Coronavirus: Camden responds to COVID-19 pandemic
Here you can find daily key announcements from Camden Council in response to the coronavirus crisis. For more information and guidance, head to our coronavirus webpage or call our dedicated coronavirus helpline on 020 7974 4444 and select option 9.
Friday 28 August
Camden libraries update
On Monday 7 September, Kilburn, Kentish Town and Camden Town libraries will reopen to give customers limited computer access, as well as the opportunity to browse and borrow books. To keep customers safe, libraries will be kept to limited numbers and browsing time will be a maximum of 20 minutes. The libraries will have a one-way system in place along with sanitisation stations and regular cleaning.
The libraries will open Monday to Saturday from 10.30am to 3.30pm. For more information on the services available at Camden libraries, visit camden.gov.uk/libraries
Thursday 20 August
Supporting safer travel in Camden by widening the pavement in three more areas
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created new road safety challenges as well as affecting our local economy. We want to make it easier and safer for people to walk and cycle locally, shop on their local high street, reach their local green spaces, schools and NHS sites, all while maintaining physical distancing. As lock down measures continue to ease the Council is also committed to supporting our local businesses to reopen safely and successfully
Following on from our successful implementation of four Streateries across Camden and five pavement widening schemes we are now widening the pavement in three further busy Camden locations:
- Heath Street
- Regent’s Park Road
- Brecknock Road
Each one of these locations were suggested and supported by people using our online engagement tool Commonplace. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to make suggestions. We are continuing to implement changes across the borough based on your comments. This Commonplace tool is now closed but you can read all the comments made on the website. https://camdensafetravel.commonplace.is/
Widening the pavement in these three vibrant locations will make it easier for people to maintain physical distance while shopping locally, visiting their local green space, queuing at local shops and visiting local amenities all without having to step into the road. Widening the pavement also helps to support local businesses to keep their customers safe and boost business by providing a safe space to have tables and chairs with room to move alongside them.
For more detail on all the changes in these three locations you can visit our website https://www.camden.gov.uk/making-travel-safer-in-camden or contact us via: firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7974 4444.
Thursday 13 August
Supporting business to reopen safely through four new Streateries in Camden
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created new challenges for our local economy and as lock down measures continue to ease the Council is committed to supporting our local businesses to reopen safely and successfully. As part of this we are working to provide new ways to support and boost our local high streets and town centres whilst keeping them safe and secure for our communities.
Creating Streateries is one way we are supporting businesses to operate differently to ensure they are COVID secure. A Streatery is a car free outdoor dining space for restaurants, cafes and other businesses to place tables and chairs. Providing more temporary space for these businesses helps customers to physically distance whilst eating/drinking out. This will help boost hospitality businesses by giving more space for customers to take advantage of the remainder of the summer weather (and potentially for longer).
Following on from the successful Streatery in Belsize Village we are creating a further four Streateries in South End Green, Charlotte Street, Goodge Street and Drummond Street. At South End Green we will widening pavements in the area as well as relocating the bus stand for the 168. On Charlotte Street the road will be change to one way southbound with widened pavements and a new cycle lane. On Goodge Street and Drummond Street widening pavements will give more space alongside space for loading and access.
In all these areas the new space will allow cafes and restaurants to serve customers alfresco by adding tables and chairs to the pavement and/or road. These physically distanced tables will help boost the local economy, whilst keeping customers safe.
More Streateries are planned as we continue to work closely with local Business Improvement Districts and stakeholders to create a series of Streateries across Camden. Creating local Streateries is one way in which the council is responding to the impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19), they are part of a wider range of measures which are being put in place to make travel in Camden Safer. You can find out more about these changes on our website https://www.camden.gov.uk/making-travel-safer-in-camden. We are also relaxing planning and licensing restrictions in line with government guidance until the 30th September 2021. Full guidance on these changes can be found on our website. www.camden.gov.uk/business-support.
For more detail on all the changes in these two locations you can visit our website https://www.camden.gov.uk/making-travel-safer-in-camden or contact us via: email@example.com / 020 7974 4444
Thursday 13 August
Camden supports cultural venues to access funding
The Council is running a series of online workshops in partnership with local cultural organisations to support those planning to make an application to the Culture Recovery fund.
