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A Five Billion Pound National Disgrace

Having watched the progressive degradation of Government policy on planning and transport in England over the past 15 years, I thought I was beyond being shocked. But a quick analysis of the Government announcement on its five billion quid Housing Infrastructure Fund left me speechless. Well, almost...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 04 February 2018

Transformational Dreams

Thanks to a quirky coincidence, I was in a small town in the north of England when Transport for the North launched its Strategic Transport Plan, setting out its aspirations for what it grandly called transformational growth over the next third of a century. Well, quite a lot of the north is in need...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 21 January 2018

An Egregious Future

Few elephants live in this country and most of those that do live in zoos. So conservation of them is unlikely to figure in any 25-year environment strategy, which is a pity, as the Plan published by the Government yesterday must have had two very large pachyderms roaming silently around the launch ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 12 January 2018

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Smart Growth America warning on tax cuts

Added on 05 December 2017

Smart Growth America has warned that the Senate&primes agreement to a revised US tax code will leave a 100 billion dollar hole in the country&rsquos public finances over the next decade and it will have to decide between ballooning deficits and cuts to housing, transport and community development.

SGA chief executive Geoff Anderson said the move threatens to make rural places, towns and cities of all sizes less competitive and less resilient in today&primes challenging economy. His organisation has long campaigned for reform of the code to remove incentives for urban sprawl but he said the Senate move is a massive wasted opportunity.

&PrimeWhen this tax package triggers 10 straight years of 100 billion dollar deficits you can bet that the programs that local communities depend upon most for their continued success will bear the brunt of those cuts,&Prime said Mr Anderson. &PrimeThey will be the ones picking up the tab for this monumental addition to the national debt.&Prime

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