Hampstead Town

Hampstead Town stretches from North End on the border with Barnet down to Belsize Park, and from Fitzjohn's Avenue to Hampstead Heath: including most of Hampstead village as well as South End, much of Belsize Park, and Vale of Health.

Other than the Heath, Hampstead is known for its cultural heritage, architectural beauty, and its ten (yes, ten!) pubs.  It is served by many great local Residents' Associations and community groups, including the Heath & Hampstead Society, Hampstead Forum, NW3 Business Association, South End Green Association, Belsize Residents Association, and many more.

The ward is represented on Camden Council by three hard-working local Conservative councillors: Oliver Cooper, Maria Higson, and Stephen Stark.  They hold four regular councillors' surgeries each month:

  • 1st Saturday each month: outside Roni's, 39 Belsize Lane, from 10:30am to 12:30pm
  • 2nd Saturday each month: outside Barclays Bank, 28 Hampstead High St from 10:30am to 12.30pm
  • 3rd Thursday each month: AgeUK Centre, Henderson Court, 6pm to 7pm
  • 4th Saturday each month: Hampstead Community Centre, 78 Hampstead High Street, 11am to noon 

Your local Hampstead Town Conservative team

Cllr Oliver Cooper headshot

Cllr Oliver Cooper

I live on Flask Walk, and having lived in NW3 for a decade, I’m honoured to represent our community on Camden Council.  I've been the Leader of the Opposition on Camden Council since 2018.

I’ve led the push to restore weekly bin collections and I forced Camden to introduce fines for fly-tipping.   I'm an environmentalist and I'm serious about tackling air pollution - I launched a petition to install electric car charging points to reduce emissions.  I’ve also proposed reducing Business Rates to save local pubs and am working to open two micro-parks in Hampstead Village.  I've also led the campaign borough wide to reverse the decline in Camden's school standards.

I’ve volunteered on local projects from the community garden on Pond Street to monitoring air pollution levels outside local schools.  I'm a professional economist and use my expertise to scrutinise Camden’s finances - formerly as chair of the Resources Committee - to fight to preserve front-line services and keep taxes low.

Email: oliver.cooper@camden.gov.uk

Twitter: @OliverCooper

Maria Higson

Cllr Maria Higson

I work in the NHS and have been a governor of the Royal Free Hospital, so I’m really committed to better public services, especially improving health and social care.

Having lived on gridlocked Fitzjohns Avenue and on Willoughby Road, I've seen as you have the impact of  increasing traffic and over-development on air pollution.  I’m campaigning and to plant more trees on local streets and require schools to have binding travel management plans to tackle the problem.  I've also campaigned extensively on animal welfare and biodiversity.

I volunteer at two homeless shelters, where I’m proud to work with inspirational volunteers to help people in crisis turn their lives around.  I'm a liberal Conservative and I believe passionately in rolling up my sleeves to help the worst-off.

Email: maria.higson@camden.gov.uk

Twitter: @MariaHigson1

Stephen Stark

Cllr Stephen Stark

I’ve lived with my wife and son in the heart of Hampstead Village for 12 years and I’ve been privileged to represent Hampstead as one of your councillors since 2014. I run my own business in Hampstead, so I’m on hand to meet residents and see what happens as I go about my daily life.

I’m especially interested in planning, conservation, and the environment.  I use my skills as a chartered civil engineer and party wall surveyor to fight for residents against unwanted developments.

I’ve worked with residents to resolve issues from tackling fly-posting on Flask Walk to initiating Camden’s map system to track basements.

I’m a governor at New End Primary School, sit on Hampstead's Safer Neighbourhood Panel, and work with the Hampstead Forum to direct funds to local projects.

Email: stephen.stark@camden.gov.uk

Twitter: @StephensLStark