Sam Dodgshon for Pembridge

Sam Dodgshon is the new voice Pembridge deserves

I have been living on Ladbroke Grove for the last three years, having lived in London for the last five. In 2018 I was living in Camden and felt ready to go back to Liverpool for good. Happily, that was the year I moved to Notting Hill. Here I found the most fantastic community of friends and neighbours, the likes of which I had never experienced before. It was being welcomed into this community that convinced me to stay in London, and I have never looked back.

Over the last three years I have been deeply involved in North Kensington: volunteering on 24Hearts summer projects, campaigning for safer streets and housing, and co-founding the Trees for Wornington community group. This year I begin a job at the West- way Trust, assisting with their live events and community outreach.

I have always made myself available to the community here, using my architectural background to help guide people through the planning process. I am an experienced rights of way advocate, and am passionate about making green open spaces accessible to people from all walks of life.

Prior to moving here I served as a School Governor for two years, and currently run art and drama workshops in schools. Education is a passion for me, and I am immensely proud to have worked with so many fantastic young people inside and out of schools, all across the country.

I chose to stand as a councillor in Pembridge after meeting Wornington Green residents who’ve suffered 13 years of upheaval because of an ill-considered plan to redevelop the estate. The council passed the planning application by one vote, but has made such a huge impact on so many lives and done irreversible damage to the character of the part of London I am proud to call home. 

Sam Dodgshon is at the heart of our community

I know that I’m not alone in being upset by shoddy development. From those who remember a Portobello Rd before AllSaints, to others like me who came because of all the fantastic people who have passed through here before us - I speak to countless people worried about what North Kensington will be like in 10 years time.

At the first consultation meeting for the redevelopment of the Edenham/Trellick Estate, I asked that councillors stop focussing on the monetary value of development and try to see the value in preserving the only bit of London which isn’t like every other bit of London. If you elect me to be your councillor I will do everything in my power to ensure that Notting Hill isn’t turned into another place which is just ‘a bit like Battersea’ or ‘a bit like King’s Cross’, but remains somewhere that feels rather more like Notting Hill.

by Sam Dodgshon - your Lib Dem candidate in Pembridge