So let us hope that both the members and the officers of Broadland District Council are listening. Things are going to change around here...
Bob Neill highlighted that these challenges are not mere problems but a mandate for radical change, and that we need a strong society where individuals, families and communities are more able to take on responsibility to improve their areas.
"The old rules of central control are not a fixed part of the system - we need to change the culture to enable us to rewrite the rules. We want local deliverers to be much more accountable to the people they serve rather than focussing on Whitehall.
"The tired, old bureaucratic approach needs to go and the balance of power between central and local government needs to be reset. It's time to build a new system around our trust in people and professionals.
"Strong local government ultimately comes from rising voter turnout. Success will be further recognised when local citizens and national media routinely ask locally elected leaders for answers and not Ministers in Parliament.
"Decentralisation needs to happen by moving decision making down through the town hall, starting with individuals, families, communities and voluntary groups. It's not about which type of politician is in charge. Hard questions have to be asked by everyone about how far power can be transferred to put people fully in charge of their own destinies."