Current Issues

Help Needed

Local resident Elaine Chambers is working with Camden Council to support their campaign of “Please turn off your engine” walkabouts. This is part of the “Stop Cars Idling” campaign and volunteers are needed to help. This would involve a one hour briefing session by Camden Officers and a couple of hours walking around a particular area to approach cars with idling engines. Camden will provide leaflets and hi-viz jackets.
The idea is for a team to take action on one specific day with a number of different dates being available. If you would like to take part, please contact elainchmb@aol.com with your name and email address or phone number so Elaine will have a good list of volunteers.

Cycle Superhighway 11 (CS11) and Swiss Cottage Gyratory

CS11 will provide a cycle route from Swiss Cottage to the West End. TfL plans to start work on the first section of the route at Swiss Cottage in July 2018. Following consultation, TfL will now let motor traffic make right turns from College Crescent into Finchley Road, and from Finchley Road southbound into Hilgrove Road.  Traffic modelling indicates this will reduce the amount of traffic into nearby minor roads.  Buses and cyclists will be allowed to turn left from Finchley Road into College Crescent.
It is proposed that CS11 will then run along Avenue Road, the Outer Circle of Regent’s Park, Park Crescent and Portland Place. The route in Regent’s Park and Portland Place has not (as we understand) been finalised.
The Swiss Cottage gyratory will be removed and two-way working introduced on Finchley Road and Adelaide Road. Avenue Road between College Crescent and Adelaide Road will become bus and cycle only with a stepped cycle track, creating a new public space. The changes to Swiss Cottage are expected to be complete in September 2019.  Comprehensive travel advice for all modes will be published at the end of May 2018.
Measures designed to reduce disruption will be put in place, including adjusting traffic light timings and suspending parking and loading bays to increase traffic flow, as well as taking advantage of the quieter summer holiday period.
We will continue to monitor progress and hope that local councillors will do the same.

Illegal Wood Burning: Message from Camden

Camden Council’s Sustainability Team writes to the BRA and its members:
“Many residents are reporting an upsurge in household wood burning across Camden and we are therefore asking all Residents’ Associations to remind members that it is illegal to burn wood or coal in open fireplaces and in many wood-burning stoves.
Air pollution is a major public health issue in Camden, with much of the borough exceeding World Health Organisation limits for ultra-fine particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) and nitrogen oxides. Wood burning is a major source of PM2.5 and affects lung function in children and the elderly, creating and worsening health conditions such as asthma.
Camden is a designated Smoke Control Area to help protect the health of residents. This designation gives the local authority powers to issue fines of up to £1,000 if wood or coal is burned in open fireplaces or in unauthorised wood burning stoves.
If you have any concerns about wood burning in your area, please contact greencamden@camden.gov.uk.”

Clean Camden

Clean Camden is a campaign by Camden Council to crack down on littering, dog fouling and fly-tipping.  Please let Camden know if you spot a place that needs attention.  You do not need to give your name.   Anyone can report fly-tipping or other street mess on the Clean Camden app which can be downloaded free of charge from the usual app stores.   You can also make a report online at https://environmentservices.camden.gov.uk/street.  Alternatively, you can email: uk.occamden@veolia.com; or phone: 020 7974 2202