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CAMDEN MARKET UNDER THREAT

LONDON UNDERGROUND LTD ARE SEEKING COMPULSORY PURCHASE POWERS AND PLANNING PERMISSION TO DEMOLISH THE CAMDEN MARKET, THE ELECTRIC BALLROOM, THE TRINITY UNITED REFORMED CHURCH AND OTHER PROPERTIES, IN ORDER TO CARRY OUT A STATION IMPROVEMENT SCHEME AND A COMMERCIAL / RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT.

A STATION IMPROVEMENT CAN BE CARRIED OUT WITHOUT THIS UNNECESSARY AND HEAVY-HANDED APPROACH WHICH WILL DEPRIVE CAMDEN OF VERY VALUABLE MARKETS, ENTERTAINMENT FACILITIES AND PASTORAL CARE.

WE ARE FIGHTING THE PROPOSALS
TO KEEP THESE FACILITIES OPEN

IF YOU CARE ABOUT CAMDEN YOU CAN DO SOMETHING TO HELP

On emerging from the depths of Camden Town Underground Station (2003/05), I was presented with this leaflet, which I have converted to web-stuff as best as can be expected. It's very concerning really, because there's no need for the supposed development. The underground station is perfectly adequate and consists mainly of a quaint old historic building on the corner, to and from which vast numbers of interesting-looking people come and go. London Underground have made it a bit more difficult by making one side of the building "IN" and the other "OUT" but it doesn't make much difference. As far as I know, underground railways are good for getting people to and from places, and should feel no need to invade the neighbouring properties!

Please write/e-mail and object to:

Transport & Works Act Orders Unit
Zone 3/11 Great Minster House
76 Marsham Street, London
SW1P 4DR
Tel: 020 7944 6912
Fax: 020 7944 2479
E-mail transportandworksact@dft.gfi.gov.uk
Environment Department
Camden Town Hall
Argyle Street, London
WC1H 8EQ
Tel: 020 7974 1911
Fax: 020 7974 7513
E-mail: env.devcon@camden.gov.uk

Now obviously we like the underground station because it's very handy to get to the market and back but it would of course be ridiculous to have the underground station taking over great chunks of the market, and would be a bit like the station near Trafalgar Square saying that there were now so many tourists going there that the underground would like to demolish Nelson's Column to expand the station! If there were no tourist attraction, there'd be no people going there, so the train company would be doing themselves out of business! Anyway, I suggest we all write a (polite) note and tell the people in the relevant departments that we'd like to keep Camden Market strange and interesting, and to keep the underground station merely useful.The Arches - from image23 london47Please keep all correspondence polite and persuasive rather than aggressive and accusative. After all, we like to be friendly with everyone and settle things by diplomacy.

Update 2006/09: Save Camden Market! Now is the time to do something. See Save Camden Stables Market.co.uk and take a look at the situation. If you feel as strongly as I do, that demolishing/degrading a world class cultural heritage site such as CAMDEN is wrong, now's your chance to sign a petition and add your own comments! - Sadly, the site www.savecamdenstablesmarket.co.uk has gone

Update 2009/10: www.savecamdenstables.co.uk has some interesting discussion about the goings-on regarding Camden Market.

I'm keen to know what has happened. Someone please contact me. I have emigrated, but I am keen to help keep Camden Market alive!