The council is making great strides with our health and voluntary sector partners. But the barriers to innovation imposed centrally must be lifted.
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Far from being a loss to the community they are more often derelict buildings and surplus land which can be used for housing.
There is also a lesson for councillors – to challenge their officials in making lazy choices when bids are put in for contracts.
The local election campaign was started with an eight page magazine highlighting our achievements on local issues. This was delivered prior to election expenses kicking in.
We fought on local issues highlighting the improvements we are delivering. Labour complained about “austerity” – but failed to offer a coherent alternative.
Martin Tett: A single county-wide unitary council for Buckinghamshire would achieve the greatest savings
The public finds it hard to get excited about the structure of local government – they just want good quality, value for money, services delivered from accessible locations.
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.
Chris Whitehouse: A small, sleepy backwater? No, with a Conservative council the Isle of Wight is fizzing with enterprise and innovation
Improvements for tourism, the environment and road works … and we’re proposing to go big on beach huts.
A super council would make decision-making more remote; the natural division provided by the Chiltern Hills should be recognised.
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.
Labour promised thousands of new social homes when they took over in 2014. They have only built six a year.
While sales to private developers might bring immediate capital receipts the long term value of amenities must also be considered. A partnership approach is needed.
Guy Senior: Keeping Council Tax low and serving our people well is still the key message in Wandsworth
We are seeing 20,000 new homes, 25,000 new jobs, and the first new tube station in the borough for 90 years.
A highways partnership deal has resulted in fewer potholes, new street lighting – and saved a million pounds a year.
The City will see increased parking charges across the city as well as higher Council Tax. Road maintenance is neglected, yet £800,000 a year is spent on PR.