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
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
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
Exeter City Council’s Vision for 2040 is more than just aspirational waffle. It sets out some very clear commitments. Let’s be clear. A vision is a vision. Those who have done time in corporate bodies will recall the business planning hierarchy, with the Vision on top, then Aims and Objectives (I could never tell the … More A bold way forward?
Exeter councillors’ unanimous decision to reject the application for the Moor Exchange retail park suggests they have not grasped the changes in the city’s retail environment nor the significance of the eastward spread of housing. On Monday 13 March Exeter City Council’s Planning Committee unanimously disagreed with their officers’ recommendation to give outline planning … More The (city) centre cannot hold
St Sidwella could do more for Exeter than she (probably) ever dreamed of. St Sidwell’s Church on Exeter’s Sidwell Street commemorates the late St Sidwella, believed to have been alive in the 6th century. Sidwella (whose name derives from all manner of genealogical speculation) is said to have been a modest, chaste, virginal, devout, … More Upon Sidwella’s Day