Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES IN THE SUNDAY PAPERS

  • Comment
CONSERVATIVE UNVEILS PLANS TO REVIVE SUBURBS...
CONSERVATIVE UNVEILS PLANS TO REVIVE SUBURBS

The Conservative Party has pledged to transform the characterless estates of the suburbs into vibrant modern villages, the Independent on Sunday reports (p27).

The party's paper, Renewing Suburbia: Creating Suburban Villages, sets out a vision of suburbs with a mix of building types and as places where people both live and work. Prince Charles' model village of Poundbury is singled out for praise.

According to the Independent on Sunday, the paper is the next stage in the Conservative Party's vision for reviving local communities. It is billed as linked to David Cameron's vision to rejuvenate council housing stock.

EXAM BOARD BACKS A* GRADE FOR A LEVELS

The head of the country's biggest exam board, the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance, has spoken out in favour of a new A* grade at A-Level for the brightest pupils, the Independent on Sunday reports (p14).

Mike Cresswell described the idea, which has long been opposed by examiners, as one whose time had come. It would be a tool to help universities allocate places on the most popular courses.

Mr Cresswell's comments coincide with a strong defence of exam standards by ministers.

SPEED LIMITS 'SHOULD BE SET LOCALLY'

Local authority leaders have warned of a new generation of speed cameras throughout the countryside if plans to reduce limits on rural roads go ahead (Mail on Sunday, p39).

Transport minister Stephen Ladyman last week announced a review of speed limits. The paper says the review could lead to more 20mph and 30mph limits in towns and villages, with the biggest impact on rural routes, where 64% of road deaths occur.

David Sparks, chairman of the transport board of the Local Government Association, warned of the temptation to set up cameras for revenue-raising.

'We need to liberate our thinking and stop treating motorists as enemies of society', he said. Local speed limits should instead be determined locally, with limits varying according to the time of day and road conditions, he added.

TORIES PROPOSE COUNCIL TAX CUTS TO OFFSET ECO-FRIENDLY TRAVEL LEVIES

A Conservative Party transport policy review is considering plans for imposing steep taxes on air travel and gas-guzzling cars, offset by cuts in council tax, VAT and National Insurance contributions, according to the Sunday Telegraph (p6). The review is headed by Steven Norris, a former transport minister.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.