Dan Gregory collects evidence from three Big Local areas – in Southampton, Manchester and Bristol – and asks how our social infrastructure will fare as communities brace for a looming crisis in service provision? Can our civic operating system evolve to meet modern social needs when it is generally held in corporate, rather than community, ownership?
Who owns and controls the places in which social capital is accumulated and formed? Whether bowling alleys, football clubs, churches or digital hangouts, these assets support the flow of social activity, care, fun and friendships.
Pubs, post offices, libraries, children’s centres, banks, community centres and many other spaces people rely on to engage with one another and participate in the world around them are being closed at an alarming rate. Hear what impact this is having on Sale West and SO18 Big Local areas in particularListen to the podcast online