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Life after Covid – Building Back Fairer in the South

Life after Covid – Building Back Fairer in the South This is a guest blog by Councillor Dave Shields who is currently Southampton City Councillor for the Freemantle Ward. Dave was born, raised and educated in Southampton. Leaving full time school education at 17 he held a number of jobs – including a zoo-keeper, accounts clerk with a local shipping company and clerical officer at the Census Office – before moving to London to study for a degree. Dave was…

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Levelling up and devolution: what might it mean for the central South

Levelling up and devolution: what might it mean for the central South ‘Levelling up’ – ensuring there is equality of opportunity across all parts of the United Kingdom – is a key theme for Boris Johnson’s Government. We are promised a White Paper in the autumn which will address regional disparities and put forward proposals to give those who feel they’ve been left behind the chance to catch up. There is a perception in some quarters that we can achieve…

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The Circular Economy – just how do we do that?

The Circular Economy – just how do we do that? This is a guest blog by Chas Bradfield, who recently stepped down as Strategic Director – Place at Winchester City Council after a career in the health service, local government and regeneration consultancy work. Town centre regeneration has been a passion in recent years, in particular, Camberley, Basingstoke and Winchester, building partnerships with local businesses and directing large scale regeneration schemes. Chas is currently a consultant with Citicentric, (a regeneration…

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Deliberative Democracy: exploring fresh approaches to consultation

Deliberative Democracy: exploring fresh approaches to consultation Introduction Test Valley Borough Council led a Government-funded pilot to explore how a deliberative approach could inform decision-making on important local policy and service issues. Following that pilot the Council are keen to adopt that model for citizen engagement where it offers the best approach to informing decision-making. The Council commissioned the Southern Policy Centre to lead a seminar designed to help their senior managers understand how deliberative democracy works and discuss when…

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Register for our seminar on how business sees its role in meeting our environmental and social challenges: 3rd November

Register for our seminar on how business sees its role in meeting our environmental and social challenges: Wednesday 3rd November Our local businesses have an important role in helping us meet regional and national environmental challenges, whether by reducing energy use, using more sustainable materials, in their production processes or many other ways. Terence O’Rourke, the Bournemouth based planning, design and environment practice have sponsored SPC to find out more about just what businesses are doing across the central South…

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