2. There have been some grimly amusing postmortems of the Yes To AV campaign e.g. http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/anthony-barnett/av-debacle-waste-of-nearly-%C2%A32m-and-rowntree-reform-trust" (Best quote, if you are easily amused like wot I am 'Evil triumphs when the good are led by incompetent halfwits'. The thing I am most reminded of is the great 'News On Sunday' debacle. (see here ). Apparently there was a book about it, I have ordered a copy for the weasel library of failology.
3. Empty shop count: North Parade, 2. Little Trendy Street, 4. Gloucester Green, 5.
4. I haven't forgotten I haven't written up more details of the other 7 books in my list of 10.