Covid virus local amenities

Elm Village resident reports

“….I walked round camden today for excercise, and spoke to a few business owners of restaurants I use that are still open – they are all obviously struggling with business, but trying to stay open to pay local staff and continue to provide a takeaway service to the community.
Lovely owner who is friendly and community-engaged, using organic ingredients with the best pizzas we have had. They do not do delivery (as delivery services charge 35%) but you can call in advance and takeaway.
Great local restaurant of 50 years, that last time I checked was still within the top 100 restaurants on tripadvisor (very very hard to achieve out of 20,00 restaurants!). Amazing food. They use deliveroo, or you can get a 20% discount off the menu prices if you order in advance and pick up.
The coal office restaurant in Kings Cross (Coal drops yard)- this is the last restaurant/shop pretty much open in the KX area. Do a bespoke couple of takeaway dishes daily that are very good, as well as selling high quality fruit and veg. “If you are self-isolating, we can deliver by Boris Bike or Deliveroo. Email –

Beauty in our midst

Even in these dark days of Coronavirus there are still reasons to feel uplifted right on our doorsteps. Resident and volunteer Ed Lee has been busy improving the gardening areas for everyone to enjoy. Hoses have been replaced where necessary and made secure to prevent trip hazards, as well as to provide ease of use. The path has been levelled and extended and laid with gravel in order to deter weeds. It is now also possible to push the wheelbarrow along it.

Edges on the lower slope have been shored up and strengthened.
Steps linking the top tier with the bottom have been laid and made secure. The composting areas have been rearranged, as have the seating areas.

Additionally, Ed has cleared away debris from various members’ plots which not only improves the appearance but also means there is no unwanted ‘creep’ to surrounding areas.

There has been quite a lot of deterioration in some of the structural woodwork, as well as hazards from screws coming adrift; Ed has made temporary repairs where possible, and the problem has been reported to PfP which is in the process of responding.