Upcoming Localism Events – November 2014

Localism events to look out for in November.

Laird Ryan
20 October 2014

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6.11.2014 Northern Cities Summit, Leeds  A joint venture by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Carillion and the Centre For Cities  Answering the enigmatic question ‘How do we build on the North's strength to build an economic core at its heart?’ will be Nick Clegg and a host of local authority leaders and chief executives, academics and representatives of Local Enterprise Partnerships and think-tanks.  Grassroots activists don’t seem to be part of the picture, but attendance is free on application to the Centre for Cities [email protected].  More details of the event and the line-up of speakers at

14.11.2014 Leading the way: can metro mayors be introduced in major UK city-regions? Centre for Cities, London  This free event is the first of two round-table discussions on this issue, featuring Harvey Brooks, Mayor of Auckland, New Zealand.  He replaced the previous governance system of a regional council and 7 local councils.  As the Centre for Cities and the leaders of the UK’s ‘traditional’ national parties support elected mayoralty it would be interesting to get clarification on how they find this stance compatible with their stated commitment to empowered localities.  [email protected]

27.11 2014 Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester - Localism and Neighbourhood Planning: the School of Real Estate and Land Management will be holding the Conference on Localism and Neighbourhood Planning.  The conference will focus on the delivery of effective neighbourhood planning on the ground, learning from the experiences of a range of community neighbourhood planners as well as professionals working in the field.   It is open to public and the fee is £95 for delegates and £60 for Parish council delegates. For further information please email [email protected].


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