London Borough of Camden

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London Borough of Camden
Shown within Greater London
Status London borough
— Total
Ranked 345th
21.80 km²
ONS code 00AG
Admin HQ Euston Road, St Pancras
— Total (2005 est.)
Ranked 50th (of 354)
10,372 / km²
Ethnicity 73.2% White
10.4% South Asian
8.3% Afro-Caribbean
1.8% Chinese
Leadership Leader & Cabinet
Mayor Cllr Jill Fraser
Executive Liberal Democrats / Conservative
MPs Frank Dobson
Glenda Jackson
London Assembly
— Member
Barnet and Camden
Brian Coleman
Coat of Arms
Official website

The London Borough of Camden is an inner-London borough created in 1965 to replace the metropolitan boroughs of Hampstead, Holborn, and St Pancras.


[edit] General

The area is in the north side of the city, reaching from Holborn and Bloomsbury in the south to Hampstead Heath in the north. Neighbouring areas are the City of Westminster and the City of London to the south, Brent to the west, Barnet and Haringey to the north and Islington to the east.

There are presently two parliamentary constituencies covering Camden - Hampstead & Highgate in the north, currently represented by Glenda Jackson, and Holborn & St. Pancras in the south, represented by Frank Dobson. On 20-05-1999, The Camden New Journal newspaper documented 'Two Camdens' syndrome as a high profile phenomenon differentiating the characteristics of education services in the two constituencies. In 2006, Dame Julia Neuberger's book reported similar variation as a characteristic of Camden's children's health services. Her insider's view was corroboration - in addition to the 2001 "Inequalities" report by Director of Public Health Dr. Maggie Barker, of "stark contrasts in" health and education opportunities - of earlier similar Audit Commission findings and a verification/update of the 1999 CNJ report.

Camden's town hall is located in Judd Street near Kings Cross. The Council was controlled by the Labour Party continuously from 1971 until 2006, when the Liberal Democrats became the largest party.

Since 2004, friendship links have been developing across Camden with the Palestinian town of Abu Dis[1].

All three of London's northern railway terminals (Euston, St. Pancras and Kings Cross) are located in the borough; they are the southern termini for the West Coast Main Line, Midland Main Line and East Coast Main Line, respectively. There is a service facility for homeless teenagers sited "strategically" (an officer of LB Camden quoted by the CNJ newspaper) between the three.

[edit] Electoral wards

The electoral wards of Camden are:

For a full list of districts and neighbourhoods of Camden, see Category:Neighbourhoods of Camden

[edit] Organisation

View of the railway bridge over Camden High St. which carries the North London Line

Policy is decided by Borough Councillors who are elected every four years. It is the councillors who direct the organisation's staff to implement their policies or those of the political party they are affiliated to.

At the local elections on 4 May, 2006 the Labour party lost control of Camden council for the first time since 1971. The new council is made up of 20 Lib Dems, 18 Labour, 14 Conservatives and 2 Green councillors.

Following the elections the Liberal Democrats formed a partnership with the Conservatives. Cllr Keith Moffitt (Lib Dem) was voted Leader of the Council and Cllr Andrew Marshall (Con) Deputy Leader. The new administration will include a further five Liberal Democrat and three Conservative Executive Members.

The organisation's staff are lead by the Chief Executive who is currently Moira Gibb. Beneath her the organisation is divided into five directorates:

  • Housing & Adult Social Care
  • Schools & Children
  • Environment & Culture
  • Central Services
  • Chief Executives Department

The Directorates are headed by a Director who report directly to the Chief Executive. Each Directorate is divided into a number of divisions headed by an Assistant Director. They in turn are divided into groups which are themselves divided into services. This is a similar model to most local government in London.

[edit] Demographics of Camden

The 2001 census gives Camden a population of 198,000; corrected for undercount 202,600, projected forward to 2006 220,700. Camden is 73% white, 6% Bangladeshi and 6% black African. 35% of householders are owner-occupiers; 86% of households live in purpose-built or converted flats.

The largest ethnic group are the Irish, followed by Bangladeshi and black African groups. [2]

[edit] Major public or private bodies based in Camden

[edit] Attractions of Camden

[edit] Secondary schools

[edit] Housing

In May 2006, a report commissioned by British Gas showed that housing in Camden produced the lowest average carbon emissions in the country, at 3,255 kg of carbon dioxide per dwelling [3]. See also: Energy efficiency in British housing.

[edit] External links

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