The stakes are high in the Hampstead Plan referendum

Posted on 10th June 2018

Postal votes have just been sent out for referendum to adopt the Hampstead Neighbourhood Plan, which is being held on 21st June. I am campaigning for a Yes vote, as are my ward colleagues and as are the Conservatives as a party. However, with the local elections having just taken place, there hasn’t been a lot of discussion of what the Plan means. I wrote the below column for this week’s Ham & High to help explain its impact...

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Squatting at Maison Blanc shows law has to change

Posted on 8th June 2018

I’ve been inundated with concerns that squatters have invaded the vacant Maison Blanc on Hampstead High Street for the last week or so. That corner is already overflowing with rubbish on account of the Hampstead Creperie, and the extra waste that is being produced by the squatters is ending up all over the street. And squatting makes it impossible for a new prospective tenant to view the shop unit positively: ensuring it remains unused...

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Loose lips raise rents

Posted on 7th June 2018

The Camden New Journal published a story this week on a very expensive shoebox of a flat that’s gone on the market in Hampstead Village. I gave a quote, which I’ve reproduced in full at the end of this post. I’ve written before about how these salacious stories are harmful to private renters. Writing about Hampstead as if £1,100 a month for a mini-studio creates the impression that that’s what people have to pay. And if...

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Oliver elected as Camden’s Leader of the Opposition

Posted on 15th May 2018

I’m delighted to have last night been elected unopposed as the Leader of the Conservative group on Camden Council – and, as leader of the largest opposition group, Leader of the Opposition in the borough. Camden’s dynamism, diversity, and pluralism are unrivalled anywhere in the country, but that’s sadly not been the case politically. Under my leadership, Camden Conservatives’ main mission is to stand up for residents and give a...

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Hampstead Town stays blue!

Posted on 5th May 2018

I’m delighted to have been re-elected in Hampstead Town. We also managed a slightly larger Conservative majority than we managed in 2014: with our third-placed candidate now 153 votes ahead of the highest non-Conservative, compared to 124 in 2014. The joy at this result was greatly tempered by the disappointing results elsewhere in Camden. It was a difficult night for Camden Conservatives overall, with us losing three seats in Swiss...

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Queen Mary’s House must retain key worker accommodation

Posted on 6th April 2018

The Camden New Journal and Ham & High published the below letter from me, Cllr Stephen Stark, and Cllr Tom Currie about our opposition to the loss of key worker accommodation at Queen Mary’s House. As Hampstead’s councillors, we are concerned by the proposal to fully transform Queen Mary’s House – the former hospital that now houses NHS staff at the top of Heath Street and East Heath Road – into luxury flats: a project dubbed...

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