Derwent London announces grant funding but controversy is never far away

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Derwent London have today announced its second round of community grants with £75,000 of funding shared between seven organisations in Fitzrovia. Three community groups have been awarded grants of approximately £15,000 each: Fitzrovia Noir for an art project, Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association for women's health and exercise, and Upbeat Music to deliver a series of music …

Derwent London offer grant aid to community groups in Fitzrovia business improvement district

By News Reporters Something must have pricked Derwent London's corporate conscience, for the real estate investment trust have announced a financial package of £250,000 towards community projects in Fitzrovia, an area where they hold a large amount of property. The announcement this week comes ahead of the start of one of their most controversial construction …

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 …

Fitzrovia’s community groups see opportunities but are threatened by cuts to funding and rising costs

By News Reporters Fitzrovia has a thriving voluntary sector but it is threatened by a lack of new people to continue the work of an increasingly older generation of volunteers, cuts to funding, rising costs, and a town hall that considers residents a nuisance, according to some of the speakers at an event on Monday …

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 …

An active community and voluntary sector survives in Fitzrovia

By News Reporters Fitzrovia has a long history of community activism. Since the 1970s there has been a steady growth in the number of organisations concerned with improving the quality of life in the neighbourhood in the face of increasing commercial development. Today a number of groups survive at a time of decreasing government and …

Fitzrovia Community Centre to be officially opened by leader of Camden Council

A series of events will celebrate the opening of the new community facility on Thursday 28 June 2012 By News Reporters The Fitzrovia Community Centre will be officially opened by the new leader of Camden Council Sarah Hayward on Thursday 28 June 2012. Throughout the day there will be a series of events open to …

Lap-dancing club applying to open 24 hours everyday of the week

By Angela Lovely "Pole-dancing", "lap-dancing", "striptease" or "any entertainment of a like kind" says the licence application posted on the open door of Spearmint Rhino in Tottenham Court Road. I wonder what "any entertainment of a like kind" could be? It seems a very loose definition to appear on an application for a "new sex …

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.