Councillor on his way to the seaside - but he wasn't so green
May I say how very delighted I am to hear that Cllr Mike Greene is resigning from Camden Council – the second Conservative to do so within five months! As executive member for environment in the Liberal Democrat-Tory partnership administraton, Cllr Greene
May I say how very delighted I am to hear that Cllr Mike Greene is resigning from Camden Council - the second Conservative to do so within five months!
As executive member for environment in the Liberal Democrat-Tory partnership administraton, Cllr Greene has had personal responsibility since May 2006 for almost half the council's business - everything from parking, planning and building control, to environmental health, pollution, rubbish collection, energy, recycling and sustainability.
In that role, he has been the biggest drag on the partnership administration's performance to date. That has been especially true of his failure to progress the excellent work put in by Camden's cross-party Sustainability Task Force (STF) and the Lib Dem eco-champion, Cllr Alexis Rowell.
While Cllr Rowell and the STF produced good and thoroughly-researched ideas for combating climate change, conserving energy, improving recycling and protecting the environment, Cllr Greene devoted himself to ensuring that little or nothing was done. He even took to belittling Cllr Rowell as an 'egotist' in your columns (H&H letters, May 1) - a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black.
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Now the egotistical Mr Greene is off to pursue personal political ambitions elsewhere, I hope that whoever inherits his impossibly large portfolio is a bit more active and progressive in co-operating with the STF, making Camden the 'greenest' of London boroughs and giving us a more comfortable and pleasant place to live in. Good riddance to Mr Greene. We'll leave it to the Tories to recycle him.
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Bedford Avenue, WC1
Before the last election I leafleted against John Thane, who was the councillor responsible for Camden's unpleasant tax farming parking policy. He lost his seat in the election and we hoped for better things.
In May 2006 colleagues and I met with his successor, Cllr Mike Greene and Keith Moffitt, the so- called leader of the council (the real one is Moira Gibb, the chief executive). We advocated a curb to clamping and towing; cutting tax farming by stopping tickets for trivialities; and that the council cut down sending out bailiffs, some of whom rob people (as they did me and the three colleagues with me - we got our money back).
Apart from cutting clamping - which was in the Conservative manifesto - Greene did virtually nothing, and the unpleasant shambles continued.
I am delighted to hear that he is standing down. I hope his inflated portfolio of responsibilities will be divided in two and that we will have a councillor appointed for parking who believes that councils exist to help people, not to harass and discipline us, and who will have the time to sort out the mess.
Swains Lane, N6
I read MP Glenda Jackson's piece (Glad I took the plunge, H&H August 14) with increasing incredulity. I know she doesn't do much around Hampstead any more but really! It was like a fourth former's rambling ''what I did in the holidays'' essay.
Does she really think Ham&High readers are interested in the trivia of where she learned to swim or that her Palace in Westminister has the builders in yet again, improving the sybaritic lifestyle of our elected government representatives who seem so totally out of tune these days? Time to throw in the towel, Glenda, and enjoy your retirement in Greenwich.
(Lib Dem) Cantelowes ward