Emergency food packages

A message from Camden Council:

Emergency Food Packages – provision available for those in crisis

In recognition of the increased risk of food poverty in Camden due to Covid-19, we are partnering with Age UK to deliver emergency food packages to those that are:

  • Housebound and
  • Can’t get food and
  • Are in food crisis (loosely defined as 2 days or less of food and without perishables)

For clarity: although we are partnering with Age UK, this offer is not restricted to those over 55. It is for anyone that is housebound, can’t get food and is in food crisis.

From Tuesday 24th March Camden residents experiencing the challenges listed above will be able to get one of these emergency food packages through:

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CASP Announcement – Coronavirus Outbreak – 21 March 2020

Because of the current coronavirus outbreak, and in line with the latest NHS and Government guidance, the majority of our activities – attendance at public meetings, everyday liaison with Camden Council, etc, – will cease until the time we receive advice that it is safe for UK residents to resume normal activities

Over the past couple of weeks, we have focused our efforts on maintaining an online presence via our website and have posted important statements and other related information, which we have received as a Camden Association with an active membership.

So long as capacity is available, we will continue to update our website with information, which our members may find useful during this difficult time.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and sincerely hope that normal everyday activities will resume in the not too distant future.

Please stay safe and well!

For more information about the coronavirus and how different services can be accessed by residents at this time, please visit www.camden.gov.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

Camden Pop-Up Business School

Opportunity forwarded on from Camden Council:

Camden Council

Camden Pop-Up Business School – StartUp

The Pop up Business School (PUBS) is an alternative to traditional business start-up support and aims to work in specific communities to teach people how to start a business without borrowing money and without a formal business plan.

We’ve partnered with the popular PopUp Business School to help would-be start-ups in Camden to get their ideas off the ground. If you’re a Camden resident looking to start your own business – sign up to the free live online course.

When: 7th September to 18th September

How to sign-up: https://www.popupbusinessschool.co.uk/camden-startup

We have a small number of in-person places at the Highgate Centre which will be reserved for Camden residents who do not have digital access – contact EconomicDevelopment@camden.gov.uk, inserting ‘Camden Pop-Up Business School’ as the subject title.

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What is a “Permitted Development Right”?

The following information is based on the Government’s Planning Portal.

A building owner can perform certain types of work without needing to apply for planning permission. These are called “permitted development rights”.

They derive from a general planning permission granted not by the local authority but by Parliament. Bear in mind that the permitted development rights which apply to many common projects for houses do not apply to flats, maisonettes or other buildings. Similarly, commercial properties have different permitted development rights to dwellings.

In some areas of the country, known generally as ‘designated areas’, permitted development rights are more restricted.

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On This Day – 7 July 2005

Government announces changes to planning laws

On 30 June the Prime Minister announced proposed changes to the planning laws designed to make it easier to build new homes.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-build-build-build

There are some controversial aspects to it:

  • Changes to planning regulations to “reduce red tape” should make it easier for housebuilders, but could potentially lead to lower quality housing being built.
  • Many felt there should have been a requirement for “net zero carbon” new developments, especially given the Government’s international carbon emissions commitments (and their own legislation) – this might be addressed by future regulations.
  • There is a new “Permitted Development right” for owners of detached blocks of flats to add up to two extra floors, without needing full planning permission. This can impact leaseholders by increasing the building value and making it harder to buy out the freehold (let alone the disruption caused by an owner actually adding two extra floors).

An explanation of permitted development rights will need to wait for a different post.

For those interested, here is a link to the draft legislation:

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/632/pdfs/uksi_20200632_en.pdf

Camden Climate Action Plan

A message from Camden Council:

July 2020

Climate Crisis

Dear resident

Whilst we have been working hard to support everyone who lives, works or studies in the borough during these difficult times, we have not stopped our efforts to make our borough more sustainable. Therefore, we are contacting you with an update on two sustainability initiatives – the launch of our new Climate Action Plan and an invitation to respond to our fuel-burning survey.

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Coronavirus – Further easing of restrictions

With a gradual reduction in the number of new Covid-19 cases, the Government has announced a further easing of restrictions in England to take effect from Saturday 04 July.

  • Two-metre social distancing reduced to “one metre plus” if other precautions are in place.
  • Restaurants, pubs & hairdressers can re-open if they meet COVID Secure guidelines.
  • Cinemas, galleries, museums, libraries, and community centres can all re-open if they can do so safely.
  • Hotels, B&Bs, caravan parks, etc. can re-open, so people can go for holidays within England.
  • Two separate households can meet up in any social setting with social distancing, so, for example, grandparents can meet their grandchildren (though maybe not all at once).
  • Different rules apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, so check the rules there before planning any longer journeys.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-announces-easing-of-lockdown-restrictions-23-june-2020

There are still some things closed:

  • Indoor gyms are still closed.
  • Swimming pools are still closed.
  • Nightclubs, etc are still closed.
  • Theatres cannot have live performances, but it seems that they could show televised performances to a live audience.

Remember to wash your hands frequently, don’t cough or sneeze on anyone, and wear a face covering on public transport.

Local History – the St Pancras Rent Strike of 1960

Those with a bit of spare time on their hands might be interested in this documentary covering the St Pancras Rent Strike of 1960.

A new council elected in 1959 for the borough of St Pancras (Camden Council didn’t exist yet) planned to drastically increase council tenant rents. Naturally, many council tenants objected. They formed tenants associations, and started withholding rent when the rent increases came into effect.

The dispute went on for most of 1960. Although ultimately unsuccessful, the rent strike did lead to the formation of many tenants associations, and arguably laid the groundwork for the system of tenant participation that we have today.

Stagetext – Making culture accessible for the hard of hearing

Stagetext is a registered charity which provides captioning and live subtitling services to theatres and other arts venues to make their activities accessible to people who are d/Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.

It was established in May 2000 by Peter Pullan, Merfyn Williams and Geoff Brown, each of whom had varying types of deafness and a determination to improve access to the performing arts for all deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people.

Stagetext is a National Portfolio Organisation of the Arts Council England.

To see what’s on in London, click on the link below. However, with events being done remotely at the moment, why not also explore what else is on around the country?

http://www.stagetext.org/