What is the Inkerman Area Residents Association?

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 50 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 inkermanara@hotmail.com to join the group).

In 2021, with lockdown etc we created a WhatsApp group which now has over 210 members and is very lively. Just email us with your name, address and phone number to join.

It is extremely active about local planning and traffic matters as well as too many offers to list:  eg some very good quality furniture, tickets for events, cat food! etc. and requests for help and recommendations for resources and tradespeople as well as answers and offers of help.

And you can join one or more of the other WhatsApp groups:  The Local History Group has 27 members and we are responsible for the Local History section on the IARA website. Introduction to the history pages. The Theatre Goers group has 41 members and they have very successful evenings out together of theatre and sometimes supper. The Dog lovers group has 16 members and is a great exchange of information network. The SustainIARA has 22 members and is working on sharing knowledge of climate mitigation and resilience. Ideas about Green Issues and practical ideas about greening our homes Sustain IARA –  the Inkerman Area Residents Association sustainability group. Information sheet on some local houses.  The Trees and Gardening group of 23 members cares for the street trees and has recently broadened its remit to be an exchange of information and resources for all gardening including window boxes etc.

We 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), recently successfully with the hugely noisy and objectionable Beer Garden and also successfully opposing the application by Segro for a warehouse in Grafton Rd.  See some of the recent updates.

The biggest triumph was joining with other local groups to defeat the application by Murphy’s at the top of the High St for a massive over-development – including 19 story tower blocks – blocking the view of the Heath.

In the past we have dealt with endless licensing applications, with 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.

Past meetings have usually been well attended by residents, local councillors and – when there are particular issues to discuss – relevant council officers.

We have organised the Alma Street Fair most years 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.