Tag Archives: Oxfordshire

Green Belt – friend or foe?

The Green Belt has been with us for more than 60 years.  Its evolution can be traced back to 1935 when the Greater London Regional Planning Committee proposed its establishment around London to prevent our capital simply growing outwards. The … Continue reading

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Cameron’s Campaigners

When I read that DC’s mother and aunt had joined him in campaigning against cuts to Oxfordshire’s children’s services, I was unsure whether to be amused or angry and I think the result was a mixture of both.   Mainly anger … Continue reading

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More power to local government? I doubt it!

I have been enjoying the Conservative Party Conference from my arm chair in front of the TV.  Manchester was always a long way for this southerner and, while I enjoyed Birmingham where I could stay on a narrow boat and walk … Continue reading

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Regionalism returns

In 2004, John Prescott tried very hard to establish elected regional government in England.  He selected North East England for his attempt, believing this was an area that saw itself as a region and would support the idea.  He failed … Continue reading

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Axing a council Chief Executive

When I stood down as Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, I took a self-denying ordinance that I would not comment on or criticise the actions of my successors. I was determined not to be a back-seat driver and I retain … Continue reading

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A mayor for Oxfordshire?

George Osborne announced on Monday 3 November that Greater Manchester is to get its own directly-elected city-wide mayor with powers over transport, housing, planning and policing.  Although we tend to think of Manchester as a single, sprawling metropolis, in local … Continue reading

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