Action needed on Queen’s Crescent Market

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Labour has been making promises about the market for years, not least in the last two by-elections.

Meanwhile, their record is clear: in two and a half years of the Labour council running the market directly, the average number of stalls has reduced from fifty to five.

Matthew Kirk, Liberal Democrat candidate for Gospel Oak, said, “A thriving market should be the hub of our community, bringing people to the area, boosting local businesses and reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.”

“To revive the market will require resolve, imagination and investment: real incentives for stall-holders, theme days to build customers, sustained promotion and development. Labour has done nothing.”

“It is time for Queen’s Crescent Market to have new champions.”

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Camden Council Letting Down Private Renters

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Over the last 12 months, Camden’s Labour-run Council have only secured Rogue Landlord convictions against 11 properties in Camden, according to the Mayor’s office.

Liberal Democrat candidate for Gospel Oak Judy Dixey said, “There is a huge rented sector in Camden and there are perhaps 140,000 homes. It seems completely astonishing that there seem to be so few landlords that are not up to the high standards renters should expect in our capital.”

“We need Camden Council to step up to the local challenges residents face; we need the council to stop taking their voters for granted.”


Spotlight on Crime

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Over the last few months we have seen an increase in crime in Fortune Green - not just the horrifying and well-reported moped muggers, but also drug-related offences and a rush of motor vehicle crime (Sarre Road has suffered in particular).

Our local police teams do the best they can and figures did come down recently, but they still need support. Lib Dems are fighting to reverse Tory cuts to community policing.

Tracey and Flick recently met with a multidisciplinary group of police officers, Camden Council officers to resolve local issues. It’s clear that everyone has a role to play and that a policy of “zero tolerance” towards offences such as littering and flytipping is needed in our neighbourhood.


Parking and Traffic Chaos

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The Council’s transport and parking policies are not working. Huge congestion and screaming rows in Maygrove Road outside the new school every day, rat-running and unsuitable heavy traffic bombing up and down Westbere Road and Fordwych Road morning and evening, lack of parking controls in Iverson and Maygrove Roads.

Camden have been slow to seek solutions and dismissive of residents’ concerns. It seems they are now considering spending £50,000 on “modelling and consultation” to look at our issues. But will they just come up with proposals which will please nobody or will the consultation be genuine and really involve local residents?

One suggestion was to include the Maygrove Road area alongside a new “neighbourhood Kilburn scheme” but Labour are not providing any funding.


Good news for Abacus Primary

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Abacus received a boost recently when the Department for Education dropped its requirement that the school be 'two form entry'.

This should help the school to get planning permission for its permanent home - the old Police Station on Rosslyn Hill.

Permission for a two-form school was rejected by the Council.

Lib Dem Focus Team member Tom Simon, who helped set up the 'outstanding' rated school in 2013, said, "We always wanted Abacus to be one-form entry. Hopefully, this will allay local residents’ fears of traffic and pollution and this school with its very successful “walk-to-school” policy will now get to move into a proper home."


How green is my Council?

Sadly, not always as green as they’d like to think

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Cervical Cancer Prevention Week: 22nd-28th January

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A proven way to prevent cervical cancer is to have cervical screening to find pre-cancers before they can turn into invasive cancer. This is called a smear test and every woman over the age of 25 who is registered at a GP is invited to have one every 3 years; if you’re younger you can still make a request through your GP.

Cervical screening prevents 75% of cervical cancers from developing which is why three quarters of women attend screenings when invited. Getting that final quarter of women that don’t currently turn up for testing is the goal for Cervical Cancer Prevention Week.

Everyday in the UK 9 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 3 women lose their lives to it. There are brilliant charities like Jo’s Trust and Eve Appeal doing fantastic work to help change those statistics; here are some of their tips on what you can do to make sure fewer women die from cervical cancer –

  • Be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease.
  • Promptly attend your cervical screening when invited. For most women, the best protection is regular screening
  • For girls and young women to know where their cervix is – a survey conducted by The Eve Appeal showed that 45% of women were unable to accurately label the cervix on a diagram!
  • Everyone – (yes, men too!) to know how to prevent it and ways to support our life-saving research and awareness raising campaigns.

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week runs every January; the 2018 dates are 22-28 January.


Liberal Democrats will tackle moped crime

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Belsize Lib Dems have set up a working group of Liberal Democrat representatives from across London, to discuss ways to help the police tackle growing incidences of moped-enabled crime.

In Belsize crime rose by 28% in 2017, with "theft from the person" crimes and robberies the categories most commonly used to classify moped-enabled crime, together rising by 23%.

Liberal Democrat Focus Team member Luisa Porritt said: “Neither the Labour-controlled Camden council nor the Tories who currently represent Belsize have done enough to tackle the rise in this frightening form of crime. That’s why after hearing so much concern from local residents, we are looking at practical ways to help the police deal with this if elected.”


Clean Air for NW6 Schools

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Flick Rea, Lib Dem councillor for Fortune Green, has spoken out after local schools were overlooked for Camden Council funding to tackle air pollution.

She said, “I’m pleased that three schools in Camden have received funding from the Mayor of London to improve air quality near them, but why didn’t Camden put forward any schools in West Hampstead?”

“NW6 children deserve clean air too!”


Camden fails to take cash to help tackle homelessness

Lib Dems call for real action to bring empty homes back into use.

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Over 306 homes in Camden have been sitting empty for more than 2 years, research has revealed.

These figures, uncovered through a Freedom of Information request, show that there are over 887 homes across Camden that have been empty for over six months. Of these, 306 have been empty for two years or more.

Camden Council has to date failed to make use of Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMO), powers used by local authorities to take over properties that have been empty for at least six months. This is despite the fact that many local families have spent Christmas without a home.

EDMO powers have been available for use by local authorities in England and Wales since 2006. However, despite rising housing costs, shortages of homes to both rent and buy, and the increasing homelessness, Camden Council have never once opted to use these powers available to them, to help tackle homelessness.

Stephen Crosher, Holborn & St Pancras Parliamentary Spokesperson said:

“At a time when the homelessness crisis is worsening and more and more people are sleeping out in the cold on our streets, it is a scandal that so many homes locally are sitting empty."

“These homes could be turned into affordable places to live for those that need it.

“The Mayor needs to press London councils to use the powers available to them and the Government needs urgently review the current system which is clearly not working. Camden Council needs to act to bring empty homes back into use.”

Luisa Porritt, Belsize Liberal Democrats, added:

"With thousands of Camden's private tenants saying they live in smaller and more expensive housing than they would like due to our shortage of homes, the Labour council's inaction is hurting the very people they claim to want to help.

"It is shameful that Camden Council has failed to use existing powers to end this scandal. Local families have spent Christmas homeless because of Labour’s complacency and their attitude of taking votes for granted.”

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