Camden Joint DMC Meeting – 2020

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.

CASP are represented on the DMCs, so:

Tell us what you think

Email CASP at casp.committee@yahoo.co.uk .

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

Leaseholders Forum Meeting – January 2020

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 leaseholderservices@camden.gov.uk or call 020 7974 4444

HS2 update – January 2020

HS2 are looking for input into their Common Design Elements that will govern the overall “look” of HS2. Comments close at 11 pm on Thursday 30 January 2020.

Click on the picture below to go through to the HS2 update page.

HS2 Common Design elements
HS2 Common Design elements

Amies Freedom Choir – A choir with a difference

The Amies Freedom Choir is made up of women who have been the victims of human trafficking. Read about the choir in this article from the Guardian.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/dec/17/were-bonded-like-sisters-the-choir-giving-trafficked-women-a-voice-amies-freedom-choir

Amies Freedom Choir

Amies are supported by Pan Intercultural Arts, a charity based in the Brunswick Centre, in Bloomsbury.

Continue reading “Amies Freedom Choir – A choir with a difference”

It’s nearly Christmas

It is almost Christmas, and many people are getting into the spirit, with decorations and lights. And it’s not just Oxford Street & Regent Street that have big displays …

So enjoy the holiday season!

And if you know of some great Christmas lights or decorations around the Borough of Camden, please tell us about them!

Store Street, Bloomsbury
Continue reading “It’s nearly Christmas”

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