Some fantastic insights from Swindon Borough Council's Philippa Venables, Coventry City Council's Matin Reeves, Bradford Council's Alex Ross-Shaw and our very own Alan Harris and Adrian Peachey at Centre for Cities' 'March of the Place Makers event today at Birmingham Library.
Particularly interesting was Alex Ross-Shaw, portfolio holder for regeneration in Bradford who outlined an alternative model for councils to lead on city place making. We are in an era of expectation that the public sector will step in with financial interventions and asset purchases, but an alternative to that is providing leadership through forgoing direct control in land and instead focusing on frameworks, clear direction and strategy, and a platform to deliver change through facilitation and partnership. Perhaps an old adage, but a really good example of how one size doesn't fit all in the complex world of #regeneration and #towncentres.
"Partnership working moves the narrative away from the idea that councils either act as blockers or have to deliver everything themselves. Leaders have to speak to central government with one voice and have a clear plan for delivery"