When I moved to Central London, I was acutely aware that I wasn’t going to get much square footage for my rent budget. Having been a student for four years previously, I was prepared for a rather bijou existence.
MPC recently hosted a breakfast with the now Conservative Mayor for the Combined Authority for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough - Cllr James Palmer. Unsurprisingly, given the nature of his powers and the challenges facing the region in its attempt to rival Silicon Valley, the conversation focused heavily on infrastructure.
Tomorrow much of England will go to the polls for the County Council elections. At stake will be the control of 27 county councils responsible for billions of pounds of taxpayer’s money and the delivery of key services including education, highways and social services.
The Prime Minister has finally done it and taken steps to put this parliament out its misery, seek her own mandate and secure a proper working majority.Over the last few months readers of this blog will know that we’ve long viewed the stated aim of keeping this government running until 2020 as unrealistic and asking for trouble.
All the candidates have now been announced and the latest betting odds for the election have been published which show Liberal Democrat Stephen Williams and the Conservatives’ Tim Bowles as the clear favourites in a race to be the first West of England Metro Mayor.
Earlier this year, I overheard a discussion between two people regarding the proposed Peninsula Place development in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and caught one comment “that’s far too high, that’s not what we need.”
For all the sound and fury the press and opposition are trying to whip up over Philip Hammond’s first Budget, I think the general view in a few weeks or months time is that this was pretty much a non-event and at best, the warm up act for the second budget this Autumn.
The next landmark in the Heathrow expansion saga – quite literally – landed on my doorstep.Last week, a leaflet to attend a consultation event about the proposals for a third runway at Heathrow was posted through my letterbox.
In May 2017, voters in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol and South Gloucestershire will elect a Metro Mayor who will have new powers over transport and a variety of welfare-to-work policies for the region.
I’m sure it’s a lovely tree. But I can’t help but feel the £200,000 compensation bill to chop it down is a little excessive. That’s the fee being charged by a London council to compensate for the loss of a big old tree, to make way for up to 900 new homes, a hotel, shops, communal space and all manner of goodies that make a community.
After an appalling but entirely avoidable news cycle centring on what the Prime Minister knew or didn’t know about a failed Trident missile test last Summer, Theresa May launches her Industrial Strategy today with the dual aim of assisting the delivery of her ambitious social agenda and to help ready the country for a post Brexit environment.
How dispiriting on a wet Monday morning, to hear on Radio 4 that a survey has been done (by the annual Edelman Trust Barometer) which shows that trust in business, media, institutions and government, is at an all-time low.
It was Winston Churchill who said it was the role of the politician to be able to foretell what was going to happen, tomorrow, next week and over the year ahead and then, more importantly, to be able to explain why their predictions didn’t come to pass when they got it wrong.
It’s a sad reflection of the housing industry in 2016 that the very fact of an all-female panel is worthy of comment. Last week I was lucky enough to be on one (at the NHF London conference) and not only was it noted by the audience, it got several further mentions by others throughout the day. An all-female panel! A rare sight to behold…
Philip Hammond presented his first and last Autumn Statement this afternoon with an assuredness and strategic bent that has been lacking for several years. Trailed as ‘deadly dull’ beforehand, this statement was anything but, with a clear focus on bringing forward measures that will help business, address the county’s productivity, help to boost housing supply and tackle the infrastructure deficit.