Welcome

Welcome to the new website for the Friends of Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

We have a Facebook page too.

There is a useful history of Lincoln’s Inn Fields on the Camden Council website.

Lincoln’s Inn Fields is protected by Parliament in law – it’s worth a look at the Act especially if you are interested in organising an event – the legislation puts unusual restrictions on use of the Fields.

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Spring blossom and foliage in Lincoln’s Inn Fields

Beautiful Spring day in the Fields, thought i would share a gallery of the eclectic mix of blossom and new foliage in this wonderful space:

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post Holi celebrations in Lincoln’s Inn Fields

Paint throwing and general Krishna praising was in full swing on the Fields this afternoon a day or two after Holi day.  I hope they clear up the paint.  At the risk of being curmudgeonly this is probably in breach of local by-laws.

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Ladbrokes Kingsway armed robber pleads guilty

Police cordon Lincoln's Inn Fields

Readers will recall that an area of the Fields was cordoned off in November 2013 after an armed robbery at the Ladbrokes on Kingsway.  The robber was caught and entered a guilty plea.  The Islington Gazette says:

‘As Rossi made off, he dropped the shotgun twice and it discharged into the road. He also dropped the umbrella and black cable ties at the scene, which were later recovered by police.

Detectives from the Flying Squad identified Rossi on the CCTV at the bookmakers and arrested him later that day.’

Worth reading the newspaper coverage of the trial – startlingly bungled affair where the robber took off his balaclava in the shop to find his shotgun which he had hidden in an umbrella.  And then tried to get away on a bicycle apparently at the corner of the Fields, where police conducted an intensive search.

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Holborn Tube Station upgrade – not complete until 2022

TfL meeting papers for the December board (page 40) suggest that although Holborn’s importance in the tube network is recognised and upgrade work will go ahead, it won’t be complete until 2022.  This will be some 90 years after the station was last remodelled in 1933 as ‘Holborn (Kingsway)’ to create the current ticket hall and large escalator bank.  Let’s hope there isn’t a campaign to rename Holborn tube ‘MidTown’.

Future station capacity

Improvements and capacity enhancements are required at further Tube stations to ensure that the network continues to operate effectively and stations support local development. We will initially focus on Holborn and Camden Town, and have plans for further improvements to meet future demand and unlock growth in London’s Opportunity Areas, eg Kennington and Elephant & Castle.

Holborn provides a vital interchange between the Piccadilly and Central lines in the West End. However, demand for these lines is already so high; customers are often prevented from changing lines or are held outside to prevent the station becoming unsafe. The work will resolve these issues and allow the area to receive the full benefits of the Piccadilly line upgrade. By 2022, a new interchange link and a re-modelled ticket hall will reduce journey times, boost capacity and make the station step-free.

Thanks to IanVisits for alerting me to this, I site i can thoroughly recommend to anyone interested in London’s infrastructure.

 

 

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Time Team in Lincoln’s Inn Fields 2009

Time Team did a limited dig of Lincoln’s Inn and the Fields for a show transmitted in March 2009.  I stumbled across a copy of the show on YouTube (link to the start of the segment on the Fields 18 minutes in – embedded video below starts at beginning of show)

 

Also of interest is the post dig evaluation and write-up by Wessex Archaeology which contains a wealth of tiny details about the archaeology of the Fields.  What is interesting overall is that, despite the Fields being a large open site that hasn’t been heavily developed for 400 years, they didn’t turn up much archaeology.

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Police cordon on Lincoln’s Inn Fields following armed robbery

Police cordon Lincoln's Inn Fields

We heard a couple of loud bangs this morning at around 0800 – it appears that it may have been someone with a gun robbing Ladbrokes betting shop on Kingsway.  The suspect(s) apparently fled through the Fields.  A police cordon is in operation at the NW corner of the Fields as they gather evidence – a sniffer dog was in earlier and presumably found something dropped. Cordon expected to be lifted by about 1500.  No indication that anyone was hurt, mercifully.  People are being let through the cordon one by one or being asked to use rear entrances on Whetstone Park.

UPDATE – The Evening Standard has a little more info.

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Community meeting to discuss street feeding of homeless people in Lincoln’s Inn Fields – minutes

LIF COMMUNITY MEETING SEPT 10th 2013 @ LSE

AGENDA

Introduction and Background/Aim of the event

What is the Council’s position

What are the facts about homelessness and rough sleeping in this locality

What are the alternatives to soup runs?

 

Update from Faith Group Coordinator

Update from Streetsafe and Fact sheet

Questions and concerns from the LIF local Community

Response from providers

Open session Qs from the floor

What are the next steps

 

ACTIONS AND NEXT STEPS

 

Providers urged to coordinate activities more effectively via the Housing Justice Soup Run Forum, including developing a rota which helps to target efforts more effectively, reduces duplication and creates a cleaner and safer environment.

info@housingjustice.org.uk

All providers to adhere to the Soup Run Forum voluntary code of conduct and promote its use wherever possible among providers.

All providers to consider if they have access to a building facility within their local area in order to distribute food and holistic support in a safe, dignified and effective manner. Supporting a local homeless project is another useful measure; the Faith Based Groups Coordination Project can help with this. All providers to consider other measures which encourage and support LIF users in accessing appropriate help in their local area. http://www.homelesslondon.org is a useful resource.

All providers urged to reflect on the increased risk to service users which is generated by large groups congregating at LIF. Reports have been received of drug dealing and of adult safeguarding issues. All crimes should be reported on 999.

Streetsafe to produce information leaflet for soup run attendees. This will include information on where to go if you are homeless in Camden.

In addition it will contain information on existing provision including where to access food banks in local areas. LSE have agreed to trial being a point of contact for the information.

All to consider measures to engage “hit and run” providers in order that they attend the Soup Run Forum and sign up to the code of conduct. Soup run providers also asked to report any environmental issues or anti social behaviour to the Council on 0207 974 4444 and the Safer Streets Team on 0207 833 7970. Any information as to the identity or contact details of providers operating outside of the Forum code of conduct should be sent to guy.arnold@camden.gov.uk and rose.hickman@passage.org.uk

Providers urged to remove all waste in the immediate vicinity of their soup run and take it away with them, once their activities have ceased for the evening.

Camden Council to consider installing additional bin capacity at LIF.

All providers urged to assist the successful “No second night out” project by displaying NSNO poster in their respective churches or facilities. All providers urged to look at alternative ways that volunteers can contribute to tackling homelessness, including taking up volunteering opportunities at No second night out and with other organisations which are active in the sector such as Housing Justice and CRI.

All to consider a follow up meeting at LSE in 3 months time (Dec/Jan)

Ideas on how the impact of the LIF activity on the community can be reduced or the activity rationalised and made more effective are welcomed and these can be tabled at the next meeting. Please send these to:

Guy.arnold@camden.gov.uk (Camden Council – Community Presence Manager)

Jane.harbord@camden.gov.uk (Camden Council – Street Population Services Co-ordinator)

Saul.freeman@cri.org.uk (Camden’s StreetSafe)

Rose.hickman@passage.org.uk (Faith Based Groups Coordination Project at The Passage)

 

 

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