ICE is inviting members to join a debate on its new website about the implications of ‘localism’, how it will affect transport infrastructure and the challenges it presents to the civil engineering community.
The ‘localism’ concept is at the heart of the new government’s Big Society ambition - which aims to put power back in the hands of local people and councils.
The Queen’s Speech in May saw the introduction of the Localism and Decentralisation Bill which could see the abolition of a range of regional and central decision making bodies and processes.
These include scrapping Regional Spatial Strategies and retuarning decision-making powers on housing and planning to local councils, the creation of Local Enterprise Partnerships to replace Regional Development Agencies and greater financial autonomy to local government and community groups. Residents would also be given the power to instigate local referendums on any local issue under the new Bill.
ICE would like to know how localism will affect civil engineering in the delivery of transport services and is inviting members to share their views in an online debate.
- How would the following affect your work?
- How localism can exist when there are no locals?
- Financial concerns - will local areas be able to cut and raise tax generally and on specific projects?
- Accountability, capability and mechanisms for decisions - how will this work?
- How will infrastructure interconnection take place?
- The need for strategic planning - local infrastructure can be national infrastructure. Can strategic planning exist locally?
- Should transport be seen in the context of an interconnecting mode rather than a stand alone entity?
- Can localism work?
Join the debate at: www.ice.org.uk/localism