The Commons Culture Media and Sports Committee on which I sit is currently doing an inquiry into the balance of arts funding in England. This was prompted by a number of recent independent reports showing that both Government and lottery support for the arts and culture is skewed massively in favour of London and that regions like the South West lose out.
The failure this year by Devon County Council to control Exeter’s weeds has been bad enough, but the proposal from them to do nothing at all next year beggars belief. Exeter City Council is facing equally serious budgetary constraints, yet it manages to do a decent job on street cleaning, parks and its other responsibilities. But the image of the city is completely let down if the county fails in its duty on weed control.