To revive our high streets councils have a role in making sure empty space is put back into use.
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Judy Terry is a journalist and marketing professional. She was a Suffolk councillor for 10 years, four of which on the County as Cabinet member for Economic Development, and 10 on Ipswich Borough Council, where she transformed cultural services. She stood down in May this year.
It also allows teenagers to develop a sense of adventure and independence – making them more employable and better citizens.
There is also a lesson for councillors – to challenge their officials in making lazy choices when bids are put in for contracts.
There is a lack of proper financial management or scrutiny – while second home owners can dodge paying Council Tax by registering properties as holiday lets.
Judy Terry: Councils should take note of what it takes to be listed as a “best places to live” in the property supplements
A safe place with the best schools, well maintained public spaces, sports facilities, and transport links make locations desirable
Security has tightened at nightclubs, and volunteers work with the Police to protect the most vulnerable youngsters as well as the homeless.
A recent Conservative conference for the area found eagerness to discuss radical policies and to embrace innovative campaigning techniques. An encouraging sign for the local elections.
Council committees lack independence. Local newspapers are sadly in decline. There is not the equivalent rigour to that provided by Parliament and the media nationally.
Local authorities don’t always appreciate the potential of special exhibitions to develop tourism – as well as the opportunities for schools and colleges.
Publishing the data on spending and staffing would enable a full and frank debate about any reforms needed,
Fast broadband is an absolute essential – enabling homeworking and the conversion of redundant rural buildings into homes and business units
This would surely encourage more participation amongst all age groups, by raising awareness of the benefits. The Commonwealth Games this year should spur us on.
The EU’s petulant announcement that the UK is no longer eligible to compete for European Capital of Culture makes the national award all the more important.
They duplicate much of the consumer champion work done by the Patients Association.
Councils could encourage more schools to specialise and give more children in care the chance to attend boarding schools.