Save our pub!

The community in Nunhead, Southwark have organised and successfully used the ‘community right to bid‘ part of the Localism Act 2011 to prevent their local pub from being sold to developers. It will now be run as a co-operative enterprise. Meanwhile in Elm Park, Havering a similar 1930s pub is being sold off for development and […]

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Response to DCLG consultation on setting up town and parish councils

The Department for Communities and Local Government recently closed a consultation on making it easier to set up new town and parish councils. The current legislative framework for this was set down in 2007. I responded to this consultation and recommended a number of amendments to existing policy, including legislative changes. The consultation presented a […]

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Who will be next…?

Had a bit of time to check for evidence of communities thinking about forming parish councils. Queen’s Park have been successful and will form a parish council in 2014. But what of the other attempts? I can find fifteen and all are at very different stages. The earliest stage of forming a parish council appears […]

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