In the last four very rewarding years that I have been a councillor serving on East Devon District Council (and from 2013 Devon County Council) I have been contacted by many residents.
Plans to dramatically restrict public speaking at planning committee meetings will go before EDDC’s cabinet next Wednesday (4 June).
Sidmouth campaigners who are opposing EDDC’s office relocation and development on the grounds of the Knowle, appear to have put the brakes on the project.
EDDC has appealed against the Information Commissioner’s ruling that the council publishes the full unredacted buildings survey reports from Davis Langdon, which gives information about the state of the buildings. An issue long contested by residents, who are sceptical about how delapidated the buildings are.
Shocking article below, in today’s Guardian…... http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/26/robins-badgers-buzzards-tory-kill-list
Anyone watching the coverage of the European elections last night on the BBC couldn’t help but be struck by the seismic shift to the right.
I watched riveted, as the graphs showed the country slowly turn purple, with the libdems appearing to pay the price for people’s disaffection with major party politics. There is now only one libdem MEP in the country.
The conservatives were pushed into third place in many areas.
Across Europe, the shock result was in France, with the dramatic and massive success of the far right party - Front National - which polled a remarkable 25 per cent of votes. There appears to be a move to the centre right, across most of the remainder of Europe.
Myself and Cllr Susie Bond attended a meeting at Gittisham last Wednesday evening, called by Gittisham Parish Council, to discuss a way forward following the approval of 300 houses between Gittisham and Honiton, by EDDC’s planning inspections committee last month.
Susie is the East Devon district councillor for Gittisham and I am the Devon county councillor and at the meeting we outlined our views of the process and outcome of the decision. Here’s her report of the meeting….. https://susiebond.wordpress.com/
OK, after giving a wishy washily suspicious quote to the Independent yesterday, now DEFRA is denying it plans to harm our beavers…...
So what are their intentions then? I am endeavouring to find out more….
Below is the email I have sent to Hugo Swire, asking for his support over a possible DEFRA move to cull the family of beavers living on the Otter….
Totally shocking story that will be published in tomorrow’s Independent newspaper (webbed this evening). I had a call from a journalist this morning and just couldn’t believe it….
What is it about Mr Paterson and his desire to kill our wild animals?
See the story below…
If you aren’t sure who to vote for this Thursday, take a look at the Express & Echo’s useful profiles on all the candidates….
A stay of execution of month has been granted over a decision to declare as surplus to requirements, a former social services office in Ottery.
An outspoken parish councillor from Newton Poppleford has been found guilty of breaching EDDC’s code of conduct, relating to a controversial planning application for 40 houses.