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 …

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 …

Evening Standard lost in time and space with Saatchi feature

Press cutting from Evening Standard with picture of Norman Cook.

The Evening Standard has got both geography and history mixed up with its article on Saatchi & Saatchi's forthcoming departure from Charlotte Street. In a feature on its business pages today Fitzrovia's most famous advertising agency is reported as about "to move east from Soho to a new landmark office on the former site of …

Derwent London delay Saatchi exit until Turnmill and Chancery Lane sites are completed

By Angela Lovely Derwent London are trying very hard to make friends with people. Over the space of a few months they've gone from looking like the bad guys to trying to appear to be the good guys. They had gained planning permission from Mayor Boris Johnson to demolish and redevelop the Saatchi Block on Charlotte Street, …

Profiteering is sucking out the soul of Fitzrovia

By Leslie Carlyle "Where creativity lives" proclaims the banner on Fitzroy Place, while the developers there brag about having pre-sold the flats on the Middlesex Hospital site (which once employed nearly 1,000 people) for upwards of many millions mainly to investors from abroad. Meanwhile dozens of NHS hospital workers have had their flats sold from …

Awkward questions posed by a beggar in church

By Rev Alan Carr, St Giles Church Seldom a day goes by around here when someone doesn’t ask for money. Most follow the soft route to your wallet through narratives of illness, bereavement, bad luck, bad upbringing or bad vibes. Others come straight out with it, sometimes asking euphemistically for what’s called ‘change,’ whilst the …

Your editorial balance is rarely achieved – you could do with coming up for air

By Julia Barnes For a newcomer to the area Fitzrovia News holds open a fascinating window on Fitzrovia.  I enjoy your articles on the social history of the place and the quirky local businesses, but sometimes the view from that window is unremitting bleak; traffic problems, rent hikes, the BID. The gloom can be dispiriting… …