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Camden has not listened and I shall vote accordingly next year

07 December, 2017

• I WRITE to express my disgust at the letter you published from the Camden Council leader Georgia Gould (Time to join the debate on our future, December 1).

In short we are being asked to engage with the council to help shape a better future, the community’s opinion matters and it is listening… Sadly this is not true. My experience clearly demonstrates this.

Along with many other Camden residents, I spent a great deal of time and energy contributing to the Camden Goods Yard “framework’ document that Camden adopted earlier this year. It was a binding document detailing the objectives, aims and aspirations for the (re)development of CGY.

Many immediately neighbouring residents, such as myself, recognised the need for more housing and contributed unselfishly knowing that they may well lose their homes.

However, on the night of November 23 the planning committee simply waved through the non-framework-compliant Barratt scheme. The framework was exposed to be nothing but a red herring – at the taxpayers expense.

When, less than a week later the leader of Camden Council issues a statement such as: “We want your help to come up with a plan for the future that belongs to the people of Camden” it smacks of total arrogance.

I, for one, will not be using the suggested “comment boards” or Twitter to communicate with Camden Council. I will choose to use the ballot box in next year’s elections, as I’m sure will all those who were ignored on the evening of November 23.

STEVE STOKES
Gilbeys Yard, NW1

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