There was a virtual meeting of Camden Council on Monday, 23rd November. As part of my accountability to residents, below are the actions I took at the meeting.
- In my speech as Leader of the Opposition, in the aftermath of Remembrance Sunday, I paid tribute to those that had made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and democracy. I furthermore expressed concern at Camden’s poor vaccination rate, which I have raised time and time again, in light of the likely coming and urgently needed roll-out of the Covid vaccine. There is only one way out of this crisis, and it isn’t restrictions – it’s vaccinations. (S)
- In response to the administration proposing not holding any scheduled scrutiny committees until May 2021 at the earliest, I expressed opposition, as did my Conservative colleague Cllr Andrew Parkinson, to Camden’s administration refusing to allow an ordinary schedule of scrutiny meetings to be restored. Other councils are restoring scrutiny committee meetings to their usual timetables, albeit obviously remotely, but Camden is not. This is unacceptable and means Camden is no longer under democratic control. (R)
- I seconded a cross-party motion calling on HS2 Ltd to fully compensate Camden for the harm done to Regents Park, including rehousing residents so adversely affected by the works that their lives had been made miserable. (M)
- I seconded a motion with my Conservative colleague Steve Adams calling on Camden to have an independent review of its waste contract, which has failed to deliver for residents by any objective measure since it was signed and bin collections were cut in 2017. Ridiculously, not only did Labour reject an independent review, but the (Labour) Cabinet member said he didn’t want a review because he already knows the service is ‘working well’, which would be news to… every single resident of Camden. (M)