Fighting to keep our streets clean!
Despite opposition from thousands of local residents, in April 2017 Camden Labour cut bin collections in half for the majority of residents in the north of Camden and introduced a new Garden Tax. They broke the promise they made in their 2014 manifesto to maintain weekly bin collections and not introduce charges for refuse collection. Instead, they secretly planned to cut some services, charge for others, and refused to tell residents.
The cut to Camden's waste service has meant inconvenience for residents and more fly-tipping on our streets. Meanwhile, Conservative-run Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea continue to collect all residents' rubbish at least twice a week and Barnet collects weekly, ensuring their boroughs' streets are clean and safe.
Camden Conservatives strongly opposed these changes from the start – just as Brent Conservatives did when Labour cut Brent’s collections in 2010 and introduced a Garden Tax in 2015. Meanwhile, Tulip Siddiq has been completely silent – refusing to put our community before her party.
Led by Cllr Claire-Louise Leyland, Camden Conservatives have:
- Voted against cuts to collections and the Garden Tax
- Led a formal review – which was opposed by all Labour councillors
- Proposed a costed alternative budget that would retain weekly collections
- Held public meetings in Hampstead, Belsize and Swiss Cottage, attended by hundreds of residents
Our petition to retain weekly bin collections was signed by over 3000 people and it was presented to Camden Council on 24th April 2017.
Claire-Louise is now standing to be our community’s Member of Parliament and she has promised to keep up the campaign from the House of Commons, if elected. Alongside Camden councillors and Brent councillors like Cllr Carol Shaw, Claire-Louise will work tirelessly to keep Camden and Brent’s streets clean.
We are also working hard to fix practical problems and help people adjust to their reduced services – helping hundreds of people get the right bins, bags, or services after Camden’s customer service system failed. If we can help you, please reply to this email.
On June 8th, vote for strong and stable leadership locally and nationally – and vote for Theresa May’s local candidate Claire-Louise Leyland!