• Residents, most expected to be equipped with placards bearing suitable slogans, will meet at the eastern end of the seafront, near the lifeboat station. I will see you there rain or shine!

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    East Devon District Council has registered an application by Prockter Land LLP. The developer has applied to build 185 dwellings, on land between The King’s School and Strawberry Lane.  Unusually, the developer has also submitted an application for a second option of 165 dwellings plus a residential care home.  Residents have 21 days to lodge their comments. They can do this by [...]

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    From: Peter Crawford Sent: 31 October 2012 12:28 Subject: RE: Feniton development - Station Rd No, Mr xxx, what is unfortunate is that you and the other objectors chose to spend 9 months fighting a perfectly valid application rather than engaging with us at the appropriate time to fully understand the application and what was on offer. May I respectfully suggest that this is a lesson learned [...]

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    Nine councillors from East Devon District Council and Ottery St Mary Town Council, signed up for the event, which involved students firing questions at us.  It was a fast and furious event, which allowed just three minutes spent at each table, before councillors moved on to the next group for the next grilling, as a claxon sounded. Councillors David Cox, Christine Drew, Martin Gammell, Roger[...]

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    Residents of Alfington, Tipton St John and West Hill are expected to fill Ottery Football Club, to hear councillors debate where housing should be built, based on the results of a questionnaire-based consultation. Survey forms from Alfington and Tipton St John are all now with Ottery Town Council and are being assessed by a statistician, with the deadline for West Hill’s questionnaires to be[...]

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    Cllr Ian Thomas has circulated a message to all councillors this evening, confirming that speakers could be heard clearly, with the only ambiguity being identifying precisely who was speaking. But Cllr Thomas proposes that this could be overcome by the committee chairman first stating the name of the person that they have called to speak. In his message he confirms:  “I envisage that [...]

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    Although the Home Builder’s Federation is welcoming the move, two major construction firms are already sounding baffled about why the government would think this was a good idea, when the reason they were established in the first place, was to ensure people’s safety and good design.  The fact that this government is happy to put this at risk is a damning indictment of its [...]

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    - the council leader was stumped by unexpected questions from the committee chairman - tempers flared over a report on car parking - an embarrassing trouserless moment occurred - a fit of uncontrollable giggles took place. as a result - another unnecessary declaration of interest was made … all to a very hissy recording of the meeting.  And there was a peaceful resolution to a row [...]

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    The programme carried interviews with a distraught Kelly herself, who now faces the possibility of prosecution, me, mayor of Ottery, Cllr Glyn Dobson and her agent, John Watts. We all spoke in support of Kelly.  East Devon District Council issued a statement but declined to put anyone up for interview. You can listen to the programme HERE, for the next seven days. East Devon District [...]

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    The Aylesbeare Inn, is to be auctioned off in London next week and a member of staff from the company dealing with its sale, The Auction House, told me this morning that it ‘would be delivered empty’ and not sold as a going concern. However, giving residents a glimmer of hope, he added that interest was a ‘mixed bag’, with enquiries from both developers AND from people [...]

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    Over the last few months East Devon District Council has become aware of a rumour that a large percentage of affordable homes at Cranbrook have been allocated to councils in other areas of the country, so they can move their undesirable tenants to Devon. We totally appreciate that this rumour could cause concern but we can categorically say that this rumour is untrue and unfounded. Indeed we [...]

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    Residents signed up for the committee at a public meeting held at The Kings School, on 18 October, chaired by teacher, Jo Elliott.  The meeting, to talk through what needed to take place to construct the cycleway, was attended by around 70 residents, keen to find out what was involved. Prior to the meeting, myself and Cllr Roger Giles were inundated with messages of support from residents, [...]

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    Kelly, a Tipton resident, had her planning approval for a tiny log cabin snatched away from her last week, by EDDC’s planning committee. The bizarre decision ran directly contrary to a decision made by the same planning committee in August.  Reporter, Sophie Pierce, came out to visit Kelly this morning and interviewed both of us.  Sophie also took some photos, which will be [...]

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    A Westcountry council has submitted fresh plans to its own planning committee to move away from its former headquarters and sell off the surrounding parkland for housing and a care home. East Devon District Council (EDDC) wants to relocate from the Knowle in Sidmouth to Honiton, shedding 33 jobs in the process and forcing around 80 workers into a 20-mile round trip to new purpose-built offices. [...]

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