• Tom Corcoran of Mallocks Close, who is a regular attendee of EDDC meetings, told me that the letters took him just 10 minutes to cut. He said he let the grass grow a bit and then cut out the letters, starting with the “i” with his small rotary lawnmower. Tom put the skill and speed down to many years as an engineer and having to work quickly and precisely. I am bowled over that someone[...]

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    Pasted below is the BBC news story, with the link here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22335520 ...................................................................................................................... The European Commission will restrict the use of pesticides linked to bee deaths by researchers, despite a split among EU states on the issue. There is great concern across [...]

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    Beekeepers have hit out at David Cameron, the Prime Minister, for falsely claiming to be life patron of a beekeeping club and failing to ban pesticides blamed for killing the pollinators. In Prime Minister’s Questions last week Mr Cameron claimed to be life patron of the Oxfordshire Beekeepers’ Association. But although he was president for five years and took a keen interest in bees – [...]

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    17 Devon County Council candidates bidding for East Devon seats have signed up to the pledge, including high profile Sidmouth conservative, Stuart Hughes, as well as five greens, three UKIP, one libdem, one labour and five independent candidates. For more information - click here - http://sidmouthindependentnews.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/whos-signed-eda-charter/

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    http://www.planningresource.co.uk/news/1179678/government-announces-judicial-review-changes/ The government is to push ahead with proposals to reduce the time limit for applying for judicial review of planning decisions, despite an overwhelmingly negative response to a consultation on the plans. The government published a consultation on its proposals to reform the judicial review process in [...]

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    Europe is on the brink of a landmark ban on the world’s most widely used insecticides, which have increasingly been linked to serious declines in bee numbers. Despite intense secret lobbying by British ministers and chemical companies against the ban, revealed in documents obtained by the Observer, a vote in Brussels on Monday is expected to lead to the suspension of the nerve agents. Bees [...]

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    http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/dccelection2013 There is also a by-election on the same day, in the EDDC ward of Feniton and Buckerell, following Graham Brown’s resignation.

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    Here’s the message from Greenpeace: ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... It’s time to swarm. Bees are dying in record numbers. And yet on Monday, our government plans to side with the chemical industry and block a European [...]

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    The swansong motion, which will be debated at DCC’s full council meeting tomorrow, is typical of the work that Roger has been doing on both EDDC and DCC over the years - trying to protect the area from over-development and help protect our lovely environment - a big issue for many residents. The full motion is below: Strategic planning is a vitally important function for Devon County Council[...]

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    Earlier this month, the Office of National Statistics published its most up-to-date housing projections for each area, based on the 2011 census.  The report shows that a considerable reduction in housing, should be applied to most areas, including East Devon. The statistics align with the East Devon Campaign to Protect Rural England’s own estimations back in January, which also [...]

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    A government proposal to allow neighbours to object to plans by homeowners to build extensions under increased permitted development rights has been approved by MPs. A measure in the Growth and Infrastructure Bill extends permitted development rights to allow single-storey extensions of up to eight metres. An amendment to the Bill, to require neighbour consultation on such extensions, was [...]

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    Over the last few days in Devon, Cornwall and Dorset, over a thousand stricken seabirds including guillemots, puffins and razorbills have been washed up on our shores, dead or dying. The culprit: a substance called Polyisobutene (PIB) which covers these precious seabirds in a toxic glue. [1] Currently, it’s legal to dump PIB at sea. But a simple change to maritime law could change that and help [...]

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    The proposal, which is likely to be quickly followed by a planning application, will be a revised version of a scheme for 50 houses, that was rejected and later dismissed at appeal in 2011. Last autumn, West Hill residents gave their views on where housing should be built in the village under EDDC’s Local Plan until 2026.  The land next to Eastfield was listed as one of the possible [...]

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    The programme starts at 6.30am tomorrow morning (Thursday). I am not being interviewed due to election purdah rules.

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