Newsletter 17 April 2014

Dear Members,

Some events and ideas for you:

Street Fair
A reminder that the Alma Street Fair (for the whole neighbourhood) will be on Sunday 27 July. Please contact us if you would like to get involved with the planning, help on the day or have a stall. More details next month.

Play Street
Camden have reacted very positively to IARA’s approach, and a small group of parents and grandparents will be working with Camden on this – an occasional half day weekend event probably at the dead end of Inkerman. Contact us if you would like to be involved with planning.

Looking after each other
We are aware that some residents can be quite isolated and if anything goes wrong it would be good for neighbours to know who to contact and how to help.
One idea is for everyone to have a number stored under the name ICE (In Case of Emergency) if they have a mobile phone – so a concerned neighbour could check the phone and alert friends or relatives. It would also be good for people to have a spare set of keys left with a reliable neighbour and other trusted people to know. People can do this individually – and if you know a potentially vulnerable person you could talk to them about making contingency arrangements.

Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum – your chance to comment on the Neighbourhood Plan
If you go into the KTNF website at you will find that the Online Neighbourhood Plan is up and ready for comments. It provides the opportunity to offer ideas and feedback on ideas for policies and projects grouped into 5 key areas:

Ideas for site specific projects;
Design principles for Kentish Town;
Priorities for housing;
Ideas for how to improve facilities in Kentish Town
Neighbourhood nodes

Each section shows a map of Kentish Town with a lightbulb icon which if you click on it invites you to comment.

Calling Street Gardeners
IARA does have some funds for communal gardening. If you would like to make a flower bed under a tree outside or near your house, and can undertake to water and maintain it – we can provide small amounts for plants. Get in touch with your plans.

We’ve also heard that 2014’s Camden in Bloom, ‘Greener Together’ campaign has launched. Camden has gone into partnership with Project Dirt to build on the success of Camden in Bloom.

This year’s categories include; the best community project, best communal garden project, best balcony project, best business entrance and best environmental project. Marks will be given for the overall visual impact, the design and how much effort has been made. The judges will also consider the benefit to the local community and the impact on the local environment. All prize winners will receive a certificate and a voucher from the Camden Garden Centre. There will also be prizes for each category for second and third place.
The competition will be open from Monday 30 June to Friday 1 August 2014. Forms will be available at the start of the competition online, in Camden libraries or by contacting Project Dirt on 020 7583 8081. You can find out more information by visiting

Happy Easter!

D & D