King’s Cross Community Projects is a community-based charitable trust and company limited by guarantee set up to improve and protect public amenities, the environment and access to public art for everbody living in the King’s Cross area.
We originally started in 2008 when a small group of local people wanted to create a greenwall and public sculpture on the King’s Cross gyratory on Wharfdale Road. We didn’t want to set up a new organisation but couldn’t find a local charity that could host our little project. So, we set up KCCP. The name came from a neighbour who rightly felt that we should use the opportunity of setting up a charity for more than just one project. We agreed, we wanted to be an enabling body – a charity that can help you with your project if you live locally, if the project fits the objectives below and if, like us, you need registered charity status but don’t want to reinvent the wheel.
Our patch covers the area 1/2 mile from the perimeter of KX Station. Click here for the KX community map. We chose this boundary as it includes people and businesses most impacted by anything happening at the station whilst it brings together the seven administrative wards that all to some extent identify themselves as KX. We want to focus on how people relate to their area rather than legal or new physical barriers. We also want to be a part of the voice that can be heard from our area on the issues we care most about, like access to green spaces, road safety, employment and housing.
King’s Cross is often described as a fractured community, partly because we are split between the London boroughs of Camden and Islington and partly because the community has faced so many major infrastructure projects within its boundaries resulting in physical splits being created such as the canal and the stations. We remain a community however even though we have to keep asserting our identity
Our charitable objects
The promotion for the public benefit of urban or rural regeneration in areas of social and economic deprivation and in particular the community falling within half a mile radius of King’s Cross Station by all or any of the following means:
a) the maintenance, improvement or provision of public amenities;
b) the preservation of buildings or sites of historical or architectural importance;
c) the provision or assistance in the provision of recreational facilities for the public at large and/or those who by reasons of their youth, age, infirmity or disablement, poverty or social and economic circumstances, have need of such facilities;
d) the protection or conservation of other means as may from time to time be determined subject to the prior consent of the charity commissioners for England and Wales.