Exeter City Council’s default position is to look inwards on itself, but it can’t show the necessary 21st century leadership until that culture changes. Most people from the City Council who’ve read as far as this will already be outraged at what they see as a misrepresentation. They will argue that Council consults on proposed … More Can the Council be a leader?
We can do so much better than the current High Street business model, and its current difficulties offer Exeter new opportunities There’s a lot of truth in the observation that Exeter’s city centre is a “clone town”. Along the length of the High Street and in the shopping centres at Guildhall and Princesshay, the retail … More High Street Greens
It’s not only our side streets that can be made people-friendly Traffic restraint on residential streets is not new – humps, speed limits, barriers, residents’ parking schemes, pedestrianisation, and so on. Some of these measures have become discredited because of their impact on driving behaviour: for example speed humps encourage breaking and acceleration with consequent … More Reclaiming our main roads for residents
Consultation on the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan (GESP) looks like being an expensive and time-wasting ritual. Beware of too sublime a sense Of your own worth and consequence. The man who dreams himself so great, And his importance of such weight, That all around in all that’s done Must move and act for him alone, … More Our planners’ cat is out of the bag
Surveys are not always reliable. Yet if you asked the usual representative sample how they liked to spend time, attending local authority committee meetings is unlikely to score highly. This is understandable. Public participation is strictly controlled. In Exeter, members of the public can submit questions (3 days in advance) to be asked at any … More Scrutiny can work
[This post is a slightly expanded and referenced version of a five-minute presentation I gave to the Exeter City Futures Spring Connect meeting on 8 March 2017.] There is resistance to high density housing. Perhaps it’s in the descriptor. More likely it’s memories of the poorly-designed high-rise blocks built in the 1960s and 1970s to … More How dense can we be?
The Exeter City Futures challenge fund approach to making the Exeter area congestion-free is not for the faint-hearted. Exeter City Futures (ECF) is a community interest company with a mission to make Exeter and the surrounding area sustainable for the future. Their first goals are to make the area congestion-free and energy-independent by 2025. Not … More Up for a transport challenge?