Camden Disabled People's Voices

Community insights from disabled Camden residents

Community insights from disabled Camden residents

Camden Disabled People's Voices

Community insights from disabled Camden residents


About Camden Disabled People's Voices


This project collects and shows Disabled people’s reports on the issues that matter to them. Our reports, or stories, are a public record of Disabled people’s views on all the good things and bad things we experience in this borough. Importantly, the stories are also a tool we use to start conversations with service providers, celebrate successes and push for positive changes.

About Camden Disabled People's Voices


This project collects and shows Disabled people’s reports on the issues that matter to them. Our reports, or stories, are a public record of Disabled people’s views on all the good things and bad things we experience in this borough. Importantly, the stories are also a tool we use to start conversations with service providers, celebrate successes and push for positive changes.

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Where Camden Disabled People's Voices is reporting


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Microreports

Mary reports on the thorny problem of Camden’s street clutter


As a blind person I am regularly faced with obstructions when making simple trips in the community. Just a walk down my own road can be fraught with hazards, making it more difficult for me to get out and about on my own.

Reported 4 months ago by

Croftdown Road, London

Blogs

Video Stories

Cycle lanes and LTNs not blocking ambulances, research finds


When I heard reports saying the new pop-up cycle lanes and low traffic neighbourhoods (LTN) were delaying ambulances and putting people's lives at risk, I thought I should dig around and find out if the accusations were true.

Reported 2 years ago by

Pancras Square, N1C 4AG

Audio Stories

Island crossings no good for my daughter – Robert on Kentish Town road


In this audio piece, Robert talks about the challenges his daughter Ellie faces when walking along Kentish Town road. Ellie has, epilepsy, a severe learning disability and visual and hearing impairments.

Reported 1 year ago by

Kentish Town Road, NW5 2TJ

Reports

Video Stories

An ‘abomination of A-boards’ says Mary after Kentish Town check


In this video Mary and Robert talk about their experience of walking down Kentish Town road. Mary and Robert were checking how accessible the road is for Disabled people. Their findings will be fed back to Camden Disability Action’s (CDA) Street Access Co-Production Team.

Reported 1 year ago by

Kentish Town Road

Blogs

Camden – a disabling borough?


I ask Camden Council and Camden Market to start really making change for the better. Start building a borough that welcomes disabled people and lets the disabled people who live here take part in everything this amazing place has to offer.

Reported 1 year ago by

Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH

Blogs

Highgate village offers poor access, says Ed


I made a trip to Highgate village at the weekend. I planned a day out and as part of this, booked lunch at a chain restaurant which stated online that it was accessible. As a wheelchair user I find that this is often not the case, so I rang the branch to check and was assured everything was accessible.

Reported 1 year ago by

Highgate High Street

Blogs

Video Stories

Oliver battles ageism with poetry


I started doing Engages All Ages in Belsize Community Library in 2019. I came up with the idea when I got upset because I went to an art show where there were a lot of young people and I got rejected and I felt it was because of ageism. With Engages All Ages we hold outside poetry events and put on demonstrations to raise awareness about ageism.

Reported 1 year ago by

Haverstock Hill

Audio Stories

The law on inaccessible shops needs to be upheld


In this audio report Sarah describes how some local shops and pavements aren't accessible to wheelchair users or people using other mobility aids.

Reported 2 years ago by

Chapel Market

Video Stories

Mik suggests solution to Arlington Road LTN


In this video Mik suggests a solution to the LTN access problems faced by Blue Badge Holders. Mik suggests using Congestion Charging Exemption systems to allow Blue Badge Holders to access to roads closed to other motorists.

Reported 2 years ago by

Arlington Road

Microreports

More electric car charge points needed, says Mary


There are increasing numbers of electric cars in my area despite their high prices. The problem is some locals are charging their pollution-busting vehicles from their homes, which has resulted in cables being draped across pavements.

Reported 2 years ago by

Boscastle Road

Blogs

Video Stories

Jill and Mary grill urban design company over Dartmouth Park ‘rules’


In this piece, community reporters Jill and Mary interview design engineer Rebecca Jones from Urban Movement about the Dartmouth Park 'charter'. 

Reported 2 years ago by

Twisden Road, NW5 1DL

Microreports

Cycle lane wands absolute magic – Jill


It’s much better now the pop-up cycle lanes have these ‘wands’ because you can see the lanes at night. They look just like the runways at airports at night-time

Reported 2 years ago by

Camden High Street, NW1 0NE

Blogs

Mik’s first drive to hospital through the Arlington Road LTN


I live with in the Arlington Road Lower Traffic Neighbourhood and just took my first trip to the Royal Free Hospital since the project started. Roads total gridlock. A journey that used to take 10 minutes took 34 only by using side roads.

