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Last call for task force

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Lord Rogers this week wound up the Urban Task Force, by rebuking the 'disgraceful' state of design briefs for urban regeneration projects but celebrating the improved political climate for urban regeneration. In his parting speech, he called for the creation of a lobbying 'urban guerrilla' movement as vocal as the countryside lobby and demanded greater public participation in regeneration projects.He also pledged to continue privately influencing government ministers, despite his new role as adviser to Ken Livingstone.

Earlier in the week Lord Rogers launched a new initiative to record the physical and chemical nature of land contamination and the steps taken to tackle it.Dubbed the Land Condition Record, the initiative will act like a car log book, allowing new land owners to quickly appraise the history and work undertaken on a piece of land. Filling in an LCR will be voluntary but Lord Rogers hopes that it will become so widespread that land without one will be viewed with suspicion.

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