Liveable Exeter Place Board
Karime Hassan, Phil Bialyk, Tony Rowe and Paul Thomas at Sandy Park hotel development site

ANALYSIS  ⁄  DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

Decision to send council CEO and director to work for Exeter City Futures is "disservice to citizens"

City council disregards governance, risk and conflict of interest issues despite cross-party challenges and conflates decarbonisation agenda with property development financing scheme.

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    Keep it in the family

    Earlier this year the University of Exeter drew attention to the South West’s significant social mobility issues, which it described as “blighting young lives”, when it launched a research project hoping to better understand the region’s challenges...

    ECONOMY & ENTERPRISE

  • Liveable Exeter Place Board agenda October 2020 redacted

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

    City council outsourcing Exeter local government to unaccountable Liveable Exeter Place Board

    An Exeter Observer investigation of Liveable Exeter Place Board has found that it is a de facto decision-making and governance body which exercises public functions with the potential to affect everyone who lives and works in Exeter.

    Exeter city centre from Exeter Cathedral roof

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

    Freedom of information requests reveal Liveable Exeter Place Board "chumocracy" overseeing the city

    Despite the significance of Liveable Exeter Place Board's role in determining the city's future, its members are selected and appointed on a secretive, informal basis.

    Exeter City Council offices on Paris Street

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

    Council pushes back on Liveable Exeter Place Board scrutiny following membership change

    Exeter City Council has responded to an enquiry about disproportionate Church of England representation on the Liveable Exeter Place Board by accusing Exeter Observer of promoting a "partisan narrative" and claiming our public interest reporting "bears no resemblance to fact".

    Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital Wonford NHS Trust parking sign

    NEWS  ⁄  CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

    Hospital creates parking for 200 cars despite city climate crisis goals

    Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital says new parking "temporary" but no end-date given in planning application and no hard evidence of need provided.

    St. Sidwell's Point development site outline aerial view

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

    Exeter City Council executive members take direct control of city planning decisions

    Council's executive now possesses majority on city planning committee, with council leader and planning portfolio holder also included despite national guidance, offering basis to challenge decisions and increasing democratic deficit.

    Food retailers at Queen Street Dining in Exeter Guildhall shopping centre

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

    Unelected Liveable Exeter Place Board created to oversee city from the shadows

    Exeter City Council has convened an unelected board that meets in private, does not publish its discussions or decisions and is taking responsibility for major policies which will determine Exeter's future.

    Exeter City Futures Net Zero Exeter 2030 plan

    NEWS  ⁄  CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

    Exeter City Council accepts climate emergency plan to make city carbon neutral by 2030

    Chief Executive warns that resourcing the plan is "problematic" given COVID-19 financial challenges and that lack of resources limits the council's capacity for immediate practical action.

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