Banners removed from Charlotte Street conservation area

By Peter Whyatt Tatty banners hanging from lamp posts in Charlotte Street and Goodge Street, in Fitzrovia, were finally removed last week after residents requested that they be taken down. The canvas banners which had been advertising "smoke free Camden" should not have been hung in the Charlotte Street conservation area, according to residents who …

Permission sought to demolish historic workhouse building and build flats

By Linus Rees A planning application has been submitted to demolish the Middlesex Hospital Annex and former workhouse building in Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia. The site contains the last remaining example of a Georgian workhouse in London but has not been listed. The planning application was submitted to Camden Council last week. The proposal by University …

Fitzrovia – Cycle rickshaw a success at Mela

By Linus Rees A cycle rickshaw reconstructed by Camden community centres and schools drew crowds of people at Sunday's Camden Bangladesh Mela in Regent's Park. Thousands of people gathered in the park on Sunday 4 July for a celebration of Bangladeshi culture. The cycle rickshaw was one of a pair shipped specially from Bangladesh to …

Fitzrovia – Skin trade: Bad journalism meets bad business

By Linus Rees, assistant editor The Sunday Times runs an article today claiming that single women are attracted to buying property above a lap-dancing club in Tottenham Court Road. The article entitled "What women really want" should be called "What John Gray and estate agents really want you to believe". Feminists, look away now. A …

Fitzrovia – Residents objections to Capricorn Club licence put to local councillors

By News Reporters Tonight Linus Rees, chair of Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association, represented residents objections to a licence application by the Capricorn Club, Goodge Street. Mr Rees presented the views of Goodge Street residents to Adam Harrison, Bloomsbury Ward councillor. Goodge Street residents had asked to be represented on their behalf because they were unwilling to …

Fitzrovia – History is being sacrificed for profit

Summer, and the buds of spring will grow into the fruit of autumn. A harvest of capital is being planned, and the cash apple expected to drop from the tree is the old workhouse in Cleveland Street. A planning application is being submitted, to build a large housing development. And before building, they have to …

Fitzrovia – Pity the London Plane tree in Whitfield Gardens

Camden Council again carried out tree surgery to protected trees in Whitfield Gardens during the spring growth period without regard for their own tree protection policies. Tree surgeons used chainsaws at the end of April to cut off branches during routine tree maintenance. According to Camden's own regulations the work should only be done during …

Fitzrovia – Fairy lights are being removed from Fitzrovia trees

Lights installed in trees in the Charlotte Street conservation area were tonight (Sunday 7 March 2010) being taken down by contractors after a campaign by local residents to have them removed succeeded. Fitzrovia News previously reported that the lights had been installed in a conservation area without public consultation and without advice from Camden Council's …

Fitzrovia – New scheme proposed on workhouse site

Significant changes were announced by University College Hospital NHS Trust to the proposals to develop on the former workhouse site in Cleveland Street. At a Camden Council Development Control Forum on 23 February new proposals to develop the site were presented which showed a scheme of about 140 flats, a walkway to Charlotte Street and …

Fitzrovia – Don’t get me wrong: Simon Silver of Derwent London plc talks to Fitzrovia News

By News Reporters In November 2009 Derwent London plc announced plans to redevelop some of their properties in Fitzrovia. They received a lot of positive media coverage and Fitzrovia News ran a critical article in our December issue (115) on pages 6 and 7. In February of this year Simon Silver, a director and head …