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Federation of Cambridge Residents Associations

FeCRA is the Federation of Cambridge Residents Associations formed to take a more proactive role in the future of Cambridge rather than simply trying to react to consultations and planning applications.

FeCRA members have regular meetings at a Forum with the City Council on planning matters. It has also been working with Cambridge Past, Present and Future (formerly the Cambridge Preservation Society) in a series of events on options for the future of the City.

OCRA is a founder member of FeCRA.

The following is an example of where we are trying to lead the debate rather than forever trying to catch up with it.

"Localism"

A public meeting held on 27th November 2010

65 people attended this event and heard presentations from Julian Huppert MP and Councillor Tim Bick, the City Council lead on 'localiism'. In a fifty minute questions and answer session both filled out the picture of what is a rapidly developing initiative. Perhaps the strongest message of the day is that 'Localism' will be what we make of it. The City Council has plans to build on its Area Committee structure to make it more interactive and widen its scope.

The speackers' session was followed by a workshop session in which we explored the following questions:

1. What items do the City and County Councils (and perhaps central Government)
currently undertake, that local groups and communities could address more
effectively?


2. What are the obstacles and challenges facing local groups if they are to respond
effectively to the issues of Localism and Big Society’? (This could include
attitudinal problems.)


3. What specific things might we do we overcome the obstacles and challenges?


4. How do we go about shifting attitudes so that people and groups take personal
responsibility and are galvanised into participating while local officials learn to
give-up power.

There will be  a full report of the event, icluding the output of workshops, in due course.

 

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