Local Election 2014: The Big Issues

Everyone has different issues that concern or directly affect them. Here’s a short list of  some of the major topics that seem relevant in this area at the moment (in no particular order).

HS2 – the impact of building HS2 is likely to be huge on Camden overall. While the effect on Fortune Green might be limited, Swiss Cottage and Kilburn wards would be heavily effected by construction and West Hampstead would likely see knock-on effects in traffic.

Schools – The debate about school places has been running for some time now. There’s an active campaign group pushing for a free school (primary and secondary) in West Hampstead, while the council is planning to open an extension of Kingsgate primary school in Liddell Road. Getting to grips with the statistics – especially on the demand for secondary school plcaes – is not for the faint hearted.

Planning & Development – The area around West Hampstead stations is already marked as an area for intensification and that’s not going to change. However, the council has significant influence over the type of development and in how the money that developers give back to the community is spent. There are also other implications on development such as the demand for social services, health care, schooling etc.

Streets & Environment – We’re all aware of the rubbish problem that peaked towards the end of last year. Although the situation has improved following a clampdown by Camden, it doesn’t feel as if it’s been cracked.

There are myriad other issues of course, and you’ll have the chance to air them at our hustings on May 12th. Or speak to the candidates at their street stalls or when they knock on your door (if they knock on your door).

Who are your candidates? Check out which ward you’re in, or go straight to the candidate list for West Hampstead, Fortune Green, Kilburn or Swiss Cottage.

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An Insight into: Ted Booth

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What have you missed since July 31st?

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Expansion of the Farmers’ market; too much too soon?

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Frustrated buyers face more delays at Ballymore

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Liddell Road school to open with spare capacity

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Residents concerned over Beckford School road closure plan

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