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?
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
Well, if you’ve read this sign on Exeter’s Stagecoach buses, not exactly. With a delightful irony (whether intended or not, only the editor will know), today’s Express & Echo runs two adjacent stories on page 10. The first is about an Exeter University-led project studying commuting patterns with the aim of reducing the city’s traffic … More Normal service will resume on 3 January
When the music stops, your local council leader will be here to tell you a story  First, there was “devolution” for the Heart of the South West, which wasn’t devolution at all because it would have sucked powers upwards from localities to a vast “combined authority” covering all of Devon and Somerset, including Plymouth … More Musical Council Boundaries
We need a policy rethink on how changes to housing density assumptions can stop urban sprawl. In 2010, after several years of study and debate, the UK’s Government Office for Science published Land Use Futures: making the most of land in the 21st century. The product of a major exercise in evidence-gathering and analysis (including … More Wider still and wider – time to call a halt
In a previous post I highlighted the flamboyantly named Greater Exeter Visioning Board, announced with a fanfare of trumpets and then shifted off into the dark shadows of proceedings held behind firmly closed doors. This post reports the uncomfortable outcome of my further investigations. Having been told by Exeter City Council that the minutes of … More Whose Vision is it anyway? Part 2
This post was originally published on http://www.petercleasby.com on 16 May 2016 It’s a truism that politicians (and not only politicians) love making good news announcements. Even when they have to announce bad news, it’s always presented as positively as the spin doctors can manage. Announcements which are then followed up by nothing at all are … More Whose Vision is it anyway? Part 1