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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

Housing – the Irish experience

In my last post in this series I argued that we need to increase the supply of land for housing by a substantial amount. I recall a Conservative MP (I’m afraid I can’t remember who and haven’t been able to

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Posted in Economy, Housing

Affordable housing – supply issues

Previous posts have looked at the way we provide affordable housing in the UK and identified some problems with that approach and at shanty towns in the developing world. In this post I want to touch on some of the

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Posted in Economy, Housing, Politics

Rural broadband verdict – too little, too late

Ffibre to the cabinet seems to be available in Devizes town but there is no sign of anything happening in the surrounding villages. Inaction and lack of information is hindering those communities that might want to organise things for themselves

Posted in Economy