LSH&TM cafe plan scaled back

An application from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to convert part of its building on Tavistock Place into a restaurant/cafe has been granted – but with significant amendments, following an intervention from Bloomsbury Conservation Area Advisory Committee.
Plans for external seating, lighting and adverts have all been removed, and the internal layout changed to a dual restaurant/education space at the rear of the café. The café will only be open 8am-6.30pm Monday to Friday

In effect, LSH&TM has gone back to creating a meeting space for staff and students, and ensuring the cafe is only open for the same hours as the school. It has also agreed to important restrictions that will prevent the cafe being run by a separate operator, or chain.
Says Debbie Radcliffe of BCACC, “It’s a clear case that compromise is possible when one objects to inappropriate development in our neighbourhood.”

Confused about recycling?

MV has been able to confirm that residents’ recycling is now collected on the same day as our scheduled general waste collection, as indicated on the Camden/Veolia web site.  For example Marchmont Street is a daily collection for both.

This will do a lot to relieve residential forecourts of the recycling mountains which are created every Tuesday, which is a problem for the street environment as long as Veolia are not able to collect from the street by mid-morning.. The Camden website was due to be updated with this info – and maybe has been by now.