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Cleaner, Safer, Greener

I am speaking today at a conference of local authorities and partners involved in the drive to maximise the impact of local initiatives for improving  ‘liveability'.

The drive to 'get local' was started not after the 2005 General Election, but in April 2001 when the Prime Minister highlighted the importance of making communities clean, safe and green if we are to avoid the warning of JK Galbraith that we are to live with private affluence and public squalor. 

The push to improve local environments goes to the heart of the drive for citizen empowerment: nothing gets people more heated than a poor local environment, and few things are as likely to motivate them to action. That is why the engagement of local authorities in this agenda is so important. 

posted on 13 March 2006 13:00 by David Miliband
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# 17 March 2006 08:45 Jon Brinsmead wrote:
re: Cleaner, Safer, Greener

What is being done about the effect of projects like Thames Gateway on water utilisation in the South East?


# 17 March 2006 11:41 Andrew Brown wrote:
re: Cleaner, Safer, Greener

Hi David, really pleased you've taken the plunge and good luck with the blog I hope you find it another useful way of testing ideas and having a conversation with a set of people who care about the sorts of issues you deal with in government.

Thanks for the mention of the site in your speech, we're quite proud of what its achieved in the short period its been about and the way it has helped us develop a different relationship with the people who use it.


# 08 May 2006 17:38 Anne wrote:
re: Cleaner, Safer, Greener

No doubt, though, you will avoid visits to rural residents who are suffering the desecration to their villages and greenbelt land caused by travellers, just as John Prescott continually refused to meet residents to hear their side of the problem or do anything fair about it, despite the efforts of local MPs and councillors.