District councils stand ready and able to help fulfil the Government’s aim. But we need the powers to deliver change
Police and Crime Commissioner elections saw Conservative gains – well beyond reasonable expectations.
While national command and control sometimes stumbled, our district councils ensured that we could keep calm and carry on.
Local identities matter. Rather than abolishing small local authorities, more power should be handed down to them.
People feel very passionate about their towns. They do not get so excited about their County.
Part two of our weekly series on the local election, focusing on the district council contests.
But Labour will be under most pressure. They will be defending seats in areas where they performed very poorly in the General Election.
A more collaborative approach with the districts over planning approval could avoid unnecessary complexity and delay.
We need to take a dynamic new approach to our High Streets with ambitious thinking. The future is not just retail.
Sitting councillors and aspirant candidates alike have been irritated and offended by the new process.
We should look to Asia for a practical and cost-effective way to give rough sleepers a permanent address and bed for the night.