Monthly Archives: March 2014

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EDDC committee will protest about “planning bribes”

By |2014-03-30T21:42:00+00:00March 30th, 2014|News|

EDDC’s scrutiny committee was asked, at its meeting on Thursday (27 March), to contact the Local Government Association (LGA) to protest about bully boy tactics threatened by chancellor, George Osborne, designed to ensure more planning approvals.

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Sir Simon Jenkins: ‘We are creating Detroits in the north while we are eating up the countryside’

By |2014-03-29T07:34:00+00:00March 29th, 2014|News|

The chairman of the National Trust says the Coalition’s planning policy has left villages throughout the nation traumatised. Here’s the story in today’s Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/hands-off-our-land/10730591/Sir-Simon-Jenkins-We-are-creating-Detroits-in-the-north-while-we-are-eating-up-the-countryside.html

An accurate and articulate analysis of what is going on right here in East Devon.  I have highlighted a few paragraphs that resonated with me…............................................................

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Govt sneaky plans to abolish councils duty to consult could breach international rules

By |2014-03-27T15:55:00+00:00March 27th, 2014|News|

The deregulation bill’s insidious plans to remove councils’ duty to consult is proving to be a difficult area to research. I have though found this parliamentary paper which gives slightly more detail - link here on page 78 and pasted below -  http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/RP14-6.pdf

If anyone knows any more about this bill, please get in touch, it needs properly airing. Thanks

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Potential fallout for rest of East Devon as planning cttee approves 350 houses outside local plan

By |2014-03-25T21:05:00+00:00March 25th, 2014|News|

There could be fallout for the rest of East Devon after councillors on EDDC’s planning committee approved 350 houses today, on land that was not set out in the adopted local plan, nor listed in the new draft local plan.

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Ottery St Mary Town Council’s trial of Roger Giles - EDDC monitoring officer verdict is published

By |2014-03-25T16:58:00+00:00March 25th, 2014|News|

EDDC has published its monitoring officer’s verdict of the explosive meeting on Monday 2 December, where some Ottery St Mary Town councillors behaved appallingly by putting Roger Giles on trial, for supposedly disclosing confidential information.

Here’s the link to what happened on the evening of 2 December - https://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/ottery_town_council_subjects_giles_to_show_trial

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Punch Taverns agrees to sell Red Lion pub to Sidbury campaigners

By |2014-03-22T19:08:00+00:00March 22nd, 2014|News|

A massive congratulations to the Sidbury Red Lion pub campaigners who have successfully persuaded Punch Taverns to sell them the Red Lion pub!

But it’s not over yet…. now the fundraising begins….

The campaigners’ press release is below:

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38 Degrees presents to MPs … some seem to be more willing than others to listen!

By |2014-03-21T19:51:00+00:00March 21st, 2014|News|

You’ll find a phrase or two in here that reminds you of some of the views and behaviours commonly seen and heard down at the Knowle!

I have watched the entire session online - see link below and it was riveting. I would advise all councillors and MPs to watch it. I was very disappointed with several of the MPs in the committee who didn’t seem to want to hear the hard but necessary messages and were extremely defensive.  Luckily, David Babbs was an absolute star and appropriately assertive.

Below is the email I just received from the excellent 38 Degrees .............................................................................................................................

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