Author Archives: justinhgriggs

LCR magazine: fracking nightmare or essential reading for councillors?? Actually it’s both

Alert students in the parish classroom will this week and next be reading the new Winter edition of the local government journal LCR. Which you’ll have guessed from the title of this post contains a must read article on fracking! Here’s my 20 reasons from the Winter edition why LCR is essential reading, especially for […]

Where next for local democracy?

A speech by Rory Stewart MP – who is also Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on local democracy – on the future of local democracy on Wednesday 27 November, at an event hosted by Localis.

Upskilling for localism

In this first in a new series of guest posts, academic James Derounian argues that parish councillors and clerks need training in order to make the most of localism: When parish and town (local) councils were invented way back in 1894, who could have predicted that in 2012 (118 years later!) they would still exist, […]

A whistlestop tour – the return

Once again I’ve not kept a promise to myself to blog regularly. Hence I owe some thanks to some great tweeps like Dave Briggs, Carl Haggerty and Ellie Stoneley for nudging me along recently. So as a quick update since my last post, here’s another rollercoaster ride of events and stuff…… Our Chairman, Councillor Michael […]

Next steps for neighbourhood planning?

So the Localism Act is now on the statute book but what are the next steps for one of its key components – neighbourhood planning? In this guest post, Crispin Moor from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) shares some of his thoughts: Action for Market Towns (AMT) held a symposium last […]

Local councils will be key to implementing new powers

Last week we held our annual conference for larger local (parish and town) councils. The sold out event included a panel discussion on localism and the new powers contained in the Localism Act, in particular the general power of competence. During this session our chief executive spoke about our take on the new powers for […]

In praise of the village fete

Last week the Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles gave a speechurging faith groups to make use of new powers in the Localism Bill to end their reliance on the goodwill of local authorities and to play an active and visible role in society. He used the speech to again set out what the […]