King’s Cross to be designated a neighbourhood?

Boundary transparent Under the soon to be published Localism Bill, our community could declare itself a Neighbourhood, create a Neighbourhood Plan of our own and LBs Camden and Islington would be hard put to do anything other than approve of all this!

The intention behind the bill is to give more power to local people and lessen the degree to which the powers that be (which in our case are legion) can impose unpopular planning decisions.

It maybe that, should this Bill become law, we could use its powers to really start challenging the continued existence of the King's Cross Gyratory, to force effective community engagement from Argent and to require Network Rail, HS1, HS2 etc to ensure the needs of pedestrians and cyclists are prioritised as King's Cross, St Pancras and Euston stations are further developed. Community gains, such as those that can be required under planning law's Section 106, could include all major developers here contributing funds towards restoring the desperately needed Battlebridge Crossing – the bridge that ran from just behind the German Gym to the junction with York Way and Wharfdale Road.

There are many potential boundaries that could be called King's cross. For example, local charitable trust King's Cross Community Projects uses a boundary of half a mile around KX station, whilst West Euston Partnership's Network Rail funded Pre-apprenticeship Project uses a boundary of 1km around KX.

If you are interested in becoming involved in all this should the bill become law, let us know.


About Sophie Talbot

Sophie runs a small business designing websites for small businesses and community groups. She also manages King's Cross Community Projects
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1 Response to King’s Cross to be designated a neighbourhood?

  1. good stuff sophie – we need to watch the localism bill carefully – it’s due to be published tomorrow/tuesday. there should be huge opportunities for neighbourhoods such as ours to self define and self organise.

    but in doing so none of us will want to damage the excellent relationships that work – such as with good councillors and with some officers.

    similalry we need to ensure that we have enough capacity in the neighbourhood to do things for ourselves – both human and financial

    i suspect that the localism bill will need some work when published and will benefit greatly from feedback from neighbourhoods with experience of modern active citizenship

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