Did you know?

Do you know how many street properties there are in Camden? More than six thousand!

As of July 2017, there were:

DistrictNo. of street properties
Kentish Town
2,284
Hampstead1,632
Gospel Oak
1,174
Camden Town
739
Holborn469
Total6,298

Pocket Parks fund

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.

Pocket parks

Live in a protected building?

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:

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/

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.

Also see:

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings – www.spab.org.uk

Working for Camden Council

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.

www.estatesmanagementcamden.co.uk

Wood burning at home

Note: This does not stop people using allowed low-smoke fuels in approved wood-burning stoves.

Approved fuels , Exempt appliances

A message from Camden Council:

Wood burning at home

Dear Resident,

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.

If you have any concerns about wood burning in your area, please contact airquality@camden.gov.uk .

Thank you

Click here for further information and to download our wood burning information flyer

Camden Pop-Up – Think & Do

Camden Think & Do pop-up

We’re getting in touch from Camden Council because we’ve just opened a pop-up ‘think & do’ community space for climate and eco-action in Kentish Town. This is in response to the Citizens’ Assembly recommendation to do more to bring existing community groups together to work on tackling the climate crisis.

The aim of the pop-up is to give people in Camden the chance to take part in, run and grow activities that get people more involved in tackling the climate crisis. From clothes swaps to meals made from surplus veg, there are a variety of events coming up that we’d love you to attend.

Where is the community space and when is it open?

We’re the teal blue building at 315 Kentish Town Rd, Kentish Town, London NW5 2TJ (opposite the library). We’re open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am – 8pm now until 7th December.

What is happening at the pop-up?

The 6-week programme of events is being curated and led by Camden residents and community groups. See schedule for the first week below.

Continue reading “Camden Pop-Up – Think & Do”

Quita the Kitty – a therapy cat (in training)

Camden’s own social media influencer Quita the Kitty is a therapy cat in training. When fully trained, she will provide feel-good therapy to elderly people and people with disabilities.

Quita is based in Belsize Village, but she has travelled to France, Germany and Italy.

Quita can be followed on all the usual social media @quitathekitty .

Fire Safety Meeting – 21 November 2019

FIRE SAFETY AND CAMDEN STREET PROPERTIES

At our recent AGM, we promised to organise a meeting to discuss fire safety and LBC street properties. This was in response to concerns  raised by tenants and leaseholders about the delivery of Camden’s fire safety programme.

The meeting will take place on:

THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2019

THE CROWNDALE CENTRE, EVERSHOLT STREET, LONDON NW1

COMMITTEE ROOM 2, 6.30 – 8.30PM

Senior Camden officers and Councillors will be in attendance at the meeting to try and address any concerns.

PLEASE NOTE: THE MEETING IS OPEN TO ALL CASP MEMBERS (REGISTERED OR NON-REGISTERED)