Tonight was Launceston Town Council's monthly meeting and as usual I went along to give a report about what Cornwall Council is doing.
There was some good news - the decision to approve compulsory purchase powers to ensure the Kensey Trail gets built - some bad news - the continued failure of the Council to get parking machines working properly and some interesting opportunity for the future - a presentation by the people in charge of the superfast broadband programme about what is happening in Launceston.
Apart from broadband (which is a great scheme), the most interesting discussion was about the Government's Localism Bill (stay with me please). This will give far more powers to local town and parish councils and, through them, to ordinary voters. There are some opportunities - such as the chance for local people to be at the heart of deciding what will happen to their community. There are also some risks - such as that big multinationals will abuse the power for local communities to take control of local services and grab them for themselves.