Each week, public affairs reporter Michael Wilkinson takes an alternative stroll down the corridors of power.
2014 is going to be one big year for Gloucester.
There will be huge changes at Gloucester Quays with new brands and restaurants just the tip of the iceberg.
In the city, a new home for the Eastgate Market will be found after 40 years at its current location and TK Maxx will move in.
There is also some movement with key sites such as the Fleece Hotel and the former Marks and Spencer site which are both going on the market to be sold and leased respectively.
The most immediate change we will notice is the demolition of the much maligned Golden Egg later this month.
The face of Gloucester is changing quite quickly but there is a hell of a lot of work to do. Nobody is kidding themselves about that.
But what about the people that can make it happen?
Well of course another big event this year will be the Local Elections on May 22.
They will coincide with the European Parliamentary elections, due to be held on the same day.
Many politicians have told me privately how they are worried about the UKIP effect.
The UK Independence Party will no doubt field more candidates in Gloucester than ever before and, paired with a key election on Europe, could they be in for some surprise wins?
There will also be some significant departures, including that of Quedgeley’s Fred Wood, who currently sits as cabinet member for resources.
With a few years of grassroots campaigning under his belt, and above all a real passion for the people he has served, Fred will be sorely missed by many. His loss will be felt in much the same way that Jackie Hall’s was.
It will leave Conservative leader Paul James with a black hole of wisdom in his small administration.
It will also leave people like Saj Patel, cabinet member for the environment, who has previously been criticised as a chink in the armour of the administration, much more vulnerable to attack.
People with long memories will remember that Saj switched his allegiance from the Labour party to the Conservatives at the last minute as he prepared to make his bid to stand for election.
Back then, Labour’s Sonia Friend said: “I like Saj but it’s a shame that not everyone sticks by their principles, which is important. It’s interesting to see how someone’s beliefs can switch like that in such a small time.”
Now he sits in the halls of power but Labour will always see him as a weak spot.
Fellow cabinet member Jennie Dallimore, Mr James’ right-hand woman as deputy leader, is also going to be challenged at the ballot box - by her friend Garry Mills, a Labour heavyweight.
Then there’s Labour.
Could leader Kate Haigh find her leadership challenged this year?
Perhaps mayor Chris Chatterton might throw his name into the hat? By next May he will have been to 900 public engagements and won the affections of hundreds of people across the city. He will have transformed himself from a resistant back-bencher to a self-styled leader.
Whatever happens in May, the chances are that the face of politics in Gloucester could look quite different and what that means for Gloucester’s regeneration is another story.