Each week public affairs correspondent Michael Wilkinson takes an alternative stroll down the corridors of power.
VICTORY FOR DEMOCRACY
FILMING will now be allowed at Gloucester City Council meetings after I brought a ban on filming to the public’s attention.
This is a small victory for the taxpayer who will now, at least in principle, be able to catch up on the happenings within the council chamber should they wish to do so.
I am sure there will be people out there who are willing to test the council’s resolve on this. I wonder if the next meeting of councillors on March 27 will see a posse of taxpayers armed with iPhones, video cameras and dictaphones?
CITY residents can now pick up a Residents Card ahead of the Residents Weekend at the end of March, which will see hundreds of city businesses and venues offering discounts and freebies for the good people of the city.
The card will also allow you to enjoy discounts on shopping at Gloucester Quays, The Eastgate shopping centre and Kings Walk shopping centre all year round.
What a fantastic idea to instil a bit of city pride in us all.
It just goes to show what Marketing Gloucester is achieving for our city as a company working alongside the city council rather than being in its pocket.
PUTTING the cultural heart back into Gloucester seems to have caught the imagination of quite a few people lately.
In the last week I have revealed plans for a new name for our city centre – The Four Gates – and a whole raft of cultural plans for the year ahead, including a new street art festival.
I also went underground to the King’s Bastion chamber, which I firmly believe could be part of an amazing subterranean museum for our city.
One reader told me this week: “Your reporting will capture the imagination of Gloucester people. Hopefully it will also attract visitors from other parts of Britain and from abroad. A thriving City Centre is the lifeblood of our community and we need to share our history and heritage with tourists from far and wide.”
I couldn’t agree more with those sentiments.