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.
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.
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.
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:
- Identifying Neighbourhood Hotspots
- Establishing our Environmental Principles and Priorities
- Camden Brewery as an alternative development for 102 Camley Street.
More news on all of those soon.
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.
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.