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Media Watch | 47

Media Watch | 47

Media Watch is a weekly round-up of the latest major stories on the local (parish and town) council sector.

  1. NALC’s chief executive, Jonathan Owen, gave an interview for BBC Sunday Politics South West (35m-43m) on the impact of parish polls

  2. Jonathan Owen’s, NALC’s chief executive, article for LGC showcases the practical action undertaken by parish and town councils. It’s not just bus stops and dealing with dog mess; Mr Owens says parishes up and down the country have been tackling the big issues such as reducing the burden on health and care services and boosting economic growth. Parishes can help upper-tier councils deal with devolution and austerity, Mr Owens says, as is happening in Kent, Cornwall and Gloucestershire (via Local Government Chornicle Plus)

  3. Parkrun controversy over charging runners: for Stoke Gifford Parish Council (via The Guardian, BBC, Bristol Post, The Telegraph, ITV, The Independent, The Mirror and The Mail on Sunday)

  4. An example of how NALC’s warnings on the closure of public toilets due to costs, austerity and business rates can have a negative’s impact on a town (via The Daily Mail)

  5. Very sadly NALC National Council and committee member, Cllr Keith Morgan, passed away recently (via Cumbria 24)

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