Reading the EDDC standards committee agenda papers for next Wednesday I am pondering about whether the “gagging clause” has been removed from the draft social media policy, as I requested at the last full council meeting in July.
Three motions will be debated at Thursday’s Devon County Council meeting, one seconded by me.
The motions cover: The national planning policy framework, fuel poverty and zero hours contracts.
EDDC overview and scrutiny councillors on Thursday evening, voted to delay a decision on removing the blanket confidentiality on early planning application advice.
East Devon residents are to be consulted on reductions to services that must be made, following the news of a gaping hole in EDDC’s budgets because of government funding cuts.
The costs of being buried in East Devon are to soar, if recommendations made by last night’s overview and scrutiny committee, are rubber-stamped by EDDC’s full council next month.
A report that EDDC officers had deemed confidential - see here https://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/rules_checked_after_graham_brown_row/ - will now be made public, following discussions at the audit and governance meeting yesterday.
My bid at last night’s overview and scrutiny meeting to schedule EDDC’s increasingly controversial office move for examination by the committee next month, failed on the grounds that there were full agendas for the next few months.
The Express & Echo has webbed the following story ... http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Rules-checked-Graham-Brown-row/story-19838981-detail/story.html .
It is inconceivable that the auditors’ report could remain confidential. I have asked for a copy ...
An interesting article has appeared on Sidmouth Independent News this evening, relating to the new (well a year old now) standards regime and its sanctions.
EDDC’s external auditors are to look into concerns over conflicts of interest relating to former disgraced Cllr Graham Brown and the role of the economic development officer, it has emerged.
East Devon District Council is facing a hole in its budgets of almost £4m over the next five years, with a shortfall of almost £2m in the next financial year, starting April 2014.