Second February Update: Major traffic changes. Murphy’s Yard. Alma St Fair. New Trees. WhatsApp news. Food offer.

Dear Members 

1.The big issues this time are around streets and traffic:

Anglers Lane 

You’ve probably noticed that work has now started on Anglers Lane.  This follows many years of working with Camden to get the left turn from Prince of Wales Road to Kentish Town Road reinstated, and this has now been done.  Now Anglers Lane will be closed to motor traffic at the Kentish Town Road end, to prevent rat running. 

You can see more about this here: 

So far, vehicles are still turning into the Lane and then, finding they can’t get through, turning into Raglan Street.  This has been pretty horrible for Raglan Street members.

We have asked Camden to get clear signage in place as soon as possible to tell motorists to use the new left turn from Prince of Wales into Kentish Town Road.  This junction is traffic light controlled and they will have a much smoother journey into Kentish Town Road than trying to negotiate the other streets – and particularly trying to get out of Holmes Road at that potentially lethal junction. 

There were always likely to be teething problems.  Camden have told us that they will monitor the impact on the rest of our streets, and also that they try to persuade Satnav companies such as Google not to divert traffic from the main routes.   

If the proposal to make part of Holmes Road a Healthy School Street goes through this will also help – particularly as the Holmes Road end of Raglan Street will become a no through way to motor traffic.  We will know the decision on this shortly.  If this happens, the other change will be that the new one-way stretch of Anglers Lane will become two-way again, so car driving residents can access their streets without going up Willes Road.

Queens Crescent

You have probably had a leaflet through your door with details of a new consultation on Queens Crescent.  This takes on board some of the feedback on the trial scheme.  There are mixed views within IARA so we won’t as an association be commenting.  The link is here:

2. Murphy’s Yard

The date for posting comments on the Camden Planning website has now passed – and has resulted in well over a thousand comments, almost all highly critical of the plans. You may be interested to see some of these – Camden Council: Planning: Case file.  However, if you still want to object, you can still email your comments, quoting reference 2021/3225/P to

3. Alma Street Fair 2022

We’ve had a second meeting to plan for this – all being well, it will happen on Sunday 3 July. Camden Council are very supportive and keen for us to have as many local people involved as possible.  It would be great at this stage to have more people helping to plan – we particularly need people interested in running events for children and involving local schools.  We appreciate that evening meetings are not for everyone and you don’t need to be a meetings person to help – just let us know what you can offer. 

4. New trees.  Thank you to Camden for planting three new trees down Willes Road. Two Malus trees and one Prunus.  Last year in the heat wave (remember that?) we had a rota of people watering new trees. There’s a WhatsApp group for this – a specialist trees sub WhatsApp group. .

5. The main WhatsApp group is now 132 strong and has been buzzing – a lot about the road changes; too much so for some people – but that’s village democracy for you ! 

It has also been a great place for:…  People getting rid of some great household and gardening stuff. Warning of crimes. Harriet’s successful appeal for clothing and other stuff for Afghani refugee women and children.  Complaints about Gorilla riders which we have taken up with management.
And a warning: “BEWARE THIS SCAM!” 

One of our members has had a notification, apparently for the NHS saying that she has been in contact with someone who’s tested positive and asking for card details in order to send a test kit.” These are still available free although you have to order online and keep trying. 6. And one for the foodies among you

We’ve received this: 

“I’m getting in touch as here at we’re running a campaign to get people out in support of local restaurants as they continue to recover from the impacts of Covid.We’ve teamed up with 5 very different restaurants to offer midweek menus for just £20. This ranges from a tasting flight of five wines with charcuterie or cheese to a full Indian thali. It starts tomorrow night (Wednesday 23rd) and runs for the next 3 Wednesdays down the road at North Yard on Chalk Farm Rd. We feel this is also a great opportunity for locals to visit the historic Grade II-listed stables without the usual crowds and discover some of the food options that are just on our doorsteps, but we may not otherwise be familiar with.It would be great if you could share the link:

D & D