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If where you live matters, join the #WEbuildourfuture conversation

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A big conversation is happening around Bristol that could shape local housing and transport for decades to come.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been working with colleagues to get ready for a major consultation which could map where thousands of new homes are built across the West of England over the next 20 years.

The phrase ‘West of England Joint Spatial Plan and Transport Study‘ won’t set pulses racing. But the issues it covers should interest anyone who has views about where they live, how they get to work or school or whether they will be able to keep a roof over the heads in future.

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Links I like 11.09.19

How to fix council news – Adrian Short
Council comms teams are not the only group who should read this well-reasoned, and quite scathing, critique of news sections on websites. His points about the packaging of press releases as ‘news’ (guilty!), bad use of quotes and a focus on subjects that don’t interest ordinary people apply to many more sectors than just local authorities. Some councils are also doing some good work in this area. Anyone who wants a bit more on this subject could also try Short’s 12 commandments for council news.

Jury’s out on eviction talk

I was interested to read that my former local council in Bury has become the latest landlord to promise to evict any tenant found guilty of offences connected with the riots last week.

This follows similar pledges from councils in Wandsworth, Manchester, Salford, Nottingham and others in the days following the disturbances, which have seen more than 1,500 arrests in a little over a week.  

The calls seem to chime with popular sentiment, with more than 100,000 people having signed a petition calling for rioters to lose their benefits. This e-petition has been referred to a parliamentary committee, which will decide if the idea will be debated in the House of Commons by MPs.

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Links I like 11.07.25

Press relations as a PR practice – a diversity trap for practitioners – David Phillips
Phillips provides a depressing overview of the PR industry, and criticises it for being too reliant on media relations at a time when the print industry is sliding away, apparently depressing incomes and opportunities as a result. I agree with much of its main premise; there are too many chasing an ever-decreasing number of newsprint opportunities at a time when many meaningful conversations are happening elsewhere. Ultimately, we must adapt to this reality or die. But is it a surprise that so many of us (more than 80% of respondents to one survey) say media relations is part of our role (on top of everything else)? We are PR people, after all. I was depressed by what Phillips has to say about incomes though.

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