Reported 2 years ago by

Arlington Road

Microreports

Pavement bays widened for social distancing ‘not really in use’, Jill says


We walk down Kentish Town High Street there are lots people on the pavement but just by Iceland and McDonald’s and the motorbike box that the person uses to put the takeaway McDonald’s food in accidentally caught my arm.

Reported 2 years ago by

Holmes Road, NW5 3AN

Audio Stories

Video Stories

The middle way for cyclists and Disabled people


When it comes to our streets, cyclists and Disabled people can sometimes appear to be natural foes, with each group permanently camped on opposite sides of the active travel debate.

Reported 2 years ago by

Camden High Street, NW1 7JY

Blogs

Video Stories

Bus stop bypasses a royal mess, say Jill and Mik


In this piece, community reporters Jill and Mik talk about the pitfalls of cycle lanes that run behind bus stops.

Reported 2 years ago by

Royal College Street

Blogs

Covid rules ruined my Garden oasis says Sarah


The last year has changed the way people live their lives and this has affected people’s mental health and wellbeing. At times I have felt lonely because of not being able to go to the shops or meet up with friends and family. Before the Covid-19 pandemic began, the Culpeper Community Garden in Islington was one of the things that helped keep my spirits up.

Reported 2 years ago by

Cloudesley Road, N1 0EJ

Reports

The pavements are like an assault course, says Mary letter


Cars on the pavement make it difficult for Disabled people to walk around.

Reported 2 years ago by

Chetwynd Road

Audio Stories

Mary marks International Women’s Day


International Womens Day. Vector illustration with women different nationalities and cultures. Struggle for freedom, independence, equality.

Reported 2 years ago by

Reports

Jill checks out the new Morrison’s


I went to the new Morrison’s in Chalk Farm - the temporary one that’s going to be there for five years. It was very good, easy to walk in to. You had to queue and then a security guard looks at you and then he makes sure you’re okay.

Reported 2 years ago by

Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH

Audio Stories

Blogs

Zoom helps Robert meet daughter during lockdown


"We sang Christmas Carols to Ellie through the window." - Robert meets his daughter Ellie and other family members on zoom

Reported 2 years ago by

Blogs

“Signs too high to see” – Jill on Swain’s Lane’s traffic reduction


"I got in my car and looked everywhere for the no right turn sign on Swain's Lane and then I finally found this. You have to actually look up high before you see it. It's too high for anyone in a car seat to see."

Reported 2 years ago by

Swain's Lane

Audio Stories

Blogs

“So many people are ignoring this” – Mary on Swain’s Lane Low Traffic Neighbourhood


"My name is Mary. I'm a Trustee of Camden Disability Action. I'd like to give some feedback on the traffic-calming measures on Swain's Lane, N6.

Reported 2 years ago by

Swain's Lane

Blogs

Lime back peddles after Mik Tweet


After taking this photo of two hire bikes from the company Lime, and posting it to Twitter, Lime contacted me to reassure me they would be moved. I have also heard from a new company that produces accessible bike stores available for all types of cycles, including those used by disabled people.

Reported 2 years ago by

Blogs

“Pop up cycle lanes are no good” says Jill


My view is that pop-up bike lanes are not a good idea. They are dangerous because they take up too much room, they don't have barriers around them and they’re not lit up properly. 

Reported 2 years ago by

Prince of Wales Road

Audio Stories

Blogs

“The safer travel programme is for vulnerable people like me” – Mary’s Haverstock Hill response.


"This is my response to the pausing of the Haverstock Hill cycle lane. I live in the borough of Camden and I'm disabled. Camden's policy of safer streets is for vulnerable people, people like me.

Reported 2 years ago by

Haverstock Hill

Audio Stories

Blogs

The Haverstock Hill Street Blues – Mik slams the planned cycle lane


Hello it’s Mik Scarlet here and I thought I’d give you my thoughts on the Haverstock Hill situation.

Reported 2 years ago by

Haverstock Hill

Audio Stories

Blogs

More consultation needed – Robert on the Haverstock Hill cycle lane


I am in two minds about the successful legal challenge to the pop-up cycle lanes on Haverstock Hill. I welcome the challenge but I am shocked that Camden Council carried out the changes without any consultation.

Reported 2 years ago by

Haverstock Hill

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