Another July Post re meetings and Camden Highline and Police Matters

Dear members

1. Some dates for your diary

Independent Elders – in the boardroom upstairs at The Grafton, 12 noon Monday 7 August. Paul will be talking to us about Power of Attorney and related issues. All welcome.

IARA General Meeting – in the upstairs bar at The Grafton, the evening of Monday 4 September. Details to follow.

IARA Annual General Meeting – in the upstairs bar at The Grafton, the evening of Monday 4 December. Details to follow later.

Playstreet – Isabelle has let us know there are no sessions during the holidays. The back to school session will take place on Sunday 24th September, 2.30-5.30pm – book the date! We’ll be in touch closer to the time to ask for volunteers to set up and steward!

2. Camden Highline

You may already know about this crowd funded initiative to build a new park – King’s X to Kentish Town on old disused railways. See

3. Community Plan for Holloway Prison site

Another relatively local issue about a major site – see

4. Police matters

John writes:

Below is a report from last night’s Safer Neighbourhoods Panel meeting. Also, there is confirmation of another Dispersal Zone Notice for this weekend coming.

This applies across the whole of the Boroughs of Islington and Camden which are now merged as one Police area. It follows concerns about anti-social behaviour in different parts of the 2 Boroughs which have increased during the warm weather and with the beginning of the school holidays.

Our local SNT are aware that there are concerns about response times to 101 calls but that is the number to use for general concerns about anti-social behaviour. It is important if calling this number to report anti-social behaviour that specific details are provided and the caller explains how this is affecting them, eg they feel intimidated, can’t leave the house, children are frightened. However if a crime is actually being committed and/or gangs/groups are fighting or seen with weapons it is right to call 999. (give CAD number 2281/20july17 )

2 recent incidents in the Inkerman Area were discussed at the Panel meeting last night.

Problems with a house in Alma Street subject to short term lets for parties. This had been taken up by both the Police and Camden Council. The property has now been occupied under a regular lease. The owners and the letting agent have both been spoken to by the Police and Camden Council. The letting agent in particular has been warned by the Council about the different licensing requirements for a House of Multiple Occupancy or any use as bed and breakfast accommodation. Camden are continuing to review the position with the letting agent.

Problems with youths fighting on the roofs of the garages in Raglan Street. This is an example of the anti-social behaviour referred to above in the information about the Dispersal Zone. The SNT are aware and have made sure this is part of the regular patrol of the officers on duty. Camden Council confirmed that anti-climb paint has been ordered for the garages and will chase this up. Metal fencing left by builders has been cleared away by the Council.

The priorities for the Kentish Town SNT remain dealing with anti-social behaviour and tackling begging and rough sleeping on Kentish Town Road in conjunction with Camden Council.

On a happier note PC Clare Halifax, currently on maternity leave, gave birth to a 9lb 1oz little girl, Lily.

The next panel meeting is on 14 September 2017.

D & D