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Residents in St David’s were appalled at the state of the steps leading down from Queen Street, next to the Co-Op in the city centre. Cllr Luke Sills organised a clean-up morning for volunteer residents to work with Exeter City Council street cleaning staff to tidy the steps up. In just over one hour, the volunteers had accumulated several bin bags of rubbish and overgrown plants/weeds and almost filled the back of a waste disposal van! The result is fantastic, and we hope residents in the city centre can see the marked improvement in the state of these popular public steps. Owners of the Jubilee Court estate, Westwood Housing, have also promised to clean away the graffiti that remains around the steps, and to monitor more closely the maintenance of the steps and the surrounding areas. Our thanks to John and the Deep Clean Team at the City Council, and to the resident volunteers who gave up their morning to help. Let’s hope our community keep the stairs looking so pristine! 

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Cllr Luke Sills Helps with the Clean up of Queen Street steps

Residents in St David’s were appalled at the state of the steps leading down from Queen Street, next to the Co-Op in the city centre. Cllr Luke Sills organised a...

My name is Sam Campling and I’m a 16-year-old political activist and aspiring political journalist. I got into canvassing with Exeter Labour Party, after me and a friend decided to come along one day and see what we could do for our local CLP. We soon discovered the most welcoming and affable environment. Canvassing with Ben Bradshaw and the team is highly rewarding and I couldn’t recommend it enough to other people, interested in politics and supporters of the Labour Party.

The interview with Ben is the first of many to come. During the week commencing 14th November, I will be in Westminster completing work experience in Ben’s office. I have managed to book interviews with various Members of Parliament including Alex Salmond, Dennis Skinner and John McDonnell. 

I wholeheartedly suggest canvassing as a form of gratifying political participation to help local residents and your local Labour Party. If you do want to get involved click here to check out our events page. Do feel free to come along to canvassing even if you are not experienced, expert training is offered. You are also more than welcome to come along with friends to our fundraising and social events.

Why I love Campaigning With Exeter Labour and my Interview with Ben Bradshaw MP

Last week, a meeting took place to try and address issues that face communities surrounding the University, and its growing number of students. Cllr Luke Sills convened a meeting with the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sir Steve Smith, along with local Cllrs Dan Gottschalk, Keith Owen and Jill Owen. Also present where the respective community group leaders from St David’s and St James and Rory Cunningham, the University’s Community Liaison Officer.

The meeting was very productive and each party had the opportunity to put forward their concerns regarding the Universities planned expansion, and the implications that has on residents of Exeter. The Vice-Chancellor was able to reassure communities that planned future expansion of the University is very minimal and that the University is always prepared to work with the Exeter City Council and local community groups to try and resolve issues that arise as a result of students living in the city. Steve Smith was asked about how both the council and university could work together to find a solution to domestic issues, such as bin collection and waste, transient noise levels and concerns over student parking in residential areas. We are currently working on strategies to help rectify these growing concerns and will keep residents updated with our progress. The community groups and ward councillors that attended were very pleased to have met with the University’s senior team and look forward to a discussion again in the future about these issues.

 

A reminder to residents – useful university contacts:

Estate Patrol: deal with matters of security and safety and provide a 24-hour presence on-campus. 01392 723999, or email: e.patrol@exeter.ac.uk

StreetWise Helpline: for highlighting community issues direct to the University phone: 01392 726252, or email: streetwise@exeter.ac.uk

 

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Labour Councillors meet with Sir Steve Smith at Exeter University

Last week, a meeting took place to try and address issues that face communities surrounding the University, and its growing number of students. Cllr Luke Sills convened a meeting with...

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