The last time I followed a map that indicated a public right of way, my wife and I ended up in a field full of tetchy bullocks.
“Look big,” was my sage advice as the bovine heavy mob ran en masse from the far side of the field and encircled us.
Thankfully they escorted us from the field without trampling us to death. But I’ve a sneaking suspicion that was no public right of way.
You can avoid mistakes like that – in Essex at least – thanks to a new interactive public rights of way map developed by Essex County Council.
If there are any walkers out there, please give it a try. Before I reach for my walking boots again, I want to make sure it’s not a load of bullocks.
Explore the map here »
I’ve written an article on Conservative Home about the campaign against #antisocialmedia. It’s for a primarily Tory audience, but it’s really aimed at local politicians of all parties.
Colchester Council keeping residents in the dark »
No, I don’t know who Mr Rock & Roll is either, but if you want to find out you’ve got 24 minutes to haul your butt down the St Johns & Highwoods Community Centre with a stash of your own drink. @edpattle recommends you take a case of this (sadly unavailable from Highwoods Tesco, where this pic was taken. I chose this instead.)
Eric Pickles, the UK Secretary for Communities and Local Government, last week entered the debate on Twitter under the hashtag #daftarrest, saying that the law had been changed in England last year, allowing people to to report, tweet and film council meeting
Source: BBC, 26.2.2013
With only about 30% of people locally voting in elections, it’s vital to find ways to engage more people in the democratic process – warts and all.
It’s not good enough for councillors to say they support openness, yet reserve the right to ban members of the public recording meetings. You can bet your bottom dollar the meetings that don’t get recorded are the ones that are most embarrassing for the councillors involved…
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