Houses in Multiple Occupation Consultation

Camden Council has a consultation open at the moment regarding the future direction of licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO). An HMO is a shared home, including house & flat shares, student homes, bedsits and some buildings converted into flats.

The Council has an existing licensing scheme for private landlords, and the aim is to improve the quality of homes in private rental. The existing scheme finishes in December 2020, and the Council wants feedback before starting a new system (or extending the existing system).

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If you want to have your say, there isn’t much time left!

Reply to www.camden.gov.uk/hmoconsult by Sunday 08 March .

Do you need help reading your meter?

Camden Council is starting a meter reading service.

Many residents can no longer access electrical meters in communal cupboards, but if you need your meter read, Camden’s meter reading service can do it for you.

If you r electricity meter is in a communal area and you need a meter reading, call Contact Camden on 020 7974 4444 option 3 then option 5, or email meterreading@camden.gov.uk .

Free Social Media Course

The Ampthill Square Community Hub is running a free introductory course on how to use social media, funded by Camden Council. Please book a place if you feel this would help you.

Venue:Ampthill Square IT Hub
Date:Wednesday, 25th March
Times:Morning 10:30 am – 1: 00 pm — Beginners
Afternoon 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm — Improvers

You can book for the morning, afternoon or both sessions.

Tea and coffee will be available and lunch will be provided.

  • Laptops and computers available to use or bring your own device

The course will cover:

  • Identifying what you want from social media
  • An overview of the different social media platforms: which is/are the best for you?
  • Setting up a Facebook page and a Facebook group; Setting up a Twitter account
  • Making social media work for you
  • Tips and ideas for generating content and building a following

Contact Sarah Moore to book your place — sarah.e.moore@camden.gov.uk or call 020 7874 5986

Please state: Course date, morning/afternoon/both sessions and advise of any dietary requirements

The Roundhouse – A short history

Everyone has heard of the Roundhouse – a Camden landmark, where many great musical acts have played over the years.

Inside, it has a distinctive shape, and gives everyone a good view of the performers and allows flexible fitout for different types of show, from circus performers, to rock bands, to theatre performances.

The Roundhouse was built in 1846 as a place for trains to be turned around, and the tracks can still be seen in the floor. The building was from a design by Robert Stephenson, son of George Stephenson (of “Stephenson’s ‘Rocket'” fame).

Etching of the Roundhouse as a turntable shed

After only about 10 years the trains got too long, so it stopped being used as a turntable engine shed. In 1871 it started to be used by local wine & gin merchants W & A Gilbey as a warehouse (you can still buy Gilbey’s Gin – the distillery used to stand on the site of Gilbey’s Yard near Morrison’s supermarket).

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The Conservation Volunteers Community Group Forum

Update: Apologies, this event has now been deferred until later in the year. We’ll tell you when we find out.

Dear all, you may be interested in the invitation below from The Conservation Volunteers –

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We have the The Conservation Volunteers Community Group Forum coming up and would like to spread the word as far and wide as we can.

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DMC Meetings – March 2020

UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hampstead DMC has been cancelled.

The next round of meetings for the DMCs are:

  • Tuesday 03 March – Kentish Town DMC
  • Wednesday 04 March – Camden Town DMC
  • Thursday 05 March – Gospel Oak DMC
  • Tuesday 10 March – Holborn DMC
  • Thursday 12 March – Hampstead DMC

Camden Council meeting schedule

As always, if you have any issues that you would like to raise, please contact the CASP Committee on casp.committee@yahoo.co.uk or by using the Contact form on this website.

New ward boundaries proposed for Camden

Camden Town New Ward Boundaries map
Camden Town New Ward Boundaries map

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has published its final recommendations for changes to the wards and ward boundaries in Camden.

The number of councillors will increase to 55, and there will be some changes to almost every ward. Feedback from the consultation process has resulted in some minor changes from previous proposals.

https://www.lgbce.org.uk/media/local-electoral-arrangements-finalised-for-camden

These final proposals will go to Parliament later this year, and should be in place for local elections in 2022.

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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