Community-led Social Housing for Murphy’s Yard

Our first meeting for everyone interested in building and living in your own social rented housing was held at Think & Do in Kentish Town on March 7, 2020.

It was standing room only as we heard from

Brendan Conway
GLA-funded Community Led Housing Hub

Fabian Watkinson
author of ‘The golden age of Camden housing’

Cooperation Town

There was also a screening of our film ‘Consequences‘.

Our next step will be to begin work on developing our
Camden Community Makers’ Action Plan

If you are interested in joining our steering committee and participating in our working groups but couldn’t make it along on the day then do get in touch.

Camden Community Film Festival 2021

Parly Party is back with Camden Community Film Festival 2021

Call for Films! SUBMIT YOUR FILM HERE!

 

We want your short films.

We particularly welcome films that address climate justice, the housing crisis, community responses to the Covid-19 pandemic and general films about life in our community. 

 

Camden Community Film festival started in 2018 when Parly Party first showcased some of the excellent music videos and short films made by or about the local community. We returned in 2019 with even more films! You can watch two of the films below. 

Here (7:49 mins)

Directed by Indigo Lowndes

HERE is a tangential telling of a life story, offering an intimate portrait of a Kentish Town local, using architecture and social conditions as indicators of a wider socio-political environment. Dealing with themes of isolation of the elderly and race and class division, this film explores the experience of growing up in a gritty, working class area in the immediate period after the war, and the incredible moment of moving from an urban slum into social housing, followed by the catastrophic dismantling of the system that followed in the decades after and how it ultimately most affected the worst off.

Consequences (6:69 mins)
Directed by Jessica Jacobs and Emily O’Mara

In the heart of North London a huge new development is being planned by Camden Council and local landowners. We wanted to find out what impact this is going to have on the local community….

MADE BY CAMDEN COMMUNITY MAKERS AS PART OF THE CAMDEN COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL 2019

Save Mortimer Terrace Nature Reserve!

Mortimer Terrace Nature Reserve is an Asset of Community Value and much loved nature reserve originally established by a covenant in the late 19th Century, as a green buffer for the purpose of protecting the houses along Gordon House Road from the pollution of the railway network. It remains a vital lung for the local community who live on one of the busiest streets in the area as well as a offering a haven for wildlife.

Managed by the local community since 1987
Our very own local hero, Jeanne Pendrill, has been managed the site for over 30 years, for a time together with the London Wildlife Trust. Thanks to Jeanne’s hard work and an army of volunteers, the site has always been open to the community and local schools, clubs and groups. They have all had regular use of the site, always accessible, always free.

Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (Grade One)
Mortimer Terrace is a Grade One Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC), it is featured in the Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Forum Local Plan as a designated green space. The  local plan was adopted via referendum in 2019

Asset of Community Value
Mortimer Terrace Nature Reserve has been registered as an Asset of Community Value since 2016. It was one of the first designated ACV sites in Camden, the application was drafted by Jessica Jacobs and submitted by the Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Forum. The renewal of the ACV was submitted by Emily O’Mara.

Woodland Tree Preservation Order
The reserve also has a rare Camden Woodland Tree Preservation Order, meaning not just one tree is protected but ALL trees.

Board of Trustees
In 2016 Mortimer Terrace formalised itself as a community managed nature reserve with constitution and board of Trustees. This constitution was renewed in 2018.

Under Threat from Speculative Buyers who mistakenly think they will be able to develop the site
In June 2019 the owners suddenly announced they were terminating the lease. Without warning, when schoolchildren from Gospel Oak school were visiting the site, one of the owners turned up and changed the locks and telling the children to leave. They locked the gates and put the site up for sale at auction – the community was mobilised to save the nature reserve, pushing through a stalled renewal of its status as an asset of community value. Thanks to the efforts of the trustees and the local community the owners had to remove the site from sale. The strength of community feeling remains strong and we are now fundraising to purchase the land for the community.

In 2019 Camden Community Makers made Consequences, a short film about the pressures on the city farm and the nature reserve caused by speculation surrounding Murphy’s Yard Development.