Consultation on Policy MCS 10
Warwickshire County Council is consulting on strategic policy MCS 10 - Underground Coal Gasification, which was unintentionally omitted from the public consultation on the countywide Minerals Plan from 31st October 2018 to 12th December 2018. This is a further consultation and is the final public consultation before the Minerals Plan is submitted to the Secretary of State for examination in public. The focus is on whether Policy MCS 10 is sound and legally compliant.
Department for Transport consultation on Traffic Commissioners
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This consultation document is seeking views on changing the rules to allow operators who meet certain conditions, to commence vehicle operations as soon as possible. Government is also seeking views on whether to create the power to introduce formal Tribunal Rules for the tribunal functions carried out by traffic commissioner.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recently launched a consultation on freedom of information called Openness by design (the ICO draft access to information strategy). This document and consultation have implications for wider local government and NALC will be responding. The final deadline for responses is 8 March 2019. Do please respond directly to the online survey or email your views to to help inform the NALC response.
Newquay Town Council is preparing to submit a proposal under the Sustainable Communities Act in relation to allowing local councils the power to enforce civil parking regulations. This will be supported by NALC which has also had a long standing policy position on this matter for some years.
In Newquay there have been significant issues with anti-social on-street parking, which is compounded by a lack of enforcement in more remote or residential areas. This is creating serious safety issues, particularly at junctions or along narrow streets – preventing access to emergency services. Whilst a year-round issue, as a tourist destination, this worsens during the summer months where the road network is brought to a standstill.
The government has published their parkrun consultation response, which Iconcludes that legislation is not necessary at this point. In NALC's written response to last year’s consultation, NALC strongly opposed the introduction of any measures which will remove the ability of local (parish and town) councils to charge for park-based activities including Parkrun. However, the government remains of the view that local authorities should not charge Parkrun or other organisations that currently provide free-to-enter running events, and intends to publish non-statutory guidance which will make very clear that local authorities should never charge for local Parkrun events. NALC will be liaising further with officials and ministers on this issue.
Article taken from NALCs Chief executive's bulletin 20 December 2018.