Planning guidance revision threatens new social housing in south Camden

Map of south Camden in central London.

Community groups have condemned plans by Camden Council which would mean new social housing gained from property development in central London would not be built, but instead be replaced by cash payments and spent elsewhere. The new proposals are contained in a report drawn up by Frances Wheat the assistant director for regeneration and planning and submitted to Councillor Phil Jones, cabinet member for …

Newman Arms aka ‘the proles pub’ bought by Shaftesbury plc

Front of public house.

A pub where George Orwell used to drink and is widely assumed to be the setting for the proles pub in his dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four has been bought by West End property owners Shaftesbury plc who say they will continue to operate it as a public house. The pub has been closed since the beginning of the …

40 years of community newspapers in Fitzrovia

We are celebrating the 40th birthday of community news reporting in Fitzrovia by printing extra copies of the newspaper and putting together an archive of every issue since 1973. It was in March 1973 that the Tower community newpaper, forerunner to Fitzrovia News, was first published, making us possibly the longest known community newspaper in …

“Carnival of Choice” in Bedford Square meets the return of American-styled anti-abortionists

By News Reporters Prayer vigil versus counter demo returns this week as the American-styled 40 Days for Life group and local pro-choice activists face each other outside the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) in Bedford Square. During the course of Lent, Bloomsbury Pro-Choice will be holding a counter-campaign, beginning with Carnival of Choice 7pm on …

US-style anti-abortion protests return to Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury

By News Reporters Anti-abortion protests will be met with pro-choice counter protests outside clinics in Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia this week at the start of a campaign by the American group 40 Days for Life who proclaim it will be part of "the largest and longest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization in history". In March a protest …

Thumbs down for erection in pole dancing club

By News Reporters Is a strip club an appropriate place to erect a war memorial to the dead? That is the question posed in the latest newsletter of the Camden History Society. The memorial recording the names of men, who worked for Shoolbred's furniture and department store at 151-162 Tottenham Court Road and died in …

Ribbon cut and speeches made at official opening of Fitzrovia Community Centre

By News Reporters Sarah Hayward leader of Camden Council yesterday cut the ribbon to officially open the Fitzrovia Community Centre. The event was watched by Dr Cyril Nemeth, deputy mayor City of Westminster, many residents, and representatives of local businesses. Edward Turner chair of Fitzrovia Community Centre Limited then welcomed everyone into the building for …

UCLH Charity is considering selling all its residential blocks in Fitzrovia

By News Reporters A hospital charity in Fitzrovia might sell all its housing stock after being approached by potential buyers. Tenants in residential blocks in Cleveland Street and New Cavendish Street today received letters from their landlord UCLH Charity saying they are considering selling them.  Shocked residents had contacted the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association's housing advice …

Man charged over Tottenham Court Road incident

By News Reporters Fitzrovia's streets were back to normal on Saturday with little evidence remaining of Friday's siege of Shropshire House on Tottenham Court Road. Only a broken window on the fifth floor of the building gave a hint to the events of Friday lunchtime. Any debris from the computer and office equipment which had …

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 …

Campaign wants mayoral candidates to deliver on cycle and pedestrian safety

By News Reporters The London Cycling Campaign (LCC) spent Tuesday at a road junction in Fitzrovia collecting signatures from cyclists using the east-west cycle route along Howland Street in order to raise the profile of cycle and pedestrian safety. The LCC want cyclists to grab the candidates attention ahead of the forthcoming election for Mayor of …

An Area Action Plan for Fitzrovia public consultation opens

By News Reporters A consultation opened last week on a draft Area Action Plan (AAP) for Fitzrovia. The plan has been put together by Camden Council with the help of residents and landowners in Fitzrovia. The document could eventually become, if approved, part of Camden Council's Local Development Framework: a collection of planning documents which …

Open air art gallery at former Middlesex Hospital site

By News Reporters Art galleries have taken over Fitzrovia so much so that the exhibits are now spilling out onto the streets. And in stark contrast to the bland development which has had the go-ahead, the hoardings surrounding the former Middlesex Hospital site have been transformed into an attractive open air art gallery along the …

Protesters block Oxford Circus in demonstration against Welfare Reform Bill

By News Reporters Part of Oxford Circus and Regent Street was completely blocked today (Saturday 28 January) as more than 200 people gathered to protest against the government's Welfare Reform Bill. Disabled People Against Cuts, Disabled People’s Direct Action Network and UK Uncut came together to speak out against government plans which they say are …

Leaf blowers banned by Camden Council and University of London

By Angela Lovely Perhaps one of the most stupid devices ever invented. Leaf blowers were promoted by their manufacturers as an easy way to sweep leaves up. Their noisy electric or petrol engines would disturb the peace of a Sunday morning and worse raise dust and pollen into an already heavily polluted atmosphere. Blowing leaves …

Dog and handler let sleeping residents lie

By Peter Whyatt Residents of Fitzroy Square now employ a security guard and dog to patrol the square in the evenings. Edward Turner, chair of Fitzroy Square Frontagers, told Fitzrovia News that the incidence of anti-social behaviour in the square had increased dramatically over the past few years and the disturbance has meant that residents …