Newsletter June 23 The Inkerman UnFair on 9th July, IARA AGM … lots more

The Inkerman UnFair on 9th July 

You all know that the Alma Street Fair isn’t happening on 9 July.  Instead, there will be the Inkerman UnFair happening from 1 – 7 pm.  I.e. a much smaller more community-based event just using one end of Inkerman Road down by MAP cafe. 

We have asked for one road closure and for parking suspensions along Inkerman Road between Willes and Grafton. The Dig It stage will be there, and MAP café will have their Artery music running upstairs, as well as selling food and drink. We’re also hoping the wonderful Parade might come through. 

This is an event for our whole community, and we also hope it will be a fundraiser for MAP.  They’ll have a table outside and if you would like to bring food to share (donations to MAP) that would be great. 

As well as music, hopefully dancing in the street, food and drink, we hope that residents may use the day in lots of ways.  People could use their steps or front area to give away or sell items (maybe donating sales to MAP?), open up your house to show off artworks, interesting architectural or eco conversions *… all ideas welcome. We can send out details before the event. 

 * The eco-conversions mentioned is the subject of discussion and planning by the subgroup – SustainIARA.

We have identified three houses in the area where people have done some interesting work on eco issues like solar panels, heat pump, insulation etc.  Those people are prepared to have small groups of people come and look and discuss. There will be a table at the UnFair with details of the houses and the work done and act as a gathering point for escorted tours.  More details nearer the time. 

IARA Annual General Meeting 

Leading on from that, we have decided to have an earlier AGM this year. The reason the Alma Street Fair 2023 couldn’t happen was because very few people from our community offered to help plan it – and nearly all those who did are a bit burnt out after years of running it.  So we hope that the AGM will be an opportunity to kick start the 2024 Alma Street Fair.  We hope to have lots of images of past fairs to energise everyone, and will follow up the AGM with a Street Fair planning meeting within a week or two.  This will determine whether, and in what form, the next Fair can happen. 

CFBL (the French School) have agreed that we can use their premises from 7 – 9 pm on Thursday 26 October.  There will be drinks and nibbles, the usual formal part of the meeting with report backs and election of officers, and the chance to hear more about the Fair and to meet friends and potential friends! 

Holmes Road Healthy School Street – review of trial period 

People new to the area may need to be told that this is the current traffic scheme which bans traffic during periods in the morning and afternoon from the stretch of Holmes Road where St Patricks School is and where parents are bringing or collecting their children. This is connected with the closure of the tops of Raglan Street and Anglers Lane.    

Either later this term or early in September there will be a full consultation about how the scheme is working. 

There is meanwhile a Commonplace survey still open regarding the trial scheme – Have Your Say Today – Holmes Road – Safe Travel Camden (  If you haven’t already responded it would be good to do so as soon as possible. 

There are already lots of comments on the site – most of them positive and some with interesting and constructive suggestions. 

Police Liaison 

IARA’s representative John recently attended a meeting of the Safer Neighbourhood Panel.  This is where local priorities for the team are decided, so do remember to report to John (directly or via us) if you are aware of crime.  Here is the report: 

Kentish Town Safer Neighbourhood Panel Meeting – 18 May 2023 

The new Sergeant Matt Howard introduced himself to the panel. He has responsibility for both Kentish Town Wards as well as Highgate and Hampstead Wards. 

The Safer Neighbourhood Police team reported back on recent activity and trends. 

Significant resources and time were invested in an operation in South Kentish Town which resulted in the issuing of a warrant and recovery of drugs and cash from an address in the Bartholomew Road area. 

In the 2 Kentish Town wards on average around 70-100 crimes are reported each week. A significant percentage of these are ‘domestic’ crimes. 

Currently burglary figures in the area are low for London. Mobile phone thefts remain high. 

In overall crime figures, around 41% of reported crime involve scams or fraud whether in person or over the telephone or through email etc. It is important to remain vigilant about texts, phone calls, emails, messages etc purporting to come from banks, financial institutions, retailers, delivery companies etc. If any doubt stop and check. Fraudsters and scammers are getting more sophisticated at reproducing the logos etc of established businesses. 

The Panel’s priorities remain tackling anti-social behaviour, including drugs and robberies, principally of person. 

It remains important to record details, where possible, of any anti-social behaviour, particularly drug dealing, which is witnessed in the area. Dates, times, location and where possible car number plates if a vehicle is involved. Any information can be provided anonymously. 

Closure of Kentish Town Underground Station from 26 June 

Update from TFL: 

Representatives of the project team will be at the Tube station entrance on the following dates and times to continue to remind customers of the closure and answer questions you may have. 

 • Wednesday 7th, 14th and 21st June 2023, 2pm to 4pm  

• Thursday 8th , 15th and 22nd June 2023, 5pm to 7pm  

Finally, we are using a new app and web tool called SitePodium to send updates and share progress from the site while the station is closed. Visit 

The app is available on iOS and Android devices. No account is required to access either the webpage or the app.  

In the meantime, if you have any further questions or concerns or would like to sign up for email updates, please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing Further information – including detailed travel advice – is also available online at 

Camden Tour Guides Association 

Jenny has asked us to pass on this information about becoming a Camden Tour Guide:

Meet the Guides evenings can be booked via the Training page on our website 

Camden Course 2023-24 

Our current students are nearing completion of the 2022-23 course, so our thoughts are turning to next year’s course. Applications are already open on the Training – Camden Guides page, and the Meet the Guides walks are in the diary and on Eventbrite. 

We are keen to increase the diversity of the course, and encourage those who have not thought of guiding before, to consider if it is something for them.  

A reminder about the Library of Things 

We are a community-powered social enterprise that helps people save money and reduce waste by renting out useful items like drills, carpet cleaners, sound systems and sewing machines for a few pounds per day. 

  • Prices start from £1.50 to borrow an item. 
  • We offer an additional 25% concession rate for anyone struggling with the cost of living crisis 
  • When you choose “Next Day Return” when making a reservation, you will only be charged for a day’s borrow. 
  • We offer Tips and tools drop-in sessions to teach people how to use our Things and feel more confident with DIY. 
  • We are located in Kentish Town Library, 262-266 Kentish Town Rd, London NW5 2AA and 12 other locations across London, including Kilburn and soon Willesden Green. 

    We’re helping people find out about the service so they can save money and reduce waste by sharing items with neighbours instead of buying. It’s cheaper, convenient and kinder to the planet. 
And on the theme of sustainability
Reusable Nappy Week 
Parents in Camden can apply for a £70 reusable nappy voucher with Real Nappies. This voucher can help with the upfront cost of buying reusable nappies or for a trial laundry service. Real nappies are washable and reusable, made from soft natural fabrics that can be put in your normal clothes wash. Let Real Nappies help you get ready for real change! 
For more information and to apply, visit the link below. 
Find out more here 

Inkerman Area Residents Association Limited
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