Philip Bladon of Redditch puts this question. He also asks which local authority is most supportive of metrication. The editors of Metric Views, however, have doubts about whether this would be a useful line of enquiry, and invite comment from readers.
The acceptance of a single, simple, rational (and now almost universal) system of measurement has obvious local benefits for residents, commerce, and visitors alike. Do County, District and Unitary Councils have significant influence on the process? One thinks of the enforcement, or otherwise, of the Weights and Measures Act 1985, the provision of pedestrian signage, and local efforts to attract investment from overseas. Do Councils see policy in this area contributing to their image – progressive and modernising, or slow-to-change? Is there scope for a scoring scheme, with points awarded under various headings, and an award for the best of each type of Council?
Or would such awards attract the unwanted attention of those opposed to change, dragging out even further the metric changeover in the UK?
Over the last fifty years, many other Commonwealth countries have made the changeover to metric, successfully and in a fraction of the time being taken by the UK. Perhaps their experience might indicate the extent to which local authorities were able to influence the process, and whether or not Philip’s idea is worth pursuing further.