The workshops will provide essential information about the fund, the application process and will talk through the application questions. Two workshops are currently planned on the following dates:
- Friday 14 August 11am– 12.30pm. This session is primarily targeted to Grass Roots Music Venues operators, however anyone interested in attending this session should email firstname.lastname@example.org to register interest in attending the workshop.
- Tuesday 24 August 2.30pm – 4pm. This is an open workshop for anyone that is eligible to apply to the ACE Culture Recovery Fund. Please email email@example.com to register interest in attending the workshop
Find out more information about funding available to cultural organisations.
Wednesday 12 August
On Monday 17 August, the Council will launch a ‘Request and Read’ service at Swiss Cottage, Holborn and Highgate libraries. Simply order your books online or over the phone, then pick them up from a counter in the library. On return all books will then be quarantined for 72 hours before becoming available for reissue.
Camden library book returns will be accepted at any of our open libraries
- West Hampstead, Pancras Square, Queen’s Crescent (from now)
- Swiss Cottage, Holborn (from 17 August)
- Highgate (from 18 August).
Pancras Square, West Hampstead and Queen’s Crescent libraries are currently open for computer access only.
Please remember that it is now mandatory to wear a face covering when visiting a library.
Monday 3 August
We are pleased to reopen the first of Camden’s libraries today (Monday 3 August). Pancras Square, West Hampstead and Queen’s Crescent libraries will open to give customers limited access to computers only.
This is part of our phased approach to reopening following Public Health England guidelines.
Visitors won’t need to book a place as computers will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The libraries will operate to amended opening hours, 10.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Saturday.
Libraries will have a number of measures in place to keep residents and staff safe. These include:
- Computers spaced to allow social distancing
- Regular cleaning between users
- Library users are asked to use face coverings in line with government guidance. Library staff will also be provided with PPE
- Family PC use is limited to one adult and one child only
- Customers are limited to one session of up to one hour per day
Find out more about our plans to reopen Camden libraries.
Monday 27 July
Free business courses for residents
Camden Council has invested £23,500 to enable PopUp Business School to run a free online business start-up course for Camden residents in September.
The two-week course is aimed at residents who want to start or restart their own business and runs from 10am-3pm, Monday 7 – Friday 18 September. Residents can sign up for this course today.
Friday 17 July
Making travel Safer in Camden – Changes in Seven Dials in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
We are continuing to make fast paced changes to streets across Camden in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). From the 24 July we will be undertaking a number of changes in Seven Dials to make it safer and easier for you to walk and cycle to key destinations as well as supporting this important commercial area as businesses continue to reopen.
Seven Dials is a busy mixed-use area of Central London and is home to over 150 independent retail and restaurant /café businesses as well as three hotels, three theatres, hundreds of office workers and over 290 residential apartments. We know from previous engagement with the local community and stakeholders that there is large amounts of rat running traffic cutting across the area especially via Mercer Street and Monmouth Street.
As a busy commercial location with high pedestrian footfall there was an existing need for improved pedestrian safety and amenities which was being explored before the pandemic, these plans have now been expanded and accelerated. We are also responding to comments may be the public as this area was also highlighted by Camden residents and stakeholders on our online engagement tool as a location which needed improvements in response to the pressures of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The website is now closed for suggestions but you can still read the comments.
To tackle these road safety issues and support the local economy, we are making a number of changes to make it easier and safer for people to walk and cycle locally while reducing rat-running.
We are going to be reducing through traffic by adding bollards to a number of streets with some 24 hour restrictions and some timed restrictions, in addition to changes to traffic direction. Alongside traffic free streets, parking and loading spaces will be removed from across the area and given over to pedestrians. These changes will make the area quieter and safer for pedestrians and cyclists, helping “re-open” this important commercial area, and provide more space for people to physically distance.
Access for residents, emergency services and refuse lorries will be maintained and new parking and loading facilities provided in other locations. We are also adding cycle stands and space for a dockless bike hire bay to create new facilities for cyclists.
For more detail on all the changes you can visit our website https://www.camden.gov.uk/making-travel-safer-in-camden or contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 020 7974 4444.
