Full Council Meeting: 7 October 2019

Posted on 9th October 2019

There was a meeting of Camden Council on Monday, 7th October. As part of my accountability to residents, below are the actions I took at the meeting. I spoke on the themed debate on the climate crisis by noting that Camden was only rated as the top Inner London borough for climate change because Hampstead Heath’s trees. Without the work of residents 153 years ago to save Hampstead Heath, Camden would actually have been fourth, not first...

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Now really is the time to scrap HS2 – and everyone needs to be pulling towards that goal

Posted on 6th October 2019

I’ve been fighting to stop HS2 since it was first announced in 2009. I grew two miles from its tracks, and have seen the heart torn out of countless communities by its bulldozers. First and foremost of those communities is right here in Camden. Large parts of Euston and Regents Park have been bulldozed. Works further up the track have hurt Primrose Hill, Belsize, and Kilburn. And yet despite the decimation, the Camden Conservatives are...

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Oliver writes to endorse renewal of Hampstead and RedFrog fora

Posted on 1st October 2019

I’ve written to Camden to back the redesignation of the Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum and its sibling to the west, the Redington Frognal Neighbourhood Forum. By law, neighbourhood fora must be ‘redesignated’ every five years to ensure they retain support and relevance. You can read my submission here. Neighbourhood fora are responsible for Neighbourhood Plans, which are phenomenally helpful tools to help preserve the best of...

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Ambedkar Museum saved by Government after write-in campaign

Posted on 27th September 2019

I’m delighted that the Government has overturned Camden’s decision to order the Ambedkar Museum in Primrose Hill to close down. I wrote to the Secretary of State Robert Jenrick last week to express my deepest concerns about this and ask him to use his power to ‘call in’ the decision. You can read my letter here. The Ambedkar Museum is an internationally-renowned memorial to Dr B.R. Ambedkar, who wrote India’s...

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Don’t sideline or ignore residents’ work

Posted on 20th September 2019

Below is an op-ed that I have written for the Ham & High in light of the defeat of the CIP policy: Last Tuesday, something very rare happened in a grey conference room in Camden’s temporary town hall. For the first time since Labour took power in Camden in 2010, the administration had a decision formally overturned. I had challenged the council’s decision to commit £3m to draw up a property development scheme on Camley Street,...

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Oliver forces first defeat of administration policy in Camden in a generation over CIP

Posted on 11th September 2019

Camden’s Culture & Environment Scrutiny Committee last night voted to overturn the administration’s decision to allocate £3m to scope out a site in Camley Street for development – despite the opposition of local residents. I formally challenged the decision through a ‘call in’, which is the only way that such a decision can be blocked under the (somewhat anti-democratic) ‘strong Leader and Cabinet’...

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