Open House 2020

St Pancras London
St Pancras

The annual Open House festival allows people to view interesting buildings around London that are not normally open to the public, or that you might not have heard about.

https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/

This year’s event will be a bit different.

Instead of being just one weekend, the festival will go from 19 September to 27 September. There will be events, online events, booked tours, self-guided walks, and many more. The main Open House weekend will be 19 & 20 September.

Events in Camden include:

  • Self-guided tours around Camden (both walking & cycling)
  • Guided tour of Somers Town
  • Edwardian Art & Architecture tour in Bloomsbury
  • St George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way
  • Shaftesbury Theatre , Shaftesbury Avenue
  • St Pancras Chambers & Clock Tower, St Pancras Station, Euston Road
  • Hampstead Friends Meeting House, 120 Heath Street
  • Acland Burghley School, Burghley Road
  • Fitzroy Park Allotments
  • Warehouse refurbishment, 9 Jeffrey’s Place
  • Photographic exhibition at Pushkin House, Bloomsbury Square
  • Bloomscape online event run by John Birkbeck School of Arts

Anti-Social Behaviour at Primrose Hill

People sitting on Primrose Hill
People sitting on Primrose Hill

Police have noted an increase in parties and loud music occurring at Primrose Hill at nights in recent months. This has also been happening at other parks across London.

A videocall was held with local residents and police to discuss what can be done to reduce anti-social behaviour.

Among the options discussed was the possibility of installing lockable gates to Primrose, that would be locked at night to reduce the number of people getting into the park. The Royal Parks, who manage Primrose Hill, will also be putting up signs asking people to act responsibly.

http://camdennewjournal.com/article/park-may-be-locked-up-at-night-as-loud-parties-on-primrose-hill-continue

Hampstead swans: the latest installment

As you may be aware, the Camden New Journal has been following a pair of newly-mated swans at Hampstead Heath, both with sad back stories (search previous posts for more details).

Well, the story continues …

Having successfully hatched some cygnets (CNJ, 01 June 2020), “the Widow” was attacked by a dog (CNJ, 23 July 2020). She was taken to The Swan Sanctuary and treated for her wounds, and closely watched for signs of infection.

She made a good recovery, and was happily re-united with her family (CNJ, 04 August 2020) .

The City of London, who manage the Heath, have fenced off the area near where the swan was attacked, and have increased the barriers around the dog swim area.

Draft Planning Document for Canalside to Camley Street

The Camley Street and St Pancras Way area is seeing a number of changes at the moment, and further (contentious) development proposals will happen in the near future.

So Camden Council have developed a draft Planning Document for the area, setting out key issues, planning objectives, and design principles.

Camley Street Supplementary Planning Document site plan
Camley Street Supplementary Planning Document site plan

The draft Planning Document is designed to fit in together with the existing Camley Street Neighbourhood Plan.

The documents can be downloaded from this page on the Camden Council website:

https://www.camden.gov.uk/canalside-to-camley-street-draft-supplementary-planning-document-spd-?inheritRedirect=true

Feedback on the draft Planning Document can be given until 25 September 2020:

https://canalsidetocamley.commonplace.is/

If this affects you, please give your feedback.

How to wear a face mask

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With face masks compulsory on public transport, and soon to be compulsory in shops, you should read the following page from the BBC:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53395513

If you want to make one yourself, here is a guide from the UK Government:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering

And there are plenty of videos on Youtube if want something to follow, with a variety of styles.

Camden Climate Action Plan

A message from Camden Council:

July 2020

Climate Crisis

Dear resident

Whilst we have been working hard to support everyone who lives, works or studies in the borough during these difficult times, we have not stopped our efforts to make our borough more sustainable. Therefore, we are contacting you with an update on two sustainability initiatives – the launch of our new Climate Action Plan and an invitation to respond to our fuel-burning survey.

Continue reading “Camden Climate Action Plan”

Camden Recycling Rewards

Did you know that you can get discounts for recycling?

All you need to do is record your recycling every week and earn Green Points.

You get extra points by learning about recycling and other green issues. You can also get the chance to win money for a local charity. You might even win vouchers for yourself.

Every month there are other different ways to earn extra points. Maybe by organising a community event such as tidying up a local green space, or making new items from waste material. You could:

  • make a bug hotel from bundles of sticks
  • make a quilt from fabric scraps
  • make a seat from an old tyre
  • make a plant pot from an old bottle
  • make a pencil holder from an old can

https://camden.localgreenpoints.com/about

Hampstead Heath swans in love

Swans & cygnets at Hampstead Heath
Swans & cygnets at Hampstead Heath (Courtesy of Louisa Green)

Over the last few months the Camden New Journal has run a series of articles covering a budding relationship between a widowed swan and a new mate.

They are happy to report that the pair have produced a brood of nine cygnets.

See the story in the Camden New Journal by clicking on the link below:

http://camdennewjournal.com/article/love-on-the-pond-leads-to-the-pitter-patter-of-webbed-feet

Goats take over Llandudno

For some light relief, this series of tweets shows some goats taking advantage of the human lockdown to take over the Welsh seaside town of Llandudno. Click through & follow the thread. Enjoy!

This is not an April Fool’s joke.