Camden needs to show some grit when the temperature drops

Posted on 21st December 2017

The Ham & High published the below letter from me about Camden’s rank failure to grit the streets in the face of unanimous forecasts of snow: leading to gridlock on Hampstead High Street, Arkwright Road, and elsewhere. Local residents were greeted last week by a winter wonderland, as snow finally fell across north London. While for Instagram or Twitter users, this makes for an idyllic streetscape, for drivers or bus riders, it meant...

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Council Tax support for worst-off shows importance of Conservative opposition

Posted on 17th December 2017

The Camden New Journal and Ham & High published the below letter from me about Camden’s rank failure to grit the streets in the face of unanimous forecasts of snow: leading to gridlock on Hampstead High Street, Arkwright Road, and elsewhere. I was pleased to see Camden Council propose renewing its 100% reduction in Council Tax for low-income households. I supported this on behalf of Conservative councillors at last week’s...

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Fire response times in Hampstead are getting better, not worse

Posted on 15th December 2017

As well as policing, I am Camden’s shadow cabinet member responsible for firefighting. Labour love to claim that fire response times have increased in NW3. They usually do this immediately in the aftermath of someone losing their life in a fire, such is their compassion and respect for the dead. But it’s an area that requires scrutiny and an area where performance must be scrutinised. After all, lives are on the line, and...

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Labour’s £20 fine for engine idling is a typical half-measure on air quality

Posted on 9th December 2017

The Camden New Journal and Ham & High published the below letter from me about the need to impose proper fines for engine idling, not Labour’s half-measure. Air quality means a great deal to me, my constituents in Hampstead, and residents across Camden. That’s why I was disappointed to see that Camden Council is settling for issuing drivers fines of just £20 for deliberately idling their engines. I spoke in favour of...

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Full Council meeting: 20 November 2017

Posted on 24th November 2017

There was a meeting of Camden Council on Monday, 20th November. As part of my accountability to residents, below are the actions I took at the meeting. Note: I was ill, having only been released from being an in-patient at the Royal Free a couple of hours before the meeting, so my performance was a little sub-par, but I did my best to speak with my usual vigour! I asked the Cabinet member for Best Start in Life (Labour’s nonsense name for...

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Oliver proposes motion to put more police on the beat

Posted on 12th November 2017

Talking to hundreds of residents a month, one of the key issues that comes up frequently is the fear of crime. Although crime has fallen nationally, it appears to be rising locally (comparative figures aren’t readily available). This is unacceptable, and the fear that it has created has caused many more vulnerable residents to question whether they can continue to live in Hampstead. I’ve written before about Camden...

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