Local Government Projects
- Local authority governance & funding – Telford & Wrekin Council
- Specialist advice – London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
- Other local authority clients in 2003-2013
Local authority governance and funding – Telford & Wrekin Council
- changes to New Towns regeneration policy (where lobbying was endorsed by the Audit Commission)
- success in attracting external funding to help support major regeneration projects in the area
- changes to precepting arrangements for Combined Fire Authorities that generated ongoing financial benefit to the Council
- establishment of a ‘Growth Group’ of other authorities where populations are growing rapidly
- changes to the grant system to use more up to date population data which helps areas with fast growing populations
- continuing activity on ONS migration statistics, where lobbying is the only way to get concerns addressed
- issues with the financial damping mechanism used by Government.
Telford & Wrekin Council, September 2007
- Jonathan Roberts led a local government consultancy team who worked with the chief executive and corporate group at Telford & Wrekin Council during 2001-09.
- The consultancy gave advice to officers and members who lobbied on behalf of the people of Telford & Wrekin.
- The town is a major growth point in the West Midlands, affected by strategic issues involving regional and central government.
- Recent projects included:
- funding for stabilisation of Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site
- advice to Telford Defence Support Group, to achieve retention and investment in the area’s military bases
- guidance on public policy issues arising from NHS proposals to change the regional hospital services.
- The Council’s reply to a 2007 FoI request shows the benefits of the consultancy service (highlights opposite).
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Specialist advice – London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
- This supported council priorities and funding objectives, and included:
- approval and funding for Docklands Light Railway extension to Barking Reach and Dagenham
- Greater London budgets
- specification and timescale of East London Transit
- evidence to Thames Gateway Bridge public inquiry
- bidding for Local Enterprise Growth Initiative funding
- preparations for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
- Jonathan Roberts led on the transport elements of a broader programme of monitoring and specialist project work for Barking & Dagenham Council, during 2005-07.
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Other local authority clients in 2003-2013 include:
- Milton Keynes Council
– central government and regional funding for housing growth and infrastructure, and influencing the charging structure of a new developer ‘roof tax’, during 2005-07.
- North London Strategic Alliance (Barnet, Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest Councils)
– stakeholder consultation in 2005 on proposals for widening the North Circular Road past Bounds Green
- 2013 Business Case submission to Greater London LEP for £25m funding for Lea Valley railway Third Tracking.
- Southwark Council
- JRC advice in 2009 on station redesign at Queens Road Peckham to embrace public realm as well as railway elements.
- Tower Hamlets Council
- JRC drafting support for 2012 Diamond Jubilee City Status bid.
- Enfield Council
- continuing specialist advice including:
- train service development on Metro and Lea Valley routes
- 2012 Access for All bid for new lifts at Edmonton Green station
- 2013 Angel Road business case submission to Greater London LEP
- Lewisham Council
- JRC report in 2010, and later update, on policy background and project case for Bakerloo Line extension SE from Elephant & Castle.
- Local Transport Plan 2006-11
– advice on managing stakeholder and public consultation in 2004-05 for the new LTP 2006-11, for two local transport authorities – Centro (West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive), and Surrey County Council.
- Medway Council
– advice on sustaining opposition to Cliffe Airport multi-runway proposal in 2003 during development of Airports White Paper, and consultation into local communities and London region businesses about the merits and disadvantages of a new London airport at Cliffe, and again in 2012-13, this time with JRC specialist support via College Hill/Instinctif (the main consultancy to Medway).
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