Anti-Social Behaviour – Diary Sheets

Abolish the need to keep formal ASB diary sheets for use as evidence against perpatrators.  E-Mails should be acceptable.  Firstly, it saves money (less paper and stamps). Secondly we have been completing diary sheets for 6 years now without anything much happening as a result to combat ASB in our neighbourhood wo what exeactly is the point of them?

Neither the Police nor any other organisations appears bothered when people have noisy parties etc at weekends, most authorities are shut and by the time you get to Monday the problem is over and you have had another sleepless weekend!

A call to the Police, Crimestoppers or any other involved organisation such as local authority or Housing provider should be cross-matchable and traceable.  We need a central point of contact and a database for noise abatement and/or Anti-Social Behaviours.  We need someone to contact every day of the week to help stop ASB, not jsut weekdays!

Why is this idea important?

Abolish the need to keep formal ASB diary sheets for use as evidence against perpatrators.  E-Mails should be acceptable.  Firstly, it saves money (less paper and stamps). Secondly we have been completing diary sheets for 6 years now without anything much happening as a result to combat ASB in our neighbourhood wo what exeactly is the point of them?

Neither the Police nor any other organisations appears bothered when people have noisy parties etc at weekends, most authorities are shut and by the time you get to Monday the problem is over and you have had another sleepless weekend!

A call to the Police, Crimestoppers or any other involved organisation such as local authority or Housing provider should be cross-matchable and traceable.  We need a central point of contact and a database for noise abatement and/or Anti-Social Behaviours.  We need someone to contact every day of the week to help stop ASB, not jsut weekdays!

Local Housing Allowance

As a Landlord I am increasingly dumstruck at the previous governments idea to give tenants control over the housing benefit that they receive. This is simply not working. The tenants are receiving £300-£400 per month and not passing it on to the Landlords. This causes them problems paying for their buy to let mortgages and in turn causes Landlords to evict tenants who in turn start the whole process again. They fraudilently take money off the government, spend this on whatever they want and the Landlord is left out of pocket. I rang a tenant last week to see when she was going to pay her rent and she was in Spain!! How can she afford to go on holiday to Spain? She has enjoyed 2 weeks in the sun, come back, packed up some of her stuff, left the house a mess and has done a moonlight. This should never have happened. They cannot look after large amounts of money. Christmas time is a nightmare. They receive £400 a couple of weeks before Christmas and you honestly expect them to pass on this money. It does not happen. They have a jolly good time 

Why is this idea important?

As a Landlord I am increasingly dumstruck at the previous governments idea to give tenants control over the housing benefit that they receive. This is simply not working. The tenants are receiving £300-£400 per month and not passing it on to the Landlords. This causes them problems paying for their buy to let mortgages and in turn causes Landlords to evict tenants who in turn start the whole process again. They fraudilently take money off the government, spend this on whatever they want and the Landlord is left out of pocket. I rang a tenant last week to see when she was going to pay her rent and she was in Spain!! How can she afford to go on holiday to Spain? She has enjoyed 2 weeks in the sun, come back, packed up some of her stuff, left the house a mess and has done a moonlight. This should never have happened. They cannot look after large amounts of money. Christmas time is a nightmare. They receive £400 a couple of weeks before Christmas and you honestly expect them to pass on this money. It does not happen. They have a jolly good time 

Review of National Parks – include residents in direct consultation

Did you know that National Parks and National Park Authorities are 2 different things?

 

English National Parks are ‘National Treasures’ and should always remain so.  Many hundreds of thousands of people visit them each year – whether a day trip or for a holiday – National Parks are very special places, I know this because I am lucky to live on one!  These parks are National parks because they belong to the nation; they are unique; tranquil; accessible; educational – and free to use. 

 

A National Park Authority is an unelected body of members made up of DEFRA appointees and other unelected people who often do not even reside in their NP.  It has remained this way since the first National Park (The Peak District) was designated – way back in 1951.

 

Today, in 2010, residents of national parks have their first opportunity to change this democratic deficit through direct public consultation with DEFRA during their Review of the governance arrangements of these authorities. (July – December 2010).

 

Sadly, and from past experiences, we know we should never assume that government would consult at grass-roots level; which means we need to lobby for consultation opportunities during this Review – after all, we know more about where we live than perhaps unelected bureaucrats do and we are capable of meaningful discussions on our own future!

