Writer and actor criticises BID proposal and graffiti campaign against it

By News Reporters The writer and actor Griff Rhys Jones a resident of Fitzrovia has said he does not support the business improvement district (BID), but he has also criticised some of the actions taken to oppose it. In an article published today he criticises the BID for being undemocratic and questions why the area …

We need to fight this undemocratic attempt to manipulate Fitzrovia into something it is not

By Griff Rhys Jones There are several considerations involved in this business improvement district (BID) -- some big issues, some are local and specific. First off I am totally in favour of private enterprise and business getting involved with and looking after their parish. But I am wary of this initiative because of what may …

Fitzrovia business improvement district gets the go ahead

The Fitzrovia Partnership's proposal to create a business improvement district (BID) was today given the go ahead. The controversial plans were approved in a postal ballot of 229 businesses with a rateable value of £100,000 and over. A total of 93 votes were cast with 72 in favour of the proposal which will come into …

What will the Fitzrovia BID mean for residents and small businesses?

By Peter Baver Derwent London is heading the push (or is it a shove?) for an application to create a new business improvement district (BID) in Fitzrovia. BIDs are designed to increase the business prospects within a demarcated area by extracting a levy from businesses meeting a given rateable threshold. Those levies are then pooled …

Murray, Hoy and Tbilisi. The Fitzrovia Partnership’s Facebook failure

By Angela Lovely Things seem to be going from bad to worse on The Fitzrovia Partnership's Facebook page. I think they are trying too hard. It's not rocket science to run a Facebook page but the clueless Fitzrovia Partnership are making a real hash of it. Their latest bungle is knowing little about Wimbledon finalist …

Camden should have consulted residents and small businesses before BID ballot

An open letter to Sarah Hayward, leader, Camden Council We are writing to you as local residents to express our very serious concern at the proposal to create a business improvement district (BID) in Fitzrovia. We are astonished that the council has agreed to support a ballot without consultation with residents and small businesses. We …

Camden confidential: who are The Fitzrovia Partnership and what are they up to?

By Linus Rees A postal ballot is currently taking place over whether to create a business improvement district (BID) in the central part of Fitzrovia. The result will be decided by an electorate of just 232 large businesses yet the outcome could affect half the neighbourhood including thousands of residents and over a thousand small …

Fitzrovia business improvement district could marginalise residents groups

By News Reporters Residents and voluntary groups in Fitzrovia could be marginalised by the power of a business group after its financial details emerged this week. An annual income of up to £1.5m could be gained by The Fitzrovia Partnership if their proposed business improvement district (BID) is given the go ahead by a ballot …

Increased commercialisation of Fitzrovia looms as ballot for a business improvement district is announced

By News Reporters The Fitzrovia Partnership, a business group created by landowner and property developer Derwent London, has been allowed by Camden Council to ballot businesses over whether to part-privatise streets in Fitzrovia by creating a business improvement district (BID). If successful the BID would begin on 1 August 2012 for a five year term. …

Creating Pandemonium and better business in Fitzrovia

By Business Reporters Fitzrovia News has changed hands. From Sunday 1 April the paper, website and social media network will be under the ownership of The Fitzrovia Pandemonium. It will be a new professionally produced newspaper and social media network which will bring you all the up to date news about business and life in …

Fitzrovia – Film criticises proposed business improvement district

By News Reporters A new short film criticises a business group's plans to commercialise Fitzrovia and increase the amount of restaurants and cafes on offer. The film suggests that Fitzrovia could become a tourist and entertainment destination like Camden Town and the West End with increased licensing hours and nuisance to residents. Whose Fitzrovia? was …