Across the Gospel Oak estates, the number one concern on the doorstep is about young people hanging around with nothing to do. There is real anger that the Council has protected youth services in Highgate and Somers Town, but pulled them out of Gospel Oak.
Jill Fraser, Liberal Democrat candidate for Gospel Oak, said “The staff and volunteers at Queen’s Crescent Community Association do a great job of running a youth club during the week, but it relies on donations and grants – it can’t replace the Council-run youth and careers service that the Labour Council cut last year. The Liberal Democrats believe that councils should be required by law to provide youth services - young people deserve good local services like the rest of us!”
The council has started yet another consultation on the future of the Wendling Estate, with new plans to be available by the end of the year. Local residents have told Liberal Democrat campaigner Jill Fraser that they are fed up of all these consultations.
Jill says “Local people are telling me they are fed up of the council wasting their time and money on expensive consultants. They are fed up that basic repairs aren’t being done because everyone’s too busy coming up with grand plans.”
“Camden’s Labour Council are all talk and no action.”
Gospel Oak Liberal Democrats have selected community champion Jill Fraser as their candidate in the forthcoming local by-election. The by-election, triggered by the resignation of a second Labour councillor in six months, will take place on Thursday 9th November.
Vince Cable, the new leader of the Liberal Democrats, has made tackling the housing crisis a top priority.
Vince believes the Government should allow local councils to borrow to invest in new, affordable housing. He also wants tax penalties on the purchase of property for investment purposes, by overseas residents, which has led to soaring prices in London. Vince says, “Homes are to live in; they’re not pieces on a Monopoly board”.
Local resident, Jill Fraser, who lives in the West Kentish Town estate, welcomed the Lib Dem commitment to affordable, good quality housing. Jill said, “It’s so difficult for young people in our area to buy or rent a decent home. The Tory Government is out of touch – they must fund the building of new homes to give people a fair start in life.”
Camden Lib Dems are stepping up the fight against the disastrous and chaotic Hard Brexit that the Conservatives are pursuing, with the support of Corbyn’s Labour party.
Prices are rising, investment is falling, and economic growth is slowing. There has also been a sharp fall in the numbers of nurses from EU countries registering to work in the NHS, adding further pressure to our health service.
Stephen Crosher speaking at the Lib Dem conference said, “The world I want my three daughters to grow up in is not one of splendid isolation but of magnificent connection, with all the benefits membership brings.”
We are now six months into Camden Council’s new waste collections scheme and, as predicted, there have been many complaints.
Liberal Democrats firmly believe in the principle of increased recycling and cutting down on the amount of rubbish sent to landfill.
However, Camden Labour have made a real mess of these changes. We have asked why the changes were not piloted in one area to start with, so some of the problems could have been sorted out in advance.
Lib Dem Cllr Flick Rea secured a 30% discount for elderly and disadvantaged people on the much-hated garden waste charge. However, Camden is so mean that it has given this no publicity in the hope that everyone will pay the full charge. So if you are entitled to the discount, claim it now by contacting Veolia on 020 7812 5000.
Local resident Matthew Kirk says, “Labour have made a real mess of their rubbish collection service. It’s time they conducted a thorough review of what’s gone wrong, and pushed their contractors to do a better job.”
Labour councillor quits Gospel Oak... again
One of the Labour councillors in Gospel Oak is quitting. He is leaving his important role here to take up a well-paid job working for the Mayor of London.
Judith Rogerson and other Camden Liberal Democrats joined the People’s March for Europe on 9th September...
We’ve got to stop this hard Brexit
Our party leader, Vince Cable spoke to the assembled crowd before the march began. Vince said, “We’ve got to absolutely stop the Brexit which this rather incompetent, dysfunctional, disunited government are trying to force upon us.” He listed the damaging effects of Brexit that we can already see. Valuable non-UK EU nationals are starting to leave the country, living standards are squeezed, the currency has been devalued and companies are beginning to stop investing. He said, “There is a lot of uncertainty, and this can be stopped if we stop the process of Brexit.”
The crowd swelled to an estimated 50,000 people and we all marched on to Parliament Square. There was a range of speakers reflecting a variety of local and religious community groups, people from the EU whose right to remain in the UK is threatened and pro-European groups that have sprung up around the country. Lib Dem MPs Ed Davey and Tom Brake made speeches as well as other politicians from across the spectrum.
This is the most important issue facing the UK and Liberal Democrats are the only major party standing up against the worst excesses of a disastrous decision
Negotiations have just started between the EU and Tory Brexit teams. Some are saying “let’s just get on with it!” but as it becomes clearer that Brexit is going to be a disaster the Liberal Democrats are renewing their campaign to stay in the Single Market and the Customs Union.
The implications of the threat of Hard Brexit are already being seen – in reduced access to grants for research; EU trained nurses, overseas students, and seasonal workers disappearing; less inward investment; and rises in food and petrol prices caused by the drop in the pound.
Liberal Democrats believe that the best place for Britain is at the centre of Europe. Exiting the Single Market would mean massive constitutional change and disruption and see the country facing long-term chaos and uncertainty.
Vince Cable and the Liberal Democrats are leading the fight against a Brexit Coalition of Chaos between the Tories and Labour. The Labour party are supporting Tory plans for a Hard Brexit and betraying all those young people, here in Camden and across the country, who voted for a better future.
Polls are showing a growing appetite for a review by the public of the terms of the deal, if and when it’s made. Liberal Democrats will stand up for the people’s right to choose.
On 10 July a major fire ripped through Camden Market. This is not the first time in recent years this iconic area has been devastated.
Camden Market is part of the character of Camden and the Liberal Democrats are determined that better safety should be built in to any replacement while retaining its unique spirit.
Serious doubts are emerging over the Council’s health & safety enforcement: two market fires; fire doors and unsafe gas installation at Chalcots; pavement encroachment in Queen’s Crescent; to name just a few.
Local Liberal Democrat Jill Fraser said, “The market’s owner has said it may not be possible to save parts of the building. Any replacements should retain the character of the original market. We want to keep hold of what makes Camden special.”