Making private renting work in Camden

By News Reporters Over a third of homes in Camden are privately rented after rapid growth in recent years. Now the council want to improve the lot of the private tenant.  The popularity of Camden as a place to live means that even poor quality accommodation can be rented out easily, says Camden Council. In Fitzrovia many …

Camden Council should “stop tweeting, and get gritting!” says pensioner

By News Reporters Fitzrovia will not get its fair share of street and pavement gritting this winter according to a local pensioner who rang Fitzrovia News to complain after reading Camden Council's latest guide to its services.  The male octogenarian called our news office to draw our attention to page 17 of Camden's magazine which …

UCLH reveals proposals for new hospital on Odeon and Rosenheim sites

By News Reporters A massive new addition to University College Hospital is proposed by University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) on the site of the former Odeon and Paramount cinema on the corner of Grafton Way and Tottenham Court Road. The development, announced this week, will also mean the demolition of the Rosenheim …

Residents in Fitzrovia invited to be in two places at once

By News Reporters It seems residents in Fitzrovia will be expected to be in two places at once if they are to have any say about two very important environmental changes affecting the neighbourhood. Or they have to make a choice. Camden Council have scheduled two public consultations on the same evening and at different venues. …

Fitzrovia Area Action Plan sent for independent examination

By News Reporters Camden Council has submitted the Fitzrovia Area Action Plan to the Secretary of State for independent examination with public hearings to be held in July. The Area Action Plan covers the part of Fitzrovia that lies within the Camden boundary, and includes part of Bloomsbury. The Plan which was submitted on 19 …

Parents of Amy Winehouse proud of Camden’s young film makers

Camden Youth Action! Film Showcase 4 April 2013 By News Reporters Young people took the spotlight last Thursday for an unforgettable evening of music, film, and live performances at the Camden Centre. Organised by local charity Fitzrovia Youth in Action, the Camden Youth Action! Showcase brought together young film makers, music producers, and performers, to …

Formal consultation on Fitzrovia Area Action Plan begins

By News Reporters A planning document to shape the future of Fitzrovia is to undergo a formal public consultation before it is adopted as part of Camden's planning guidance next year. A meeting of the Bloomsbury Area Action Group on Tuesday 20 November 2012 will be presented with the Fitzrovia Area Action Plan and will …

The first Earl of Camden: a man whose life was rather more fortunate than his name

By Christina Latham Having recently moved to Camden, the same lovely borough in which half of Fitzrovia lies, I have developed an interest in area names and the history alongside them. As most of us know Fitzrovia is likely to be named after the Fitzroy Tavern which is situated on the corner of Charlotte Street. The …

Camden admits failures over business improvement district

By News Reporters Camden Council have admitted that residents should have been consulted about the proposal to create a business improvement district (BID) in Fitzrovia. The BID which came into effect in August is being led by landowner and developer Derwent London and the international firm of engineers Arup. The admission came after Fitzrovia News …

Should the Westminster part of Fitzrovia join a Marylebone neighbourhood forum?

By News Reporters The Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association (FNA) has been asked to join a proposed Marylebone neighbourhood forum which would deal with planning issues and more under a separate organisation which would shape the future development of an area stretching from Cleveland Street up to the Edgware Road. However the FNA has hesitated saying it …

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 …

Charles Dickens’ many addresses in Fitzrovia

By Mike Pentelow Charles Dickens did many moonlight flits in Fitzrovia in order to dodge the creditors of his debt-ridden father, John, so has many local addresses associated with him. In later years Charles housed his secret young lover in the area, while also helping its child prostitutes. And he found the locality rich in …

Iconic street is an important part of Fitzrovia’s character

By News Reporters An "iconic" Fitzrovia street under threat of over-development has been saved after Camden Council refused planning permission for a roof extension. In a decision made last week, the application was refused on conservation and other grounds. Residents, businesses and conservation groups had expressed great concern about a proposed roof extension in Charlotte …

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 …

Your support for open space in Fitzrovia is welcomed. But please don’t claim credit for the idea

By Max Neufeld It is unfortunate that in their newsletter Bloomsbury ward councillors found it necessary to claim credit for the idea to turn Alfred Place into an open space. For the record, the Charlotte Street Association initiated the proposal for an Area Action Plan for Fitzrovia and as part of the ongoing development of …

Fitzrovia Medical Centre and the Schleswig-Holstein Question

By News Reporters Councillor Adam Harrison amused the full Camden Council meeting last Monday when he stood up to announce that recently he had reason to be reminded of the Schleswig-Holstein Question. "I was working on a ward-based issue and I was reminded of the Schleswig-Holstein Question, which I'm sure will be familiar to many …

Mystery shoppers say monoliths reduce journey times

Camden Council say an improved quality assurance system for Legible London signs will be deployed to prevent errors. And more signs to come. By Angela Lovely It seems my article about Legible London sending tourists in the wrong direction sent transport planners into a tizz. Fitzrovia News received a call and an email to say …

Some community groups will receive no funding as a result of government cuts

Community groups in Camden and Westminster found out last week how the government's cuts to local authority funding will affect them. Delegates at conferences were told that fewer community centres will receive funding, and many voluntary organisations will receive no funding at all. Camden will continue to offer annual revenue grants while Westminster have scrapped grants and introduced commissioning.