What have I missed since November 4th?

Camden launched a big crackdown on fly-tipping and littering but it’s still not clear why the regular rubbish and recycling service is so bad.

This Wednesday, grill Camden about a range of local issues – including the rubbish problem.

Revised proposals for 159 Iverson Road have cut the number of flats by 10 after Camden deemed the original plan too dense.

Itsy-bitsy spider via @dali_llama

Sunday marked a year since the car accident on West End Lane that killed Desreen Brooks and left Amy Werner in a critical condition.

On the Ballymore/Network Rail land, we now have a clear indication of which trees are safe for the time being. The Sunday Telegraph has picked up on Emma Thompson’s letter to Ballymore. The company has, I believe, not yet responded.

Camden has published the list of its trees destined to be removed. Most are dead or dying and should be replaced.

The Camden New Journal had all the animal news this week – the untimely passing of Jean the Highgate wallaby, and this amazing story about the cat who dialled 999.

Nautilus made the Sunday Times’ “Britain’s top 130 restaurants under £50” list; though how you’d spend £42pp there is a mystery.

Once they reach 65, women in Camden have the highest life expectancy in the country – 88.8 years (the borough ranks 14th in the country for female life expectancy at birth).

Another stat for you: West Hampstead & Fortune Green had 1,330 more households in 2011 than in 2001, but 570 fewer cars.

Looking for some commercial space in West Hampstead – the Sherriff Centre’s spare space (after the post office moves in) is up for lease for £16,000 a year. Meanwhile, if you’ve always fancied running a cafe, that’s also up for grabs.

West End Lane barbers Geezers reopened as Esquire Grooming, apparently run by a couple of former Men’s Lounge hairdressers. On Fortune Green Road, Crystalis Hair & Beauty opened.

Local MP Glenda Jackson (former transport minister) voted in favour of HS2, despite the local Labour party opposing it.

Doros Ahmed, owner of Kilburn curryhouse Ruchi, was one of the winners of the prestigious Bangladesh Caterers’ Association Caterer of the Year awards.

Apparently, the Old Bell on Kilburn High Road is closing. Another nail in the coffin of the old-school Kilburn pub.

Further up the road, next to Belvedere Traditional, a milkshake bar is opening.

The Property of the Month is a 4-bed garden flat in Greencroft Gardens at £1.65m.

Property News: Could oversupply of rental properties cool sale prices?

This Sunday, a weekly vintage/craft market started. It’s 10am-2pm on the Thameslink forecourt on Iverson Road.

Gravity is @NxNW6‘s Film of the Week.

Want to know what West End Lane looked like in 1969 – check out the opening few seconds of this Randall & Hopkirk Deceased episode.

Scottish crime writer extraordinaire Ian Rankin graced West End Lane Books to sign copies of his latest Rebus story, “Saints of the Shadow Bible”.

Small & Beautiful is under new ownership, but what’s the food like?

The Iceland in Swiss Cottage featured in a BBC2 documentary about the company.

Friends of Fortune Green has joined Twitter. Twit-twoo.

Tweet of the Week

Awesome to see people being fined/warned outside West Hampstead tube for littering.
— Josh Reich (@Reich_Josh) November 7, 2013

  • Anonymous

    I hear The Old Bell is only closing for a refurb.

    • Am hearing all sorts of different things at the moment. Will try and get some clarity.