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
This is such an unsexy story that I don’t expect the media to pick it up; but it’s worth putting on record to close this particular loop. NEWS RELEASE 26 July 2018 St Sidwell’s Point business case stays secret The … More Leisure centre business case stays secret
Exeter City Council’s decision to close the Clifton Hill Sports Centre and sell off the site and surrounding green space raises several important questions. The story so far One of nature’s reminders of human fragility was the heavy snow in March 2018 which damaged the roof of the Clifton Hill Sports Centre, resulting in its … More What’s going on at Clifton Hill?
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