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Presentation from Tony Burton of Civic Voice given as part of MADE's Neighbourhood Planning event

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Tony burton

  1. 1. Tony Burton Director, Civic Voice www.civicvoice.org.uk @civic_voice Localism - why it’s worth it
  2. 2. Building a movement <ul><li>Launched April 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>>275 groups </li></ul><ul><li>>71,000 members </li></ul><ul><li>Making places more beautiful, enjoyable and distinctive </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting civic pride </li></ul><ul><li>Most numerous participants in planning </li></ul>
  3. 3. A cry for engagement Planning for people Street clutter High Speed Rail Campaigns Local listing Conservation areas Tree planting Assets transfer
  4. 4. What do you think?
  5. 5. How does it feel?
  6. 6. Who is right? <ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Usual suspects </li></ul><ul><li>Contradictions </li></ul><ul><li>Wrong answer </li></ul><ul><li>Never ask </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t listen </li></ul><ul><li>Jargon </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t respect </li></ul><ul><li>Patronise </li></ul><ul><li>Ignore </li></ul>
  7. 7. Scary stuff <ul><li>Threat to political control </li></ul><ul><li>Role of “experts” </li></ul><ul><li>Hard work </li></ul><ul><li>Unexpected results </li></ul><ul><li>Jargon and technicalities </li></ul><ul><li>Lack confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Hard work </li></ul><ul><li>Bigger picture </li></ul>
  8. 8. Localism Bill <ul><li>“ Power shift” to communities </li></ul><ul><li>Community rights </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation, enforcement, local services </li></ul><ul><li>Neighbourhood planning </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge to politicians & professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for civic societies </li></ul>
  9. 9. Localism software <ul><li>Political challenge – people not Parliament </li></ul><ul><li>Software of funding, support and culture </li></ul><ul><li>Independence </li></ul><ul><li>Skills and capabilities of officers, ward councillors and enablers </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond information to social action </li></ul>
  10. 10. Attitude of mind not a methodology
  11. 11. We’re all in this together! New talents and skills for professionals and politicians Help us to be better and you will find a well of enthusiasm, knowledge, skills and support
  12. 12. It’s worth it “ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

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