Putting the Partner back into Neighbourhood Partnerships

The Neighbourhood Partnership Forum for Cabot, Clifton and Clifton East has become too tightly controlled by the four ward councillors. This forum needs to be given back into the hands of the residents with much more representation of local interest groups.

The Partnerships should be a mechanism to allow local groups to work their way through the planning bureaucracy and the councillors should act as champions helping local residents through the labyrinth of regulations.

The Partnerships should also be used to come up with local solutions to the parking problem or that Clifton needs a community centre and then the council staff and councillors help the local residents to achieve the residents goals.