The Ultra Low Emission Zone is expanding

Picture of Car Exhaust
Image by Andreas Lischka from Pixabay

If you own a car, you will be aware of the Ultra Low Emission Zone, a measure to reduce air pollution in central London by charging daily for driving a polluting vehicle inside the zone.

Before it was only within the Congestion Charging Zone (so only Holborn was inside the zone), but now it has been expanded out to the North Circular and the South Circular, including the whole of the Borough. So if you have an older car, you may need to start paying the new charge.

For more information, see the TfL website:

https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone

To check to see if your car is exempt:

https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/check-your-vehicle/

Consultation — Prince of Wales Road Cycle Lane

The consultation ends on 13 October, so get your comments in now if this affects you.

https://consultations.wearecamden.org/supporting-communities/prince-of-wales-road/

Agar Grove Redevelopment wins Passivhaus award

The redevelopment of the Agar Grove Estate has won Large Project of the Year at the 2021 UK Passivhaus Awards.

Passivhaus is a type of building (doesn’t have to be a house!) that is super-insulated and energy efficient, has no cold drafts in winter, doesn’t overheat in summer, and has good ventilation. Many people think that this type of building is what all buildings should be like in the future if society is going to drastically cut its greenhouse gas emissions.

https://www.passivhaustrust.org.uk/passivhaus_awards/uk-passivhaus-awards-2021/

For more information see below:

https://www.passivhaustrust.org.uk/projects/detail/?cId=100#.XIFRnSj7Q2w

Congratulations to all involved.

Greening Phoenix Road

Phoenix Road runs through the middle of Somers Town, connecting Euston Station and Saint Pancras Station, and running past the Crick Institute.

It is commonly used by people walking between the two stations, and will probably get busier after the upgrades to Euston Station.

It is fair to say that some parts of the route could do with a makeover – but what should they do? Have your say!

Screengrab from Greening Phoenix Road website

Camden “Streateries” – Have Your Say

In a bid to help businesses deal with COVID restrictions, Camden Council have created “Streateries”, where footpath and road space is being used for outdoor eating space.

Have you used one? Do you live near one? Tell Camden Council what you think – they really want to know!

Screen grab of Camden Streateries webpage

Independent – End of the Line for King’s Cross?

In The Independent there is an article on the area between Grays Inn Road and King’s Cross Road, brought on by the plans to redevelop the site of the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital on Grays Inn Road, and also Belgrove House (across the road from King’s Cross Station).

This area has, until now, been a lot less affected by the redevelopment and gentrification that has happened in the rest of King’s Cross and Farringdon. The area’s quiet streets are well worth a stroll around.

https://edition.independent.co.uk/editions/uk.co.independent.issue.030221/data/9730181/index.html