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Health Sect confirms local hospital temporary change will be temporary

May 7, 2020

The trust which runs Chorley and South Ribble Hospital says that a claim by the health secretary that the site’s accident and emergency unit will reopen “as soon as possible”…

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Exit from Lockdown: making the case for consultation

May 7, 2020 By

Just hours before Boris Johnson unveils his exit plan, the time is right to make the case for consultation. The Lockdown? It all happened so quickly. Italy, Spain and France…

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Council licensing scheme challenged by alternative proposals

May 7, 2020

A group of local landlords and others in the private rental sector are challenging a local authority’s licensing proposals with their own alternative. Durham county council wants a new selective…

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Scottish Council looks online to conduct local development plan consultation

May 7, 2020

Aberdeenshire Council is preparing to focus on an online means of public engagement as part of an eight-week consultation on its Proposed Local Development Plan 2020 (LDP). In light of…

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Traffic decision deferred to allow consultation with local council

May 7, 2020

Publicity of the scheme coincided with the start of the coronavirus lockdown, a Central Bedfordshire Council traffic management meeting heard. It meant residents, including local councillors, were unable to respond…

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Transparency versus anonymity

May 7, 2020

The argument for authentication is often that we need to know who is saying what in order to distil some sort of credibility.  The argument for anonymity is that it allows people to speak-up…

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Planners refute ‘abuse of democracy’ allegation

May 6, 2020

RTPI denies councils are ignoring the public with new coronavirus planning powers Council planners have hit back at accusations they are “abusing” the planning system by using draconian lockdown powers…

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1000+ respond to NI consultation on reform of hate crime

May 6, 2020

A public consultation on proposals to reform hate crime laws in Northern Ireland has received more than 1,000 responses. Judge Desmond Marrinan is leading a panel charged with recommending changes…

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Public engagement on the Climate Emergency – towards a “better normal”

May 5, 2020 By

What’s the biggest issue facing humanity in the short, medium and long term? Covid-19? Mass unemployment & inequality?  Nope. Is it the climate emergency? Almost – but not quite. The…

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