London Irish Centre Redevelopment gets Camden Council approval

The London Irish Centre was formed in 1954 to help the needs of London’s Irish community. It has been in its current Camden Square location since 1955.

Since the beginning, it has had an important role supporting the Irish community in London, providing food and accommodation, cultural activities, and consular support.

Last week they received Camden Council approval for a £18 million redevelopment of the site, to allow them to expand their activities.

londonirishcentre.org

Local residents still have some concerns:

http://camdennewjournal.com/article/irish-centre-gets-the-green-light-for-18-million-overhaul

Shanah Tovah

Rosh Hashanah

This weekend marks the Jewish celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the New Year celebration in the Jewish calendar, and the start of a holy period leading up to Yom Kippur.

The Jewish community has long had, and continues to have, a significant presence in the Borough, and they have made many contributions to London. Although activities have been disrupted by COVID, in Camden there are:

To the Jewish community we wish Shanah Tovah, or Happy New Year.

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

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.

On This Day – 7 July 2005

Local History – the St Pancras Rent Strike of 1960

Those with a bit of spare time on their hands might be interested in this documentary covering the St Pancras Rent Strike of 1960.

A new council elected in 1959 for the borough of St Pancras (Camden Council didn’t exist yet) planned to drastically increase council tenant rents. Naturally, many council tenants objected. They formed tenants associations, and started withholding rent when the rent increases came into effect.

The dispute went on for most of 1960. Although ultimately unsuccessful, the rent strike did lead to the formation of many tenants associations, and arguably laid the groundwork for the system of tenant participation that we have today.