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A debate about the right scale for local government and reorganisation with contributions from a large unitary council, a small district and a leading commentator on international local government.
In both urban and rural areas the closures of local Post Offices has provoked anguish in the local communities that rely on them. The government has argued that the shrinking of the post office network is inevitable as a result of lack of profitability. In this Policy Platform we explore three perspectives which focus on the role that local government might be able to play in ensuring that the Post Office network is maintained and supported.
North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire have established cross boundary infrastructure to develop economic opportunities on the largest employment site in Yorkshire and Humber.
The South Humber Gateway will make a major contribution to reducing carbon emissions and to the outcomes of the government’s green energy agenda.
Travelchoice in Peterborough is one of the three DfT Sustainable Travel Demonstration Town projects.
The overall aims of this behavioural change project were to (a) improve the quality and availability of up to date accurate travel information (b) encourage and enable more people to try walking, cycling, car sharing and public transport and (c) provide a positive experience for existing and new sustainable transport users.
Peterborough City Council along with Hampton College has created a game to test citizens’ knowledge on surrounding environmental issues allowing the Council to interact with all types of residents and ensuring the participants learn valuable lessons.
Dundee City Council has joined the Carbon Management Programme to ensure the council’s commitment to greenhouse gas reduction is incorporated into new and established strategies. The city council reduced energy consumption by 11.2% and the initiatives employed included the use of 350,000 grant from the Scottish Government’s Central Efficiency Fund.
A project with the aim of raising the profile of environmental issues in Neath Port Talbot using a range of media to gain popular familiarity and recognition about a range of issues. A website and has formed the hub of the initiative with a ‘green map’. It has cost approximately 11,500 and has attracted 250 website hits per month.
This report represents the final policy recommendations from over six months of discussions, workshops and research into the policies of a model environmentally sustainable Council. Here we present some discussion around the issues and some practical examples of local government and environmental sustainability
These essays provide an insight into the current thinking on the future of mayors and local government. The essays here are persuasive, yet despite the strong differences of opinion, we can begin to see the potential for some kind of consensus for the future.
If we can protect our environment locally – if small sustainable communities can be formed – then there is no reason that these models cannot go on to protect nationally and globally.