LocalismJPG This event will be held in Bristol where you can hear from Stephen Williams, MP for Bristol West and Minister for Communities. He will be the headline speaker for the upcoming Localism Alliance event on March 29th. He will be joined by Griff Rhys Jones who will be calling on communities to nominate buildings and other spaces as local assets to help give them greater protection.

Mr. Williams, appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in October 2013 will speak on Localism, specifically the role of community rights and the increased powers available to communities to protect their local assets. The event is being hosted by the Localism Alliance - who collectively represent over 200,000 individuals and nearly 10,000 grassroots organisation. The alliance includes CAMRA, Civic Voice, National Association of Local Councils, Supporters Direct and Theatres Trust.

The Minister said: “It’s great to see these organisations taking the lead in helping communities have more of a say about what goes on in their area. Individual members have played a great role in helping local people use their community rights, with over 1,700 uses of the rights so far. Communities across the country are developing neighbourhood plans, using the Community Right to Bid to protect their important local pub or shop and seeking to keep money in their communities through the use of community shares. They are doing their bit to make where they live a better place. These workshops will harness the collective energy of their members and the expertise already developed among the Alliance group. I look forward to speaking at the event in Bristol.”

Freddie Gick, Chair of Civic Voice and a Localism Alliance member said “We are delighted to be able to announce that the Minister will be speaking at this event. These meetings will allow residents associations, civic societies, town and parish councils and other community groups the chance to share their experiences about what works in using the powers that are available to secure better protection for local assets, whether these are buildings, parks, theatres or other community facilities. We hope groups can join us in Bristol, Wakefield or London".

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