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.

Holiday Lights

It has been so good seeing all the lights up around the Borough celebrating the holiday period. So a big thank you to all of you out there who put up lights (both personal and public) – they are appreciated!

Camden Council want you to get involved

You can see from the email below, that Camden Council are looking for tenants and leaseholders to get more involved. If you are interested, please feel free to respond to Camden Council.

Or else, please feel free to get in touch with the CASP Committee – we would love to hear from you.

Camden Council

Dear resident

Do you want to make a difference in your community? Do you want to help improve the services you receive from Camden?  Do you want to improve where you live?

We want your involvement to help make a difference.  Whether you are inspired to help run activities in your community or want to get involved in reviewing the services Camden delivers to you, we want to hear from you.  We are currently looking for tenants and leaseholders to get involved in:

  • A panel that meets twice a year to review the Responsive Security Patrol (Housing Patrol) contract
  • Mystery shopping to look at a variety of subjects such as repairs, Contact Camden, caretaking, tenant involvement etc.
  • Focus groups

You can choose how much time you give, and there will always be someone available to support you.  Full training will be provided.

if you are interested in taking part, please complete this survey.

TfL financial crisis hits transport upgrades

The well-publicised delays to the opening of the new Elizabeth Line (also known as Crossrail) have had knock-on effects on Transport for London (TfL).

Proposed upgrades to Camden Town Underground Station are being deferred, as well as improvements to the Piccadilly and Northern Lines.

Improvement works to Holborn Station are still being planned.

Camley Street Neighbourhood Development Plan

Over the last four years, people in the Camley Street area have contributed to a Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan.

The Draft is now open for public consultation until  Sunday 13 January 2019.

It can be viewed online at:

If this affects you, please attend public information sessions at the Library at 5 Pancras Square on:

  • Monday 10 December 2018, 5:00 pm — 8:00 pm
  • Saturday 05 January 2019, 11:00 am — 2:00 pm

There is also a permanent display at the Library until consultation closes.

Meet the Leader of the Council

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Georgia Gould, will host the first Leader’s Question Time on Thursday 13 December, from 6 to 8pm, at Netley Primary School (74 Stanhope Street).

Residents, local organisations, community leaders and businesses are invited to meet Cllr Gould to discuss the challenges in Camden, as well as the opportunities to work together to improve the borough for everyone.

Tickets are free and can be booked through the link.

If you need any more information contact Phoebe Morris-Jones (Head of Cabinet Office) on 07449 179595 .