The trees we are planting allow local people to take small, tangible actions and will leave a lasting legacy for future generations.
The Conservative victory was a revolt after years of declining town centres, decaying parks, and detrimentally high taxes.
It contributes a tidy £6.75 billion in GVA to the national economy each year as a net contributor to Treasury coffers.
Councillors and local churches have built up a volunteer network to do weekly shopping.
I am grateful to the Government for responding to our financial concerns. It’s meant that help has reached those who need it most.
Districts decide on the applications, counties provide the infrastructure. Better collaboration is needed. We build communities; not just properties.
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.
Maybe it was ever thus, at least in modern times, but Tory-held suburban seats outside the South-East are under-represented at the top table.
Personal responsibility is at the heart of everything we do, enabling us to concentrate on supporting those who really need our help.
For economic, moral and political reasons we should introduce a new generation of Enterprise Zones to heal the wounds of the 1980s.