Community group roles
Is Ian Woolger s brand of democracy (Letters, September 17) the one where you press on Party buttons every four years, and fire-off a letter or two in between elections?
Is Ian Woolger's brand of democracy (Letters, September 17) the one where you press on Party buttons every four years, and fire-off a letter or two in between elections?
This often leaves hard-working, volunteer councillors to cope with ad-hoc planning crises without mandates; perhaps with inadequate or short-term planning objectives in their manifestos; and reliant on an over-stretched and remote-feeling bureaucracy.
The open community groups working in Exmouth have sought to foresee major planning issues and opportunities, and consider their relevance, implications and integration.
Some crucial examples of foresight would include the Exe Estuary Cycle Circuit, which will soon be a major national attraction, with a very long 'season'. A community group started work on the cyclepath issues in 1988. The economic opportunities and integration of this attraction still seem barely foreseen by local authorities, never mind the devilish detail on which the local group of workers is now focussing.
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Lady Rolle could not have foreseen that her (Strand) Gardens would be reduced to a traffic roundabout - with no peace around the war memorial.
Unlike Ian's 'democracy', the county council seem to have done their best to work through a process of debate and consultation in planning restoration.
- 1 Recommendation for consultation on extending public space order for Exmouth to its beach
- 2 Exmouth and Budleigh councillor retain county seats in 2021 elections
- 3 Approval for Clyst Valley regional park plan
- 4 Premises licence for Mikey’s Berach Bar granted – but opening hours cut
- 5 Turf cutting marks start of work on college’s new £13.5m building
- 6 Covid-19 vaccination programme in Devon enters next phase
- 7 Exmouth’s Imperial Hotel set to reopen
- 8 Masks scrapped 'as early as next month' and over 35s jabs 'soon'
- 9 Looking forward to rediscovering the magic of the theatre
- 10 New attractions and vendors as Queen’s Drive Space gets ready for summer
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