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Dollis Hill councillor demands answers on Brent Cross Shopping Centre ‘secret deal’

Alison Hopkins (centre background) worked with the late councillor Alec Castle, and Sarah Teather MP, on the Brent Cross planning application

"Dollis Hill Liberal Democrat councillor Alison Hopkins has demanded that the Mayor of London comes clean on whether he is preparing to do a secret deal that could result in a massive and virtually uncontrolled expansion of Brent Cross shopping centre.

"A recent newspaper report has linked the Conservative MP for Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell, with suggestions that Boris Johnson could permit Brent Cross shopping centre to double in size. The deal is said to involve Hammerson withdrawing plans for a development in Croydon in return for Boris Johnson relaxing conditions associated with the planned Brent Cross expansion. The Croydon MP is due to meet the Mayor later this month.

"The losers would be local residents in Brent, who would lose what little protection the existing conditions provide and suffer from the congestion and pollution caused by thousands of extra cars on local roads each day.

"Councillor Hopkins, who has a long record of campaigning with the Coalition for a Sustainable Brent Cross Cricklewood Development, said:
"It is crucial that Boris Johnson clarifies his position and makes public the content of his discussions with Croydon MP Gavin Barwell. Brent residents deserve better than to be the collateral damage of a stitch-up designed to spare Conservative blushes in Croydon."

"Cllr Hopkins has written to the Mayor of London, and briefed Liberal Democrat members of the London Assembly."

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