As part of our work on the Camley Street neighbourhood plan we have been talking to architects, planners, designers and others about how the future development of our neighbourhood can be shaped by the people who actually live and work here rather than outside property developers buying up the land and then presenting us with their vision for it’s future. As a result of a lot of discussions, meetings and simple hard graft we’ve grown the idea of creating a non-profit community led property development company from the germ of an idea into something that’s now attracting serious interest.
Those of you that have attended past events and meetings will have seen the outline of these ideas about how to provide truly affordable housing and seen how they have grown over the past couple of years into something that’s now mature enough to present to the world. A few weeks ago we made the decision to invite the Camden New Journal to meet with us and they published their report under the headline “Housing move that leaves out profit-hungry developers”
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.
Having been a huge success in previous years, this year’s Camley Street Autumn Harvest Party promises to be the most successful yet.
Starting at 5pm, the night will entail games and activities for adults and kids alike, a re-match of last years (highly competitive) Camley Street apple pie bake-off, an on-site bonfire and live music from gypsy-jazz band, Giles Likes Tea, and Straight Horns Blues Band. And of course – not forgetting food – there will be a gourmet hog roast, plenty of locally sourced salads, and vegetable-dishes for the veggies amongst us.
There will also be news about the Camley Street Neighbourhood Plan with ‘artists impressions’ of how the neighbourhood plan will shape the future of the Camley Street Area
Free entry to all Camley Street Neighbourhood Forum residents and guests – kids, pets, neighbours and out-of-towners all more than welcome!
No tickets needed, however if you do want to keep up-to-date on the event, head to https://www.facebook.com/events/791305067642831
When: 16th September, 5pm – 9pm
Where: Alara Wholefoods Ltd., 110-112 Camley Street, London N1C 4PF
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 https://planprojects.typeform.com/to/cmVhtt
If you have any questions then email us at: info at CamleyStreet.org.uk 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!
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 Brayshaw, Sumata 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