Christmas Update

Dear Members

This is a sad time to be writing as so many of us have had to cancel or rethink our arrangements for seeing friends and family over the Christmas period. Some of us may now find ourselves on our own, and/or feeling even more cut off.

It’s therefore a good time to look out for each other and be especially aware of neighbours who may need extra support. We still hold a list of volunteers who are willing to offer help, both with practical things like shopping and with emotional support (which could include a phone call to check up on someone).

So please get in touch if you, or anyone you know, would like help.

In particular, the Queens Crescent Community Centre is looking for some help over the next couple of days with getting food hampers out to people who need them, plus Street Kitchen hot meal deliveries to the homeless . If you can help, let us know and we will pass on your contact details to Gary, who is coordinating this from this area. They always need financial support – or

WhatsApp group

A lot of people (65 to date) have found the IARA WhatsApp Group really useful, including information about bike thefts, reliable builders, flats wanted and tenants wanted, items offered free, gardening information and warnings like below. And to celebrate Hilary in Alma St getting a First Class Masters degree with distinction at quite a … mature stage in life. We have welcomed quite a lot of members newly arrived in the area.

If you would like to join, please email us with your phone number.

A security warning from John T

I had a white van pull up beside me as I walked along Holmes Road. The guy nearest to me wanted to know if I was from the house in x rd with the x door. As indeed I am. He then helpfully explained that some concrete was about to fall off the top of the house and possibly injure someone. He had spotted it from the other side of the road and reckoned that he could sort it in a few minutes but that left alone it was really dangerous.

I thanked him for this useful info but explained that I have someone who does the building work for me. He was very pressing and it became clear that all he wanted was to get inside the house – to survey its possibilities? Check on the type/existence of the alarm? Or something else. I was in a hurry so managed to remain resolute. He was very pressing. That was Thursday.

The next day they came back and spoke to someone else in the home and were again very forceful.

The guy who was common to both exercises was short, white, broad, about 5’ 4”, 18 20 .

The white van was quite small – not really any bigger than a saloon car.

The lead man on Saturday was appreciably older and taller. He was carrying a hefty book on roofing. He was well built and had an Irish accent.

This has been reported to the police

Rubbish Collection and Christmas Tree RecyclingIf your recycling or rubbish collection day is normally Friday, your 25 December collection will take place on Sunday 27 December and 1 January collectionon Saturday 2 January. All other collection days remain the same.

And from Veolia –

It’s free and easy to recycle your real Christmas tree in Camden. Our Christmas tree recycling points will be open across the borough from 4 to 17 January 2021.

Please don’t dump your Christmas tree on the street. This is illegal and can result in a £400 on-the-spot fine.

Your real Christmas tree can also be collected:

Use NHS 111 to book A&E

NHS 111 can now book time slots for those who need them at all A&E departments across Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington (north central London).

This is part of a drive to make it easier and safer for patients to get the right treatment at the right time, without waiting for long periods of time in an Accident and Emergency (A&E) department. This will also help the NHS to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission, by allowing more space for social distancing in A&E waiting rooms.

If you think you have an urgent, but not life-threatening, health problem, contact NHS 111 first. You can either call 111 or visit 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

A message from the Mayor’s office

Camden’s Light and Hope memorial website is now live. Please share the information about the memorial book in your ward and please add a tribute if you know of anyone in the borough that can be remembered in this way.

This year has brought grief, loss and uncertainty to many across Camden. Our Light and Hope memorial website brings us together to reflect, remember and honour those who have lost their lives. The site welcomes contributions from all faiths and none, so that we can learn and understand how others cope with their loss and grief.

The site also has personal messages from Leader Cllr Georgia Gould, Chief Executive Jenny Rowlands, Mayor of Camden, Cllr Maryam Eslamdoust and Cllr Abdul Hai, Cabinet Member for Young People.

As we are unable to meet physically, our hope for this site is that people will be able to come together in a safe way. The memorial book will remain open into the New Year and for as long as required, and we are also planning an outdoor event to be held in 2021 once social distancing restrictions are eased.

We would very much appreciate it if you would take the opportunity to share your tributes, memories and reflections. We hope this provides comfort for those who have experienced loss.

Share your message with us.

Whilst we recognise the incredibly difficult year this has been, we also want to pay tribute to the incredible acts of kindness and generosity we have seen during the pandemic. Camden has come together to show true community spirit and we’d like to say thank you.”

Murphys Yard – initial planning application

Murphy’s Yard Kentish Town NW5
Request for scoping opinion under Regulation 15 of the Town and Country Planning Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations 2017, for proposed development comprising 17 development plots with circa 750-825 homes (including a proportion of affordable housing), circa 95,000sqm of commercial floorspace including up to approximately: 40,700sqm industry (Classes B2, B8 and E(g)(i)); 38,000sqm flexible office and research and development (Classes E(g)(i) and (ii)); 20,000sqm research and development (Class E(g)(ii); 6,000sqm of retail/leisure (Classes E(a), (b), (d) and Sui Generis); 16,000sqm residential institution (Class C2) and 1,230sqm community uses (Class F1/F2.Application number: 2020/5774/P
Application type: Request for Scoping OpinionView Application
Building the community further.
And as always:if you have a neighbour who doesn’t know of IARA, please encourage them to get in touch… which links with …
Remember the IARA website is always there with a running account of events in the area as well as local history and information abut the area.

With best wishes for Christmas, and fingers firmly crossed for a better new year.

D & D🙁