Judd St Open Space renovation

Tomorrow ….
In the second stage of a discussion process, Camden Council will be asking local residents and businesses for their opinions on initial proposals, at two ‘drop ins’ at the OneKX Café (corner of Cromer and Judd Streets), on Saturday 17th February 2:30 – 4:30 pm and Monday 19th February 2:30 – 4:30 pm.
Shape landscape architects will be there to answer your questions, and they will also be asking people in and around the park for their opinions.

Act on illegal holiday lets

The Marchmont Association is committed to preventing our residential community from being turned into a holiday lets destination.

To this end, we have been lobbying Camden Council to highlight the problem and its negative impact on our community.

The Council has informed us that they are taking steps to prioritise enforcement action against these illegal lettings, and working in partnership with neighbouring local authorities.

The text belkow is an extract from Camden Council’s web site giving details of their policy regarding short term letting of residential properties.

Marchmont Association supporters are invited to use the link at the end of the item to report any instances of short term lettings to the Council, and to write to Councillor Danny Beales, Cabinet Member with the remit for Planning, to voice your concerns: Danny.Beales@camden.gov.uk

 Camden Council says …

“Short term letting can disturb neighbours, with visitors creating noise, sometimes at unsociable hours.  High turnover of visitors/renters can also impact upon permanent occupiers reducing the sense of community and raising the fear of crime.  The short term letting of residential properties also reduces the permanent housing stock.

Current planning policy in the Camden Local Plan is to resist development that changes permanent housing to short stay accommodation/holiday lets. Therefore applications for whole residential properties, including single-dwelling houses and flats, to be converted to short term/ holiday lettings are likely to be refused.

If these new regulations are not followed, then this will be considered an unauthorised change of use for which planning permission will be required.  The Council will take appropriate enforcement action, which can include serving an Enforcement Notice to require the use to cease.

If you suspect a property is being used for short term/holiday letting outside of the new regulations you can report it to us

Judd St open space

Camden Council is asking local residents and businesses for their ideas and opinions on how this park might be improved
Shape Landscape Architects have already been speaking with neighbours and they will be in the park on Thursday 30th November, 12noon ‐ 4pm and Saturday 2nd December , 1pm – 3pm.
They are interested in ideas for a renovation – the first step in what is promised as a ‘two stage’ discussion process, with the second presumabky to include som worked up proposals.
If you can’t make it but have ideas, contacts for the work are Joe Lewis Green SpaceProject Officer at LB Camden (07876 745481; joe.lewis@camden.gov.uk) and  Richard Peckham of Shape Landscape Architects (07876 255777; richard@shape.eu.com).

Attractive Christmas gift ideas that support the work of the Marchmont Association

With the race to find that special Christmas gift well underway, you might like to think of treating your nearest and dearest (or other acquaintances) to one of the Marchmont Association’s lavishly illustrated local history publications, all authored by Ricci de Freitas. All of the proceeds go towards the association’s work to improve the local area.

 They include, in order of publication:

·         The Story of Marchmont Street – Bloomsbury’s original high street (now in its 4th edition)


·         Tales of Brunswick Square – Bloomsbury’s untold past


·         From Fields to Fountains – the Story of Bloomsbury’s Russell Square, b


All three are all available at the following local outlets:

Skoob Books, 66 The Brunswick, WC1N 1AE

Judd Books, 82 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AG

Camden Local Studies & Archives Centre, Holborn Library, Theobald’s Road

From Fields to Fountains is also available from Caffè Russell in Russell Square Gardens, and you can find them all on Amazon.

Peace and goodwill to you all.

Bloomsbury Festival 2017 – THIS WEEK!


… lots to choose from but here’s a few highlights we’ve picked out.

On Wednesday, Friends of Brunswick Square are hosting a talk by Professor Rosemary Ashton, whose research has uncovered a previously unknown association of the Peter Pan story with Bloomsbury and Brunswick Square. The talk will start at 7.30 pm (following a very brief FOBS AGM at 7 pm which you are welcome to attend if you wish).

If you’re quick you could then trip along to the Harrison for the return of the long lamented Hush. Formerly a regular at the Perserverance on Lambs Conduit St, the evening will combine the Hush special ingredients of great music and intimate performances. Three acts to warm to on an autumn evening  – Burning Salt featuring Hanah Hull and Hush perennial Bobby Williams, New York-born poet Mark Waldron, and Sailing Stones, the latest project of Jennie Lindfors, with sounds ranging from Laurel Canyon to the analogue ambience of Bladerunner.

And then on Saturday 21st – James Burton’s Bloomsbury Adventure: a historical walk by Ricci de Freitas. Ricci will track the progress of independent speculative builder, James Burton, as he developed Bloomsbury’s independently governed estates, starting with the Foundling Hospital Estate from 1790, then the Bedford Estate from 1800, and finally the Skinners’ Company Estate from 1807, before embarking on his final London ventures – Regent’s Park and Regent Street. Meeting point outside the front gates of Coram’s Fields in Guilford Street at 1.30pm.

In full the Bloomsbury Festival runs from next Wednesday 18th to Sunday 22nd – explore the complete programme here.

There’s some kind of festival on Marchmont St


The Marchmont Association (MA) and King’s Cross Brunswick Neighbourhood Association (joint organisers of MSP 2017) would like to thank all sponsors, performers and stallholders for making Saturday 23rd September such an enjoyable day. 

Event-goers were treated to an eclectic mix of performances by the 30-piece Lambeth Wind Orchestra, Jigalig Irish folk group, Greek dancers from the Greek Community School, and Bangla Shur Bengali music group, but the highlight of the event was undoubtedly the vibrant Tropical Heatwave carnival band (pictured), who got event-goers dancing in the street for the last hour.

We’re already thinking about MSP 2018, and we want your ideas.

We are grateful for the generous support of: Imperial London Hotels Ltd., Pizza Sophia, Generator London, GLP, M&J, Waitrose, Saucy Restaurant and Camden Council. We are also grateful to Camden for arranging the road closure and street cleaning, to Richard Sharples for designing our publicity and to The Brunswick, for allowing us to use their land again. Thanks also to our willing band of volunteers for decorating the street, stewarding and stalls co-ordination.