Wednesday 8 July
Citizens’ Assembly to improve health and care in Camden restarts
Camden’s first ever Citizens’ Assembly looking at the future of health, care and wellbeing restarted online last week (29 June), giving residents the opportunity to help shape the future of health and social care in the borough.
Tuesday 7 July
Camden teams up with leading tech companies to deliver online work experience for the borough’s students
Camden Council, alongside high-profile organisations such as Google, Skanska and the Francis Crick Institute, have developed a virtual programme giving students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience during lockdown.
250 local students in Years 11, 12 and 13 are taking part in a number of online placements in June and July to gain the skills and confidence needed to help them in a future career.
Monday 6 July
Following the most recent guidance from government, we are working on plans to make sure Camden’s libraries can be opened safely. This will include a phased approach to reopening, with limited computer access available at two libraries first. This approach will be followed in the remaining venues over the summer period.
During this time we will continue to offer our digital library and expand our range of online events and resources. During the coronavirus outbreak, the Home Library Service (HLS) has delivered books to residents on the government’s shielded list. Over the summer, the service will resume deliveries to its existing housebound customers with an aim to expand its offer to new clients.
Protecting residents and staff remains our priority and we are working to make sure that safety measures are in place before reopening. This includes completing full risk assessments of all our libraries in consultation with our union colleagues. We will release more information on our steps to reopening with dates very soon. We look forward to welcoming residents back to Camden’s libraries.
Friday 3 July
Stay safe and follow the guidance this weekend
This weekend (4 & 5 July), some lockdown restrictions will be eased and many businesses including bars, pubs and restaurants will reopen. If you’re heading out please stay safe and follow the guidance in place:
- Keep 2m apart from others where possible
- Plan ahead to check if a business will be busy or if you need to book
- Walk or cycle instead of using public transport
- Use cashless payments
- Wear face coverings where you cannot maintain a 2m distance
- Wash your hands regularly
If you’re visiting Camden’s parks or open spaces please keep a safe distance from others, do not BBQ in parks and take your littler home when bins aren’t provided. Our frontline teams will be out across Camden over the weekend to make sure residents and business are staying safe. We’re also working closely with the police to monitor and address any issues. If you’re concerned about a business not operating safely or want to report an issue, use the contacts below:
- Report antisocial behaviour at email@example.com or call 020 7974 2915
- If you’re concerned about a business breaching their licence report it online or call 020 7974 4444.
- For issues with noise and nuisance, or security on our estates call 020 7974 4444
- Call 101 to report a crime or 999 if it is an emergency
Friday 3 July
Making travel safer in Camden – providing new cycling facilities
We know that more and more Camden residents are taking up cycling as a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We want to make it easier and safer for people to cycle around the borough but also to provide the infrastructure to support them to keep their bikes safe locally.
Transport for London has suggested there could be more than a 10-fold increase in kilometres cycled compared to pre-COVID-19 levels. More people than ever are choosing to walk or cycle, as the capacity of public transport is greatly reduced due to the need to physically distance. We are already seeing evident of this in Camden, as weekend cycle flows at three automatic cycle count point sites in Camden have recorded an average increase of 120% in cycling levels this May compared to last.
To support safer cycling we are both improving existing cycle routes and adding new ones including:
- Goods Way, where we have introduced bollards separating cyclists from traffic and widening the existing lanes
- York Way, where we are working with Islington Council to create new protected cycle lanes on both sides of the road
- Gray’s Inn Road, where we are delivering an exciting scheme to improve cycling and pedestrian facilities including new segregated cycle lanes between Harrison Street and High Holborn
We have ambitious plans for extending our cycle network with new pop up cycle lanes you can view these plans on our online map. You can also track our progress with all the schemes we have been delivering since lockdown began. Additionally we continue to loan bikes free of charge to key workers and cargo bikes to Camden families supporting more people to cycle locally.
In support to the new and improved cycle ways we are also adding new residential cycle storage facilities at various locations across the borough including at:
- Ampton Place
- Regents Square
- Rochester Square
- Islip Street
- Gilden Crescent
- Parkhill Road
These locations provide covered and secured storage for bikes allowing more people to keep bikes, especially where indoor space is limited.
