Chaos at West Hampstead tube after Thameslink failures. Photo via @jacquelinehey

What have I missed since July 25th?

Camden is planning more changes to waste collection (though it’s managed to increase recycling by just 1 percentage point over the past decade – can we describe their performance as, rubbish?)

TFL is consulting on changes to some local bus services including the 139.

There was a run of local crime news. Sadly the owner of Efes café on Kilburn High Road was stabbed to death on his premises. His son has been charged. A convicted sex-attacker, who used to live on Mill Lane, is on the loose. There was also a murder on Belsize Road, although that was over 70 years ago!

Chaos at West Hampstead tube after Thameslink failures. Photo via @jacquelinehey

Chaos at West Hampstead tube after Thameslink failures. Photo via @jacquelinehey

Tom, our resident gourmand sampled the local curry houses – what’s his take-away message?

Tragedy was averted at Finchley Road tube station after a blind man fell onto the tracks.

The latest economic statistics haven’t been that good and a few local businesses have sadly closed their doors. Mill Lane Bistro, and Home Emporium are the latest casualties.

Progress at Bobby’s House (formerly La Brocca) edges forward. There is a licensing application in. Next door the SALT appears to be rising from the ashes of Lower Ground Bar.

In planning news, the Iverson Tyres development is requesting change of use in its redeveloped site from light industrial to office use.

Tough times indeed. Camden has spent £338,000 on replacing gym equipment first introduced in 2011 (only five years ago). It promises it’s monitoring attendance rates.

At a meeting at the Kingsgate Centre, Camden Labour voted 96 to 54 in favour of Jeremy Corbyn. Local MP Tulip Siddiq has yet to announce who she will be supporting (remember, she was one of Corbyn’s nominees for leader).

Nazanin Zaghair-Ratcliffe, the West Hampstead mother being held in a Tehran prison was, after 120 days in custody, finally charged, but it was not clear with what. Her husband Richard continues to campaign for her return along with their toddler daughter Gabriella. The petition on Change.org calling for her release has over 793,000 signatories – the highest number of signatories on the platform.

Plans are afoot for Finchley Road – the troubled site next to the Overground could become a 10-storey building. Skylark Court. Yes, really.

Artist Mark Wallinger is in self-reflective mood for a new exhibition at the Freud Museum. A good excuse to visit/revisit it.

There’s a new biography out about Evelyn Waugh. So what? Well, he was born in Hillfield Road!

Feel like a trip to the beach but can’t affort the airfare? Closer to home, the Camden Beach is open for business. Or if (crazy) golf, Rio-themed no less, is more your thing then JW3 has it on offer.

Did you lose an engagement ring (at the junction of Dennington Park and Holmdale Roads)? If so get in touch and we will put you in contact with the finder. Maybe the Safer Neighbourhoods team can get in touch to let people know where to hand in lost property?

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