As part of our United Kingdom of Solutions focus, we meet deputy mayor and deputy chair of Buckfastleigh town council, Pam Barrett. The south Devon town’s ‘indie council’ aims to prove that local democracy doesn’t have to be boring, archaic or ineffectual

“I always say to people, if you’re going to wait for your district council, county council or the national government to sort out the social issues in your town, you’re going to be waiting an awfully long time.”
Pam Barrett, deputy mayor and deputy chair of Buckfastleigh town council, speaks from experience. The south Devon town, which has a population of 3,300 and a high rate of social exclusion, was pretty beleaguered before 2015. A carpet factory and major local employer had closed, bus services had been stripped…



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