 

Please help us by supporting our petition to DEFRA to include residents/workers/visitors etc., in the consultation process of this Review.  We are not asking for the abolition of National Parks; we just want locally elected authority membership.

 

You can find the petition here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/onevoice/and we would be very grateful if you could send the link to friends and family please.

 

Thank you for your support.

Sue Baillie

ONE VOICE

http://www.onevoice.officeoverload.com/

 

Why is this idea important?

Did you know that National Parks and National Park Authorities are 2 different things?

 

English National Parks are ‘National Treasures’ and should always remain so.  Many hundreds of thousands of people visit them each year – whether a day trip or for a holiday – National Parks are very special places, I know this because I am lucky to live on one!  These parks are National parks because they belong to the nation; they are unique; tranquil; accessible; educational – and free to use. 

 

A National Park Authority is an unelected body of members made up of DEFRA appointees and other unelected people who often do not even reside in their NP.  It has remained this way since the first National Park (The Peak District) was designated – way back in 1951.

 

Today, in 2010, residents of national parks have their first opportunity to change this democratic deficit through direct public consultation with DEFRA during their Review of the governance arrangements of these authorities. (July – December 2010).

 

Sadly, and from past experiences, we know we should never assume that government would consult at grass-roots level; which means we need to lobby for consultation opportunities during this Review – after all, we know more about where we live than perhaps unelected bureaucrats do and we are capable of meaningful discussions on our own future!

 

Please help us by supporting our petition to DEFRA to include residents/workers/visitors etc., in the consultation process of this Review.  We are not asking for the abolition of National Parks; we just want locally elected authority membership.

 

You can find the petition here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/onevoice/and we would be very grateful if you could send the link to friends and family please.

 

Thank you for your support.

Sue Baillie

ONE VOICE

http://www.onevoice.officeoverload.com/

 

Make Council council tax and spending plans available to the public prior to council elections

Council spending and tax plans only ever seem to be made public at a time when that particular council is not undergoing an election. This practice is completely unfair as the electorate are expected to place their vote without knowing what what they are necessarily voting for. Parties being elected to a local council should be under an obligation to publish this information aon the run up to local elections.

Why is this idea important?

Council spending and tax plans only ever seem to be made public at a time when that particular council is not undergoing an election. This practice is completely unfair as the electorate are expected to place their vote without knowing what what they are necessarily voting for. Parties being elected to a local council should be under an obligation to publish this information aon the run up to local elections.

Allow several people to share a dwelling without permission

Stop the legal requirement to notify and in some cases licence or even apply for planning consent to allow three or more unrelated people to rent and share a dwelling. Housing Act of 2004 and revisions and instruments in 2006 2007 2008… A bad law aimed at doing what the law already provides for but in an unintrusive way.

I am referring to the current preoccupation with "HMO"s

If a local authority is paying the rent, then they have a right to check value for money but otherwise they should butt out! Tenaants can go to trading standards about bad landlords if there is a need. Why spend council tax money and interfere with civil liberties of prospective sharers and landlords.

Why is this idea important?

Stop the legal requirement to notify and in some cases licence or even apply for planning consent to allow three or more unrelated people to rent and share a dwelling. Housing Act of 2004 and revisions and instruments in 2006 2007 2008… A bad law aimed at doing what the law already provides for but in an unintrusive way.

I am referring to the current preoccupation with "HMO"s

If a local authority is paying the rent, then they have a right to check value for money but otherwise they should butt out! Tenaants can go to trading standards about bad landlords if there is a need. Why spend council tax money and interfere with civil liberties of prospective sharers and landlords.

Cost Saving Ideas

Our current local authority provides both in-house and, would you believe it? – training for free to all private sector companies for social and adult care services.  This should not be something that the local authority offers for free – we can't afford it as a country and its not their job !!!

They also hold regular meetings (in fact you could be at a local authority meeting within social care every day of the week) and these are usually held at top class expensive hotels with free lunch (which will be paid for in advance and most people leave early and don't take it).  This is hardly a "low cost to operate" approach – it screams money wasting to me

Why is this idea important?

