Published: 4th Feb 2019

Following a report commissioned by the Government which said a lack of ‘inspirational and forward-looking’ local leadership is contributing to failing town centres, Jonathan Owen, chief executive of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) contacted NewStart to defend the role of town councils in rejuvenating failing high streets. England’s 10,000 local councils, the first tier of local government, have changed dramatically over the last few years taking over discretionary services previously provided by upper tier councils (such as public conveniences, recognised by Falmouth BID’s chair as vital to the success of town centres). Their 125,000 elected councils are leading the drive to get involved in big-ticket issues such as promoting health and wellbeing by creating dementia friendly communities, providing community transport to towns (and in Sevenoaks a tourist bus service linking the town with a nearby attraction) and converting disused town premises into community hubs. All actions which promote … (To read the full article, subscribe below)