Rubbish and tipping is a prime issue for an ultra local site. It is a simple information problem ‐ if you know where the litter is and can tell people, especially the council, it will usually get cleared up. This was a basis for starting my … [Read more...] about Down in the dumps – litter a classic ultra local problem
This website on the famous Saltaire is a beautiful ultra local site. It was so comprehensive that I thought it might have been done by an agency for the tourist board so I asked Pamela the webmaster to tell the story: I moved to Saltaire in 2003 … [Read more...] about Saltaire online – what would Sir Titus Salt have made of this?
People want to read about crime - mainly to be reassured it won't happen to them. Every Council ward in England and Wales should now have a Safer Neighbourhoods Team and a Panel that gives the team direction. This is a return to the old school … [Read more...] about Crime and Safer Neighbourhood Teams or Panels
Digbeth is good tickled my fancy - an irreverent, cheerful, colourful site that perhaps confounds the expectations. Digbeth is (or was) spiritual home to Birds custard, Typhoo Tea and a lot of manufacturing, prior to the 1980s but now undergoing … [Read more...] about Digbeth is good, keep Digbeth vibrant….
I started this blog because i am passionate about the potential of ultra local publishing to empower and build communities. In August i put together some slides that made a more or less coherent pitch. And after much cursing at Slideshare (and the … [Read more...] about Listen to us – taking ultra local voice national
Although I live now in London's Kings Cross i spent 18 years in remote countryside so I was delighted to find this gem of a rural community site after a tip from Simon Berry. Parwich.org is community run site for four villages. unusually it has a … [Read more...] about Parwich.org – great rural community site in Derbyshire