The regeneration of Queen’s Crescent Market has been a priority for Camden Liberal Democrats for many years. A call for fresh ideas and fresh investment was at the heart of their commitments to the community for the two council by-elections in Gospel Oak ward in 2017.
This pressure and that from many local activists over decades, such as Mick Farrant, Jill Fraser, Sian Berry and many others has now achieved £1.1m of funding support from the Mayor of London’s Growth Fund.
Local campaigner and Gospel Oak ward candidate Matthew Kirk said,
"We welcome this much needed investment. There are local organisations who know how to make a success of this market, as they did before the management of the market was taken out of their hands by the Council. We now urge the Council to empower these local organisations and pass the funding to them to move quickly to reclaim the market as a centre for Gospel Oak."
"The Liberal Democrats, as the resurgent opposition party in Camden, are showing what can be achieved when Council rhetoric is challenged by a strong opposition that both holds them to account and applies pressure on behalf of local communities."
"In the elections in May the Liberal Democrats will be making the case that any council that is dominated by a single party becomes stale and takes local people for granted. Only a strong opposition can force the Labour council to do more for local communities."