100 years of social housing

2019 marks the centenary of social housing in Camden. Camden Council are looking for stories to celebrate. See the message below from the Housing News team

We want to build a picture of our social housing stock over the last 100 years and the people who call it home. We’re looking for little known facts, memories, mementos, photographs and real people who can tell Camden’s story from 1919 to 2019 – and we need your help to do it.

Tell us your story. Do you or someone you know have an amazing story that would help to bring the campaign to life? Does your estate or street property have an interesting history? Do you know any anecdotes or trivia about your home or the people who live/d there? Perhaps many generations of your family have lived in the same place, or you’re new to the area and it feels like home already. Whether you’ve lived in Camden for six months or six decades, we want to hear about your experience of living in social housing in Camden.

Send us your pictures. We are looking for photos that show Camden’s social homes over the last century and the people who live in them, so if you have photos that you’d be happy for us to use as part of the campaign we’d love to see them.

To nominate yourself or someone you know to be interviewed for the campaign, submit photos or find out more please email housingnews@camden.gov.uk and please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have other ideas for how you’d like to contribute or get involved with the campaign.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Housing News team

Youth Safety Meetings

The Queen’s Crescent Community Association is hosting two community youth safety meetings to remember 22 year old Calvin Bungisa, who was fatally stabbed on 01 April. They will be held at 45 Ashdown Crescent NW5 4QE.

Both Camden Council leader Georgia Gould and local MP Keir Starmer will be attending on Tuesday 09 April from 6:00 pm.

Young people in particular are urged to attend, to pay respects, and also make your views known to people who might actually be able to do something about improving community safety.

Queen’s Crescent

The Council have a plan to improve Queen’s Crescent high street.

On 11 April, there will be an event to demonstrate some of the possible improvements, with on-street testing of some options. If you want to give your opinion, please see the leaflet below:

Camden People’s Theatre

The Camden People’s Theatre (58-60 Hampstead Road) are putting on a production in May and are looking for local Camden residents to participate in a community choir.

Camden People's Theatre
Camden People’s Theatre

The production is called Human Jam, and is about the disruption caused by HS2 and the excavations at Saint James Gardens.

If you are interested, contact Daniel Fulvio (Community Engagement Manager) at Camden People’s Theatre, on 07876 383982.

Thames Water billing for Council tenants

From Camden Council:

Thames Water publicity
Thames Water publicity

If you are a council tenant, the way you pay for water is changing. Instead of paying for it with your rent, Thames Water will send you a water bill. Find out more about the changes at www.camden.gov.uk/payforwater .

Have you told Thames Water how you would like to pay your water bill? Choose how you want to pay, check your personal details are correct and find out if you are eligible for a discount at www.thameswater.co.uk/yourthames .

You could save up to 50% on your water bill with Watersure Plus, a tariff for households earning £19,201 or under (not including any income you get from disability benefits). Find out if you are eligible for a discount at www.thameswater.co.uk/yourthames .

Housing Disrepair Protocol

What is the Housing Disrepair Protocol?

Where a landlord has failed to comply with its repairing obligations under the lease, the leaseholder or tenant may wish to make a claim for a court order and/or damages (compensation). There may also be an element of personal injury if this has occurred as a result of the disrepair.

The Ministry of Justice through the Civil Procedure Rules provide a Housing Disrepair Protocol to be followed if a leaseholder or tenant intends to bring such a claim in England or Wales.

The Protocol describes the conduct that the court will expect the parties to follow in a housing disrepair claim prior to the start of legal proceedings. It is intended to provide a clear framework within which parties to a dispute can attempt to achieve an early and appropriate resolution of the issues.

https://www.lease-advice.org/article/housing-disrepair-protocol/

EU Make Camden Event

Camden Council are hosting an EU Citizens Summit at Swiss Cottage Library tonight from 6:30 pm. To attend, please register using the following link:

EU Make Camden Event
EU Make Camden Event


There will be an opportunity to get advice and guidance, contribute your views, and to ask any questions about your rights post-Brexit. Community leaders – including Camden Leader Cllr Georgia Gould – will be there to discuss what is being done in Camden to manage the impact of Brexit and what we are doing to help.