Pedicab Bill postponed until Parliament begins debating members bills again

Commons business.

Nickie Aiken's Bill to regulate pedicabs in London, due to be presented on Tuesday 21 April when Parliament opened, had to be postponed due to MPs having to take time to debate setting up a "virtual Parliament". The MP for Cities of London and Westminster said: "I was due to present my Bill to the …

MP for Cities of London and Westminster to introduce pedicab regulation Bill

Passenger and cargo bicycle.

Nickie Aiken the MP for Cities of London and Westminster is to introduce a Bill to Parliament on 21 April for the regulation of pedicabs to carry paying passengers. The Pedicabs (London) Bill would allow Transport for London to regulate the use of pedicabs in public places in Greater London for hire or reward, and …

New venue for Bloomsbury ward councillors’ surgery

Entrance to The 52 Club.

Camden's Bloomsbury ward councillors have a new venue to hold regular meetings with constituents. On the first Friday evening of every month, Councillors Sabrina Francis, Adam Harrison, or Rishi Madlani will now be available at The 52 Club at 52 Gower Street to meet residents. (They previously used The Fitzrovia Centre.) The 52 Club is …

Local councillor takes a step closer in contest to become an MP

Labour member canvassing.

A local councillor has made it on to the "long list" of Labour candidates to fight the Cities of London and Westminster parliamentary constituency in December's general election, reports LabourList. Pancho Lewis, who was first elected last year to represent the West End ward on Westminster City Council, wrote to supporters in mid-October saying he …

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 …

Boundary changes could mean a different political colour for Fitzrovia

Constuency map of central London.

Proposals for changing the size and shape of parliamentary constituencies mean that Fitzrovia would no longer be divided across a political boundary. Under the new constituencies Holborn and St Pancras would disappear and Fitzrovia would become part of an expanded Cities of London and Westminster "which retains ten wards from the existing constituency, and includes the …

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 …

What deputy mayor Valerie Shawcross said about pedestrianisation of Oxford Street

Buses and taxis on Oxford Street.

On 14 July The Times newspaper ran a story "Oxford Street to ban all traffic" and reported that "Vehicles will be banned from the busiest shopping street in Europe within four years to reduce congestion and pollution, the mayor of London’s office announced". The story was later repeated in other news media including the Evening …

Camden and Westminster want to relax requirements for affordable housing in Fitzrovia

Scaffolding worker on site.

The prospects for securing any further affordable housing in Fitzrovia appear to be narrowing as both Camden and Westminster want to change their statutory planning guidance in favour of major developers. It is in the interests of developers to reduce the amount spent on affordable housing to an absolute minimum and many commission confidential ‘viability …

Camden Council forced into u-turn on amendment to affordable housing guidance

Road sign: Euston Road, Camden, NW1.

A barrage of objections from community groups has forced Camden Council's planners to ditch proposals which would allow money raised from property development in south Camden to be spent elsewhere. The proposals would have meant payments in lieu for social housing raised through s106 agreements from construction projects in the three southern wards  — Bloomsbury, Holborn & Covent Garden, …

Planning guidance revision threatens new social housing in south Camden

Map of south Camden in central London.

Community groups have condemned plans by Camden Council which would mean new social housing gained from property development in central London would not be built, but instead be replaced by cash payments and spent elsewhere. The new proposals are contained in a report drawn up by Frances Wheat the assistant director for regeneration and planning and submitted to Councillor Phil Jones, cabinet member for …

Camden’s rejection of underground hotel is ‘a victory for good sense and the small guys’

Brutalist building.

Camden Council's planning committee has thrown out controversial plans for a windowless, underground hotel, to the joy of local residents and the Bloomsbury Association who campaigned against it. The committee sitting in a chilly town hall -- because the heating had failed -- last Thursday (14 January) had to deal with a packed agenda. Camden's planning …

Residents encourage neighbours to oppose Housing and Planning Bill

Parliament website page.

A group of Fitzrovia residents are encouraging their neighbours to write to MPs, local councillors and the media to fight the government's Housing and Planning Bill which is currently making its way through Parliament. The residents include Eileen O'Keefe, an emeritus professor of public health, and John O'Keefe, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist. In a letter to …

Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16 and Community Infrastructure Levy under discussion at Bloomsbury ward meeting

Bloomsbury Area Action Group, 6 Janaury 2016.

The Housing and Planning Bill 2015-2016 and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) will be the topics of discussion at tonight's Bloomsbury Area Action Group. Camden's Bloomsbury ward councillors -- Sabrina Francis, Adam Harrison and Rishi Madlani -- have invited Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia residents to the public meeting. Camden council officer Finneguela O'Brien will outline the proposed changes …

Air quality and licensing under discussion at Bloomsbury community meeting

Smog over central London.

Camden Council's Bloomsbury ward Councillors are hosting a meeting to discuss air quality in Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia, and Camden’s Licensing Policy this Monday. Councillors Sabrina Francis, Adam Harrison, and Rishi Madlani invite Bloomsbury ward residents to views on the air quality problem, and how licensing policy could better address local concerns about the social impact of sales of alcohol. …

Residents’ association calls on Marylebone High Street ward councillors to resign

Marylebone High Street ward Councillors.

A residents’ association in Fitzrovia is calling for the resignation of three Conservative ward councillors after a Freedom of Information (FOI) request revealed they withheld information about the sell off and major redevelopment of a property just eight metres from their homes. This summer Westminster council's planning committee approved plans for three tower blocks and …

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 …

Radical women’s art collective revisited in exhibition and talk

Silk screen printed poster.

There will be an exhibition of posters and a discussion about a 1970s women's art collective tonight (Friday 26 June) as part of Fitzrovia Festival 2015. Set up in the mid-1970s the See Red Women's Workshop produced posters to challenge chauvinist views of women. Three former art students met through an ad placed in Red Rag -- …