We are also going to be delivering a network of dockless bike hire bays, starting with 70 bays in the area of the borough south of the Euston Road, providing a high quality alternative to public transport and freeing up pavement space for pedestrian movement and social distancing.
For more information on road safety changes we are making in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit our dedicated webpages.
Thursday 2 July
Camden publishes Outbreak Plan to support its communities as coronavirus lockdown eases
On Tuesday 30 June, the Council published its plans to prevent local outbreaks of coronavirus by continuing to support all residents, communities and business to understand and follow public health advice.
This includes advice to have a test if you show symptoms and to help trace people who you have been in contact with via NHS Test and Trace so that they can then self-isolate and help prevent further spread of infection.
Wednesday 1 July
'We must take action to tackle coronavirus inequalities’, says Council leader
Camden is taking action to address the unequal impacts of COVID-19 on Black, Asian and minority ethnic residents in the borough and prevent existing inequalities from getting even wider as a result of this pandemic.
In a report published today, the Council explores how disproportionality is affecting residents locally and outlines six key topics that will be examined to better understand the issues Black, Asian and minority ethnic residents are facing whilst developing actions to protect those in need.
Making travel Safer in Camden – improving cycling on York Way
We are continuing to make fast paced changes to streets across Camden in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). In partnership with Islington Council we are introducing a number of improvements to cycling on York Way over this summer starting from the 6th July.
York Way is already a busy cycle route with over 1300 people cycling each day, coupled with a poor road safety record with 15 cycling casualties recorded over the past 3 years. York Way was highlighted by Camden residents and stakeholders on our online engagement tool as a location which needed improvements in response to the pressures of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The website is now closed for suggestions but you can read the comments.
To tackle both these road safety issues and cater for the growing number of cyclists, we are making a number of changes to make it easier and safer for people to use this important cycle route.
The project is being delivered in three phases, with phase 1 starting on the 6th July (phases 2 and 3 are subject to further approvals).
Phase 1: Between Wharfdale Road and Freight Lane:
- Installing mandatory cycle lanes of between 1.5m and 2.5 metres wide on both sides of the road wherever possible, leaving a minimum vehicular travel lane (3.25m wide) in each direction.
- Installing temporary ‘kerb and wands’ inside the white cycle lane marking to protect cyclists. Where there is a need for vehicles to reach ‘inset’ parking, rubber ‘orca’ kerbs will be installed to allow vehicles to drive over them.
- Lengthening of advanced stop lines for cyclists at each junction to allow more space for cyclists to wait at junctions.
- Installing of Shared Use Bus Boarders at northbound bus stops, to maintain protection of cyclists around bus stops, whilst still enabling bus passengers to board and alight from buses at the same level.
- Removing paid and residential parking near Copenhagen Street to enable a safe continuous, cycle facility to be built leading up to the junction.
- Removing off-peak hours parking facility on York Way between Crinan Street and Wharfdale Road.
- Restricting the ability for vehicles to load next to the kerb between Freight Lane and Crinan Street to create an uninterrupted, safe cycling route.
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Making travel safer in Camden – Gray’s Inn Road
Camden is continuing to deliver transport schemes across the borough which support sustainable transport. Making changes to support walking, cycling and public transport are more important than ever as we respond to the new road safety challenges caused by the impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Approval has now been given on a new scheme to improve cycling and walking along Gray’s Inn Road. The scheme was consulted on in winter 2019 and will bring road safety benefits and improvements to the public realm in this busy area.
The improvements will include:
- New segregated cycle lanes in both directions on Gray’s Inn Road between Harrison Street and High Holborn making it safer and easier for cyclists to travel around the area.
- Cycling improvements at the junction with Ampton Street/ Sidmouth Street and Calthorpe Street/ Guilford Street.
- New continuous pavements at selected junctions with side streets giving pedestrians priority in these locations
- Bus stops along the corridor are to be consolidated (reduced in number and relocated to maintain spacing) to minimize the impact on bus journey times and journey reliability.
- Relocating parking and loading provision onto neighbouring side streets giving more space for pedestrians and cyclists while still supporting local business and resident use.
