Article originally appeared in Sustain. One Sunday in July I stood in a small park in a Central London and asked people to pin cards to a tree, telling me what they loved about the community around them. Not to exclude digital natives I also selected a hashtag and invited responses through social media. The fantastic responses […]Read more "What do you love about where you live?"
Elections taking place in the Queen’s Park ward of Westminster today are truly historic. As well as the London region MEPs and councillors on Westminster City Council, residents of Queen’s Park are voting for truly local councillors to represent them on Queen’s Park Community Council. Queen’s Park Community Council is the first ever parish council […]Read more "Historic day for London and Queen’s Park"
The latest area in London to look at setting up a parish council is Barking Reach. This area, also known as Barking Riverside, was in the news recently because of plans to connect it to the London Overground so further house building can take place. As much of the area is undeveloped, delineating boundaries should […]Read more "A parish council for Barking Riverside?"
On Wednesday 26 March 2013 the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) held an event asking the question “What next for localism?” It was attended by everyone from parish councillors and clerks to the minister and shadow minister for local government. Also represented were academics, officers from principal authorities and the Local Government Association. Speakers […]Read more "What next for localism? What next for London?"
I’ve written a collection of articles on Medium about Homes Before Roads. In 1967 the GLC announced what it claimed was the most immense decision of any local authority. By 1973 the project was cancelled and thought forgotten. Homes Before Roads was formed as a political party to fight the 1970 Greater London Council election, on a platform […]Read more "Homes Before Roads"
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published a book which aims to be a comprehensive guide to the workings of parish councils, also known as town, community or neighbourhood councils and collectively “local councils”. Local Councils Explained is a much needed publication, in part because of the additional powers available to parish councils […]Read more "Book: Local Councils Explained"
The Department for Communities and Local Government ran a consultation on the process of setting up new town and parish councils that closed in January 2013. The results of this consultation were published in September. Since the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 authorities such as London borough councils have the role of […]Read more "Making it easier to set up new town and parish councils?"