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Still learning

We're planning a sabbatical next year and doing a three-month cycle tour from Dallas to Vancouver.

Kindred spirit

Our funding is year to year - we don't know what grant we're going to get next year. We find out two months before the end of the year.

A different relationship

They're not there to manage me - they're there to make sure we realise the administration's goals on behalf of the whole borough.

The big aim

You have to remember when you're doing development that user satisfaction is the big aim.

Local context

We want design firms, particularly, that are more representative of local populations and with a strong commitment to social value.

Scale of change

We're trying to lift the surrounding wards out of the top 10% in deprivation - to really address poverty and health inequalities and skills.

Move beyond traditional

The most immediate thing is making sure adjacency issues for industrial land and our residents are managed well, and we can get better at doing it.

Open spaces

Once you're halfway through you think: "You might as well keep going".

Dig deep

It's really important to being an activist, knowing you may never have the opportunity to run for a position of authority.

Why wouldn’t we?

There were five finallists and officers said afterwards: “We could pick any of these for any of our smaller sites".