The latest from the Civic Trust.
Grass Roots Online
Welcome to 2008! We hope that you are off to a good start. This issue of Grass Roots Online contains a wealth of information to help sharpen your Civic activism - but please keep us updated on your news too...
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Is a Civic Society a representative body?
Formby Civic Society asks how other Civic Societies have fared in their dealings with their Local Licensing AuthoritiesWhen recently the Formby Civic Society (FCS) made a submission to its Local Licensing Authority (LLA) opposing an application for an extension to the opening hours of a fast food outlet in Formby Village, it was rejected on the grounds that the Society did not qualify as an interested party within the meaning of the Licensing Act 2003. As a result of representations made by the FCS to its Local Authority (LA), the Civic Trust, and the Ministry of Sport, Media and Culture, the LA now concedes that its LLA was in error in not recognizing the FCS as an interested party, because the Society met the qualifying condition that it had members living in the relevant vicinity. However, FCS's LA holds that, if the FCS does not have members who satisfy the residence condition, while it may still make representations to the LLA on behalf of non-members who do, it can do so only at their request and then merely as their agent, not as an interested party. We understand that not all LLAs take such a narrow view and we would like to hear from other Civic Societies how they have been treated when they have submitted comments to their LLAs. Please send your e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
The Green Space You Deserve!
It's people which make those vital green spaces happen - which is why Green Pennant Award sites depend on active support from the local community.
As an active member of your civic society, you realise how important the environment is for the health and happiness of its community - and let's face it - quality green space is not a luxury - it's a necessity. This is why we are asking you to champion the Green Pennant Award scheme in your area.
For further information to help you attain the green spaces you deserve, visit the scheme's dedicated website: or contact the Liverpool team who will be keen to help you on: 0151 231 6900.
Sustrans (sustainable transport network) helps link up many of our parks and green spaces. Those of you that voted for Sustrans in the Peoples' �50 Million will be pleased to hear that it won!