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Camden considering waste collection twice a week at Kings Cross streets

29 Sep

Notes from our wonderful neighbour Jenny of Acton Street:

Meeting 14th Sept. 2020

Four residents met up with Frazer Valdez and the Manager of the Collection service at 11.00 a.m.The meeting took about 3/4 of an hour.
I have to say that the street looked better than usual!  However, this didn’t stop us and the following discussions took place.
The dumping of rubbish in Swinton Place – the collection service will be informed about making sure rubbish/recycling is always collected from the side walk ways, as it is often missed. A van came and actually removed rubbish whilst we were talking..There was also much discussion about the lack of rubbish facilities for those flats that have nowhere to store their rubbish, especially as the landings have to be kept clear due to fire and safety regulations.  This led on to the rodent problems caused by bags being left out on the pavements, around lamp posts and trees and the Manager of the collection service advised that he stores his rubbish in a black bag in his kitchen until pick up time but that didn’t meet with approval.

Mr Valdez has written on a few occasions to the residents in the blocks of flats further up the street where rubbish is a huge problem and he has now established that these flats are owned by Clarion and he will contact them.

His job is to educate residents and provide an investigative service but the Council’s legal team do not wish to impose fines.  There are also areas where wheelie bins and dust bins could be placed so that will also be looked into.

That however, can’t happen in our area on Acton Street as there is no space, so they will look into a collection happening twice a week, which everyone agreed would help.  

Mr Valdez will report back to Daniel Z directly with a response, which will be posted on the blog here.

Temporary Advise on Speeding Vehicles on Kings Cross Gyratory Roads

9 Sep

TFL has sent us some temporary advise, what people should do to yet again report fast or speeding vehicles. Below I attach their full advise:

“The Mayor of London and TfL are committed to delivering a Vision Zero approach to road danger reduction, which will rid London’s roads of death and serious injury. TfL funds, operates and maintains London’s safety camera network, which includes speed, red light and average speed camera systems. These help prevent a significant number of deaths and serious injuries each year.

Safety cameras are only one of the ways to tackle speed-related deaths and serious injuries on our roads. We work in partnership with the London boroughs to implement physical engineering measures to encourage compliance with lower speed limits. Using this approach, we’re also in the process of reducing speed limits on almost 150km of the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN).

Further information on our Safer Speeds initiative can be found online at:

We’re also working to deliver other speed management initiatives such as the development of a dedicated Speed Enforcement Team and Community Roadwatch, which aims to reduce speeding in residential areas, and gives local residents the opportunity to work side by side with their local police teams and use speed detection equipment to identify speeding vehicles in their communities.

To take part in Community Roadwatch, or to suggest a residential area where there are community concerns around speeding, members of the public can contact:, stating the borough where they live. Enquiries will be forwarded to the relevant local MPS Safer Transport Team, who will be in touch.

The public can report dangerous, illegal, or antisocial road user behaviour directly to the police via their online reporting tool, RoadSafe London. Every report helps the police and TfL to understand where and when bad road user behaviour takes place. Further details about how we are improving compliance with speed limits is available in the Vision Zero Action Plan available at:

Meet Camden’s Waste Collection Manager on Mo 14.9.2020

9 Sep

Camden’s Senior Area Monitoring Officer Manager Fraser Valdez and the Manager of the Collection Service will be on Acton Street on Monday 14th of September 2020 at 11.00 am to learn more about the waste in the area. To meet them and share your experiences simply come to Acton Street at that time.

Car Speeds in Acton Street, Swinton Street, Kings Cross Road and the rest of the gyratory

3 Sep

Daniel from Acton Street has asked councillors and TfL to look into the question of the outstanding changes, in order to calm and humanize streets affected by the decades old gyratory system.

A consultation in 2016 suggested several changes, but so far, they were not implemented, with the argument that it could not be done due to HS2 construction. Amongst others some of our streets were to become emergency parking lots for HS2 construction site lorries.

Meanwhile traffic has been slowed to 20 Miles an hour on the Southern edge of Kings Cross Road, but not elsewhere. Changes were also implemented in relation to the cycle path link from Farringdon up to St. Pancras and the Tavistock Place cycle lanes. But on the main roads of the gyratory, motor traffic continues unchanged to often exceed the existing 30 miles speed limit, such as on Kings Cross Road, Pentonville Road, Acton Street and Swinton Street, with stretches used by some for brief bouts of speeding, regardless of the fact that in some of the streets residents live, amongst them children and elderly persons. The width and straightness of parts of the streets attracts drivers and riders to do so.

During the pandemic the mayor of London has taken some unexpected traffic reducing and calming steps across London including in Camden, but the gyratory system has been left almost untouched, in spite of the consultation and ready to implement suggestions by TfL itself.

TfL has now been asked why Kings Cross residents have to continue to wait for the smallest of all improvements, an extension of the 20 miles speed limit in this very built up area,where there there are many people also on their feet and bikes. The question will also be posed by AM Andrew Dismore to the mayor, most likely in an assembly session in October 2020.

The Islington councillor Paul Convey, also supports the asking of these questions, given the more recent changes on streets such as Euston Road.

On the positive side, Chris Gardener, who is Camden’s responsible officer for the electric vehicle charging point infrastructure, has written to Daniel, that Acton Street may receive an extra fast charging point on the Southern side of the Street. It is not a guarantee, but a need has been recognised. The lanterns on the streets at Kings Cross are apparently mostly unsuitable for the slower charging points. New EV charging points on the Camden side get currently erected in accordance to need and demand. There are more charging points at the moment in the Islington administered zones near Kings Cross than in the Camden zones.

Waste Policy – Flower /Plants Thefts

20 Aug

There has been another meeting with a senior officer of Camden Environment and local residents on Waste disposal in Acton Street. Results are pending, the notes from the resident’s perspective can be read here.

In the last weeks flower theft occurred on Acton Street, where first roses and then sun flowers were torn out of their flower beds late at night or early morning.