Election to be held to select residents to Fitzrovia BID board of directors

By News Reporters The Fitzrovia Partnership Business Improvement District is calling for nominations to elect representatives from residents to its governing board. A residents community group has been formed from which two members will be elected to serve as company directors of the BID. The move comes after residents groups put pressure on Camden Council …

Fitzrovia BID to include representatives from residents and small businesses

By News Reporters The Fitzrovia Partnership has announced that it will include representatives from residents and small businesses in the newly created Fitzrovia Business Improvement District (BID). The move comes after a meeting in the summer with the BID company, residents representatives and Camden Council where including the wider community was discussed. At a public meeting in …

Residents and small businesses must be represented in business improvement district

By News Reporters At a packed out meeting at the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre last night (Tuesday 25 September) residents and small business owners agreed that their views should be properly represented on the board of the new Fitzrovia business improvement district (BID). The public meeting was attended by people from all over the neighbourhood who …

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 …

Camden Council should not let Arup and Derwent London run loose in Fitzrovia

By News Reporters Somebody in Camden Town Hall must have said: "Now -- between the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics -- would be a good time to sneak this out and hope nobody notices." To the north of the Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia neighbourhoods is Euston Station. Its proposed development as an HS2 terminal …

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 …

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. …