-licenses in south Camden. Someone in the Town Hall is busy running a public relations campaign this festive season. "A pilot scheme will …

UCLH Charity to evict more hospital staff from homes

UCLH Charity is evicting 10 hospital staff as well as other tenants from their homes in Huntley Street WC1 to make way for renovating the flats. After the flats are refurbished UCLH Charity intend to rent them out as luxury accommodation to take advantage of the high rents properties can now command in Fitzrovia and …

Workers seize control of bicycle shop

A bicycle shop in Fitzrovia has been bought from the owner by the shop workers. The long-established shop on the corner of New Cavendish Street and Hanson Street was bought by three shop workers in September this year. Fitzrovia Bicycles, formerly known as Cavendish Cycles, is now run by three bicycle mechanics –  Alex, Tom …