Tag Archives: ConDem cuts

Acol given new lease of life

Following on from Netherwood, another campaign regular visitors to this blog will be aware was our fight against the closure of Acol Children’s Centre nursery. Whilst we weren’t able to persuade Camden to halt its plans to close Acol as a Sure Start, ward councillors worked hard with officers, parents – and alongside the similar […]

Netherwood saved!

Camden Cabinet agreed last week to the final proposals for a new Centre for Independent Living in Greenwood Place. In so doing , they agreed not to close Netherwood Day Centre in our ward. This is a superb victory for users, their carers, and supporters of Netherwood. As Labour ward councillors, we’ve supported this campaign […]

Boris cuts Kilburn police

Last year, when Boris’s police cuts forced Safer Neighbourhood police Teams (SNTs) in other Camden wards to share a sergeant, we thought Kilburn had escaped. Indeed, Superintendent Raj Kohli came to a public meeting in the wake of the fatal stabbing in our ward and was pretty clear the high levels of anti-social activity and […]

Cohesive communities in Kilburn

I was pleased to be elected chair of a new Community Cohesion working group a week or so ago which has been set up by through Camden’s scrutiny system. We’ve just met to start thinking about our workplan; our first agenda and an interesting presentation from officers can be found here Kilburn, like most of […]

Kilburn library saved

I’m pleased to be able to confirm that the very well-used Kilburn Library at the bottom of the High Road is not going to be closed by Camden council. In fact, all of Camden’s libraries will be saved from closure, despite cuts to the council’s budget of close to £100m. The news came on Friday […]

Victory for campaign as Netherwood gets reprieve

Regular readers of this blog will know my fellow councillors and I have been supporting the campaign to save Netherwood Day Centre for older people with dementia and other mental health needs. Great news came for the campaign this afternoon when the papers for the next Camden Cabinet meeting on 6 April were published, including a report on recommendations arising from the […]

Stars come out for Netherwood

You’ve got to hand it to Jane Clinton and her indefatigable fellow campaigners fighting to save Netherwood Day Centre. As showcased in today’s Camden New Journal, they’ve gone straight to the A-list and signed up Ricky Gervais as their latest high-profile backer. He’s not the only star backing the campaign either.  Benedict Cumberbatch, of the BBC’s Sherlock […]

Saving Netherwood: a chink of light?

It’s a sign of the strength of feeling about keeping Netherwood Day Centre that it made it on to the ITV London Tonight Bulletin last night: ITV London Tonight, 1 Mar 2011 Here Adult Social Care Cabinet member Cllr Pat Callaghan confirms what Council Leader Cllr Nash Ali said at Full Council: that funding had […]

Protest at Boris’s secret London Tory Conference

Students, trade unionists, local councillors and residents are uniting for a day of action this Saturday (26 February) to protests at the cuts facing London by the Conservative led government at their secret London Conference. The Secret London Conservative Conference is planned to launch Boris Johnson’s mayoral re-election bid, and has been largely hidden from […]

Lib Dem duplicity over campaign to save Kensal Rise Library

Sarah Teather, the Liberal Democrat MP for Brent Central and a minister for “privatising education” (sorry, running our schools) in the coalition government which has slashed Brent council’s budget by a fifth, is now campaigning to save some of the borough’s libraries that may be forced to close as a result of her government’s imposed […]