What can localgov learn from this powerful speech to Kensington & Chelsea Full Council from 2019?

Looking at where Cambridgeshire might be going wrong, while noting what others are learning – in particular in the aftermath of Grenfell – and this video in particular: Have a listen to this speech from 23 Jan 2019 at the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Above – from 33mins 25 seconds in. One ofContinue reading “What can localgov learn from this powerful speech to Kensington & Chelsea Full Council from 2019?”

Cambridgeshire has no post-graduate course providers meeting local needs on transport planning

Which is why we need to think about how both Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, and the new University of Peterborough, are developed over the next quarter of a century. I’ve very deliberately excluded the University of Cambridge from this piece simply because it is a global institution that draws its talent from all overContinue reading “Cambridgeshire has no post-graduate course providers meeting local needs on transport planning”

The Police & Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough must overhaul his consultation process

Pictured: Puffles the Dragon Fairy at an emergency services open day in Cherry Hinton 2013 Even accounting for the Covid Restrictions, the minuscule number and percentage of responses from teenagers and young adults is a huge concern “Of note is the response from those in the 18-24 band, with only six responses, less than oneContinue reading “The Police & Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough must overhaul his consultation process”

Ministers avoid the tough decision on the OxCamArc in their Levelling Up White Paper

This is not political leadership, it is political cowardice. All it leaves is a huge policy void that neither helps investors decide whether or not to invest in the region, nor local communities and environmentalists concerned about over-development in the face of the climate emergency. “I am glad the OxCam Arc appears nowhere in theContinue reading “Ministers avoid the tough decision on the OxCamArc in their Levelling Up White Paper”

Do our councils, hospitals, colleges, and wider public services discuss and sign up to shared aims? Part 2.

Above – the Old Addenbrookes from Britain From Above, as this post involves the hospital and its sisters. I had to write the Part 1 (See here) to give some historical and political context. This part looks at who could do what to improve our city (however you choose to define it) This pair ofContinue reading “Do our councils, hospitals, colleges, and wider public services discuss and sign up to shared aims? Part 2.”

Do our councils, hospitals, colleges, and wider public services discuss and sign up to shared aims? Part 1.

Furthermore, do they discuss and share what specific policies and actions they need from each other? Public policy note: This is ***very complex*** and not easy to do at all. When I started off in the civil service back in mid-2004, many old hands, some of whom started their careers in the 1970s, told meContinue reading “Do our councils, hospitals, colleges, and wider public services discuss and sign up to shared aims? Part 1.”

Cambridge to reclassify major roads as GCP unveils major expansion of rural cycling/walking routes around the city

In the meantime, Cambridgeshire County Council passes its annual budget, while next door in NW Essex, Uttlesford District Council (incl Saffron Walden) is stripped of its planning powers by the Minister for Housing due to its opposition to Stansted Airport’s proposed expansion. The Uttlesford District Council announcement seemed to come out of nowhere: …but asContinue reading “Cambridge to reclassify major roads as GCP unveils major expansion of rural cycling/walking routes around the city”

Sustainable Growth Ambitions for Cambridgeshire

Council leaders were unable to agree to a new Sustainable Growth Ambition at the last Combined Authority Board Meeting. Should we be concerned? Is the impasse the result of broken structures and systems that should be looking at more radical solutions over a longer period of time? You can read the article in the CambridgeContinue reading “Sustainable Growth Ambitions for Cambridgeshire”

Levelling up? Follow the money, follow the legal powers

Two articles in the FT caught my eye on Levelling Up. And as one former Downing Street insider once told me in my civil service days regarding newspaper trustworthiness: “Money does not lie to itself”. The articles are sub-headlined: “Reversing decades of regional disparity in the UK will require real devolution of power” by MartinContinue reading “Levelling up? Follow the money, follow the legal powers”