While this scheme was not designed in response to Coronavirus it will reallocate road space to favour pedestrians and cyclists giving more space for people to physically distance. As there is an immediate need for these safety improvements in response to Coronavirus we are using an Experimental Traffic Order, during the trial period we will work closely with businesses on Gray’s Inn Road to establish a sustainable and strategic Freight Action Plan for this corridor. Once made this order can be brought into force relatively quickly. The experimental scheme will run for 18 months and you are able to comment at any time on the changes we have implemented.
At the end of the trial period, we will not carry out another full public consultation on whether or not to make the scheme permanent. The decision on whether or not to make this scheme permanent will be taken using feedback provided and data collected during the trial period, as well as consideration of how this scheme contributes towards delivering Camden’s transport policies.
If you have any further questions or comments on the measures email: safetravel@Camden.gov.uk or call us on 020 7974 4444.
Monday 29 June
Camden Council works with landlords to help tackle the impact of coronavirus
In April Camden Council convened a working group of landlords in the Borough to share best practice and co-ordinate opportunities to provide further support for retailers, food and drink and leisure operators as well as office occupiers across Camden.
The group, which has met twice already in sessions chaired by the council, is also reviewing individual responses to coronavirus to ensure a consistency of approach.
The working group, chaired by Councillor Danny Beales, Cabinet Member for Investing in Communities and an Inclusive Economy, comprises of representatives from Shaftesbury, British Land, LabTech, Derwent, The Office Group, Lazari, Bedford Estates, Argent and Landsec, working alongside council officers.
Wednesday 24 June
Supporting families with free cargo bike loans
We have been working hard to find new ways to support our residents in response to the impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We already have over 20 bikes out on loan to Key workers helping them to get to and from work without having to use public transport which is currently running at a reduced capacity due to physical distancing requirements. We have loaned bikes to NHS doctors, nurses and support staff, to researchers and technicians at the Crick Institute, to teachers, to supply chain workers and to our own staff involved in assisting the community response.
Additionally we have a small fleet of electric assist cargo bikes which we are now offering to parents with children in a Camden school. These bikes are usually loaned to businesses, but now families across Camden have been using the bikes to help travel safely around the borough.
“The experience has been incredible so far. Back in February I was taking my 2 year old to nursery then my five year old to reception and then to work. Now at weekends we try to take longer rides to try new cycle ways and super cycle ways. Since January I have been doing more than 100Km per week. This represents savings from around £90-£100 to our family from not using public transport at all. This not only has become our main form of transportation but also physical therapy as I'm currently treating problems with my knees” Daniel Montero, Camden Resident
Since the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lock down we have already started to see a growth in cycling across Camden. Weekend cycle flows at our three automatic cycle count point sites have recorded an average increase of 120% in cycling levels this May compared to last.
More than ever it is important that people travelling by bike are able to do so as safely and as comfortably as possible, and we know that many people will be taking up cycling for the first time or may be less experienced cycling on London’s busy roads. We have ambitious plans for our cycle network. This map (PDF) shows where we would like to add new pop up cycle lanes and you can see the improvements we are already making to existing cycle lanes and our broader plans on our website.
We have had more requests for help than we could provide but key workers and families can still register their interest at email@example.com
Friday 19 June
Use our parks safely this weekend
We want everyone to enjoy our parks safely, so it’s important everyone follows the guidance and helps to stop the spread of coronavirus. Please keep a 2m distance from anyone who doesn’t live with you or not in your support bubble, and always wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors. If you’re in our parks and open spaces over the weekend, please don’t use them for barbeques and avoid areas when busy.
Camden has reopened a number of its public toilets with strict hygiene and social distancing measures in place. There are likely to be queues, so please use your toilet at home if you can:
Our frontline teams will be out across the weekend to make sure that businesses are following safe social distancing guidance for staff and customers. Find out more
Wednesday 17 June
Thank you for helping to make travel safer in Camden
Since early May we have been gathering suggestions from residents and stakeholders from across Camden, via our dedicated Commonplace map, on where we should be making changes to our streets.
We have had over 1,200 comments nominating places where we should be responding to the challenge of Coronavirus (COVID-19). In particular around making it easier for people to physically distance, improving cycling facilities and reducing rat running and speeding in residential streets.
