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Has Claire Perry MP broken the law?

I have corresponded with Claire Perry, MP for Devizes on a few occasions, on personal matters or on wider policy issues. In all cases I was writing to her in her role as MP and not as an individual or

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Posted in Politics

Ideas for Devizes #1 – Main Street USA

Rather than trying to produce long screeds that no-one reads, this is the first of a series of posts that will point to examples of good practice that could be adapted for Devizes. From the web site. “Over the past

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Posted in Community, Design, Economy, Town Centre

Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership

All the posts I make here are automatically shared on a number of social media sites. From one of those, LinkedIn, I was pointed to the Local Enterprise Partnership and more particularly to the Strategic Economic Plan recently submitted to

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Posted in Economy

What can Devizes learn from London—or Hebden Bridge?

On another blog I recently published quite a quite long post triggered by two recent TV programmes about the dominance of London. In that poste I looked at how investment in transport infrastructure across the North of England could create

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Posted in Economy, Transport

Changes to Pewsey Vale Connect2 services

Wiltshire Council are proposing to do away entirely with the Demand Responsive bus services running under the banner of Connect 2 (as an aside I really really hate the faux ‘hip’ renaming from WigglyBus). You can find the consultation paper

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Posted in Economy, Transport

We still need planning

There is a tendency to blame ‘the planners’ for everything that goes wrong, from dog mess to lack of public toilets to the failure to provide a full size Marks and Spencer’s store in town (I’ve come across all of

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Posted in Community, Design, Housing

Wiltshire Council Review of Youth Service

WC have published details of their proposals for the Youth Service on its young people’s web site called Sparksite. This is the start of a so called consultation. The information provided is however misleading, manipulative and dishonest. It pretends that

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Posted in Community, Education, Politics