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    • CommentAuthorjon
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2009 edited
    Having surveyed the policies of my local Counties, I've come to the conclusion that "Green", in the local area, really means "Conservation". There's nothing wrong with this and the various think-tanks seem chock-a-block with those that promote a return to an agrarian lifestyle. They may be right.

    But it's a bit pessimistic. There is a possibility that innovation rather than reversion may work.

    Which Counties (if any) have a political leadership that takes this second "optimistic" point of view and incorporates that view in their Policy?
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2009
    Gd Q. Devon? Perhaps ask 'which District Councils' instead.
    • CommentAuthorjon
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2009
    Done! Changed header

    Why Devon Tom?
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2009
    Dunno - I just like it! Yes, would be good to really examine. Devon has a v high domestic waste recycling rate, 49% last year http://www.devon.gov.uk/index/environmentplanning/recycling.htm , and my own DC Teignbridge the highest in Devon.
    • CommentAuthorjon
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2009
    How would we find out and rate Devon Tom?

    I currently only employ indirectly in the local area and all our work is in London or exported outside the local area: so it would be relatively easy to relocate to somewhere more in tune with what I'm trying to achieve.

    But how do you rate Counties without spending months at it? This only came up because I've been comparing the actual policies of a County near you (Somerset) to my local counties: It takes a very long time because you have to delve very deeply into local policy to find out which way the wind is really blowing.
    • CommentAuthorjon
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2009
    Is it perhaps the case that, in reality, there are few truly progressive Councils out there and we all have to wait for Central Government to enforce change ?
    • CommentAuthorTumshieheid
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2009 edited
    Why wait for central government, Jon? You'll hear the ice floes grinding in hell before anything's done. Try a bottom up approach - write to MPs, local council officers, councillors, attend parish meetings, recruit like-minded people in your community, etc. Don't try to find out everything yourself. Formulate the questions you want answered carefully and send them in - they have to give you an answer.
    After all, government is us; we pay for everything one way or another and remember, most public servants are on our side (they are just as committed to doing a good job) and will respond to a positive approach better than an aggressive one.
    If all this fails, STIR IT UP!
    • CommentAuthorjon
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2009 edited
    I am currently stirring it Tumshieheid in at least 3 counties!

    I've placed a technical challenge to the local LDF on the basis that it fails to meet the stated requirements of the recent DECC White Papers (luck and good timing involved)

    Will open it up for use elsewhere if successful
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