Bloomsbury Renaissance

Backdated from previous BA website

Bloomsbury is at last beginning to work as a cohesive community again, thanks to all the hard work over recent years by our many active and committed community members, the Bloomsbury Safer Neighbourhoods Panel, SN Police Team and Bloomsbury Neighbourhood Panel. Substantial investment was made by the Bedford Estate, University of London, Allied London (Brunswick Centre), Paul Mellon Trust (St George’s Bloomsbury), the National Lottery and Camden Council into the refurbishment of the garden squares and other projects.

The contribution by Camden Council into the refurbishment of Bedford Square was an important step forward and we hope a recognition that Bloomsbury is the jewel in their crown.

For the first time in many years we have had the pleasure of using our open spaces without having to avoid drug dealers and users – long may it last! We hope this improvement was not just due to the temporary closure of St Mungos hostel in Endell Street and that when it reopens the management of that hostel take their responsibilities to the community more seriously.

We see newly a revitalisation of local resident and tenant associations and new groups such as Cultural Bloomsbury promoting the heritage and cultural attractions of the area and this autumn the British Museum will gain world-wide attention from their magnificent forthcoming exhibition of the “The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army” which opens on Sept 13.

We estimate that in excess of £50M has been spent refurbishing most of our Open Spaces, some of our most important hotels and all of the university halls of residence.
Most obvious being the refurbishment of the Brunswick Centre which is proving to be a major attraction, Torrington, Gordon and Woburn Square’s.

The important restoration of St Georges Bloomsbury is now complete and the Hawksmoor and Bloomsbury Exhibition in the undercroft is open every lunch time including an audio visual presentation.

We hope this great work will continue and give Bloomsbury the world-class reputation it deserves, but it is up to all of us to support and encourage the good work that is being done and to keep a watchful eye on our streets.

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