Somers Town Greening Group

If you are a resident of Somers Town and you care about the green spaces in Somers Town, then you might be interested in the Somers Town Greening Group.

Which residents might like to contribute?

  • Residents that care about green spaces in Somers Town
  • Residents with ideas
  • Residents wanting to develop and share skills and knowledge around greening
  • Residents can commit to a few hours a month for 1 year

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Amardeep Kainth, Community Engagement Officer for Somers Town Big Local, .

Date: Wednesday 12 June

Time: 6pm

Venue: Foyles Suite, British Library

HS2 Community Meetings in June

See below HS2 Community Meetings in June:

  • Thursday 13 June 10:00 am – 7:00 pm – Swiss Cottage Market Place
  • Thursday 20 June 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Steve Smith Hall, Regents Park
  • Thursday 27 June 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Swiss Cottage Library
HS2 Community Meetings in June
HS2 Community Meetings in June

Camden Climate Change Alliance

Camden Council are setting up a Citizen’s Assembly to decide how Camden should respond to climate change.

Citizens’ Assembly on the climate crisis

Share your ideas

This summer a Citizens’ Assembly will meet to decide how Camden should help address the growing climate crisis.

The Citizens’ Assembly wants to hear your ideas about how our homes, neighbourhoods, Council and country could change to tackle the issue.

To help gather your ideas we have created an on-line platform, which also provides some background information about the climate crisis.  The platform will be open until late June and all your ideas will be shared with the Citizens’ Assembly.

Your contributions and the work of the Citizens’ Assembly will help to set the direction for a new Environment Plan for Camden.

Click here to share your ideas on the climate crisis

Progress on Caretaking Service Review

Find below an email from the Camden Council Housing Management giving the progress of their review of their caretaking service. Note that this may not apply to you as not many street properties get a caretaking service from the Council – but some do.

Essentially, they have come up with a proposed new caretaking service, and are looking for comments by 21 July 2019. If this affects you, please click on the link to read the full proposal and make comments. Alternatively, provide your comments in plenty of time to the CASP Committee, and we can respond on behalf of our members.

Camden Council

Dear resident

In the winter we asked you what you think about your caretaking service as part of the caretaking and estate cleaning review. We wanted to know what you thought about the caretaking service so that we could find out how to improve the service we provide to you.

Thank you

Over 1,300 tenants and leaseholders from estates and street properties across the borough took part in the review – thank you to everyone who got involved. By sharing your views you are helping to improve your caretaking service for the future.

You told us in the review that you really value your caretaking service but there are some things you would like improved. You’d like your caretakers to be more visible and to know where they are on site, improved window cleaning and better cleaning in and around buildings and estates.

Our proposal

We listened to you and we are again asking for your views. This time we have thought about what you told us and developed a proposal for a new, improved caretaking service. We think that the way to make your caretaking service better is to bring the external estate cleaning service (currently carried out by our contractor Veolia) back into the council and replace the cleaners with caretakers who will be part of the wider council caretaking service.

From the savings on the Veolia contract we would be able to employ 26 more caretakers, increasing the number of caretakers from 170 to 196.

This would create a more joined up local service with caretakers who are more visible to residents, and will ensure the continuous improvement of your caretaking service. We also propose creating additional roles to give the service extra capacity, enabling them to keep your homes cleaner and safer. We will work with residents to agree new standards improving both the quality and consistency of the service.

What do you think?

But have we got it right? Read our full proposal at and tell us what you think – you can have your say in under 10 minutes. Thank you in advance for your feedback which will help to shape how we look after your home.

If you have any questions about the review please email

The consultation closes at midnight on Sunday 21 July 2019.

Parliament: Leasehold & Commonhold Briefing Paper

Last week, Parliament released a briefing paper to update MPs and anyone else on the situation with leasehold reform. The briefing paper is at the link below:

Among other things it says:

  • The use of leasehold is increasing, especially by private developers
  • This is probably not a good thing (although entirely legal)
  • Commonhold, which was supposed to replace leasehold, has not taken off.

Note that ground rent, one of the major issues with private leasehold, is not a problem for Council leaseholders because the Council only charges a peppercorn ground rent.

Camden Buildings win RIBA Awards

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has recently announced its annual Regional Awards. The following Camden buildings won RIBA London Awards 2019:

  • 4 Pancras Square, Kings Cross
  • Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross
  • Eleanor Palmer Primary School Science Lab, Kentish Town
  • Max Fordham House, Kentish Town
  • Torriano Primary School STEM Lab, Kentish Town.

The Max Fordham House also won the RIBA London Sustainability Award 2019, and the Torriano Primary School STEM Lab won RIBA London Small Project of the Year Award 2019.

Congratulations to all involved.

The full list can be found here: