Serious concern has been expressed by Ottery St Mary Town Council over the implications of a lack of sports provision at Cranbrook.
The East Devon District Council conservative group has squashed a bid to send a protest letter to the Government over the new and undemocratic standards regime, which comes into force on Monday (2 July).
West Hill residents interested in local issues will have the opportunity of attending Ottery St Mary Town Council’s full monthly meeting on Monday (2 July).
There are three main areas of serious concern that the Environment Agency (EA) has identified in relation to a proposal to quarry at Straitgate Farm, between West Hill and Ottery St Mary.
I fired off the email below to the portfolio holder for communications, Cllr Ian Thomas, after I had set aside the next couple of hours to trawl through all the planning applications waiting for my attention in my inbox - and finding the EDDC system down - yet again!
The government has introduced sweeping changes to the way complaints about councillors are dealt with in councils, which in East Devon, is likely to hand power to the ruling conservative group.
I have copied and pasted below, my letter of concern to the EDDC planning team over the length of time that is being given to an applicant who wishes to build an industrial pig unit at Venn Ottery, the size of three football pitches.
The land is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is of the highest quality for food production - grades 1 and 3.
A major new national report has found that despite their critical importance to the health of our high streets, local economies and much loved landscapes, local food networks are under-recognised and poorly supported.
East Devon District Council’s Development Management Committee has given the green light for 15 houses (two thirds affordable) to be built on a prominent field at Tipton St John, outside the built-up area boundary.
From Cllr Roger Giles:
The case against Straitgate has two strands. One is its total unsuitability – which has been clearly demonstrated, particularly by the Environment Agency letter of 30 April 2012, and Natural England`s letter of 7 May 2012.
The formal decision notice from the Standards Committee hearing on 25 May over Cllr Mike Allen’s misconduct, was published today on East Devon District Council’s website.
East Devon District Council’s scrutiny committee unanimously backed a suspiciously Watery Recommendation this evening, which could pave the way for meetings held in public, to be recorded.