Kings Cross Square sits at the intersection of several bits of public and private land, each with their own set of governance and care arrangements. Long experience of working with local public bodies to keep public space in good order suggests that it’s important to know where boundaries are so that issues can be raised with the right people. I asked Camden Council who is in charge of what last October. They have finally got back to me with a reply via What Do They Know which is mainly helpful and the diagram above.
Which is the best single point of contact for members of the public for issues that arise on the square?
The point of contact for issues arising on King’s Cross Square is Network Rail’s Tom Caine, the King’s Cross Station Manager. The station can be contacted online or by telephone on 08457 114141.
Where is the demarcation between property owned by Camden, TfL and Network Rail?
Network Rail own the square and the demarcation between it and the surrounding public highway is as per the steel drainage channels (Euston Road and York Way sides) and the line of steel bollards (Pancras Road side). The London Borough of Camden is the Highway Authority for Pancras Road to the west of the square and for York Way to the east. Transport for London is the Highway Authority for Euston Road to the south. The boundaries between the three organisations are shown on the attached indicative sketch plan.
Who is responsible for policing and public order on the Square? British Transport Police, Network Rail security guards, the Met Police. Where are the boundaries?
The British Transport Police are responsible for policing the square. Please see plan attached for the boundaries.
Who is responsible for litter and cleaning? Where are the boundaries?
Each of the three organisations is responsible for maintenance and cleansing of the areas with its control. Please see plan attached for the boundaries.
What licenses exist for the square – such as alcohol and public entertainment and who holds them?
No licences issued by Camden for the Kings Cross Square.
If Sean is reading this he will want to check which zone his bins fall in.