Ideas and vision are necessary, but they are not sufficient. People need to see results and to achieve them they need to take part.
Posts Tagged: Localism
Disillusionment, anger, reduced turnout, a body blow to future social reform, and a possible boost to extremists are all potential consequences.
We have a civic duty to uphold and defend our collective natural inheritance. The planning system is not flawless but it has an important role.
Leigh Higgins: Post-Chequers, we need to explain more clearly what leaving the EU will now look like
We must ensure that, just as the UK voted Leave to take back control, local people take back control themselves.
The deadline is August 6th. While the role has yet to capture the public’s imagination, it has genuine power.
The cap for triggering referendums must now yield to popular consent to pay more in local charges to improve local services.
The council is making great strides with our health and voluntary sector partners. But the barriers to innovation imposed centrally must be lifted.
Syed Kamall: This time round, I’m not seeking to stand. But here’s an agenda for a Conservative Mayor of London.
Rather than “one size fits all” directives from City Hall we must allow local communities to have the chance to innovate.
Far from being a loss to the community they are more often derelict buildings and surplus land which can be used for housing.
John Myers: Let residents in each street vote to allow existing houses to be extended upwards or outwards
Half London’s homes are in buildings of just one or two floors. We could allow terraced houses to be split into maisonettes.
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.
A switch to unitary authorities would save money and avoid confusion over the responsibility for different services.
Gary Porter: Better partnership with central Government has given Conservative councils the chance to deliver
Extolling the virtues of the Localism Act might not be a big vote winner of the doorstep – but the many achievements it has made possible are having an impact.
In the third piece in our three-part mini-series, the Thirsk and Malton MP explores how the North East might help the One Yorkshire dream to come true.
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.