Imagine if our local authority had authority

I remember the time, way back, when the school RI syllabus changed from (Christian) Bible Study to Comparative Religion – a far more interesting, more-inclusive, approach that opened our young minds to a world we would not have encountered. Ever since, I’ve approached any challenging study by standing back and surveying the wider scene. The … Read moreImagine if our local authority had authority

Covid: Knowing our place

We should all be thankful that here in Fareham we are one of the Local Authorities least affected by Covid-19. Leicester’s latest local lockdown, however, raises key questions for all Local Authorities and their communities. It is now abundantly clear that Leicester’s local management was not fully aware of its Covid-19 crisis. Central government had … Read moreCovid: Knowing our place

Time to extract the digital

The laser light of Covid-19 has pinpoint accuracy. It also has a surprisingly therapeutic effect – it stimulates imaginations. For decades now we have looked with envy at modern parliamentary design and the transforming impact of digital technologies. Electronic voting, presentation facilities, scope for remote inputs, easier debate management and greater citizen engagement – all … Read moreTime to extract the digital

Planning Priorities: time to rethink

The timetable for approving Fareham’s Local Plan will have to be re-assessed. With most of life and endeavour currently on hold, the only certainty is that plans will change once the plague has passed. The urgent and very necessary responses needed to combat COVID-19 have ensured that there will be no ‘getting back to normal’ … Read morePlanning Priorities: time to rethink