Thank you to everyone who has made a suggestion already. We are reviewing every location that has been highlighted and are working on prioritising places where we can deliver the greatest benefit and are the most practical to implement, as well as those that can help key workers, such as staff at hospitals and other NHS sites.
We are already making changes based on comments made on the commonplace map. As part of the next phase of schemes we will be installing measures to make it safer for people to physically distance and walk and cycle on our streets at the following locations.
Reducing through traffic
Red Lion Street
Kentish Town Road
Hampstead High Street
You can find out more about these schemes and the many other changes we are making on our website https://www.camden.gov.uk/making-travel-safer-in-camden
If you have not already made a suggestion on the Commonplace map and you would still like to do so, the map will be open for comments until 28 June.
Tuesday 16 June
We are continuing to provide free parking spaces to NHS and key workers as we reintroduce many of our general parking restrictions across the borough.
We are currently issuing warning notices to any vehicle that is not displaying a valid permit or has not paid for parking where required.
From Monday 22 June, normal parking suspensions and enforcement will be reintroduced. This will help to make sure our roads remain accessible as work and other activities begin to resume.
Our parking enforcement officers have continued to patrol the streets throughout the pandemic providing a critical marshalling service to support key workers. We ask that you continue to show them respect and courtesy as they carry out their roles.
For more information about these changes go to camden.gov.uk/parking1
Friday 12 June
Making travel Safer in Camden
We are continuing to make fast faced changes to streets across Camden in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) making it easier for people to physically distance and reducing rat running and speeding in residential streets.
We have had over 1100 comments on our Commonplace map with your suggestions of locations we should be making changes. This month we will be delivering safety based changes at 8 new locations which includes a number of locations nominated by you.
Restricting through traffic:
- Prowse Place
- Red Lion Street and Dane Street
- Swain’s Lane
In each of these locations we will be restricting through traffic on residential streets by introducing a mixture of bollards and signage, preventing rat running, reducing speeding and making the streets safer for people walking and cycling. Access to all properties on both sides of the restrictions will always be maintained, while bin lorries and emergency services can access through the bollards.
- Chetwynd Road
- Hampstead High Street
- Kentish Town Road
- Millfield Lane
- Well Walk
In each of these locations we will be widening pavements making it easier and safer for everyone to walk and cycle locally, shop on their local high street, reach their local green spaces, schools and NHS sites, all while maintaining physical distancing.
More information on the measures at each of these locations is available on our website https://www.camden.gov.uk/making-travel-safer-in-camden.
Thank you to everyone who has made a nomination and we’d love to keep receiving your comments via our map or by emailing us at safetravel@Camden.gov.uk or calling 020 7974 4444.
Tuesday 9 June
New discretionary grant fund
Today Camden launches a new grant fund for businesses in Camden. We have been allocated £3.64m for this grant scheme from government but we know from our businesses that demand will exceed the available grants so we have given very careful consideration to ensure this funding can make a difference where it needed the most.
For this fund we are going to be focusing on delivering support to those small and micro businesses in Camden which were not eligible for previous government grants, and who have suffered significant fall in income while battling fixed property costs.
In particular we will be supporting businesses within shared workspaces, severe hardship cases and market traders.
Supporting shared spaces and market traders
We are proud of Camden’s position at the heart of the UK’s Knowledge Economy, driving forward innovation in life sciences, AI and machine learning. But we also value our craft heritage, in places like Hatton Garden where jewellery trades and manufacturing operate in traditional workshops alongside designer maker studios and newer creative and media specialisms. We want Camden to be a place where creativity thrives, in a modern setting.
Camden Market is an iconic establishment and a very important part of Camden Town’s identity as visitor destination of international importance as well as a prominent part of London’s Night Time Economy offer. With over 600 traders on the site, there is substantial levels of local employment, that grant funding can help secure. (Camden’s street markets provide the platform to support many small businesses the opportunity to grow successful businesses without substantial initial investment in property. Markets are vital to supporting the local economy, creating active public spaces, serving local communities with reasonably priced goods in a safe outdoor environment and make a significant contribution to an area’s vibrancy.
