Thursday, 8 September 2011
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Monday, 5 September 2011
Some interesting extracts from the latest item on the 'Chris Brown Blog'
I was reminded of something a planning academic once told me;
"The reason why I would always support (and indeed, I often 'champion') planning as a system/activity/profession is because without it - we are left with only the market, and with market allocation of land, land uses and all the things that come with that (goods, services etc). So, outside all the bunkum that you've no doubt read about the planning system being there to do x, y and z (which is it's purpose, of course) - really the reason we have a planning system is that we as a society decided some time ago that the use and development of land should be regulated and strategically provided for. That means that all the red tape and regulation you're currently working through is supposed to be there to ensure that land is developed in a way that doesn't just suit the landowner, but contributes something to broader social/environmental/economic goals. Now, that of course is the key question for debate - and where planning becomes very politically contested (as you know) over whether a development constitutes something that contributes to such goals, and even what the goals should be."
Highland Council web casts council meetings. THC web page says:
As part of our commitment to making the decision making process as open and transparent as possible, we webcast public meetings that are held in the Council Chamber, Inverness.
You can watch Council meetings conducted in public LIVE or view the archived version which is available within 48 hours of broadcast and remains online for 12 months.
Apparently not all local authorities have got around to doing this yet as the BBC news item below describes:
Ruling members of a council which called police to eject a blogger recording one of its meetings are being urged to allow filming in the future.
Carmarthenshire council's executive will consider a motion calling for the public to be allowed to film meetings.
Carmarthenshire council said it has since launched a review of the use of new technology in the way it provides services to residents.
Perhaps they should have embraced new technology sooner?
[Link to BBC page here ]