Anyone who has spent time in the Netherlands can hardly fail to see the benefits of more cycling; wider pavements and a merciful absence of cars. But the motive should not be to punish drivers and avoid the need to find savings.
London needs at least 66,000 new homes a year, whilst the current mayor’s plan only sets a target of 52,000 – a target he is failing to meet.
Labour gained a seat from the Conservatives in Bassetlaw. The Lib Dems gained a seat from the Conservatives on the Isle of Wight.
We are reducing our property portfolio by 40 per cent. Using technology and innovation has delivered savings. Greater use of partnerships has also saved money while delivering ease and convenience for the public.
Often victims attend court with an expectation that their case will be heard, only to be informed that it has been adjourned.
We now have many communities with infrastructure stretched to, and sometimes beyond, capacity.
One force can complete vetting of officers in two months, while another can take up to eight months. In Bedfordshire, we are part of a closer Tri-Force collaboration with Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.
Labour gained a seat from the Conservatives in Blackpool and another seat from the Conservatives in Blackburn with Darwen.
I believe that empowering councils to play their full part as leaders of place will streamline resources, reduce bureaucracy, boost productivity, and support levelling up.
The effect can be seen in shop vacancy rates, with the highest rates seen in the North East, the Midlands, and Wales.
In Worcestershire, we have provided a surfaced active travel link from Kidderminster to join up with Worcester’s historic canal towpaths
Councils have retained more Business Rates as an incentive to boost enterprise. But it has been mooted that receipts grown by individual councils will be redistributed.
Labour gained seats from the Conservatives in Braintree and Burnley. The Lib Dems lost a seat to a residents group in Kingston.
Littering harms local communities, destroys local ecosystems, and costs the taxpayer millions of pounds every year.
Trying to replicate successful schemes like Canary Wharf in places like the East of England is a pointless exercise. What works in cities may not be applicable elsewhere.