Supporting extreme hardship cases
We expect there be significant demand for this funding and therefore we will have to prioritise applications based on acute need and hardship. We also want to ensure that the grant funding is impactful and supports business recovery. Although the main element of grant funding is focused upon shared workspaces, we recognise that there are a number of businesses who do not occupy such spaces and which previous government criteria asked us to not prioritise – such as those in properties with RV above £51,000.
So that we can support some of these businesses, we will allocate a proportion of the funding (with payments up to £25,000) to extreme hardship cases considering the following criteria:
- Very high levels of lost income of at least 70% since March 11th
- A clear strategy for how the grant funding will support the businesses recovery and survival once the lockdown conditions are removed
- A firm commitment to working with the council at a later date to support employment initiatives
- Meets the mandatory criteria and requirements
We expect a significant demand on this funding and we will require firm evidence to support applications.
At this stage we expect to have only one round of grant funding but should any funds be unallocated we will open up for further applications.
- The fund is now open for applications until Midday on Friday 19 June
- Check if you are eligible for the scheme by reading the eligibility criteria and FAQS
- Apply for a grant via our online application process
If you have any related general queries on doing business in Camden please contact the economic development team at firstname.lastname@example.org . You can find all the latest support for businesses on our dedicated web page at: www.camden.gov.uk/business-support
Tuesday 9 June
Camden Council partners with Mobilise to extend support for carers in Camden
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many residents have started looking after somebody who is shielding or more at risk, or providing higher levels of care if they were already in a caring role.
To support them, the Council have agreed a new partnership with the online support service Mobilise and now anybody looking after a family member, friend or neighbour can join the Mobilise community to connect with others in the same situation, share practical advice and access vital support.
Monday 8 June
Making travel safer in Camden
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created new road safety challenges in Camden that we are taking seriously.
We want to make it easier and safer for people to walk and cycle locally, shop on their local high street, reach their local green spaces, schools and NHS sites, all while maintaining physical distancing.
We are also looking to tackle future challenges caused by changes in the way that people travel once lockdown restrictions are eased. This includes a predicted rise in walking, cycling and car use with people less likely to choose public transport.
We have been responding to these challenges quickly, by making a series of new safety-based changes to streets in Camden in addition to completing a number of our existing schemes to benefit pedestrians and cyclists. Since the lockdown period started towards the end of March, this has included:
- In partnership with TfL new space for pedestrians has been created between Mornington Crescent and Britannia Junction on the eastern side of Camden High Street
- We have widened parts of the pavement on the eastern side of Kilburn High Road to make it easier for pedestrians to keep 2m apart from others.
- We have restricted through traffic on residential streets making them safer and quieter, by introducing a mixture of bollards and signage in 7 locations across Camden including Constantine Road, Savernake Road, Sandall Road, Wilmot Place, Clarence Way, Hartland Road and Laystall Street.
- We have improved the existing cycle lanes on Goods Way between Kings Boulevard and Pancras Road by widening the lanes from 1.5m to 2.2m in both directions and adding “flexible wands” to separate the lane from traffic
- We have completed four new cycle permeability schemes, providing new cut-throughs as well as exemptions for cycles on one-way streets to improve cycling access on Gaisford Street, Grove End/Chetwynd Road, Dartmouth Park Road/Grove Terrace and Mornington Terrace south
- We have completed the Tufnell Park junction improvement scheme with new and improved pedestrian crossings
- We are continuing to deliver transformational walking and cycling schemes at Camden Park Road, Brunswick Square and Prince of Wales Road
This is just the start of the changes we are looking to make with more locations being explored. From the 14t June we will start the next series of pavement widening schemes ahead of more businesses reopening, including around Hampstead Heath and Kentish Town Road.
We also have ambitious plans for our cycle network. We are currently applying for funding from TfL and the Department for Transport for a series of new pop up cycle lanes, you can view our ideas for these on this map.
Finally we are also preparing plans for more Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, with the next round of schemes – including 3 new road closures to through traffic and 3 new Healthy School Street schemes – being rapidly developed for implementation, with the first of those due to be delivered by the end of June.
We are also asking for suggestions for other locations where changes could be made. We have a simple interactive map which you can access to make a suggestion or you can email us at safetravel@Camden.gov.uk or call 020 7974 4444.