Rough sleepers to stay in hotels amid funding row

During the coronavirus pandemic, funding has been made available to house rough sleepers in hotels, under the “Everyone In” scheme. 160 rough sleepers are currently being housed by Camden Council in temporary accommodation.

Despite rumours that the Westminster Government are not going to continue the scheme once the current funding runs out, the Council have confirmed that funding will continue for at least the next three months.

http://camdennewjournal.com/article/rough-sleepers-to-stay-in-hotels-amid-lockdown-funding-row

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 .

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.

Live in a protected building?

A listed building is a building with historical or architectural importance. A building in a conservation area might not be listed in itself, but any works that could affect the character of that conservation area must be approved by planning.

If you live in a protected building, you have responsibilities that other people don’t have. Extra levels of permission are needed for things that other people don’t have to worry about. This can include what colours walls can be painted, or what improvement works can be done.

The exact limits depend on each building, and the reasons for the building being listed. Details for any listed building can be found here:

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/

Camden Council, as the approving authority and as a freeholder, have a responsibility towards their own listed buildings. Any changes have to take into account the building’s historic features. Emergency works can be done, but should be the minimum required. Materials used have to be approved as suitable.

Just because the Council are doing work on one of their own buildings, it doesn’t mean they can do whatever they like.

Also see:

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings – www.spab.org.uk