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Organizations & Campaigns

This space is intended as a register for North Cornwall-wide organisations that wish to support the Transition Movement or that may be useful to Transition Groups.

To add your organisation either add in a new 'comment' or use the 'contact' form to send in the information you wish to publish.

LocalWorks

Handy website with info and resources to help us "encourage" councils to implement the SCA (Sustainable Communities Act)

http://www.localworks.org

Michelle

Here are just a few examples of what councils could propose and gain by using the Act:

· That government change the planning system so that developers can not appeal to central government to overturn a local planning decision.

· That government reduce the restrictions on councils regarding how they spend granted money so that they can choose to spend it on locally decided priorities, e.g. Post Offices and other public services provision.

· That government give councils the power to retain revenue from business rates to be spent on locally decided priorities.

· That government give councils the power to levy non domestic rates on the car parking spaces of out of town superstores, and that the revenue be held locally by councils and spent on locally decided priorities.

· That government give councils the power to use the planning system to stop developers from demolishing public services (for example public houses) that they own so that they can then apply for planning permission to develop the site.

· That government give councils the power (e.g. via the planning system or via penal council tax) to reduce the growth in second homes, thus making more local housing available for permanent residents.

· That government give councils the power to create a separate fund for the revenue raised from council tax on second homes to be used for reinvestment in local affordable housing needs.

· That government give councils the power and resources to refurbish existing housing in the council’s area to reduce its environmental impact (e.g. by fitting insulation).

· That government allow councils to keep all the rent collected on council properties to be spent on improving council housing, reducing those houses environmental impact and investing in new affordable housing.

· That government give councils new powers to allow the increase of local allotment provision.

· That government give councils the power and resources to increase local recycling and/or the amount of recycling that is processed locally.

· That government give councils the power to decide how to spend central agency money (e.g. Business Link money) already being spent in the area.

· That government give councils the power to enforce congestion charging.

· That government give councils the power to ban single occupancy cars from certain routes at certain times.

· That government give councils greater powers over local bus company operators.

· That government give councils the power to designate land for ‘self build’ and for community land trusts.