Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Area application submitted to Westminster Council

By News Reporters A group of residents and business owners on the Westminster side of Fitzrovia have submitted a Neighbourhood Area application to Westminster Council for designation under the Localism Act. The application which was submitted at the end of September is the first step in the process of creating a community-led framework to guide …

Thousands of people missing from census count in Westminster say Labour councillors

By News Reporters Westminster could miss out in millions of pounds of government money because the census carried out last year failed to count 25,000 residents. Westminster's Labour Councillors have called on the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to make public all its information, assumptions and calculations to explain how they calculate that Westminster's population …

Charles Dickens’ many addresses in Fitzrovia

By Mike Pentelow Charles Dickens did many moonlight flits in Fitzrovia in order to dodge the creditors of his debt-ridden father, John, so has many local addresses associated with him. In later years Charles housed his secret young lover in the area, while also helping its child prostitutes. And he found the locality rich in …

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 …

Fitzrovia Medical Centre and the Schleswig-Holstein Question

By News Reporters Councillor Adam Harrison amused the full Camden Council meeting last Monday when he stood up to announce that recently he had reason to be reminded of the Schleswig-Holstein Question. "I was working on a ward-based issue and I was reminded of the Schleswig-Holstein Question, which I'm sure will be familiar to many …

Public exhibition to show proposals for Middlesex site

By Angela Lovely Plans for a 83,000 square metre mixed-use development on the former site of the Middlesex Hospital are to be unveiled at the end of June at a public exhibition to be held on the site. This is the largest vacant site in Fitzrovia and has been empty for several years. The consortium …

Row of trees planted in one street while leafy canopies removed in another

Westminster City Council celebrated the planting of new trees in Bolsover Street, then a few days later cut off all of the spring growth from an entire row of mature trees in Foley Street. A new report encourages councils to better manage and put a real value on trees. By Linus Rees Westminster City Council …

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.