Our current local authority provides both in-house and, would you believe it? – training for free to all private sector companies for social and adult care services.  This should not be something that the local authority offers for free – we can't afford it as a country and its not their job !!!

They also hold regular meetings (in fact you could be at a local authority meeting within social care every day of the week) and these are usually held at top class expensive hotels with free lunch (which will be paid for in advance and most people leave early and don't take it).  This is hardly a "low cost to operate" approach – it screams money wasting to me

Prohibit Councils From Applying Blanket Alchol Bans

The Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 allows councils to designate areas in which drinking alcohol in public is not a crime, but in which an offence is committed by refusing to cease drinking or refusing to surrender alcohol if requested by a police officer.

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2001/ukpga_20010016_en_2#pt1-ch2-pb1-l1g12

However, several councils have abused this by labelling their entire territories as 'designated areas'.

The Act should be amended to ensure only legitimate hotspots are covered and that councils are limited both in the nature and size of the areas they can 'designate'.

In addition, the Act should be reviewed with a view to safeguarding civil liberties.

Why is this idea important?

The Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 allows councils to designate areas in which drinking alcohol in public is not a crime, but in which an offence is committed by refusing to cease drinking or refusing to surrender alcohol if requested by a police officer.

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2001/ukpga_20010016_en_2#pt1-ch2-pb1-l1g12

However, several councils have abused this by labelling their entire territories as 'designated areas'.

The Act should be amended to ensure only legitimate hotspots are covered and that councils are limited both in the nature and size of the areas they can 'designate'.

In addition, the Act should be reviewed with a view to safeguarding civil liberties.

Cuts in Council Budgets

Prior to councils cutting essential services the following should be implented:

i) all council employees on salaries of £65,000 or more to have salary reduced by 10%

ii) no pay rises in council salaries for 2 years. Pay rises thereafter to reflect inflation only if a recovery from the credit crisis is in place.

iii)  no bonus payments – ever

iv) pensions to reflect private sector

Stop overpaid council employees appearing on TV saying how terrible cuts to services are going to have to be put in place. I am heartily fed up with the majority of my council tax payments being used to pay council gold plated pensions. Sort this out!

Why is this idea important?

Prior to councils cutting essential services the following should be implented:

i) all council employees on salaries of £65,000 or more to have salary reduced by 10%

ii) no pay rises in council salaries for 2 years. Pay rises thereafter to reflect inflation only if a recovery from the credit crisis is in place.

iii)  no bonus payments – ever

iv) pensions to reflect private sector

Stop overpaid council employees appearing on TV saying how terrible cuts to services are going to have to be put in place. I am heartily fed up with the majority of my council tax payments being used to pay council gold plated pensions. Sort this out!

Repeal/ Adjust the limit of 20 quid on earnings before Benefits can take most of it.

There is currently a reg in place that means that if you earn more than 20 quid whilst on JSA or Incap Benefits the local council can take every pound after the first 20 quid you earn per week.

It's part of the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit  system basically.  It's called Permitted Earnings.

Disabled people get supported permitted earnings.  And that limit is about 80 quid per week, but the 20 quid limit is still valid.

So you get to earn say 70 quid, and then have to give 50 quid to the council.

Why is this idea important?

There is currently a reg in place that means that if you earn more than 20 quid whilst on JSA or Incap Benefits the local council can take every pound after the first 20 quid you earn per week.

It's part of the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit  system basically.  It's called Permitted Earnings.

Disabled people get supported permitted earnings.  And that limit is about 80 quid per week, but the 20 quid limit is still valid.

So you get to earn say 70 quid, and then have to give 50 quid to the council.

Legislate to install an independant regulatory authority to control Councils

I have had a serious problem with Hampshire County Council requiring me to involve my member of parliament. In the course of discussions his representative commented that he held little hope of resolving the problem because County (and City) Councils were a law unto themselves. I think this is unacceptable as they should be accountable to the people that pay for them and their services – the local tax payer.

I would like Parliament to install an independant regulatory authority, with teeth, that could deal with taxpayer's complaints against their local councils just as we have for other public services – Gas, electricity, water, telephones, etc.

I think this is long overdue.

Why is this idea important?

I have had a serious problem with Hampshire County Council requiring me to involve my member of parliament. In the course of discussions his representative commented that he held little hope of resolving the problem because County (and City) Councils were a law unto themselves. I think this is unacceptable as they should be accountable to the people that pay for them and their services – the local tax payer.

