AGM, Sgt Ryan leaving, Elders, Planning and Traffic issues, Visitors Permits‏

A date for your diary!

IARA’S AGM and winter party will be at 7 pm on Monday 25 November, upstairs at The Grafton.   We will be inviting nominations for the posts of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.  More details later.

Sgt Peter Ryan is leaving

Very sadly, Peter Ryan is leaving the Met police this month.  As the officer in charge of our local Safer Neighbourhoods Team he has been a terrific support to IARA and to our neighbourhood.  He hopes to join us on 25 November at The Grafton.

Elders meeting

The next meeting of the Elders Group is on Monday 28 October at 8 pm at 31 Alma Street, when David Turner is joining us to talk about end of life issues.  Please let us know in advance if you plan to come.

187 Kentish Town Road (former Pizza Express)
IARA members have been involved in a series of meetings with the architects for the site and contributing to a discussion about how to get the best plans for the building – and the best use (possibly to include a cinema!).  If you would like to be notified of any further meetings, please let us know.
Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum

You can find the latest newsletter for the Forum on the website:

KTNF’s next public meeting will be held on Saturday 7 December 1-6pm at St Benet & All Saints, Lupton Street NW5 2HY.  The Forum committee, on which IARA is represented, writes: “This is an important meeting to showcase the draft Neighbourhood Plan policy ideas we have developed over the last several months. We will open the floor to hear the community’s responses and views. As an added bonus there will also be mince pies! Please come – your voice and ideas are important for shaping the future of Kentish Town. Please invite friends and family members and working people who live in the area.”

Raglan House (the Day Centre)

Plans are now going ahead to close the Day Centre, and there is a new planning application, Application Number: 2013/6025/P, Type: Full Planning Permission, Address:
Raglan House  1 Raglan Street NW5 3DB, Ward: Kentish Town

Proposal: Change of use of existing day centre (Class D1) to provide 5 (1 x 1 bed and 4 x 2-bed) residential flats (Class C3) and associated external works including the demolition of the existing first floor conservatory to provide private amenity space.
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Please let us know your views.

Magnet Site

You will remember that planning permission was granted on appeal for a large student block to be built on the Magnet site in Holmes Road.  The developer then applied for permission to build an even larger block. This was refused and there has been an appeal hearing – however, the decision of the Planning Inspector is not yet known.

Meanwhile, we have been contacted by a student at King’s College who is writing a dissertation on the studentification of Camden, and would appreciate any feedback. You can find her short questionnaire at:


Grafton Road

Our thanks to Ed McGinnis for his efforts to keep the timed one way traffic system at the top of Grafton Road.  We are very pleased to report that the timed closures will remain.


Meanwhile, there are major works planned which will affect traffic in Grafton Road.  Three big Council projects are taking place in Gospel Oak simultaneously:  Wellesley Road Old People’s Home and the Bacton Low Rise Estate (BLR) are being demolished and other estates, including Bacton Tower are being upgraded.  These projects will generate heavy goods movements during 3 – 4 months, and we have asked to be kept informed about all negotiations on this.


Visitors Parking Permits

We heard that Camden were planning to discontinue the scratch cards for visitors parking, and instead have only an electronic card.  We asked our councillors to investigate, and Meric Apek has come back to us to say this:


“With regards to Visitors Parking (scratch cards) vouchers being replaced with a rechargeable electronic version; this is a new additional option and does not replace the scratch cards. Residents will still be able to order these by telephoning Contact Camden on 020 7974 4444. At the time of ordering residents will be given the option of collecting them by appointment or receiving them by post.

However, I did ask the next question – Are there any future plans to discontinue the scratch card option and retain just the rechargeable electronic card version? The answer was that this will be “reviewed” at some undetermined point next year. My advice therefore is that if anyone has any strong views about this, that they lobby our cabinet member Phil Jones as this comes under his portfolio, and copy ward councillors. Phil’s email address is


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