West Midlands NO!

Regional government: unelected, undemocratic, unaccountable and unwanted

City Region Pathfinder Status

Posted by wonkotsane on October 2, 2006

The unelected city region, before the final plans have been drawn up or the organisation created, has been given Pathfinder Status by the British government.

The Pathfinder Project was set up by John Prescott and has proven to be one of the most controversial Labour policies since they first came to power in 1997.

In a nutshell, authorities with Pathfinder Status can – in the name of “regeneration” – compulsary purchase entire housing estates and demolish them to build new houses.  This is a simplistic view of course and houses cannot simply be compulsary purhcased on a whim but to my knowledge there have been no refusals for Pathfidner Projects elsewhere in the country and it is a flagship Labour policy.

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