According to research revealed this week by the London Communications Agency, there is an 'outside chance' that Camden, traditionally a Labour stronghold, could become a hung authority after a quarter of a century in the party's control.
Jason Grimsley, press and PR officer at Camden, said Inglefield will lead a corporate team of around 13 staff with a 'soft' reporting line from around seven PROs based within the authority's service departments. He will report to assistant CEO Philip Colligan and replaces Emma Marinos, who joined neighbouring Islington Council as head of comms in February (PRWeek, 6 January).
Issues at Camden Council – rated with four stars and said to be 'improving well' by the Audit Commission – include a dispute over the proposed £2bn redevelopment of the King's Cross area.
The scheme to develop 67 acres into offices, shops, flats and student accommodation was given the green light by the council last month despite protests by residents.
Objectors have also voiced concern over the proposal to build a casino, and campaigners are now calling for a public inquiry.
Other issues include the potential closure of Kentish Town Baths and Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
Inglefield joined East Sussex in October 2004. The council is currently looking for his replacement. He declined to comment on the Camden role.