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 Council spending on temporary housing soars as crisis grows
- 2 Judges and lawyers pay tribute to 'simply the best' Anna
- 3 Property supply continues to be an issue as we approach the end of the year
- 4 Drink spiking crackdown after needle attack - Devon Police
- 5 John and Grace run for the heart
- 6 Man left with serious injures after crash on Woodbury Common
- 7 Blooming marvellous for Madeira bowls
- 8 Exmouth Harriers pounding the roads of York and Portsmouth
- 9 Lifeboat crew plan bumper fireworks display fundraiser
- 10 Supermarket chain planning four new stores in East Devon
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