Full Council Meeting: 8 April 2019

Posted on 12th April 2019

There was a meeting of Camden Council on Monday, 8th April. As part of my accountability to residents, below are the actions I took at the meeting. In the themed debate on Health Inequalities, I raised two specific issues: regarding the incredibly low vaccination rates in Camden and (again) the incredibly low take-up rate of free school meals. A third of all children in Camden do not receive their MMR: three times as many as nationally....

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Camden’s Clean Air Plan misses wood for the trees

Posted on 7th April 2019

The Camden New Journal has this week published the below letter from me about the woeful performance of Camden’s trees department. I was astonished to read the revisions to Camden’s Clean Air Plan, including the gratuitous addition of a whole page arguing that trees are bad for air quality.Yes, that’s right.  Trees.  Bad.  For air quality.In writing this new section, Camden’s administration outsourced its entire thinking to a single...

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Oliver writes ACV letter to help re-open Magdala

Posted on 1st April 2019

I’ve written a letter on behalf of the three Hampstead Town councillors to support re-listing the Magdala pub on South Hill Park as an Asset of Community Value. The pub’s listing, which I fought for alongside former councillor Tom Currie, was vital to Camden’s refusal of the application to convert the first floor to flats. The Council found that the conversion of the first floor would ‘compromise the long-term viability...

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Oliver reveals that Camden has the most empty council homes in England

Posted on 30th March 2019

New statistics show that Camden has the most empty council houses of any council in England. Its 890 empty properties is up 280 in the last year and is five times as many people as are sleeping on the borough’s streets. Under Labour, Camden Council has become a delinquent landlord: overseeing both the most empty properties and the second-most sub-standard properties of any council in the country. At the same time, Camden is going on a...

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Full Council Meeting: 25 February 2019

Posted on 27th February 2019

There was a meeting of Camden Council on Monday, 25th February. As part of my accountability to residents, below are the actions I took at the meeting. I thanked Jessica Learmont-Criqui for bringing a petition about traffic in Hampstead. I further asked whether enough was being done to mitigate through-traffic, noting that paragraph 6.17 of the Neighbourhood Plan requires the Council to secure through planning obligations a reduction in...

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Old White Bear granted ACV renewal

Posted on 24th February 2019

I’m delighted that the Old White Bear has been re-listed as an Asset of Community Value: helping to bolster the campaign to re-open it, and making it harder to convert it to any use other than a pub for five years. The law requires assets of community value to be re-listed every five years. I spoke to a number of stakeholders and I wrote a letter in December backing the renewal of the status. Hundreds of residents also signed a petition...

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