Centenary lecture: future for places is more freedom
Professor Tony Travers, from the London School of Economics (LSE) delivered this year's RTPI Nathaniel Lichfield Lecture on future trends in city and county governance, to a packed audience at the University College London. The lecture, part of the Institute's celebrations to mark our 100th anniversary, was chaired by Alison Nimmo CBE, Chief Executive of the Crown Estate and a winner of the RTPI Gold medal.
(Pic: RTPI President Cath Ranson, Alison Nimmo CBE, Tony Travers, Dalia Lichfield, Trudi Elliott CBE).
This very timely debate examined who and how we are governed and how such questions are now taking the political centre stage not only in Scotland but also in Irish, Welsh and English cities and areas.
Professor Travers argued devolution is complex because cities and their economic, political, geographical and cultural circumstances vary, and they are starting from different points. Cities and counties will be resurgent, he felt, as the building blocks for greater English democracy. City-regional and county/ combined authorities may amount out to 'English devolution.' If this were to happen, argued Professor Travers, such strengthened institutions could restore trust in 'government.'
Cities and counties will be resurgent, he felt, as the building blocks for greater English democracy. City-regional and county/ combined authorities may amount out to 'English devolution.'
The lecture was once again generously supported by Dalia Lichfield and kindly hosted by University College London.
To see photos. A podcast of the lecture is available.