Sunday, 20 November 2011
Well, it's been a busy weekend - after a busy week - and I'm shattered. I'm also quite excited too, however. You see - as well as cocktails and live music - I've spent this weekend working with one of our local communities to help work out a town masterplan and a community action plan.
We're using a Charrette process to do that and it has been really full on. It means lots of intense discussions, ideas, debates, arguments, opportunities, and lots and lots of hard work. So far we're 2/5 of the way through. The team have another 3 days to pull together all the ideas and issues that have been raised so far. Then on Wednesday, the team leave and it's over to all of us to deliver the plan.
There have been some really great ideas so far, and some really knotty issues to deal with. Some of them we were already aware of, others we weren't. Some of the suggestions are things we've been looking at for a while, others were new. We're all hoping that the design team we're working with will be able to turn it all round and give us a fresh perspective and some innovative solutions, plus some very clear things we can start work on right away.
Meantime, I'm off to enjoy what's left of my weekend - a glass of wine, the couch and last night's Strictly Come Dancing will do me nicely thank you very much...