Matthew Flinders: Australia explorer’s remains found in HS2 dig

Archaeologists working for HS2 in the former cemetery that is St James Gardens have found the remains of explorer Captain Matthew Flinders. Flinders is a household name in Australia, most famous for being the first person to sail around the continent.

Flinders statue at Euston
Flinders statue at Euston

Interestingly, Matthew Finders’ grandson was the noted archaeologist Sir Flinders Petrie, who excavated many sites in Egypt and Israel between 1880 and 1940.

Camden Clean Air Consultation

Camden Council are asking for public comments on their proposed plans to improve air quality in Camden. Air quality affects everyone, but matters even more if you live near a busy road or a building site.

Click on the image below to link to the Council’s consultation page. The first half of the consultation document gives the background information, and the second half outlines the specific proposals. Comments must be in by 15 February 2019.

Camden Clean Air Action Plan Consultation
Camden Clean Air Action Plan Consultation

Meeting about Thames Water

Update: Further information provided by the Council. See the attached PDFs.

See the following message from Camden Council:

As you know, Thames Water have given notice that they will be ending their contract with us and instead of the council collecting water charges from tenants with their rent, from April 2019 Thames Water will collect their own water charges.

We are holding a public meeting on 30 January for any residents who might want to find out more about the changes to water billing and to speak to Thames Water. Please share with any tenants who may be interested in attending. We look forward to seeing you there.

6.30pm, Wednesday 30 January

Council Chamber, Crowndale Centre, 218 Eversholt Street, London NW1 1BD

If you are a council tenant, we would encourage you to attend this meeting. If you are interested, but can’t make it, please contact CASP and we will try to raise issues on your behalf.

Agar Grove redevelopment

Click the link to see information on the Agar Grove Estate redevelopment, where the existing estate is being progressively rebuilt as a modern, low-energy Council housing estate. This link is from the website of one of the architects.

Architype: Agar Grove project summary

Passivhaus is the world-leading standard for housing that has no cold drafts, needs minimal heating, and provides year-round comfort. There is a similar standard for housing refurbishment as well. It is encouraging to see that the Council is willing to undertake these kinds of projects to improve the housing stock in the Borough.

Latest Update from HS2

Update: Community Meeting on 22 January location has changed.

Click the image to see the latest update from HS2:

  • Part of the community garden on Hampstead Road will be used for a new electrical substation, works starting from Thursday 17 January.
  • A community drop-in session will take place on Tuesday 22 January at the HS2 in Camden Information Centre, 112 Hampstead Road, NW1 2PS , from 5:00 pm.
  • See for details on how to get shown around a demolition site
HS2 Update 11 January 2019
HS2 Update 11 January 2019