Here is one firm’s account of how unnecessary costs and delay in the planning system holds them back. Timescales promised by councils are not honoured.
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Labour’s Regional Development Agencies were a failure. But the successor bodies are proving much more effective.
It has virtually zero business rates for small firms. The planning system is less skewed towards shopping centres and retail parks.
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.
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.
Publishing the data on spending and staffing would enable a full and frank debate about any reforms needed,
They duplicate much of the consumer champion work done by the Patients Association.
Little was achieved beyond inter-authority squabbling over priorities and endless consultants’ reports. The Local Enterprise Partnerships are much better.
Councils, schools, and the police need to work together.
Last year a council Chief Executive received an eight per cent rise, taking her salary to £170,000 – whilst most of her staff were stuck with the basic one per cent
Andrew Kennedy: County or city-wide Association groupings with experienced agents in charge. My plan to salvage the voluntary party.
The Party has collectively failed to modernise its campaigning, with the result that we saw on June 8. This needs radical reform if it is not to collapse completely.
They provide much better value for money than Labour’s unwieldy Regional Development Agencies managed.
There needs to be transparency over the borrowing that is being undertaken.
We can be proud of our record.