Bloomsbury conservation group revamps its website and warns of threat to the area’s ‘special character’

The Bloomsbury Conservation Areas Advisory Committee (BCAAC) wants more people to visit its improved website to learn about the internationally renowned district but warns that heritage assets are facing "significant threats". BCAAC covers seven conservation areas in Central London. The website has been updated to include new information on the conservation areas (including Charlotte Street …

The Housing and Planning Bill will damage London’s long established residential communities

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We write as members of a Residents' Association, facing the challenges of the proposed Housing Bill, which will affect all who live in properties owned by borough councils in central London. We are concerned that the effects of the Housing Bill are not widely known, and that, if passed in its present form, the Bill …

Cold weather initiative takes in record number of street sleepers in Camden

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Camden's Street Safe Team (SST) has been out in the borough recently finding rough sleepers and offering them a bed under the Severe Weather Emergency Provision (SWEP) scheme. They have also produced a mobile app to make it easier for the public to help Camden's street sleepers and get them the support they need. SWEP is …

London local government and European Parliament elections 2014

By News Reporters Voting will take place in Fitzrovia on Thursday 22 May for Local Government and for the European Parliament elections. Polling stations open at 7am and close at 10pm.  Fitzrovia is split into parts of three council wards -- Marylebone High Street and West End in City of Westminster, and Bloomsbury in the London Borough of …

Bring it on Bloomsbury bitches

Richard Osley of the Camden New Journal reports on Labour’s local election slate for Bloomsbury ward in Camden.

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CAMDEN’S Labour Party finalised its local election slate last night by choosing Sabrina Francis to stand in Bloomsbury. The vacancy came up late after Councillor Milena Nuti announced she would not stand again at May’s boroughwide ballot.

Many members had felt Sabrina deserves a run again after being overlooked by the party for the Gospel Oak by-election. In 2010, she had done the hard work by standing in Lib Dem-held Haverstock. As Labour made a sweeping comeback to power in Camden, the poll in that ward was delayed by the sad death of Lib Dem ward councillor Syed Hoque. It meant the vote was not held on the same day as the general election like in all of the other wards and Labour lost the bounce that had come with it.

The Lib Dems, already strong there with Matt Sanders and Jill Fraser, pushed on through to win all three…

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It is far too easy to blame the church for a lack of a toilet

By Angela Lovely Whitfield Gardens near Goodge Street tube station along Tottenham Court Road is frequently soiled by people using it as a toilet during the night and often during the day. There is also a soup kitchen next to Whitfield Gardens which feeds more than 100 people each lunchtime. The soup kitchen is run …