I would like Parliament to install an independant regulatory authority, with teeth, that could deal with taxpayer's complaints against their local councils just as we have for other public services – Gas, electricity, water, telephones, etc.

I think this is long overdue.

Focus local authority spending on supporting local businesses and people

Force local authorities to focus their spending on supporting local businesses and people, and facititating their prosperity instead of spending money on ever more regulations and enforcement, on road humps, and on any other unnecessary ideas that vociferous minorities demand.

Why is this idea important?

Force local authorities to focus their spending on supporting local businesses and people, and facititating their prosperity instead of spending money on ever more regulations and enforcement, on road humps, and on any other unnecessary ideas that vociferous minorities demand.

Repeal RIPA (Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act) “snoopers bill”

We should repeal the entire RIPA bill and ban every public body (except Polic, Security Services MI5/MI6 and GCHQ) from accessing any personal or private data of individuals unless authority by the individual is given.

Local Authorities should be limited to providing local services (social care, bin collection, highway maintenance etc,,) only and not be used extend the police state.

Why is this idea important?

We should repeal the entire RIPA bill and ban every public body (except Polic, Security Services MI5/MI6 and GCHQ) from accessing any personal or private data of individuals unless authority by the individual is given.

Local Authorities should be limited to providing local services (social care, bin collection, highway maintenance etc,,) only and not be used extend the police state.

Remove requiements for planning authorities to put public notices in local newspapers

At the moment planning authorities are required to place notices in local newspapers at regular stages e.g. to annource planning applications, to annouce consultation on a plan, to say that a plan has been adopted etc.  This is very expensive.  Each time that a notice is placed it costs about £1000, depending on the individual newspaper.  

I'm not sure that many people read the notices section and think that there are better ways of getting the infomation to the public (e.g. online consultations, press releases, notices displayed at sites).  These methods are already widely used.

Why is this idea important?

At the moment planning authorities are required to place notices in local newspapers at regular stages e.g. to annource planning applications, to annouce consultation on a plan, to say that a plan has been adopted etc.  This is very expensive.  Each time that a notice is placed it costs about £1000, depending on the individual newspaper.  

I'm not sure that many people read the notices section and think that there are better ways of getting the infomation to the public (e.g. online consultations, press releases, notices displayed at sites).  These methods are already widely used.

TAXI AND PRIVATE HIRE CCTV SOUTHAMPTO

IT HAS BEEN MADE COMPULSORY TO HAVE CAMERAS FITTED IN ALL VEHICLE LICENCED BY SOUTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL THESE INCLUDE CHAUFFEUR DRIVEN VEHICLES.IT IS AN INFRINGEMENT OF PEOPLES PRIVACY AND LIBERTIES, WE CANNOT BE LICENCED UNLESS CCTVS ARE FITTED (PARTLY GOVERNMENT FUNDED) WE NOW STAND TO LOSE CONTRACTS BY COMPANIES WHO WE HAVE BEEN DRIVING FOR OVER 16 YEARS CARRYING VIP'S  AND BUSINESS CLIENTS THE CCTVS PHOTOGRAPH AND VOCALLY RECORD EVERYTHING. PLEASE STOP THIS INTRUSIVE LEGISLATION NOW!!

Why is this idea important?

IT HAS BEEN MADE COMPULSORY TO HAVE CAMERAS FITTED IN ALL VEHICLE LICENCED BY SOUTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL THESE INCLUDE CHAUFFEUR DRIVEN VEHICLES.IT IS AN INFRINGEMENT OF PEOPLES PRIVACY AND LIBERTIES, WE CANNOT BE LICENCED UNLESS CCTVS ARE FITTED (PARTLY GOVERNMENT FUNDED) WE NOW STAND TO LOSE CONTRACTS BY COMPANIES WHO WE HAVE BEEN DRIVING FOR OVER 16 YEARS CARRYING VIP'S  AND BUSINESS CLIENTS THE CCTVS PHOTOGRAPH AND VOCALLY RECORD EVERYTHING. PLEASE STOP THIS INTRUSIVE LEGISLATION NOW!!

