Camely Street Annual Wassailing Party

This year or annual wassailing party to ‘wake up’ the trees and plants in time for spring is on Friday February 10th and all Camley Street neighbours are invited so do come along. There will be live music, a tombola, tours of the orchard, children’s activities, a bonfire, and of course food and drink.

Actually wassailing around the apple trees to wake up them up is very enjoyable but fortunately not mandatory so if you just want to come and enjoy the vibe, meet a few neighbours (more each year), and generally have a fun few hours then do drop in, it’s a very relaxed and fun event, neighbours of all ages and vintages welcome.

Resident Questionnaire for our Neighbourhood Plan

Over the next couple of days you should receive a leaflet and a survey questionnaire from us and we hope you can find the time to fill it in and return it as the answers you give are going to be very important in determining how Camley Street is redeveloped over the next few years.

If you’d prefer to do the survey online rather than on paper then you’ll find an interactive copy here

If you have any questions then email us at: info at or meet us on Sunday 6th September – we’ll on Barker Drive just opposite the Garden Centre – with spare leaflets and brollies if it’s raining!

Our Autumn Harvest Festival on 25 September

Our Camley Street Autumn Harvest Party is on Friday 25 September from 6-9pm and as well as gathering around a blazing autumn bonfire with other neighbours there will be a Grape Harvest, live music and free food.

Camley Street Harvest Party

Your Invitation

Most of the apples and pears in the food will be from the fruit trees that have been planted in Camley Street over the past few year so the ‘food miles’ for the evening will be really low – zero in a lot of cases.

Most of the apples and pears in the food will be from the fruit trees that have been planted in Camley Street over the past few year so the ‘food miles’ for the evening will be really low – zero in a lot of cases.

The party is being hosted by Alara Wholefoods and if you RSVP ahead of the day they will have a goody bag of treats for you when you arrive.

We hope to see you there.

Annual General Meeting is on 16 June

Our 2015 annual general meeting will be on Tuesday 16 June at the Camley Street Natural Park starting at 6pm with drinks and nibbles. We’d really like to hear about your ideas for the future of the area and what should and should not be in our Neighbourhood Plan – things you’d like to see improved and changed; how you’d like to see the area improved; changes to the footpaths, cycleways and roads; what you’d like to see built, and not built!

It’s increasingly obvious that the whole of Camley Street will be completely redeveloped in the near future, just look at the number of new buildings being erected the other side of the railway lines.  Plus work will soon start on more high rise buildings at 102 and 103 Camley Street, Agar Grove and Maiden Lane – it’s going to get busy.

We’re hoping to have a scale model of the area around Camley Street at the AGM that will show what it will look like what all of the currently approved planning applications are built.  I’ve seen an early version of it and it’s startlingly different from what this neighbourhood looks like now.

That’s why it’s so important that we create our own plan for the Camley Street Neighbourhood so do come along to find out what’s happening, what’s already been done and pitch in your own ideas.



Camley Street Community Land Trust

We are proposing to establish a ‘Community Land Trust’ to lead the redevelopment of the north end of Camley Street that would be owned and controlled by the people who live and work within the Camley Street Neighbourhood Forum Area – in other words you and me!

It’s early days yet but we’ve discussed the outline of the idea with Camden and other landowners and, so far, things are going well. We’ve also been speaking with Locality and a number of industry leading experts, advisors and financiers and have recieved a unanimously positive response to the proposal.

We launched our Camley Street Proposals at the Wassailing party on February 27th.

Wassailing 2015

On Friday 27th February their will be a free Wassailing Party in Camley Street from 4pm to 8pm and you are invited. There will be organic food and non-alcoholic drinks, live entertainment and, of course, Wassailing to wake up the apple trees. Do come along, it’s a very relaxed and fun event, neighbours of all ages welcome.

We’ll also be there to launch some exciting ideas we have for the redvelopment of Camley Street.

Camley Street Wassail Party 2015

Camley Street Wassail Party 2015

Second YourShout Public Exhibition

The owners of 101 and 102 Camley Street have engaged public reations company Your Shout to present their development proposals for the two sites at a second public exhibition on:

  • Tuesday 10 June at the Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children,
    105 Camley Street, London N1C 4PF

    • 4:15pm to 6:45pm = exhibition
    • 7:00pm to 8:00pm = Q&A session

You should receive a YourShout Exhibition Invitation Leaflet telling you about this in the next few days.

