Interview: Cllr Hamish Pollock at Sutton Council

Fri 17th April 2015, 9:49 am

The Sitematch London team catches up with Councillor Hamish Pollock from Sutton Council.

Which projects are you most proud of being involved in?  

Carshalton's second world war memorial which I designed for free and got built and unveiled in August 2014. And being involved in its dedication ceremony at which about 1,000 people were present.

What three developments or enhancements would most benefit the borough? 

A tram system going through Sutton between Croydon and Kingston, and linking the southern Sutton suburbs with Wimbledon and other places. An extension to the tube system to Sutton, somehow.

Which three developments outside the borough do you most admire?

The Gherkin, The Strata Tower and Canary Wharf Station.

What was your first impression of the borough when you started out working there?

Sutton has a brilliant central library. The borough as a whole is an attractive place to live. I was actually born in Sutton.

What things have surprised you about working in the borough? 

The people are even nicer than you think they will be!

What makes developers good partners?

If they engage with residents and councillors properly and meaningfully before submitting planning applications.

If you could change one thing about the borough, what would it be?

Easier and quicker access to central London!

If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go and why? 

Netherlands – brilliant designers and outrageous design is much more accepted there.

Which book, film, piece of music or sporting occasion has had the biggest influence on your life and why? 

Book: The Alan Clark Diaries (various volumes).

Film: The Long Walk to Finchley (about Mrs Thatcher's early life).

Music: 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky.

Sporting occasion: attending the London Olympic Games in 2012 – watching the Olympic Torch procession past Carshalton Ponds that July.

When did your most memorable meeting take place and what made it so special?

I met my late wife while out door knocking/canvassing in Carshalton Village in 1990. We married a year later in Carshalton, which I have represented for 17 years on the council.

What is your biggest professional achievement?

Working on Candy & Candy's One Hyde Park housing development in my private job as a full-time architect.

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