Remove all ewducation acts since 1976

Before 1976 Education was the responsibility of schools and teachers.  Local Authorities were required to make sure that there were enough schools for all the children in their area and had to ensure every child had a place in school.  Central Government provided a framework and the funds. 

In 1976 the Great Education Debate allowed Central Government to get involved in Education and it's not worked.  The National Curriculum as a guideline would be fine, but it's become a requirement. In ordr to deliver a centralised curriculum we have seen the development of lots of new QUANGOs like OFSTED and QCA etc.  Before HMI was able to check that Local Authorities were doing their work while Local inspectors checked that the schools were delivering.  Some Local Authorities were poor at their job, but we now have laws that allow Government to inspect Local Authorities, lets use that model for Education.  HMI can inspect the Authority and require it to do its job properly.  But lets get Central Government out of the minutii of schools and education. Restore Local Authority and Accountability.

Why is this idea important?

Before 1976 Education was the responsibility of schools and teachers.  Local Authorities were required to make sure that there were enough schools for all the children in their area and had to ensure every child had a place in school.  Central Government provided a framework and the funds. 

In 1976 the Great Education Debate allowed Central Government to get involved in Education and it's not worked.  The National Curriculum as a guideline would be fine, but it's become a requirement. In ordr to deliver a centralised curriculum we have seen the development of lots of new QUANGOs like OFSTED and QCA etc.  Before HMI was able to check that Local Authorities were doing their work while Local inspectors checked that the schools were delivering.  Some Local Authorities were poor at their job, but we now have laws that allow Government to inspect Local Authorities, lets use that model for Education.  HMI can inspect the Authority and require it to do its job properly.  But lets get Central Government out of the minutii of schools and education. Restore Local Authority and Accountability.

Reduce number of SACREs and Agreed Syllabuses for Religious Education

Current legislation means that every local authority in England and Wales must create a Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education, which has the power to call for an LEA to review it's Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. The legislation also means that every LEA must have it's own syllabus for RE. This has led to a wide range of different syllabuses, with sometimes vast differences in terms of quality, content, professional input and so on.

My idea is to reduce this layer of bureaucracy by calling for either a statutory National Framework for Religious Education (instead of the current non-statutory) or to greatly reduce the number of SACRE's and Agreed Syllabuses by creating regional SACRE's and syllabi. For example, Wales currentl has 22 LEA's, each wasting tax payers money on meetings, documentation and time. Most have adopted the non-statutory framework anyway, and it seems mad that a country with such as small population has so many syllabuses for it's children.

Why is this idea important?

Current legislation means that every local authority in England and Wales must create a Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education, which has the power to call for an LEA to review it's Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. The legislation also means that every LEA must have it's own syllabus for RE. This has led to a wide range of different syllabuses, with sometimes vast differences in terms of quality, content, professional input and so on.

My idea is to reduce this layer of bureaucracy by calling for either a statutory National Framework for Religious Education (instead of the current non-statutory) or to greatly reduce the number of SACRE's and Agreed Syllabuses by creating regional SACRE's and syllabi. For example, Wales currentl has 22 LEA's, each wasting tax payers money on meetings, documentation and time. Most have adopted the non-statutory framework anyway, and it seems mad that a country with such as small population has so many syllabuses for it's children.

Stop Travellers abuse of Human Rights laws to block planning enforcement

I am appauled that recently there have been several cases where travellers have purchased some land, then moved onto it very quickly and without any planning permission. Setting up mobile homes and small villages, Yet councils are unable to act to remove them.

The loophole is they own the land and so are not trespassing, they have breached planning regulation but that is not seen as a serious crime, despite the wanton deliberate and mass intention to do so. They then use Civil Liberties and Human Rights laws as an excuse to remain living there, install drainage, build walls and shelters and even roads… all without legal permission. It may take years to chase them through the courts, plus appeals, wastes councils time and money and therefore costs us all money.

They must forfeit their rights on the grounds that they have deliberately, wantonly, en-mass and with planned deception and intention gone about becoming residential illegally on their land.

Due to the massively deliberate illegal natue of their actions they should  loose their rights and be immediately evicted from the sites, by force if necessary.

Why is this idea important?

I am appauled that recently there have been several cases where travellers have purchased some land, then moved onto it very quickly and without any planning permission. Setting up mobile homes and small villages, Yet councils are unable to act to remove them.

