In any society it's not asking too much that people can access, ideally within walking distance, a good school, good medical facilities and effective law and order services. In a country which is allegedly one of the top 10 richest countries in the world one should be able to expect consistently good infrastructure facilities everywhere.
As well as this, the provision and maintenance of these vital services must be within local democratic control.
Free Schools and Academies remove schools from the local community and from local democratic control. This is inappropriate. My local State Secondary school has been supported by the local community in so many ways for 81 years. It now wants to turn its back on this community investment and get its funding from central government and make up its own rules on admissions, teachers terms and conditions and goodness knows what else. When I was a Governor at this school it had an autocratic Head who ran the 'opting out' campaign in the 1980s against the wishes of the staff and the Governing Body. I worked with others to force him into leaving. An hey presto here is his successor 20 years later trying to 'opt out' yet again.
So what is needed is eternal vigilance on this issue.