Welcome to a new world …

So here we are on 1 January in a new world … so many certainties ripped away in the past year, so many uncertainties ahead of us. This morning I listened to Sir Kenneth Grange…

HERE’S A THOUGHT … ABOUT NEXT MAY’S TOWN ELECTIONS

On Wednesday, a public meeting (St Margaret’s Hall 7:00pm) will discuss the potential for a slate of independent candidates at next May’s Bradford on Avon Town Council elections. The aim is to provide fresh ideas…

I can think of some people who would benefit from learning this…

“Criticism is a privilege that you earn— it shouldn’t be your opening move in an interaction.” Malcolm Gladwell on Criticism, Tolerance, and Changing Your Mind. He continues: “The notion that the only way you can critically engage…

Should Bradford or the county bear the cost of repairs to the bridge?

A little light relief: there was some bad feeling within the Town Council over the demand from Wiltshire Council for a town poll to determine whether the Historic Core Zone should go ahead. But there’s…

BOA non-conformism, cheese & a new business voice

Having finished Julian Dobson’s ‘How to save our town centres’ (referenced in my last blog) it is full of inspiring examples and ideas of how to build strong town centres. And there are plenty of…

Only connect … through urban acupuncture?

A few years ago I ran three debates with the support of the RSA and the (now defunct) Mid Wiltshire Economic Partnership, exploring the whole question of what our small towns and larger villages are for….