Pleasley Hill exposure on the web.

Among the reasons we decided to set up this blog was not only that it would give our community members an open place to comment and discuss, but also so that people out side of Pleasley Hill could see what is happening in our area. This is why we chose to name the blog the Plight of Pleasley Hill.

Over and over we hear politicians and officials talking about how important organising communities is. There are all sorts of initiatives and schemes in place to help development on a local level (such as UN agenda 21 ). But it is not only governments and officials that promote this line. All across the internet their are blogs and news sites that also promote these ideas, often for different reasons. There are many articles detailing the need to engage communities in fair inclusive ways,  just as we are doing now.

Here on the blog we have of course promoted the idea of developing a strong, sustainable community in our area, and this has not gone unnoticed by independent news sites out there on the net.  First we were picked up by a site called Theleftluggage who ran an article about our community building, and then by the Wardman Wire.

Following these articles, I was contacted about doing an interview for the wardman wire, discussing what we are doing and what we have planned. So on Sunday, I was phoned by Matt Wardman, of the Wardman Wire, and I’m please to say that this interview is now online.

Read the full post:
Ultra-local community renewal. Interview with Mark Jones, of Pleasley Hill Plight. Politalks Podcast


2 Responses to “Pleasley Hill exposure on the web.”

  1. 1 Paul B
    July 30, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Mark/all, congratulations on the initiative and the work that you are doing. I enjoyed the on- line interview very much.

    The reality that we face where you live and where I live (in South London) is that mainstream political parties have completely abandoned community engagement at the same time as abandoning the people who live in them.

    It is up to us to change this and you are not alone in being prepared to work hard to build and/or strenghten social and cultural links in working class communities.

    I wish you good luck with important work you are doing.


  2. July 31, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Thanks Paul,

    I’m hardly qualified to say, but it does seem that this is the situation all over the country. Political decision makers seem so far removed from the ordinary people of our communities, that it’s no wonder people feel abandoned by them. Even at a local level, non of our councillors live in our area.

    Our local MP for example (Alan Meal) always seems very pro business. And while I understand that business provides employment and many other benefits to people, what seems to be wrong is that the interests of a business can be considered more important that the needs of a group of people. This to me is the single biggest problem that all others seem to stem from. In my mind we need to consider social issues above all others.

    And you are absolutely correct. It is us the people that must change this. No one else can. And we have the freedom to do so. Councils seem bogged down in red take and procedure, but a loose group of people can react much faster, and because the issues directly effect them, they are inclined to get involved.

    I hope that by making public what we are doing where we live, we can inspire others to take up similar projects in their own neighbourhoods.

    Thanks for you words of support!


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