Urban regeneration

The pandemic has provided us with a unique opportunity to reassess how we work and live and this should be addressed in a positive manner. 1.The importance of the internet has been demonstrated in many ways and enabled: ‚- People to work from home, cut commuting time and spend less time travelling. ‚- On line meetings with government organisations such as councils. This has made government employees more visible and less prone to being overwhelmed by interest groups. ‚- Social interaction during the pandemic. ‚- Educational establishments to deliver on line learning. 2. Bureaucracy The pandemic has demonstrated, for example, just how much of the NHS is dominated by rules as shown by: ‚- The difficulties encountered by ex NHS professionals wishing to volunteer and needing to undergo 18 training modules, including firefighting and preventing terrorism. 3. Importance of community has been highlighted by: ‚- Small shop keepers, individuals, groups and families supporting and helping others in their local area So cut bureaucracy, develop communities and provide broadband. Develop high quality buildings, in place of defunct shops on the high street, and so help address the current housing crisis. Such developments would include flats, houses for workers, families and older people in the community and consist of a mixture of home ownership and rentals. The emphasis would be on delivering, quickly, high class housing with minimum red tape using the new zoning system or passing other regulations, if necessary. There would be common facilities: for example, a gym, a ‚’learning centre‚’ (Broadband and laptops) which would be staffed by volunteers, liaising with community volunteers. A corner shop and a caf√© would also help to create a sense of community, social interaction and ownership of the project. The possible remit is endless!




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