Leaseholders Forum Meeting – January 2020

The next meeting of the Leaseholders’ Forum will be at 7 pm on Tuesday 21 January at the Crowndale Centre (Eversholt Street, near Mornington Crescent Station).

Before the meeting, there will be a Leaseholder Services Advice Surgery, from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, to discuss any particular issues with officers from Camden Council. Make an appointment by emailing leaseholderservices@camden.gov.uk or call 020 7974 4444

HS2 update – January 2020

HS2 are looking for input into their Common Design Elements that will govern the overall “look” of HS2. Comments close at 11 pm on Thursday 30 January 2020.

Click on the picture below to go through to the HS2 update page.

HS2 Common Design elements
HS2 Common Design elements

Camden Joint DMC Meeting – 2020

There will be a joint meeting of the Camden District Management Committees (DMCs) on Wednesday 08 January 2020. This will be to input into the Council’s setting of social housing rents and service charges for the coming year.

After four years of mandatory social housing rent reductions, the Council is proposing to raise rents from April 2020. They can raise rents by up to 2.7% (inflation + 1%). This would cover increased costs, as well as allow the Council to provide an improved housing management service, and help to replenish funding reserves to cover unexpected items (e.g. installing new fire-resistant building cladding).

The Council also propose to increase services charges for social housing tenants by 1.7% (the rate of inflation). They propose to use the increased money raised to improve caretaking services, and help improve security and CCTV.

CASP are represented on the DMCs, so:

Tell us what you think

Email CASP at casp.committee@yahoo.co.uk .

Amies Freedom Choir – A choir with a difference

The Amies Freedom Choir is made up of women who have been the victims of human trafficking. Read about the choir in this article from the Guardian.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/dec/17/were-bonded-like-sisters-the-choir-giving-trafficked-women-a-voice-amies-freedom-choir

Amies Freedom Choir

Amies are supported by Pan Intercultural Arts, a charity based in the Brunswick Centre, in Bloomsbury.

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It’s nearly Christmas

It is almost Christmas, and many people are getting into the spirit, with decorations and lights. And it’s not just Oxford Street & Regent Street that have big displays …

So enjoy the holiday season!

And if you know of some great Christmas lights or decorations around the Borough of Camden, please tell us about them!

Store Street, Bloomsbury
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Pocket Parks fund

Pocket parks: helping communities transform unloved, neglected or derelict areas into new green spaces

A new £1.35 million fund has been launched to help local communities in England create new pocket parks or to revive rundown green spaces in their area.

Community groups can now bid grants of up to £15,000 for new pocket parks and up to £25,000 to renovate existing parks which have fallen into disrepair, bringing them back into public use.


Pocket Parks can be in a housing estate, adjacent to a canal, in a high street, in the ground of a local community facility such as a library or community centre, etc.


Applications can be made by community groups working in partnership with their local authority. The funding is being made available through the Pocket Parks Plus programme and the closing date for applications is 5pm on the 31st December 2019.

Pocket parks

Working for Camden Council

If you are interested in changing jobs, there are a couple of upcoming events:

Chalcots Estate Job Fair: Jobs Fair being held at Swiss Cottage Library on Thursday 28 November, from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm, to help Camden residents get into good quality work or training. It isn’t only for Chalcots residents – people from across the borough are welcome.

Jobs with Camden Council Estates Management: Camden are recruiting for several new jobs in their estates management team. If you think this could be you, please apply before the end of Monday 25 November.

www.estatesmanagementcamden.co.uk

Wood burning at home

Note: This does not stop people using allowed low-smoke fuels in approved wood-burning stoves.

Approved fuels , Exempt appliances

A message from Camden Council:

Wood burning at home

Dear Resident,

There has been an upsurge in complaints about household wood burning across Camden and therefore we would like to remind all residents that it is illegal to burn wood or coal in open fireplaces and in many wood-burning stoves.

Air pollution is a major public health issue in Camden, with most of the borough exceeding World Health Organisation limits for particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Wood burning is a major source of PM2.5 and affects lung function in children and the elderly, causing and worsening health conditions such as asthma.

Camden is a designated Smoke Control Area to help protect the health of residents. This designation gives the local authority powers to issue fines of up to £1,000 if wood or coal is burned in open fireplaces or in unauthorised wood burning stoves.

If you have any concerns about wood burning in your area, please contact airquality@camden.gov.uk .

Thank you

Click here for further information and to download our wood burning information flyer

Camden Pop-Up – Think & Do

Camden Think & Do pop-up

We’re getting in touch from Camden Council because we’ve just opened a pop-up ‘think & do’ community space for climate and eco-action in Kentish Town. This is in response to the Citizens’ Assembly recommendation to do more to bring existing community groups together to work on tackling the climate crisis.

The aim of the pop-up is to give people in Camden the chance to take part in, run and grow activities that get people more involved in tackling the climate crisis. From clothes swaps to meals made from surplus veg, there are a variety of events coming up that we’d love you to attend.

Where is the community space and when is it open?

We’re the teal blue building at 315 Kentish Town Rd, Kentish Town, London NW5 2TJ (opposite the library). We’re open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am – 8pm now until 7th December.

What is happening at the pop-up?

The 6-week programme of events is being curated and led by Camden residents and community groups. See schedule for the first week below.

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Quita the Kitty – a therapy cat (in training)

Camden’s own social media influencer Quita the Kitty is a therapy cat in training. When fully trained, she will provide feel-good therapy to elderly people and people with disabilities.

Quita is based in Belsize Village, but she has travelled to France, Germany and Italy.

Quita can be followed on all the usual social media @quitathekitty .