Councils should submit a business case to central government, or perhaps to local residents in order to get the approval for projects which they wish to go ahead with.
For instance – In crosby, Liverpool the Council has just spent thousands installing speed humps all along a main road (Brownmoor Lane, Crosby) when the raod itsself is in disrepear. Why not speand the money on fixing the road (which has enough pot holes and bumps in it to deter those who want to speed anyway) from speeding!
Councils spend for the sake of spending sometimes!
Why does this idea matter?
To reduce wastage and spending by councils and will held us reduce the deficit.