Search

Council election manifestos: Tories tell Camden voters: ‘We are listening to you’

PUBLISHED: 10:04 09 May 2014

Camden Conservatives launch their latest manifesto. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Camden Conservatives launch their latest manifesto. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Archant

Camden Conservatives insist the party is listening to the people of Camden and has crafted its manifesto based on thousands of responses to surveys sent to homes across the borough.

The key message in the manifesto is that the council machine under the Labour administration “isn’t working” for Camden residents.

Camden Tories pledge to improve the council’s communication with residents by reducing “red tape and inertia” which the group claims has led to 2,000 resident complaints about contact with the council, including problems with the repairs service and rudeness from council staff.

Another key Tory concern is the issue of street cleaning across the borough which it pledges to solve by re-instating weekend street cleaning.

The manifesto makes several references to the Tory council model in Westminster - responsible for the lowest council tax in the country - which the party claims could benefit Camden.

There is also mention of a move from the current cabinet structure of decision-making to a “committee system” in Camden, which has recently been adopted by the Tory administration in Barnet, to engineer a more democratic cross-party process.

Camden Conservatives also aim to deliver a new school in West Hampstead, pledges to scrap the council magazine to cut costs and promises to set aside a fund to deliver extra officers to bolster the work of Camden’s Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

Last Thursday, the Tories called upon Andrew Boff, leader of the London Assembly Conservative Group, to launch their manifesto at Old Hampstead Town Hall, in Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park.

In the manifesto foreword, Cllr Claire-Louise Leyland, leader of Camden Tories, said: “We are determined to make sure that the council provides you with the services that you need and that these are delivered in the most effective manner,

“You’ve told us that Camden isn’t working for you. And we’ve listened.”

Key pledges:

- Re-instate weekend street cleaning

- Fund extra officers in Camden’s Safer Neighbourhood Teams

- Allow first 20 minutes free parking on smaller high streets

- Give every older person a leisure pass with 52 free sessions

- Freeze parking fees for residents for a year

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Stories

Yesterday, 23:03

Arsenal welcomed five young Arsenal supporters to their training ground for an unforgettable day out.

Yesterday, 21:26

Read what new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan had to say after he joined the club on Monday.

Yesterday, 19:24

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he isn’t worried about playing Mesut Ozil and new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the same Arsenal starting XI.

Arsenal have completed the signing of midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United in a swap deal with Alexis Sanchez. Read on for 10 facts you may not know about Arsenal’s new signing...

Arsenal have completed the signing of midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United in a swap deal with Alexis Sanchez.

Yesterday, 16:00

The latest news from the local boxing scene

Yesterday, 14:20

Published ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, Agnes Grunwald-Spier’s latest book asks how women’s experience of the terrible events of WW2 differed from men’s

Holocaust survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch who played in the women’s orchestra at Auschwitz will join other survivors at an event to commemorate this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day at JW3, the London Jewish Cultural Centre,in Hampstead.

PROMOTED CONTENT

For people who suffer with feet problems, it is often difficult to find footwear that is both comfortable and stylish. There is a shop in the West End dedicated to changing that.

Toni Krok, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007, has set up a charity to help people living with the condition and their families adjust to the challenges it brings.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate stories

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now