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The Right Homes In The Right Places

Six days of debate were promised on the Government programme set out in the Queens Speech and, out of a sense of duty, I read through the discussions of housing and social care on 22 June. I hope I saved you the trouble, because little of it was very edifying. Despite a background of near-zero socia...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 23 June 2017

The Times Have Become Interesting

Just when you thought that politics had become predictable, even a first-past-the-post electoral system manages to throw up a result to surprise everyone. Interesting times indeed. And even though the new Government looks superficially like the old, despite the addition of Democratic Unionist Party ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 12 June 2017

Corridor Vision

One of the oddities of the garden city movement is its obsession with the northern Home Counties and the south-east Midlands. Perhaps this is because the area was the location of its only two garden cities and the first of the new towns they spawned, at Stevenage. Or perhaps it-apos-s because the mo...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 24 May 2017

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Bill should support rural buses say campaigners

Added on 17 September 2016

Sustainable transport campaigners have called for new measures to ensure the Bus Services Bill helps rural areas as well as urban.
The Bill is currently before the Lords and will go to the Commons shortly.
But, while it contains measures to help towns and cities, the Campaign for Better Transport says it does little for rural services and it wants a raft of measures added.
It says councils should carry out local public transport assessemtns of need in their areas as service cuts are often considered in isolation, cutting off whole communities.
The Campaign says the new Total Transport approach should be rolled out, combining budgets to give better and more efficient services.
It says trials ongoing since last year should be widened so all councils can get the best out of limited resources.
Improved funding is needed, it says, and the Bill should make provision for financial support as well as new powers.
campaign chief executive Stephen Joseph said public transport cuts can have devastating impacts in rural areas.
People lacking access to a car rely on buses to get to school, hospital, friends or shops and cutting them can leave villages completely isolated.

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