The loophole is they own the land and so are not trespassing, they have breached planning regulation but that is not seen as a serious crime, despite the wanton deliberate and mass intention to do so. They then use Civil Liberties and Human Rights laws as an excuse to remain living there, install drainage, build walls and shelters and even roads… all without legal permission. It may take years to chase them through the courts, plus appeals, wastes councils time and money and therefore costs us all money.

They must forfeit their rights on the grounds that they have deliberately, wantonly, en-mass and with planned deception and intention gone about becoming residential illegally on their land.

Due to the massively deliberate illegal natue of their actions they should  loose their rights and be immediately evicted from the sites, by force if necessary.

Local Authority entering private land

Change the law which prevents the Local Authority from entering private land to remove items of fly tipping. 

Asbestos was recently dumped on private land and the Local Authority had to pay a private contractor to remove it because of this law.

Why is this idea important?

Change the law which prevents the Local Authority from entering private land to remove items of fly tipping. 

Asbestos was recently dumped on private land and the Local Authority had to pay a private contractor to remove it because of this law.

Transparency and Fairness at Local Authority Level.

To scrap the laws, regulations or rules which prohibit L. A. councillors giving an opinion on current planning applications prior to the committee meeting which will determine the application.

Why is this idea important?

To scrap the laws, regulations or rules which prohibit L. A. councillors giving an opinion on current planning applications prior to the committee meeting which will determine the application.

Remove the issue of Pedlars licence from Police to Local Aurthorities

The way the Pedlars licences are issued   is well out of date and not fit for purpose for todays society.

Currently, any Police authority can issue a pedlars licence which allows and individual to travel from town to town trading on public highways and selling goods to the general public.

The proposal is to remove the issuing of licences from the Police and allow Local Authorities to issue licences in their own local authority area.
LA's already issue street trading permits and this allows them to control, police and manage trading actvitiy in their public spaces which is the right thing to do. It also allows the public to have some form of redress if things go wrong with the "pedlar"  trader. (at least they will know who they are!)

I am not saying get rid of the Pedlars licences, Just allow the LA's to manage them.
The Police have enought to do.
Do the Police want be  accountable for issuing the licences to individuals they can not monitor or police? I don't think they do.

Why is this idea important?

The way the Pedlars licences are issued   is well out of date and not fit for purpose for todays society.

Currently, any Police authority can issue a pedlars licence which allows and individual to travel from town to town trading on public highways and selling goods to the general public.

The proposal is to remove the issuing of licences from the Police and allow Local Authorities to issue licences in their own local authority area.
LA's already issue street trading permits and this allows them to control, police and manage trading actvitiy in their public spaces which is the right thing to do. It also allows the public to have some form of redress if things go wrong with the "pedlar"  trader. (at least they will know who they are!)

I am not saying get rid of the Pedlars licences, Just allow the LA's to manage them.
The Police have enought to do.
Do the Police want be  accountable for issuing the licences to individuals they can not monitor or police? I don't think they do.

Discontinue Part P Buildings Regs

This regulation requires electrical work either notified in advance to the building control authorities or done by an electrician who can self certify. Local authorities did not receive additional funding to support the scheme when it was introduced, and it presents a unnecessary level of bureaucracy for electricians and competent homeowners to go through. It does nothing to prevent cowboy builders or DIY bodgers.

Why is this idea important?

This regulation requires electrical work either notified in advance to the building control authorities or done by an electrician who can self certify. Local authorities did not receive additional funding to support the scheme when it was introduced, and it presents a unnecessary level of bureaucracy for electricians and competent homeowners to go through. It does nothing to prevent cowboy builders or DIY bodgers.

councils

i live in bradford and i can see that when it comes to saving money.bradford doesnt !majority of works such as the park and other stuff.it is destroying bradford.the council decide for us and we have no say.i reckon we should have that right.you will save more money by pulling the plug on some of these stupid ideas and give the right to decide to the people.

Why is this idea important?

i live in bradford and i can see that when it comes to saving money.bradford doesnt !majority of works such as the park and other stuff.it is destroying bradford.the council decide for us and we have no say.i reckon we should have that right.you will save more money by pulling the plug on some of these stupid ideas and give the right to decide to the people.