Musical Council Boundaries

When the music stops, your local council leader will be here to tell you a story [1] 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 PlymouthContinue reading “Musical Council Boundaries”

A Tale of Two …urban extensions

In my post on the Compact City, I noted the different choices made by Freiburg and Exeter in their approaches to balancing the need to provide new homes against the need to protect the natural environment.  To illustrate how these choices played out in practice, what follows is a brief study of how the twoContinue reading “A Tale of Two …urban extensions”

Whose Vision is it anyway? Part 2

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 ofContinue reading “Whose Vision is it anyway? Part 2”

Whose Vision is it anyway? Part 1

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 areContinue reading “Whose Vision is it anyway? Part 1”