Tuesday, 9 August 2011
The police did not manage to regain control of the situation last night until 5am. A number of shop fronts were smashed and several stores on Chalk Farm Road were looted.
We have been given firm reassurances that there will be a larger and better resourced police presence tonight. Of course, if there is disorder elsewhere in London, police may have to attend to that.
Local businesses are putting in extra measures including securing their shop fronts and hiring extra security.
I was heartened to see so many people volunteer to tidy up the high street this morning. I was also glad to see what a professional job the Council's street cleaning department did. When I did my first walk about before 8am this morning, most of the debris and broken glass had already been removed.
I have told the street services so secure all skips in the area and to ensure that bins are emptied, to ensure that bottles etc are not used as weapons.
I would urge you all to check on any friends or neighbours that you think might be lonely or afraid. It is very easy in a situation like this for us all to retreat into our own homes, but we must also provide any help we can to our friends and neighbours. If you have a neighbour that you would like me to talk to then please do send their contact details to thomas.neumark@Camden.gov.uk
I will be monitoring the situation tonight to ensure that the police provide an effective and proportionate service so that we can peacefully enjoy our wonderful neighbourhood.
Councillor Thomas Neumark
Saturday, 16 April 2011
This will come at no cost to the tax payer.
The new building will be funded through two sources. Firstly, by selling The Crowndale Centre, Bedford House in Camden High Street NW1, Clifton House on Euston Road, offices in Cockpit Yard, 98-100 St Pancras Way, the Town Hall extension on Argyle Street, and 156 West End Lane. Secondly, by taking out a loan which will be paid back through the savings we make through having a lower repairs bill.
The alternative would have been to sell these same building, apart from the Town Hall extension, and to use the money to repair the Town Hall extension. Over 25 years this option would have cost us somewhere in the region of £70 million.
I do not believe that we can legitimately cut further services in order to maintain inefficient buildings that are badly in need of repair when we have an option that costs us nothing and gives us a new building.
There is more detail about these decisions here http://www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/content/council-and-democracy/plans-and-policies/camden-strategies-&-partnerships/corporate-accommodation-strategy-.en
Sunday, 3 April 2011
As it stands the HS2 proposals are unacceptable to Camden. We oppose them.
The loss of our housing, the threat to our communities and blight created by a decade of both uncertainty and building works are not mitigated by any significant gain to Camden's communities that would come close to offsetting this harm.
We will fight the proposals for our communities. If the Government does decide to go ahead, we will fight to get significantly more council housing and other additional improvements to replace the community amenities that are under threat.
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
The consultation document that the government has put out on this is very weak. There is little detail or clarity in it.
What is clear is that the current proposal will cause planning blight to Primrose Hill and surrounding areas and disturbances from construction of tunnels and then the operation of trains.
The Labour party is nationally reviewing its position on the question of High Speed Rail.
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Sunday, 6 February 2011
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Tuesday, 16 November 2010
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He was sentenced to 24 weeks imprisonment suspended for 1 year and given a 5 year ASBO prohibiting him from entering
This is the 173rd ASBO to be obtained by
ASBOs are not to everyone's liking but they are certainly an important part of combating the drugs trade in Camden Town.
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
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My view is that we should limit the number of these venues as far as possible, and we should ensure that there are not high concentrations of these venues in any one place.
If you have a large number these places next to each other it can create an intimidating atmosphere.
If you agree, or have a different view, you can email me on thomas. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 6 July 2010
Monday, 5 July 2010
You can find more details here of what will be effected.
One of the proposals is to cut people's housing benefit if they have been out of work for a year. This seems particularly cruel and could lead to more homelessness.
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
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Thursday, 20 May 2010
Exceptional Hardship Scheme Consultation,
High Speed 2 Limited,
55 Victoria Street,
London SW1H 0EH
Department for Transport,
Zone 2/25 Great Minster House,
76 Marsham Street,
London SW1P 4DR
19th May 2010
Dear Sir or Madam,
Response to Consultation on the Exceptional Hardship Scheme for HS2
I am one of the councillors representing Camden Town with Primrose hill. The “preferred route” of the proposed HS2 line passes through our ward. I understand that you have already received a letter from “the Primrose Hill HS2 Reference Group”. This is a group of concerned residents who have formed an entirely non-political community group to organise a response to the consultation.
Their response is an excellent summary of the feelings of many in Primrose Hill. I would strongly recommend that you take careful notice of their letter and provide a full response to it.
I would echo some of the points they make. Particularly, that, although the EHS is a non-statutory scheme which the Government is not obliged by statute to provide the EHS should still be run properly and be fairly implemented.
Residents have several legitimate concerns about the way in which the process has been managed so far. We are particularly concerned that;
• We were not notified at all about the adoption of the “preferred” route through Primrose Hill, nor about the EHS itself.
• Certain properties are unreasonably excluded from compensation under the proposed rules. Specifically, properties above tunnelled sections and owners of businesses who rent their business premises should be eligible for compensation.
Cllr Thomas Neumark
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
In a first of a series of announcements – and with immediate effect - Camden’s new Labour administration is ordering the end to the unpopular policy auctioning of council homes to private developers to pay for repairs.
In November 2007 Conservative and Liberal Democrat-run Camden council announced plans to sell off 500 of its existing council-rented properties, despite over 18,000 people remaining on Camden’s housing waiting list.
The unpopular policy was made even more controversial after several auctioned flats reappeared on the market, ‘flipped’ by speculators for hundreds of thousands of pounds of profit.
A list showing what happened to properties after they were sold by the council show:
- One house in Croftdown Road, Highgate, was snapped up for £1.1million and quickly sold on for £1.9m - a 78 per cent profit.
- A flat on an estate in Arlington Road, Camden Town was bought for £176,000 and sold for £285,000 – a 49 per cent profit.
- A flat in Hemstal Road, West Hampstead, was bought from the council last May for £233,000 at auction with the buyer selling it on in December for £345,000.
Under Labour Camden now step up its campaign for more direct investment, look to its own commercial property portfolio and new housing revenue powers to create money for council house repairs.
It is also committed to drive better value-for-money in the existing housing repairs programme, criticised for waste and over-specification.
Camden Labour leader Cllr. Nasim Ali says:
“The ‘flipping’ of publicly owned housing to generate hundreds of thousands of pounds for private developers shocked Camden’s taxpayers. It was also a daily tragedy for the thousands that languish on the growing housing waiting list.”
“The choice at the election was between Lib Dem/Tory support for sell-offs and Camden Labour’s promise to immediately halt the privatisation of desperately needed housing. Taxpayers clearly said that auctions should end. We have done that today.”