FN Newsletter 04-07-2023
BID ballot delayed, wine shop and bar approved, Crabtree Fields questions, lots of licensing applications...
In the last newsletter I reported that the largest businesses in Fitzrovia West will be voting this summer on whether to create a business improvement district. However, it turned out the information we had — taken from their website — was incorrect. It soon came to light that The Fitzrovia Partnership had abandoned its plans weeks earlier but kept it quiet, apart from telling Westminster Council and the businesses who would be voting. I contacted them by email and by telephone several times before I managed to extract up-to-date information from them. They offered me some lame excuse about why they had chosen to postpone the ballot until the autumn. They didn’t even update their own website to reflect the latest ballot timetable until well after I had published a follow up article. Make of that what you will…
Westminster Council has delayed its public consultation on its revised Oxford Street Programme until 17 July.
Be aware that Covid remains a public health concern, and Post-covid-19 condition (long Covid) remains a global public health crisis. Please follow NHS advice to avoid catching and spreading the virus. Vaccination information is on Camden’s website and Westminster’s website.
Our next printed newspaper will be available from outside Fitzrovia community Centre, 2 Foley Street, in September.
We’re still taking a bit of a break over the summer. Our next email newsletter will be in early August. If you want to get in touch with us to tell us what you think of our reporting, have a question, or would like to contribute to Fitzrovia News please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy the summer!
— Linus Rees, editor
The latest on our website
A business services group in Fitzrovia has done a hasty about-turn on holding a ballot to create a business improvement district (BID) in Fitzrovia West, mere weeks after being given the go-ahead by Westminster Council.
A new wine merchant, tasting school and wine bar can open in a former bakers’ shop in an eighteenth century residential building in Warren Street, despite concerns it could disturb families in social housing nearby, writes Julia Gregory, Local Democracy Reporter.
I had an email today from a representative of a number of parents and carers of children who are concerned about why Crabtree Fields public open space on the corner of Colville Place and Whitfield Street has not had a replacement playground built. And why is the park so filthy?
Westminster Council is doubling the number of secure cycle parking spaces for residents in Fitzrovia West
Our printed newspaper is available from outside Fitzrovia Community Centre, 2 Foley Street, along with the weekly Camden New Journal and the Westminster Extra, in early June. The following printed edition of Fitzrovia News will be published in September, and subsequent issues every three months, with the occasional special issues. See the newspaper archive for back issues.