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December
2017
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Residents lead the way on Camden’s future

On Thursday 7 December, residents from across the borough met to share their thoughts and ideas about the future of Camden with local councillors and partners, including the police and health service.

Topics discussed included how to make sure everyone in Camden has access to jobs to feel financially secure, to better and more affordable homes, making sure communities are safe, strong and open, that the environment is cleaner, and how to make sure Camden is a place that everyone respects. Above all, residents felt that in 2025 everyone should be treated fairly and equally and have access to the same opportunities, wherever they live.

The Citizens' Assembly has now met three times for in depth discussions about Camden’s strengths and to share ideas about how to tackle the borough’s challenges.

Leader of Camden Council, Cllr Georgia Gould, said:

“I wanted us to try a different approach where we handed over to a group of residents representing every part of our community to shape together our vision and priorities for the future. The results have been beyond anything I expected and it has been a privilege to follow the discussions.

The Assembly has strengthened my view that Camden’s citizens are the most important resource we have. One Assembly member said that we can’t afford for there to be any lost voices in Camden. And I want this Assembly to be start of a new approach that draws on the ideas and energy of every resident of Camden.”

The Citizens' Assembly is just one way we’re looking to bring residents closer to the decision-making process in Camden.

We are currently developing a new plan for Camden up to 2025 and invite anyone who lives, works or studies in Camden to share their thoughts and ideas. These will be fed back to councillors to help shape the borough’s future over the next seven years.

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