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Ask your MP to attend the Environment Bill debate and to support amendments to strengthen legislation

On Tuesday 26 January MPs will have the opportunity to debate the Environment Bill and vote on amendments that would strengthen the legislation, providing they bother to turn up and support the extra measures that environmentalists are calling for. The Bill is now due to have its report stage and third reading on Tuesday 26 January 2021. Amendments can […]

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Gower Street and TCR to become two-way for all traffic in February

Gower Street will become two-way for all traffic from February, and the planned and very complicated new traffic restrictions on Tottenham Court Road will also come into operation, as Camden Council’s West End Project limps towards its final act. Almost all the traffic changes planned under the West End Project will be completed by the […]

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Neighbourhood forum criticises plan to extend hotel development into corner building

A community group which scrutinises local planning applications has severely criticised proposals by a property developer to expand a new hotel being built on Newman Street into a neighbouring building on the corner of Mortimer Street. 49 Newman Street on the corner with Mortimer Street. Centrale Investments Limited owns a site at 50-57 Newman Street […]

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Museum is fundraising by publishing collection of Covid cartoons

At a time when many museums are struggling under the restrictions of the pandemic, Fitzrovia’s Cartoon Museum in Wells Street has found a way to think positive when, sadly, many people in London are testing negative, by publishing a special fundraising eBook entitled #DrawtheCoronavirus: A Cartoon Mini-Challenge from the Mind of Martin Rowson. “Convid 19”, […]

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Italian deli owner combines Brexit and Covid humour

An Italian delicatessen owner is (jokingly) asking customers to form two queues outside the shop in Great Titchfield Street in Fitzrovia. Brexit and covid humour combined on Great Titchfield Street. Photo: Fitzrovia News. Embracing some dark Covid humour and the fallout from Brexit, signs have been placed outside the shop asking EU passport holders to line […]

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Licensing application: The Treehouse Hotel, 14-15 Langham Place

An application has been made to Westminster council to vary the premises licence at The Treehouse Hotel, ground floor, 14-15 Langham Place, London W1B 2QS. Entrance to Treehouse Hotel. The applicant, Mr Aran Handa, is seeking permission for a number of licensable activities including the sale of alcohol on and off the premises until 3am, […]

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The Oxford Music Hall reflected the changing fortunes of entertainment in Fitzrovia and the West End

1918 postcard of Oxford Music Hall. Source: public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. The music hall was the most popular form of public entertainment in the 19th century and provided a mixture of popular songs, comedy, speciality and variety acts. Its origins lay in informal performances in pubs and pleasure gardens where the audience could watch while […]

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Staff at University College Hospital under huge strain as they take on more Covid-19 patients

Staff at University College Hospital are facing a very difficult and critical period where they will be stretched to the limit and maybe beyond, dealing with an increasing number of Covid-19 patients. UCH in Fitzrovia is under increasing pressure to treat Covid-19 patients needing intensive care. Last week a BBC News team was allowed to […]

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Writing my latest novel took me back to the land of my birth to explore the complex relationship of twins

Fitzrovia and remote, rural Wales are worlds apart, and I wanted to bring them together in my latest and fifth novel, Saturdays are Black or White.  Brian Jarman grew up on a farm in Mid-Wales but settled in London. I was brought up on a farm in Mid-Wales, and discovered this area of London when […]

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Planning applications in Fitzrovia West, December 2020

There were 16 planning applications in Fitzrovia validated by Westminster Council during December 2020. Most of the applications are for relatively small changes to buildings. Included in the monthly list is: an application to part demolish and rebuild to increase height of the building at 49 Newman Street and to incorporate it into the neighbouring […]

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Planning applications in Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia, December 2020

There were 19 planning applications in Bloomsbury ward registered by Camden Council in December 2020. Among the applications listed below is a major development proposed across two sites: at 95-100 Tottenham Court Road and 14-19 Tottenham Mews, which Fitzrovia News reported on in December. There are four applications related to this development. Included on the […]

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Volunteer group plant over a hundred trees in local park

This winter the Friends of Crabtree Fields have been busy planting native trees to increase the amount of greenery, biodiversity, and habitat for birds, in one of the few truly green public open spaces in Fitzrovia. Just some of the saplings that were planted by volunteers at Crabtree Fields public open space. Photo: Friends of […]

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Camden appeals to ‘well intentioned’ but naughty anti-graffiti artist to stop

Camden Council’s West End Project team have appealed to a fast-moving mystery volunteer who has been covering up graffiti with a roller and black paint, to stop what they are doing and give the council’s own workers time to clean it off. So they are telling us… Graffiti daubed over newly restored mural within a […]