A round up of the last week of news in Fitzrovia 28-01-2015

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Some updates since the last newsletter

Camden Council‘s cabinet approved officers’ recommendations for the West End Project to remove the one-way traffic system from Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street and carry out other public realm changes, despite local objections. Residents are concerned about more traffic in Fitzrovia’s side streets including Torrington Place and Charlotte Street. BBC News has reported that the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) is to challenge the decision in the courts. We’ve updated our news story to include the decision and other news reports. http://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2015/01/16/camden-to-decide-on-west-end-project-plans/

I’m told that some residents at 25 Gresse Street mistakenly thought that their building was included in the Crossrail 2 “area of surface interest” and could be demolished. It’s actually across the road from possible demolitions sites. We’ve updated our news story with another map to more clearly show the area that may be affected and TfL have toldFitzrovia News that they will give us a comment about the plans.http://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2015/01/16/gresse-street-and-rathbone-place-in-crossrail-2-line-of-fire/

Westminster City Council despite fierce opposition gave the go ahead for a proposed 3am private club in Newman Street to expand its capacity (albeit to 215 persons and not 280 as requested by the applicant). We’ve updated our news story on this here. http://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2015/01/19/a-bigger-late-night-club-in-newman-street-is-not-wanted/

News stories on our website since the last newsletter….

George Orwell‘s former drinking den the Newman Arms has shut but is to be re-opened after Shaftesbury plc bought the pub. http://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2015/01/21/newman-arms-aka-the-proles-pub-bought-by-shaftesbury-plc/

A short film tells the story behind the making of the Community Christmas Dinner at the Indian YMCA http://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2015/01/24/films-tells-story-behind-community-christmas-dinner-2014/

And another film tells a tale about Italian football fans in Charlotte Street http://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2015/01/26/a-passion-for-napoli-in-charlotte-street/

The cold weather has led to a record number of rough sleepers being helped off the streets… and then turfed out again… http://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2015/01/26/cold-weather-initiative-takes-in-record-number-of-street-sleepers-in-camden/

We have previews of art exhibitions at Tottenham Streethttp://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2015/01/27/newtons-art-of-1980s-computer-culture-at-tottenham-street-gallery/ and Charlotte Street http://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2015/01/28/the-city-and-its-crowds-by-oona-hassim-at-woolff-gallery/

And fledgling lifestyle magazine Fitzrovia Journal has a release party tonight at Getty Images Gallery in Eastcastle Street http://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2015/01/27/lifestyle-magazine-celebrates-fourth-issue-at-getty-images-gallery/ Expect lots of pictures of this moody-looking character http://instagram.com/p/yWj2uXKw3W/

Coming up…

You may have noticed there’s lots of building work going on. Next week Westminster City Council are likely to approve another redevelopment plan, this time on the corner ofLangham Street and Great Portland Street. Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum are now recognised by the planning officers and their comments are summarised in the report http://committees.westminster.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=203&MId=3614

Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum is still awaiting formal recognition head of plans to write a neighbourhood plan. Conjoined twin the Marylebone Forum is also awaiting a decision https://www.westminster.gov.uk/neighbourhood-forum-applications

Meanwhile Fitzrovia East Neighbourhood Forum is pushing ahead with an application to be formally recognised by Camden Council. We’ll have an update in the March edition ofFitzrovia News.

As for the Fitzrovia Partnership Business Improvement District… They seem to have been keeping very quiet recently.

However their paymasters Derwent London have launched the next stage of their charm offensive ahead of more demolition of buildings in our beloved barrio. Read all about it on their website http://www.derwentlondon.com/news/article/fitzrovia-community-fund-2015

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Linus Rees
assistant editor

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