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Great evenings out in Leicester!

5th October, 2011

This week I have not had to get up at the crack of dawn. Much as I enjoy doing radio interviews, three slots before 7am in a short time have not led to a desire to become an early morning presenter on Radio Leicester! I… Read full article

Questions

Asking Questions makes a difference

5th October, 2011

Questions about this years budget at the scrutiny meeting on the 1st August caused looks of consternation from the mayor and deputy. Every question we asked revealed a growing problem with delivering the savings that were agreed in February. We discovered that this added up… Read full article

Ross Willmott

Scrutiny news

26th September, 2011

Last Thursday was the third meeting of the Overview Select Committee and here is a brief digest. The committee spent most of the time examining the council’s accommodation strategy: or what shall we do with New Walk Centre? We were presented with much the same… Read full article

Ross Willmott

Great Art Exhibition

20th September, 2011

I attended the opening of the Leicestershire Society of Botanical Illustrators exhibition on Friday 17th. I had first seen some of the work at the Art House open weekend where artists throw open their houses so that you can view their work. If you can… Read full article

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9/11 Remembrance

10th September, 2011

I remember 9/11 well for I had been in the World Trade Centre at Easter just before the suicide attacks in the Autumn. I had wanted to ascend the Empire State Building but there was a 4 hour queue. My impatience led me to the… Read full article

Artists impression of New Walk gallery

Art Gallery ‘head to head’ with Elected Mayor

8th September, 2011

Radio Leicester ran an enjoyable head to head (about 2.25 in) between me and Peter Soulsby on their breakfast programme this morning about the replacement for the City Gallery. This was followed by an interesting phone in. I have been campaigning for 2 years to… Read full article

Ross Willmott

Further news from Scrutiny……

7th September, 2011

Cllr Sue Waddington reported a successful first meeting of the Employment Scrutiny Commission enquiring into the future of teaching English as a second language. We looked at two major projects affecting the city, never before scrutinised, as we wanted to learn from them. We discussed… Read full article

Ross Willmott

Are CURVE, The Depot, Highcross, Phoenix Square, Braunstone Leisure Centre and a new gallery vanity projects?

5th September, 2011

I have heard all of the above described from time to time as vanity projects. Usually by the same people who are critical of any improvement they don’t like or perhaps are envious as they weren’t involved in creating them. So what is a vanity… Read full article

Ross Willmott

“Its scrutiny, Mayor, but not as we know it”

4th September, 2011

Interesting events at the second meeting of the Overview Select Committee? On behalf of the committee I had asked Cllr Veejay Patel to attend to explain why he agreed to the redundancy of Chief Finance back in April and to comment on the scrapped Myplace… Read full article

Ross Willmott

Scrutiny gets off to a good start

2nd August, 2011

The first scrutiny meeting under the new system got underway last night. Kicking of reviews of the potential closure of elderly persons homes, the future of teaching English as a second language (ESOL) in the city, and the 0-19 review of education which is set… Read full article

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