There will be a joint meeting of the Camden District Management Committees (DMCs) on Wednesday 08 January 2020. This will be to input into the Council’s setting of social housing rents and service charges for the coming year.
After four years of mandatory social housing rent reductions, the Council is proposing to raise rents from April 2020. They can raise rents by up to 2.7% (inflation + 1%). This would cover increased costs, as well as allow the Council to provide an improved housing management service, and help to replenish funding reserves to cover unexpected items (e.g. installing new fire-resistant building cladding).
The Council also propose to increase services charges for social housing tenants by 1.7% (the rate of inflation). They propose to use the increased money raised to improve caretaking services, and help improve security and CCTV.
The next meeting of the Leaseholders’ Forum will be at 7 pm on Tuesday 21 January at the Crowndale Centre (Eversholt Street, near Mornington Crescent Station).
Before the meeting, there will be a Leaseholder Services Advice Surgery, from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, to discuss any particular issues with officers from Camden Council. Make an appointment by emailing email@example.com or call 020 7974 4444
Pocket parks: helping communities transform unloved, neglected or derelict areas into new green spaces
A new £1.35 million fund has been launched to help local communities in England create new pocket parks or to revive rundown green spaces in their area.
Community groups can now bid grants of up to £15,000 for new pocket parks and up to £25,000 to renovate existing parks which have fallen into disrepair, bringing them back into public use.
Pocket Parks can be in a housing estate, adjacent to a canal, in a high street, in the ground of a local community facility such as a library or community centre, etc.
Applications can be made by community groups working in partnership with their local authority. The funding is being made available through the Pocket Parks Plus programme and the closing date for applications is 5pm on the 31st December 2019.
A listed building is a building with historical or architectural importance. A building in a conservation area might not be listed in itself, but any works that could affect the character of that conservation area must be approved by planning.
If you live in a protected building, you have responsibilities that other people don’t have. Extra levels of permission are needed for things that other people don’t have to worry about. This can include what colours walls can be painted, or what improvement works can be done.
The exact limits depend on each building, and the reasons for the building being listed. Details for any listed building can be found here:
Camden Council, as the approving authority and as a freeholder, have a responsibility towards their own listed buildings. Any changes have to take into account the building’s historic features. Emergency works can be done, but should be the minimum required. Materials used have to be approved as suitable.
Just because the Council are doing work on one of their own buildings, it doesn’t mean they can do whatever they like.
If you are interested in changing jobs, there are a couple of upcoming events:
Chalcots Estate Job Fair: Jobs Fair being held at Swiss Cottage Library on Thursday 28 November, from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm, to help Camden residents get into good quality work or training. It isn’t only for Chalcots residents – people from across the borough are welcome.
Jobs with Camden Council Estates Management: Camden are recruiting for several new jobs in their estates management team. If you think this could be you, please apply before the end of Monday 25 November.
There has been an upsurge in complaints about household wood burning across Camden and therefore we would like to remind all residents that it is illegal to burn wood or coal in open fireplaces and in many wood-burning stoves.
Air pollution is a major public health issue in Camden, with most of the borough exceeding World Health Organisation limits for particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Wood burning is a major source of PM2.5 and affects lung function in children and the elderly, causing and worsening health conditions such as asthma.
Camden is a designated Smoke Control Area to help protect the health of residents. This designation gives the local authority powers to issue fines of up to £1,000 if wood or coal is burned in open fireplaces or in unauthorised wood burning stoves.