Interview: Cllr Phil Rosenberg at Camden Council
Fri 15th May 2015, 3:55 pm
Councillor Phil Rosenberg from Camden Council has answered some questions for the Sitematch London team.
What three developments or enhancements would most benefit the borough?
Housing is a crucial issue for the borough. Even though we are building the most council housing in the country, we still need a lot more. We need so-called 'affordable' homes to actually be affordable and not 80% of market rate as at present. Finally, we need better regulation in the rental market to give more security and protect against unscrupulous landlords raising rents dramatically from year to year.
What things have surprised you about working in the borough?
It never stops surprising me how interesting it is to walk aimlessly in Camden. You always uncover some intriguing or quirky cafe or landmark.
What makes developers good partners?
Respect for the physical, social and aesthetic environment in which they are developing. A willingness to speak to local people and incorporate feedback into their plans.
When people find out you work in the borough, what are the most common things they ask?
People tend to be quite envious. There is so much going on, whether it's going to Camden Market for lunch, or one of our world-beating entertainment or cultural venues after work, Camden is a great place to work, live and visit.
If you could change one thing about working in the borough, what would it be?
I would want to know everyone working was earning a wage that they could afford to live on.
If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go and why?
I'm really keen on visiting India at the moment. My maternal grandparents are from there and I feel bad that I have never been myself. It has such interesting history, culture and nature. Also, as someone who is interested in world religions, India is a must!
Which book, film, piece of music or sporting occasion has had the biggest influence on your life and why?
The London 2012 Olympic and Paralymic Games had a big impact on me. I was reticent about them when we were bidding for them. I felt the money could be better spent on schools and hospitals – but when we got the Games I just embraced them and immersed myself in them. I performed in the Opening Ceremony as a 19th Century footballer – I scored one of the Games' first goals! Then I was a gamesmaker looking after international dignitaries in the basketball arena during the Olympic Games and I was actaully in the Olympic Stadium itself during the Paralympic Games.