FN Newsletter 05-06-2023
Man dies in collision with lorry driver from construction site, West Fitzrovia BID announced, Fitzrovia Arts Festival, the latest news and public consultations
In this issue we bring you the very sad news of a death from a collision on Charlotte Street. A young man cycling lost his life after he was hit by a driver of a 32 tonne lorry which had just left a major construction site on the corner of Howland Street and Whitfield Street. The site remains closed while an investigation is carried out into why the driver was allowed to leave the site at 7.40am and turn down Charlotte Street — both acts in breach of the construction management plan agreed with Camden Council. Developers ignoring construction management plans is nothing new in Fitzrovia, unfortunately. Residents have long complained about lorry movements and out-hours-working with “years of developers and constructors doing largely what they wish”.
Camden needs to pull its finger out and proactively enforce construction management plans to make sure developers and their contractors and subcontractors are sticking to the agreements that Camden have made with them rather than just have faith in these property developers to do the right thing. There are good reasons why Camden has set down these requirements, but they’re not worth the paper they’re written on if they’re not enforced.
The largest businesses in Fitzrovia West will be voting this month on whether to create a business improvement district. For residents this will mean a change in the character of the neighbourhood — increased commercial activity, and an expansion of the evening and night time economy.
The Fitzrovia Arts Festival runs from Sunday 11 to Saturday 17 June at various locations across the neighbourhood.
Fitzrovia Community Centre is also holding events this summer.
June is also Pride in London month with events taking place at various locations up to the parade on 1 July.
Westminster Council is due to open a public consultation on its revised Oxford Street Programme at the end of this month.
If any of you are members of history societies in Westminster, such as the St Marylebone Society, I would like some help in producing occasional features of historical interest to our readers.
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 latest printed newspaper is available from outside Fitzrovia community Centre, 2 Foley Street, and the following issue will be out in September.
We’ll be taking a bit of a break over the summer. So maybe expect a newsletter once a month and fewer articles. 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
Police are appealing for witnesses and carrying out an investigation after a cyclist riding a Lime hire e-bike died in a collision with a driver of a lorry on Charlotte Street, on the morning of Wednesday 24 May.
The London Cycling Campaign has praised initiatives to make travel greener in London and identified the Borough of Camden as “one of the stars” in the capital, writes Julia Gregory, Local Democracy Reporter.
Since my article was published about Shaftesbury Capital’s plans to convert the upstairs of The Wheatsheaf pub into flats, “large numbers of customers” have apparently been asking the manager: “When is The Wheatsheaf going to close?” writes Angela Lovely.
Professor Stephen Reicher, social psychologist and a member of Independent Sage, will deliver a lecture at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre this month about the Covid pandemic and government decision-making.
Fitzrovia is blighted by the concentration of short-term lets in the neighbourhood, and both Camden and Westminster councils have raised concerns about the impact it has on its communities as well as the local housing market.
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.