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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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

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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Camden Advice on EU Settlement Scheme

The Government is intending to leave the European Union. This WILL affect people with EU passports living in the UK (except Irish citizens).

The Government has set up a scheme to allow EU citizens to get “Settled Status” and be able to stay in the UK indefinitely.

In partnership with Citizens Advice Camden and Camden Community Law Centre, Camden Council are holding a FREE information session on Wednesday 23 October from 5pm to 8pm at Holborn library, 32-38 Theobalds Road, WC1X 8PA.

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Did you know?

Do you know how many street properties there are in Camden? More than six thousand!

As of July 2017, there were:

DistrictNo. of street properties
Kentish Town
2,284
Hampstead1,632
Gospel Oak
1,174
Camden Town
739
Holborn469
Total6,298