‘We are very much encumbered by planning constraints and poor understanding of how rural economies work.’
The authority has been wracked with financial problems with some predicting that the Games could bankrupt them before they even reach the finish line.
‘We’ve got to work out what our USP is’
From Shropshire to Somerset, councils up and down the country have spent tens of millions of taxpayer’s money purchasing shopping centres.
NewStart visited the Castle Vale estate in Birmingham to learn about their community revolution, which saw residents take control of the library and swimming pool from the city council.
‘For the last 40 years or so, we have been serving up the same solution. Retail – shopping centres – more retail – more shopping centres. This approach has standardised our centres.’