This is an article that is a few years old now, but is still full of interesting facts about Regent’s Park.
For example, did you know that people used to ice skate on the lakes?
Residents in Cecil Rhodes House have voted to rename the building Park View House, after the building’s views over St Pancras Gardens.
Cecil Rhodes is a controversial figure, to say the least, these days. He believed in expanding the British Empire, and that white Europeans were the “supreme race”. He was Prime Minster of the Cape Colony (now South Africa), and the country of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) was named after him. He founded the De Beers diamond company to exploit Africa’s mineral wealth, and he established the Rhodes Scholarship. A statue of him in Oxford is to be taken down this year after Black Lives Matter protests last year.
See below on two attempted abductions of teenage girls last week in the borough.
Without wanting to be too alarming, the police are recommending that people take a bit more caution over the next few days.
The national census is happening on Sunday 21 March 2021.
The census happens every 10 years, and is a snapshot of the whole population. It allows the government to plan where it needs to spend its money. The census is how the government actually finds out about the people living in the country.
For example, if an area has a population that is increasing, then the government (at all levels) needs to plan for more schools, more housing, etc for that area. Or if an area has an aging population, then they may decide that the area needs improved care services.
We strongly urge all people to fill out the census – it means that you are more likely to get the services that you need. All responses are confidential and protected by law so you can’t be identified.
This year it will be done online mostly. You should be receiving a letter from the government with instructions and an access code.