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Please complete my survey to help focus my parliamentary manifesto… !

Friday, 10 May 2013 15 Comments by Claire

A survey to help focus my parliamentary manifesto

EDDC to “learn lessons” from conflicted relationship but subject of planning is still off limits

Friday, 23 January 2015 2 Comments by Claire

The Business task group, which was suspended in 2013 by EDDC’s monitoring officer, will be resurrected and will “learn lessons” from the former relationship between East Devon District Council and East Devon Business Forum (EDBF).

Chief Exec: EDDC planning cttee must determine its own application to redevelop Knowle

Friday, 23 January 2015 5 Comments by Claire

There is no legal provision for the planning application to redevelop the Knowle to be determined by another planning authority, EDDC’s chief executive informed councillors on the overview and scrutiny committee last night.

EDDC officer: “Personal agendas” on task groups have damaged scrutiny function

Friday, 23 January 2015 4 Comments by Claire

“Hijacking” the Business task group and the Tree task group and “pursuing personal agendas” may have damaged the council’s reputation, an EDDC officer told last night’s overview and scrutiny committee.

Changes proposed for East Devon Council task forums to avoid risk of “hijack” by councillors

Thursday, 22 January 2015 1 Comment by Claire

Councillors on EDDC’s overview and scrutiny committee this evening will discuss changes proposed to task and finish forums, which would apparently reduce the risk of councillors “hijacking” the agenda…. and “damaging the reputation of the council.”

The battle to protect trees and nature: My talk to the Sidmouth branch of the National Trust

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 1 Comment by Claire

I was delighted to speak to members of the Sidmouth branch of the National Trust yesterday, at the Manor Pavilion Theatre.

It was a great event, with over 60 people present and lots of interested questions afterwards, particularly about planting trees and sowing more wildflowers on verges…...................

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