To remind established residents and to introduce us to new residents…
The Inkerman Area Residents Association (IARA) is our local residents’ association. We cover the area bounded to the east by Kentish Town Road, to the south by Prince of Wales Road and to the west and north by the railway lines.
That’s about 10 streets. Prince of Wales, Anglers Lane, Alma, Cathcart, Raglan, Inkerman, Willes, Grafton, Ryland, Holmes and then tiny Perren St and Athlone St.
We started about 40 years ago. We are all volunteers. Anyone who lives here is automatically a member, and you can be involved in the association by coming to meetings and/or joining our ever-growing e-mail group, of over 300 residents, the main way we consult on local issues as they arise (e mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org to join the group).
This year, 2021, with lockdown etc we have created a WhatsApp group which now has 111 members and is very lively. Just email us with your name, address and phone number to join. We now also have three specialist WhatsApp groups for Local History, Trees and Birds.
We don’t meet very often but we do play an active part in representing our interests to Camden Council, helping to make this an attractive neighbourhood and a good place to live.
We’ve been involved in major planning and environmental issues, (helping to head off some truly awful planning applications), currently successfully with the hugely noisy and objectionable Beer Garden and also hopefully with the application by Segro for a warehouse in Grafton Rd. See some of the recent updates.
We deal with licensing applications, the Kentish Town Baths redevelopment, the French School, gardening schemes, street parties and IARA meetings and events are a chance to meet neighbours and work out which issues are important for the area.
Meetings are usually well attended by residents, often joined by our local police officers from the Safer Neighbourhood Team, local councillors and – when there are particular issues to discuss – relevant council officers.
We organise the Alma Street Fair each year which is quite a major event. See on this website and if you Google Alma St Fair you can see reports.
As of March 2016 we are now Inkerman Area Residents Association Limited. ie we have limited liability so that the officers, Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, do not have unlimited liability if we go bust. Registered office 31 Alma St NW5 3DH Registered in England No. 10075818.