MA objects to Coram St 24 hour gym

Those of you there may well recall the opening of the new gym on Coram St was a hot topic of debate at this year’s AGM. Though everyone was happy to see a new business opening in the premises of the departed Finess First, there were strong differences of opinion on the proposed 24 hours trading. A vote on the evening recorded 9 in favour and 6 against, with about 20 abstentions.

Since this meeting The Gym has submitted its planning application, which has given rise to new concerns, primarily that the facility will not be staffed overnight. The MA committee has also been disappointed that The Gym has only given assurances in words about preventing nuisance being caused to residents living close by, with no specific actions to back this up. These should include staff being available on the premises. There is no indication of how residents might contact The Gym if they are, for example, woken by noisy customers.

As a result, the MA has submitted an objection to the planning application saying that, if The Gym can’t be more pro-active in dealing with local resident concerns, the business shouldn’t be permitted to trade beyond the same hours allowed for the nearby licensed premises, the Marquis Cornwallis and Callaghan’s pubs.

We are also extremely concerned to learn that residents of Foundling Court are being kept awake by the bright lights of The Gym premises, and the TV in its window – and that nothing can be done about this in Planning terms. We are surprised that there is no breach of planning when a new business causes such a nuisance, and have asked Camden to revisit this decision.


Love my neighbour ..

The Hillview ‘Love My Neighbour’ Festival is taking place next Saturday, August 5th, Whidborne Street from 2pm – 10pm.

Always great events, this year’s festival will be another fabulous day, MV is sure, incorporating live music, dance, circus skills and music workshops for all. There’s family activity with The British Library & October Gallery, a variety of stalls, world food and a cocktail bar. Friends, family and all welcome to enjoy the day.

My favourite was the year ‘The Witches’ played….


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.

Favourite London

Spotted in today’s Financial Times …

Author Geoff Dyer, currently a resident of LA but once of Camden Town, picks Marchmont St as his favourite London place. “If I could choose to live anywhere in London it would be here” he says.

Judd St Books gets a big mention – “incredibly addictive” and “one of the best bookshops in London”. He reminisces playing on the “dismal-looking” tennis courts of Cartwright Gardens – but has noticed, on a recent trip back to London, that they are now “glamorous and fresh”.

And, for now, free for residents to play. Perfect for a sunny bank holiday.