In this issue: important information on the coronavirus pandemic, the latest news, news from elsewhere, tributes to Mike Pentelow, planning applications.
The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic
Please follow the latest NHS advice. If you live or work in the London Borough of Camden please visit Camden Council's coronavirus web page. If you live or work in the City of Westminster please see Westminster Council's coronavirus web page. If you are a private renter, please read the latest Renters' Rights London newsletter for important information.
The latest news on our website...
MP for Cities of London and Westminster to introduce pedicab regulation Bill
Nickie Aiken the MP for Cities of London and Westminster is to introduce a Bill to Parliament on 21 April for the regulation of pedicabs to carry paying passengers. https://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2020/04/17/mp-for-cities-of-london-and-westminster-to-introduce-pedicab-regulation-bill/
Should you wear a cloth face mask to protect others?
It is no substitute for social distancing and washing your hands to stop the spread of Covid-19, but wearing a washable, cloth face mask when you go shopping or have to use public transport could help stop you spreading the virus if you don’t know you have it. https://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2020/04/18/should-you-wear-a-cloth-face-mask-to-protect-others/
Artist Harry Jonas was helped by actor Oliver Reed in a campaign to save buildings on Maple Street
An early campaigner to preserve the Georgian and Victorian buildings in Fitzrovia was artist Harry Jonas, who lived at 35 Maple Street. https://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2020/04/07/artist-harry-jonas-was-helped-by-actor-oliver-reed-in-a-campaign-to-save-buildings-on-maple-street/
Tottenham Street restaurant is helping essential workers with discounted takeaway meals
A Fitzrovia restaurant is offering discounted takeaway meals to hungry essential workers during the current coronavirus lockdown. https://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2020/04/11/tottenham-street-restaurant-is-helping-essential-workers-with-discounted-takeaway-meals/
Proprietors of historic pub on Hanway Street launch crowdfunder to re-open after lockdown
Tenants of one of the smallest and most well-loved pubs in Fitzrovia are appealing for funds from its customers to enable it to re-open when social distancing measures are relaxed and London returns to some sort of normality, whenever that may be. https://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2020/04/15/proprietors-of-historic-pub-on-hanway-street-launch-crowdfunder-to-re-open-after-lockdown/
A Philadelphia-themed diner and bar on Cleveland Street is adapting to change to continue trading
While most hot food businesses have shut up shop due to the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown others are adapting and delivering a new service. https://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2020/04/19/a-philadelphia-themed-diner-and-bar-on-cleveland-street-is-adapting-to-change-to-continue-trading/
News from elsewhere...
Calls for longer hours spark row over Sunday trading
Calls to extend Sunday trading hours in the West End have been strongly criticised by the Marylebone Association. http://westendextra.com/article/calls-for-longer-hours-spark-row-over-sunday-trading
Tributes paid to Fitzrovia News editor Mike Pentelow (1946-2020)
A number of obituaries and tributes to Mike Pentelow, who died on 1 April, have been published. An obituary featured in the New Journal papers in Camden, Islington and Westminster, and the Morning Star ran three articles celebrating the life or their comrade.
Camden New Journal http://camdennewjournal.com/article/mike-pentelow-editor-who-stood-by-fitzrovia-for-half-a-century
Morning Star https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/mike-pentelow-communist-author-journalist-and-community-activist-whose-life-enriched-us-all
Morning Star https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/remembering-mike-pentelow-communist-journalist-and-author
Morning Star https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/tribute-friends-and-comrades-remember-mike-pentelow
Fitzrovia News will carry an obituary and tributes to Mike in our June edition. If you want to contribute a tribute please send it to email@example.com by 6pm 15 May.
27-35 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3BL https://fitzrovia.org.uk/2020/04/09/planning-application-27-35-mortimer-street-london-w1t-3bl/
112A Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NP https://fitzrovia.org.uk/2020/04/09/planning-application-112a-great-russell-street-london-wc1b-3np/
There will be a full list of planning and licensing applications in our next newsletter.
Fitzrovia News printed newspaper
Due to most premises being shut the latest printed issue of Fitzrovia News (March) is only available from the following location:
- Fitzrovia Centre, 2 Foley Street, London W1W 6DL.
All our printed papers are available to view online and download here: https://archive.fitzrovia.org.uk/
Our editorial and social meetings are cancelled until further notice. The deadline for the next paper is 6pm Friday 15 May 2020.
Please also see the Camden New Journal and the West End Extra for the latest news. Both these papers are available every Friday from outside Fitzrovia Centre, 2 Foley Street.