Ministers should not float significant changes to coronavirus lockdown restrictions – including relaxing planning and licensing rules – without speaking to the councils responsible for enforcing them, the Mayor has told the Government. 

In a letter to Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Mayor Philip Glanville wrote that centralised decisions that “bypass consultation with local residents” would lead to the wrong decisions for local communities.

The Government has suggested that plans to ‘fast-track’ outdoor food and drink trading, move planning decisions to a central government agency, and relax civic ceremony rules could be implemented as part of its easing of coronavirus restrictions. 

In the letter, the Mayor wrote:

Read the Mayor’s full letter.

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