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
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?
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?