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‘We need more cash to deal with 250,000 daily visitors’ says Camden finance chief

PUBLISHED: 16:01 02 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:01 02 March 2016

Cllr Theo Blackwell, cabinet member for finance, atop Camden Town Hall. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Cllr Theo Blackwell, cabinet member for finance, atop Camden Town Hall. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

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The number of people in the borough of Camden more than doubles each day because of workers and tourists – but not enough cash is allocated to reflect that.

That is the view of Camden Council’s finance chief.

Answering a question by Councillor Sabrina Francis about the borough’s daytime population, Councillor Theo Blackwell said the population rises to nearly 500,000 each day.

The resident population is 230,000.

He said: “While this increase in population brings undoubted social, cultural and economic benefit, it can place significant pressure on our public services.”

But he said that government funding allocations have not changed since 2013/14.

Cllr Blackwell complained: “Camden had the fourth fastest growing population in the country between 2010 and 2014, and this is set to grow by a further 20,000 – seven per cent – by 2020.

“Yet there is nothing in the funding allocations to enable us to respond to the increased infrastructure and service delivery that these demographic changes require.”

He warned that it is set to be exacerbated by further central government cuts.


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