In practice, children in Wandsworth will still be allowed to climb trees in local parks. It is a mistake for local authorities to adopt rules which suggest otherwise.
The Mayor should take the responsibility to be a unifying figure with a positive message – not just churn out doom-laden predictions.
Local authorities don’t always appreciate the potential of special exhibitions to develop tourism – as well as the opportunities for schools and colleges.
The Conservatives lost two seats to the Lib Dems in Teignbridge and another in North Norfolk. But the Conservatives gained a seat from UKIP in Tendring.
Red Ted Knight and the then Militant Tendency were a disaster for Lambeth. The hard left has returned – new bottles, yet very much the nastiest of old wine.
The Metropolitan Police Service should be a world leader in embracing innovative technology, yet it’s often years behind other law enforcement agencies.
Rural communities will welcome development – if it fits the local vernacular and genuinely meets community needs.
Kevin Beaty: Rural and urban areas in the UK should be working together in a sense of common fellowship
I am setting up a think tank to explore how we can sensibly use the countryside as part of the wider economy.
We are embarking upon major housing regeneration and are showing that ours is the Party truly focussed on improving residents’ quality of life.
The Conservatives held seats in Staffordshire and Eden and gained a seat from an independent in Weymouth & Portland.
My advice to parents seeking help from local authorities is not to bother – as it would probably be worse than useless. Their methods ignore the way the brain works.
Roy Perry: In Hampshire we offer a Council Tax amongst the lowest in the country with services amongst the best.
For the future, more unitary authorities could be a good solution to funding pressures – but not if it means subdividing efficiently-run counties.
The County’s seven Conservative MPs are clear that the problems are “self inflicted” due to financial mismanagement. They need to encourage new people to become councillors.
Rural areas have higher costs for services such as social care – yet we have been coping with bigger spending cuts than our urban counterparts.
Michelle Lowe: There is a quiet revolution of “social prescribing” taking place – with Conservative councils taking the lead
There are non-medical solutions to such conditions as loneliness, mental illness, dementia, and asthma.