Your Shout tell us that members of the development team will be there to answer any
questions and talk through the detailed proposals.  They also plan to hold a Q and A session straight after the public exhibition at 7pm until 8pm.

We’ll be very interested to see and hear how they have responded to our comments and concerns from their first exhibition on 6 March our comments and concerns from their first exhibition on 6 March.

Annual General Meeting 2014

Our AGM on Thursday was attended by about thirty-five members and all three of our Camden Councillors: Cllr Sumata Khatoon, Cllr Peter Brayshaw and Cllr Roger Robinson.

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We were also pleased to welcome Jasper Cuppiage of Camden Brewery  who told us about his ambition to move Camden Brewerys company headquarters to Camley Street with 45 jobs and the latest technology in brewing.Camden Town Brewery logo

Jasper also presented two posters showing an artists impression of their proposed development of 102 Camley Street and some of the history of Camden Brewery since it brewed its first pint in 2010.

David Powell (resident member) gave un update on the forum’s progress and achievements so far:

  • Creating the forum and getting us recognised by Camden Council
  • Lobbying to get the HS1/HS2 link cancelled
  • Creating a green agenda for Camley Street
  • Work so far on our neighboyurhood plan and shaping the future development of Camley street.

This was followed by the election of the committee.  Thirteen individuals volunteered to join the managing committee and were elected (seven members who live in the Camley Street area and six individuals who work here). They are:
Chair: David Powell (Resident), Secretary: Peter McGinty (Resident), Treasurer: John Hayes (Daily Fish). Members: Ahmed Waza (Richmond Laundries), Alex Smith (Alara), Christian Spencer-Davies (Amodels), David Royston-Lee (Resident), Farra Pedley (Resident), Kay Lacey (Resident), Marrio Raggio (IMS of Smithfield), Paul Matthew (Fashshot), Richard Cotton (Resident), Valerie Barnett (Resident).

For more details of the meeting read the AGM minutes.

There were then three ’round-table’ discussions on:

  1. Identifying Neighbourhood Hotspots
  2. Establishing our Environmental Principles and Priorities
  3. Camden Brewery as an alternative development for 102 Camley Street.

More news on all of those soon.

Don’t Forget! – AGM on Thursday 15 May

By now everyone living or working within the Camley Street Neighbourhood Forum Area should have received an invitation to the 2014 AGM which is this Thursday 15 May at the Frank Barnes School, Reapers Close / Camley Street starting at 7:00pm.

1. AGM & Elections

Nominations for election to the committee of the Camley Street Neighbourhood Forum are open. If you would like to help shape the future of the Camley Street area please do nominate yourself. The only condition is that you must live or work within the Camley Street Area.

2. Party

After a short update on the Neighbourhood Plan and news about the proposed development of 101 and 102 Camley Street, we want to make it a social evening.  There will be a party atmosphere helped along by the fact that Camden Brewery have generously offered one free drink for every person who attends.
It promises to be a fun and informative evening.

Meeting with Camden Council on 30 January 2014

Thank you to the 60+ people who came along to the meeting on Thursday evening. It was really heartening to see so many neighbours there – and of course local businesses, Councillors and Council officers.

The fact that all three of our ward Councillors (Peter BrayshawSumata Khatoon and Roger Robinson) were there as well as Councillor Theo Blackwell (Camden Cabinet member for Finance) supported by no less than four senior members of Camden’s Planning and Property team shows the seriousness with which we are regarded and the importance they attribute to the Camley Street and Elm Village neighbourhood.

There was a lot of information presented and many topics raised in the Q&A and I’ll not attempt to recap all of that here (watch out for future updates on the website) but I felt it was heartening to see the high level of agreement there was on many subjects and the fact that all parties, especially the Council, reacted positively to some frank exchanges of view.

There’s a lot of work to do but we are now on the move and there’s plenty to build on.

And once again, thank you for your support.

Peter & David