Oliver writes joint letter backing Camden ending glyphosate usage

Posted on 25th October 2018

Following on from the presentation of a petition to stop using glyphosate weedkillers at Camden’s last full council meeting, I’ve written a joint letter to the newspapers with the petition author. This was a pledge in the Conservative manifesto in May, and I’m committed to ensuring that it’s delivered, even while we’re out of power. We write as representatives of both the Camden Green Party and Camden Conservatives...

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Full Council Meeting: 8 October 2018

Posted on 12th October 2018

There was a meeting of Camden Council on Monday, 8th October. As part of my accountability to residents, below are the actions I took at the meeting. I paid tribute to the sadly recently-deceased Sir Alan Greengross, one of my predecessors as Leader of Camden Conservatives and councillor for Hampstead Town, and also formerly Leader of the Conservatives on the Greater London Council. Lib Dem leader Flick Rea helpfully pointed out in her tribute...

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AIR Studios gets new investment

Posted on 7th October 2018

I’m pleased that AIR Studios’ new owner Maxim Demin has pledged to invest money in the studios on Lyndhurst Road and keep the studios open as a going concern for years to come. The studios were put up for sale earlier this year after its survival was ensured by the withdrawal in November of an application to build a basement next door. I had asked both Camden and the Secretary of State for Culture to do whatever it could do to save...

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Putting stopping HS2 back on Camden’s agenda

Posted on 6th October 2018

I am one of the most outspoken opponents of HS2 in the Conservative Party. Sometimes, that’s meant ploughing a pretty lone furrow. But over time, it’s been noticeable how opposition to it has risen: and none more so than at this year’s party conference. I continually lobby for HS2 to be scrapped, both publicly and privately, as I did at party conference. And I am more convinced than ever that HS2 will be stopped. As you would...

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Camden’s £13m a year tax on Hampstead

Posted on 22nd September 2018

As noted previously, Hampstead receives a raw deal from Camden on capital investment. Despite Hampstead bearing the brunt of development, and developments in Hampstead paying millions a year in CIL and s106 payments, it receives almost nothing in return. I wrote the below column for this week’s Ham & High (below version was unedited) on this unfair treatment, which amounts to a £13m a year tax on NW3. It’s time for Camden to treat...

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Conservatives left to stand up for Camden on CS11

Posted on 22nd September 2018

The Camden New Journal published the below letter from me on TfL’s defeat in the High Court regarding CS11. I note that this was only possible because residents were backed all the way by Camden Conservatives and Conservative-run Westminster Council, while Labour-run Camden were nowhere and actively sniped at Conservatives for standing up for Hampstead residents. Last week’s judgment by the High Court that CS11 is unlawful is a major win...

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