Update 20 October Trees, planning and more.

Dear Members

Trees in our streets

Although we have emailed the tree department asking about the tree planting programme and heard nothing, we were told by Jenny R that Camden have in fact been busy planting trees.

On investigation we see that the tree pit outside her house, at number 10 Alma St, now has an Amelanchier lamarckii, “also called juneberry, serviceberry or shadbush” – Wikipedia.

So does the tree pit outside 49, Gill and Vince’s, where we had the IARA pop up mini garden which had a clematis montana, a lovely hollyhock and latterly a vigorous cosmos, all trace of which is obliterated of course – unless Gill was able to salvage anything.

Other tree pits in Alma, Inkerman and Raglan are empty so far. If they are not planted with trees in the next few days we will proceed with bulbs and hollyhock seeds and crossed green fingers.

Raglan House

We have had a letter from the developer of Raglan House about the work due to start there tomorrow.

I am writing to introduce MBA Construction Management Ltd and Shane Noone, our Site Manager responsible for the forthcoming works at Raglan House. Works on site will commence from 21st October 2020 and are scheduled to run for a period of 40 weeks. The works will mainly be internal, as it is a refurbishment project.

It is our intention to keep you regularly briefed with regards to the progress of the refurbishment by posting updates on the notice board which will be placed on the hoarding around the site. If you would like the updates to be emailed to you as well, please contact Mandy, who will add your email address to the list. We can also arrange for the proposed Construction Management Plan (CMP) to be sent to you if you would like to see it. Being mindful of the environment and in order to expedite your access to the CMP document, we would appreciate where possible that you request a digital copy via email. However, if you prefer we can send you a paper copy.

MBA Construction Management Ltd recognise and value the importance of having a healthy and constructive relationship with those of you who could potentially be affected by our works. Therefore, our intention is to carry out the works in a fashion which will cause minimum disruption to your day to day lives. Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact Shane, who will be more than happy to discuss any concerns you may have. Just to reiterate, your points of contact are: Site Manager: SHANE NOONE Mobile: 07960 270711 EMAIL: shane@mbacm.com Office Manager: MANDY SHEPHERD Mobile: 07719 960712 EMAIL: mandy@mbacm.com “

Inkerman Garden, Holmes Road

Dilip and Debby had a site meeting last week with representatives of Camden Council and Lush, the landscape company who originally planted the gardens and will work with Dilip on their refurbishment. Over the next few weeks the gardens will be cut back and partly cleared for new planting. The lighting will be replaced and improved, the retaining wall rebuilt and, once the scaffolding is down we will be able to replant – probably in the early spring. We’ll keep you posted and look for some help when it’s time.

Bulb planting on the Raglan Estate – a reminder

The next step for greening the estate is bulb planting, and Transition Town are organising some of their volunteers to help on Saturday 24 October, between 11 and 1. People will work in clusters of 6, for covid safety. They very much want local people to come along to plant bulbs, so please let us know if you can help then so we have an idea of numbers and can pass your details on to Transition Town.

Planning For the Future – White Paper August 2020 may sound a bit boring but it is extremely important and has been described as “The Government’s planning white paper which sets out to radically reform the system.” It has been very controversial but interest may now have been eclipsed by other matters like the pandemic.

This may be a readable introduction : https://www.housingtoday.co.uk/news/ten-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-planning-white-paper/5107402.article

And this is the actual consultation document:


We flagged this up some months ago but had no input and we have not contributed to the consultation. Caroline Hill however runs KTRA, Kentish Town Road Action, and is always super energetic. She has replied to the consultation and her document is attached.​


​Harriet has asked us to include this:
“Tis the time my knitting needles come out!  Simple patterns in colours of your choice.See attached photo for a sample of bands & beanies.  Good lightweight seasonal presents for all the family.07950158287 for further information/orders!”

She also has some small filing cabinets to give away in exchange for a donation to charity.

IARA WhatsApp …

The group is now buzzing, with more than 50 participants. Lots going on about plant swaps, furniture to give away, crime tips … if you want to join, please email us with your phone number.

D & D