The government’s ability to suspend parliament at will must be challenged on the streets, and in Exeter this Saturday. The British constitution finally broke down on Wednesday. A government that lost its majority at the last general election and whose party attracted minimal support at this year’s EU and local elections forced the monarch to … More It’s no longer about Brexit
Scene: A committee room in Exeter City Council’s Paris Street offices. Cast: Councillor Chris Musgrave (Green Party), Councillor Pete Edwards (Labour Leader of the Council), plus other members of the Corporate Services Scrutiny Committee, attendants, and a member of the public. Cllr Musgrave (after having asked several questions stonewalled by the Leader): What sanctions are … More No sanctions please, we’re councillors
Exeter City Council’s Chief Executive has given an important and valuable lead in setting a new direction for the city. The Legacy Like many other English towns and cities Exeter’s growth and development has been erratic, sometimes managed and sometimes not. The post-war reconstruction of the High Street was actively managed by the current council’s … More Vision on
Devon County Council is prepared to let Exeter’s residents choke on traffic fumes so that rural commuters can stay in their cars. It’s not unusual in these straitened times for a local authority to give with one hand and take away with the other. How else can they balance their budgets without losing all political … More County declares war on City
Exeter City Council is about to take a decision that will define its soul The modern story of the Clifton Hill green space began in March 2018 when snow damaged the Clifton Hill Sports Centre. In July 2018 I asked a series of questions in a blog post, questions which have never been satisfactorily answered … More What price green space?
Nothing to do with Brexit, but Exeter City Council has bowed to public opinion In the upmarket Exeter district of St Leonard’s, the residents have been flexing their considerable collective muscle against a City Council proposal to sell off 130 sq metres of the Council-owned Bull Meadow, amounting to 1% of the park. The aim … More The will of the people
Increasing dependence by public bodies on consultants raises questions about where the buck really stops. Are you sitting comfortably? Since January 2015 Exeter City Council has spent £9.4 million on services described as “Consultants Fees”. Over half of this – £4.8 million – has gone on consultancy work related to the bus station site redevelopment … More Quis custodiet .…..?