• Around one quarter of candidates hopeful of a seat on East Devon District Council have put their names to a pledge, which prioritises the wishes of local residents. Thirty candidates have so far signed up to the pledge, which relates in large part to protecting valuable countryside and representing constituents’ views. The election hopefuls come from all over East Devon, from Axminster in the [...]

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    The facility was removed as a cost-cutting exercise and together with the introduction of charges for disposal of certain items at the Civic Amenity Recycling Centre at Woods Farm, Bowd, also from the beginning of April, I fear that this will lead to an increase in fly-tipping.  It has already happened in West Hill at Ash Hill Woods.  Police confirm that these are the first instances of [...]

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    A developer wants to build 38 homes, including five storey flats and underground parking on a two and a half acre field, which is outside the village’s development boundary. There are a series of solid reasons for refusing the application, including: • The land is outside the development boundary and an approval could create a precedent • The design is out of keeping with West Hill • [...]

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    Under the text relating to Sara Randall Johnson, the last paragraph emphasises that the Conservatives will ‘continue to campaign on your behalf and stop over development.’ This comment is so bizarre that I have had to read it several times on the assumption I had not understood it! The thing is the plans for over-development were EDDC CONSERVATIVE PLANS!  And what does [...]

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    Planning officers and some councillors appear to have taken it upon themselves to change this core remit of East Devon District Council.  And worryingly, under the Freedom Of Information Act — can provide no paperwork on any aspect of the issue. And East Devon District Council has also admitted that no committee ever approved this decision. Moving away from protecting the countryside — [...]

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    Although this was a technically a county council issue, residents and the parish council had not had any information from their county councillor, Christine Channon on the state of play.  I was incredulous that a village with only one bus a day should get the service removed completely. I got in touch with Devon County Council to check what the situation was.  Their transport [...]

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    The children waited patiently behind a rope at the park’s entrance until West Hill’s county councillor, Roger Giles led a very noisy countdown from 10 before the rope was dropped and they took off - very fast! Within seconds around 40 children were swarming all over the treehouse, leaping onto swings and running up and down the little hills.  Toddlers were exploring the willow [...]

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    Sara Randall Johnson claims that West Hill didn’t exist when she was a child and that a balance is needed in terms of development. What she doesn’t say is whether she is going to fight for dramatically less development in East Devon and the restoration of countryside protections so casually tossed aside by EDDC, if she is re-elected in May.  I see that East Devon Conservatives [...]

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