The size of #localgovernment areas – #ChatelaillonPlage


Mairie, Châtelaillon-Plage

Long weekend in Châtelaillon-Plage near La Rochelle. In France a place like this (pop. 5937) can be a fully fledged commune (local authority). In this country which is said to be centralised, it is necessary to incentivise – and apparently not possible to oblige – communes to join a Communauté Urbaine, as Chatel has done with La Rochelle. That’s a mechanism that seems to work.

Being so small (relative to English local authorities, for which 100 000 is small) does not seem to prevent the place being well governed.

We watched the rugby in The French Pub. Next door is The French Snack. Both England and France were jammy, I would say.

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Paul Hodson

Head of Unit "EnergyEfficiency" at European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy

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