I started this blog in March 2011, just prior to the EDDC elections. The posts were irregular at first but gradually, I got used to communicating with people in this way and now I have come to view my blog as not only an important way of communicating with residents who want to know what is going on in the world of local councils, but it is also a very effective way of letting off steam!

I attend some frustrating meetings where I know that I “win the argument but lose the vote” – often because party politics plays a large part in decision-making, initiatives and proposals, motions calling on action for one thing or another – to know that you are speaking common sense but don’t get anywhere because it isn’t politically expedient, can be very annoying…. and of course, the media do not have the resources to be at every meeting.

But I have my blog, which enables me to get it all off my chest and at the same time, let people know what is going on in meetings and how decisions are made, without having to rely on the dry minutes, which of course, only record bland statements, not the rather outrageous or rude remarks that are often made!

I meet many people who tell me that they rely on my blog for news and to find out what’s going on in East Devon and the hits tend to support this, with around 15,000-20,000 hits a week – sometimes more, which I have been getting steadily for around 18 months now. The feedback from residents is immensely rewarding and I try and update my blog most days so it is fresh and interesting for people. This is not always possible, but there is usually something to say!

I particularly value the comments I receive and this is great for me to know what your views are about any given issue. So I would urge anyone reading the blog who has a view on a post, to submit a comment. The comments system can be a bit unreliable and some seem to disappear into the ether without reaching me, so the best thing to do is to copy and save the post before you submit it, just in case it is lost.

I hope that I will continue to keep you all informed and entertained for many years to come, I certainly enjoy writing about my experiences and keeping you all updated about what is really going on in those meetings!  And please keep those comments coming!