Monday, 9 August 2010

King's Cross Business Improvement District (BiD)?

Whether or not it should be in the form of a Business Improvement District (BiD), a local-interest led, and joined-up approach to planning King's Cross is certainly necessary, and it is not happening at the moment. There are dozens of agencies, besides planners at Camden and Islington and the railways, none of which have yet made the station precinct workable for local people.

Improvement groups - like King's Cross Railway Lands Group ( which has worked for years on this, and Create King's Cross ( are intended to represent local people and business.
Would it be worth telephoning Transport for London’s planning officers for our neighbourhood to talk about this state of affairs and to find some ways of moving forward?

TfL Planner for Camden (west of York Way and King's Cross Road)
Alex Andrews, Team Manager (West) Tel: 020 7126 4024
TfL Planner for Islington (east of York Way and King's Cross Road)
Patricia Charleton, Principal Planner Tel: 020 7126 4617


See also a new KXLE post on this by Sophie T

Here is a map of part of the problem identified in King's Cross news:

Do local Campaigners in King's Cross have too much power?

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Living Streets

We want to work towards Living Streets in Kings Cross.

We want to make the streets where we live, work, shop and play more safe, attractive and enjoyable spaces.

The Pedestrian Association and Living Streets have been doing this in the UK since early motorised streets in 1929.

We are all pedestrians, and our streets are the one public space we all use, everyday. Living Streets, the national charity, with its supporters, works to create streets that really put people first.

When we have streets we want to walk in, lives are transformed - we are healthier, happier and more sociable.

Here are some actions and tools: