Smaller electoral areas with just one councillor each would make for less confusion, more accountability – and fewer one party states.
The key issue was planning, and our fate was sealed before the first leaflet was delivered. Developers would steamroller the council to get unwanted schemes approved.
The results were a triumph of localism which confounded the pundits. But achieving wider home ownership is still a particular challenge in London.
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
They may not win many votes – but they offer some direction the other side of the election. In Kingston we have a whole range of detailed policies.
The Council is unpopular for approving tower blocks with no affordable homes and also for punishing motorists in a way that has cut trade for local shops.
The police know where the hot spots are. They must identify the most harmful gang members and can give them a stark choice.
There have been some shocking cases of personal abuse. Bullying must not be allowed to triumph.
In Wandsworth we are working with employers and further education colleges – and providing the infrastructure needed for economic growth.
A switch to unitary authorities would save money and avoid confusion over the responsibility for different services.
More homes doesn’t have to mean huge tower blocks. We need property that people want to live in – we can do this by intelligently and sustainably developing spare council land.
Town Halls are sticking with the “big six” – spurning the chance to save money or to switch to renewables. This even applies to councils that set up their own firms.
Rather than allowing the greatest opportunity for each individual to excel, the educational establishment want to hold them back – in the interests of “levelling attainment”.
The Conservatives held a seat in Perth and Kinross but lost a seat to the Lib Dems in Warrington and another one to the Lib Dems in West Berkshire.
The terrible state of council housing across London undermines community spirit and encourages drug dealing and gang violence. The Mayor is failing to show any leadership.