Launch party for the Neighbourhood Forum

The Neighbourhood Forum for King’s Cross invites the local community to its launch event on Saturday 10 November at the muesli factory, Alara, in Camley Street. It runs from 2-6pm and there will be entertainment and refreshments.

It was always going to be a tough task forming a local decision-making group, especially in a neighbourhood as complex as ours, with a diverse range of issues and interest groups.  The forum has been slowly but surely taking shape over the past few months, with a group of dedicated local volunteers meeting regularly to thrash out the group’s remit, borders and even the name.

So, what’s the forum’s plan for King’s Cross? How can the Localism Act and the powers given to these forums be harnessed to improve KX?  Come along and find out.

If you can’t make it to the Saturday event, there’s also a get-together the following Wednesday evening – see the flyer for further details.

In the meantime, here’s the forum’s mission statement:

London King’s Cross is a unique and distinctive part of Central London. The King’s Cross Neighbourhood Forum aims to enhance planning to ensure that King’s Cross continues to be an attractive, liveable and sustainable place around its thriving transport hubs.

King’s Cross is rich in history, heritage and architecture, with creative and diverse cultures and changing urban landscapes  around its thriving transport interchanges.

People living, working and studying in King’s Cross have improved powers under the Localism Act 2011. These allow us a stronger role in planning the future of our neighbourhood, collaborating with, informing and guiding the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington, the transport authorities and the Mayor of London.

The group’s aims include:

  • Having a permeable and legible town centre appropriate both for local people and visitors
  • Sustainable development of the built environment with high-quality architecture and street scenes
  • Care for the natural environment and the built environment’s heritage
  • A fair mix of pleasant residential areas and thriving business districts
  • Economic vitality, with attractive, diverse and convenient local shopping and work opportunities
  • Open and green spaces, focusing on health living and biodiversity
  • Accessible and adequate community and health facilities
  • The development of small and large businesses, including evening entertainment
  • Convenient public transport and proper provision for walking and cycling

King’s Cross has over 20,000 local residents and thousands of daily visitors proud to be able to live, work or study in such a vibrant area. The Neighbourhood Forum aims to enhance local engagement with the planning process in order that King’s Cross can continue to be an attractive, liveable and sustainable place. Join us to make your voice heard.

About Clare Hill

Clare is a writer and editor who lived in King’s Cross for a decade. She is passionate about local history, transport and food. Contact Clare by commenting on her posts or go to http://www.clarehill.net
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