Fitzrovia – Spring sun-seeker on Charlotte Street

Since the demolition of the Middlesex Hospital, the streets surrounding the site have benefited from extra daylight. A tree on the corner of Tottenham Street and Charlotte Street has over time twisted slightly northwest, and reached over towards where the hospital once stood to take advantage of the afternoon light. In midsummer, Tottenham Street is …

Fitzrovia – Gardeners condemn Kaupthing’s icy response

Fitzrovians condemned Kaupthing the owners of the former Middlesex Hospital site after they announced on Monday 8 March that they would not be allowing temporary gardens to go ahead. Kaupthing cited legal reasons for not continuing with the project. A statement from Kaupthing issued through their public relations team to Fitzrovia News said: “Following a …

Fitzrovia – Olive Leonard is making a world of difference

Olive Leonard has been interviewing older people in Fitzrovia for a history project. "The best bit of the job is hearing people’s life stories. Its been a good reminder that a skilled interviewer needs to remain impartial in response to any strong views made by interviewees. My job is to interview people and try not …

Fitzrovia – Fairy lights are being removed from Fitzrovia trees

Lights installed in trees in the Charlotte Street conservation area were tonight (Sunday 7 March 2010) being taken down by contractors after a campaign by local residents to have them removed succeeded. Fitzrovia News previously reported that the lights had been installed in a conservation area without public consultation and without advice from Camden Council's …

Fitzrovia – Garden allotments on Middlesex Hospital site in jeopardy

Kaupthing have confirmed they intend to sell the former Middlesex Hospital site and are no longer prepared to go ahead with allowing temporary allotments to be created. Documents were sent out last week to allotment stakeholders confirming that the community project would not go ahead. However, when the company were made aware of the strength …

Fitzrovia – Looking for relatives of Reginald Anderson

Julie Anderson is looking for relatives or friends that may have known her father Reginald Anderson. He was born in Bolsover Street, Fitzrovia,  in 1923, and passed away in March 2009.  He grew up in the area and his father had a shoemakers shop on corner of Hanson Street. Julie is trying to piece together …

Fitzrovia – Stanhope may bid for former Middlesex hospital site when it goes on market

Stanhope may bid for the former Middlesex hospital site when it goes on the market. Former Middlesex hospital site in London back on market - Property Week In the meantime Stanhope have agreed with residents in Fitzrovia to allow temporary allotments on the site subject to planning permission being granted by Westminster City Council. See …

Fitzrovia – Penny drops out after a fine run

Bloomsbury councillor Penny Abraham will retire at the elections in May this year. Her work has been widely appreciated in Fitzrovia and she has gained respect and affection. The Charlotte Street Association is organising a ‘Presentation Fund’ for members and all who live and work in Fitzrovia. If you would like to make a contribution …

Fitzrovia – New scheme proposed on workhouse site

Significant changes were announced by University College Hospital NHS Trust to the proposals to develop on the former workhouse site in Cleveland Street. At a Camden Council Development Control Forum on 23 February new proposals to develop the site were presented which showed a scheme of about 140 flats, a walkway to Charlotte Street and …

Fitzrovia – Don’t get me wrong: Simon Silver of Derwent London plc talks to Fitzrovia News

By News Reporters In November 2009 Derwent London plc announced plans to redevelop some of their properties in Fitzrovia. They received a lot of positive media coverage and Fitzrovia News ran a critical article in our December issue (115) on pages 6 and 7. In February of this year Simon Silver, a director and head …

Fitzrovia – Free dance classes on Sunday 7 March 2010

Egoist Body Studios in Fitzroy Square will take part in the nationwide Let’s Dance Change for Life campaign on Sunday 7 March 2010 where you can try the following classes for free: 10:00 – 11:00 Dynamic Yoga; 11:00 – 12:00 80s Aerobics; 13:00 – 14:00 Latin Dance Zumba; 14:00 – 15:00 Viennese Waltz To register …

Fitzrovia – Wet cold and clueless in Fitzrovia

Confused about where Fitzrovia is? Clueless is more like what the fools were who turned up at Whitfield Gardens on Saturday 5 December to promote local shopping. A Golden Santa complete with steel band and squeezed between Starbucks and Cafe Nero; and in the pouring rain under those stupid fairy lights. "Do you shop local?" …

Viva Fitzrovia – A short film about Fitzrovia

A new short film about Fitzrovia describes recent events and tells of the area's history. Paolo Sedazzari of Brand New Films, and a former resident of Fitzrovia, made the film in response to the recent threat by developers: "The film deals with the debate raging about property developers and estate agents dubbing the area ‘Noho’ …

Fitzrovia – Pigeons will now enjoy lights at Whitfield Gardens

Camden council chose to ignore objections from residents and installed Christmas lights in the badly neglected Whitfield Gardens. Friends of the Opens Spaces Fitzrovia have been campaigning to get Camden council to make repairs to the cracked paving stones, remove graffiti,  and deal with the pigeon and rat problem at the Gardens. The Friends group …

Fitzrovia – Media glare on the neighbourhood

Fitzrovia was hardly out of the news during November as Rebecca Hossack competed with Derwent London plc to be the darling of the hacks and radio hosts. Rebecca grinned her way through the Camden New Journal and the Evening Standard and featured on Robert Elms’ Radio London show extolling the virtues of growing veg on …