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Girls in Gangs
Comic Relief are making several grants available in the UK for multi-partner projects which can help intervene between young women and gangs, such as providing family-focused interventions and providing support in schools......
Consultation - Business rates: delivering more frequent revaluations
The government is seeking views from of stakeholders as it begins to consider how more frequent revaluations could be delivered and as it develops options for change....
Mid Devon’s Land Charges service wins national award
Mid Devon District Council Customer satisfaction award for local authority searches...
Councillors Guide 2016
LGA publishes the Councillor Guide 2016 .....
Funding boost for schools helping pupils develop character
£6 million funds available for character grants to schools and local authorities promoting traits such as resilience and respect in children through activities...
Consultation Launched into Distribution of National Lottery Money
Views sought on proposed new policy directions for the allocation of Big Lottery Funds ......
A housing shortfall and Government benefit cuts are ‘fuelling’ rising homelessness as councils warn they are struggling to find social tenancies for homeless people...
Councils call for powers to ban pavement parking
Council chiefs have called for laws banning pavement parking in London to be rolled out across the country in order to crack down on motorists endangering lives.
The Local Government Association (LGA) said all councils need extra flexibility to introduce bans if needed to free up congested pavements and stop pedestrians being forced onto the road.
The ban on pavement parking has been in place in the capital for 40 years. Under existing measures, motorists are barred from pavement parking unless expressly permitted by a London council.
Outside of the capital local authorities can use existing Traffic Regulation Orders to ban pavement parking on certain roads, but it is a time-consuming, expensive and bureaucratic process.
‘Councils in the capital have been able to ban pavement parking for many years and it seems a nonsense that local authorities outside London remain unable to do this,’ said LGA transport spokesman Cllr Martin Tett.
‘Local authorities need this power to respond to concerns raised by their communities, for example if a street is becoming dangerously congested or pedestrians are being forced to step out into the street to get round parked vehicles.
‘This is particularly dangerous for blind or partially-sighted people and mums and dads with prams.’
Cllr Tett also added repairing kerbs, verges and pavements damaged by pavement parking is expensive and uses up funds that should be invested to plug the country’s £12bn roads repair bill.
‘Councils would carefully consult with communities before banning pavement parking and this is done sparingly in response to concerns which they have raised,’ he continued.
‘This will enable them to better protect vulnerable pedestrians and provide a more consistent approach for all road users.’