CitiPark is actually undermining Westminster council’s efforts to discourage diesel

Times newspaper article.

The Times newspaper says that "Drivers of petrol and diesel cars will face higher charges to use private car parks under a plan to tackle pollution". The article by transport correspondent Graeme Paton goes on to say that car park operator CitiPark will "impose a levy on all but the most fuel-efficient vehicles as part …

Camden’s planners appear to have given up on this legal agreement

Former Strand Union Workhouse.

Next Thursday Camden's planning officers will try to persuade councillors to approve plans to redevelop a disused hospital building in Fitzrovia, but without the developer honouring a legal agreement to build the full amount of social rented homes on the site. UCLH Charity which owns the derelict Middlesex Hospital Annex in Cleveland Street wants the …

Camden Council’s hedge funds and UK press freedom

Camden Council logo.

Bloomsbury ward councillor Rishi Madlani may be feeling some heat in between knocking on people’s doors on the election trail. As chair of Camden's £1.25bn pension fund committee he is all too aware of press reports of a high court injunction blocking Reuters from publishing information about Brevan Howard, one of Europe's largest hedge funds. Reuters …

Must we kiss goodbye to Rathbone Street’s young lady of the night?

Painting of woman at window.

Above the Newman Arms pub in Rathbone Street there is a bricked up window with a picture of a young woman. In the painting she can be seen in a nightdress and little cap which partly covers her long red hair. She peers down onto the street below with her bare arms resting against the horizontal …

Solving London’s air pollution hotspots requires action over a wide area

Graph showing NO2 levles.

Residents in the neighbourhoods around Oxford Street and the campaign group Living Streets now stand facing each other in the first battle over how surface transport should serve London's busiest shopping street. In an email sent out by Living Streets the campaign group tells its members: "At Living Streets we were delighted when the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, …

It is the increasing number of UK nationals not migrants who are pushing up rough sleeper numbers

Nationality statistics for rough sleepers.

The Times newspaper this morning runs a story with the misleading headline: "Migrants drive 50% rise in rough sleepers". In its article The Times reports on yesterday's release of official statistics of numbers of homeless people sleeping outside during the autumn of 2016. "More than 20 per cent of those identified as rough sleepers were …

Is rough sleeping in London really in decline?

Rough sleeping on pavement.

The latest statistics from the Greater London Authority (GLA) state that there are now significantly less people sleeping on the streets than there were a year ago. Yet local anecdotal evidence suggests that rough sleeping is not in decline. The latest quarterly rough sleeping figures for London which covers the period July to September 2016 …

Take action now to have your say on Oxford Street plans

Buses and taxis on Oxford Street.

By Caroline Mawer Pedestrianising Oxford Street may sound like a great idea. The Mayor of London made it his manifesto commitment and the plans are being drawn up. But it needs to be a great idea for local residents and businesses as well as the global tourists the Mayor is apparently hoping to attract. We don’t want to have the surrounding streets even more …

Fitzrovia is the best place to live in London says The Sunday Times

Page from Sunday Times.

Christmas has come early for the property owners, developers and estate agents in Fitzrovia as The Sunday Times in its annual trawl of the best places to live in London named the neighbourhood as its first choice. Attractions according to its lifestyle editors include a number of sylish bars and cafes, and Exemplar's pile on the …

The Housing and Planning Bill will damage London’s long established residential communities

Parliament website page.

We write as members of a Residents' Association, facing the challenges of the proposed Housing Bill, which will affect all who live in properties owned by borough councils in central London. We are concerned that the effects of the Housing Bill are not widely known, and that, if passed in its present form, the Bill …

Staying underground can seriously damage your neighbours’ health

Brutalist building.

By Roger Wilson For those who want to travel cheaply and aren't too concerned about a window view, an inside cabin on board ship can be an expedient, if not delightful, experience. It may not matter too much that waking up in the morning you don't know whether to put on a sweater or a …

City West Homes has poorly managed this maintenance programme and blighted people’s lives

Street scene with scaffolding.

By Edward Kellow If you have been down Hanson Street in Fitzrovia recently you may have noticed the number of buildings shrouded in scaffolding and green netting. This isn’t an art installation or a leftover from the Fitzrovia Arts week. The scaffolding is part of a programme of repairs to housing managed by City West Homes …

Holborn and St Pancras Labour Party nominate Corbyn and Creasy. So why aren’t they celebrating?

Camden Labour Twitter.

Politics is suddenly very interesting. Holborn and St Pancras Labour Party has backed Jeremy Corbyn for leader and Stella Creasy for deputy leader. But don't be fooled by the smiling faces in the picture below. At a packed meeting of the constituency party held at the Dragon Hall in Covent Garden on Tuesday 28 July the …

This development threatens small businesses and heritage in Charlotte Street

Front of building with sash windows.

Tonight Camden Council's planning committee will be asked to approve plans to part-demolish and rebuild an attractive building and convert small business premises into luxury flats, contrary to their own planning and heritage policies and against a ruling by a government planning inspector. Merchant Land Investment Limited is seeking permission to redevelop three buildings at the heart of the …

Editor says he is often left puzzled by pictures in news media

Letters page in NUJ magazne.

Local members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) would have likely recognised a picture of the editor of Fitzrovia News on the letters' page of the union's mag, which dropped through doors this week. Even if it wasn't captioned. The unmistakable Mike Pentelow had reached for his linotype machine to rattle off a comment to …

Derwent London is turning a little oasis into dystopia

CCTV in operation 24-7.

"Someone described the area as a little oasis in Fitzrovia, and we would not want to change that. We are a property company with sensitivities. We want to get rid of the idea that we will come in and knock everything down.” -- Simon Silver of Derwent London (interview with property press, November 2009). A building …