'Local government has to widen its base of support and representation locally if it wishes to be a credible alternative to quangos,' he says.
'Local elections are now dominated by party politics, and many people who have the interests of their local community at heart are put off from standing.'
Mr Easteal calls for a massive increase in local government's involvement in national policy formulation and proper recognition of councils' role in its implementation.
He calls on local government to campaign for denationalisation of the business rates and reversal of the decline in council funding collected through local taxes.
He says the absence of a two-tier structure for London is an anomaly and he has no doubt a two-tier structure will be restored.