With the Queen finally signing off the Localism Bill on Tuesday this week (15th November) it has now become The Localism Act 2011. You can download a helpful “plain English guide” here or if you really want to plough through the whole thing you can do so here . We’ll be making sure we get our heads round it all as quickly as we can – so you can look out for updates here. Read more →
Excellent news on Friday that Steep Hill Lincoln won the AoU Great Street Award and congratulations to the Lincoln team who presented Steep Hill to the Assessors.
If you picked up my post about being part of the European City Award assessment panel you may be aware that I was also part of the assessment panel for Steep Hill – although because our offices are so close to Steep Hill and because Lynette Swinburne (Globe Associate) and I were previously responsible for the co-ordination and management of The Historic Lincoln Partnership I chose not to submit my scores but provided my assessment comments for consideration by the other panel members. Read more →
Following on from last week’s news that government funding could go straight to local communities to help them produce neighbourhood plans, today’s Planning Blog has an interesting contribution from Michael Donnelly (Planning’s senior online editor) who was actually present at the conference. It always helps to know what someone who heard things first hand (first ear?) thought, so here’s Michael’s blog in full: Read more →
I admit to often grumbling about the painfully slow pace of local authority plan making, particularly in Lincolnshire where we do a lot of our planning work. However, some of the work being prepared for the Central Lincolnshire Joint Planning Unit – or JPU – has persuaded me that sometimes there are good reasons for this tardiness. Read more →
“Planning” reports today (9th November 2011) that a Department for Communities and Local Government official speaking at the Action for Market Towns symposium in London said that ministers “were certainly thinking of considering the option” of providing funds for preparing neighbourhood plans direct to local communities, rather than routing these through higher tier councils. Read more →
November will see the start of an exciting new commission to develop and provide business support for Digital Businesses located in Lincoln, Boston and East Lindsey.
Working for Lincolnshire County Council’s ‘Digital Revolution’ project, CDI Alliance and Globe will be delivering the programme of networking, business support and seminars proposed in our recent tender response to support digital businesses. Read more →
I’ve had a long association with Gainsborough, my children went to school there, most of my local shopping gets done there and Gainsborough Riverside Regeneration was a major part of my life for several years in the 1990s. I was therefore happy to offer Globe’s help when a conversation with ex-colleague and friend Charles Cook at the Lincolnshire Co-operative Development Agency touched on a long established local institution – Gainsborough Adventure Playground. Like many community and voluntary organisations, the Gainsborough Adventure Playground Association – to give it its full name – is feeling squeezed between reducing public sector finance, limited availability of grants and a rather dismal local economic and employment climate. The effect is that they need to ‘prove their worth’ to people other than the children and parents they work with. Read more →
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