• Question 1: Procedure Rule 9.2 to the Leader of the Council from Councillor Ben Ingham After the East Devon Local Plan was rejected by the Inspector, we were told to expect the SHMA during June. Then an EDDC officer would consider the implications, producing a new report in time to go to the DMC on 1st July. This deadline has been missed due to EDDC’s failure to complete the population [...]

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    In what might be described as rather ironic timing, the move came just a day after East Devon District Council voted through proposals to dramatically restrict public speaking at planning committee meetings. Devon County Council’s public speaking rules will be relaxed to allow members of the public to ask and questions and make statements at joint budget scrutiny committee meetings and full [...]

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    A baying mob ...

    23 Jul 2014 | News

    I won’t write a full post now, however, I will say that amid much loud jeering and unpleasantness by the tories, Cllr Ray Bloxham levelled a false allegation against me relating to this blog and that I was not given an opportunity to demand that he retract it, as the chief executive prevented the chairman from allowing me to speak. I will be contacting Cllr Bloxham to ask him to retract it. [...]

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    1. Is the leader aware of the growing support, including among local MPs, for a cut in tourism VAT? 2. It was agreed that a task and finish forum would be set up to look at better protecting our trees, last October.  As yet there has been no progress. Can the portfolioholder for the environment please confirm when the first meeting will take place? 3.  Can the leader please explain [...]

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    It was an excellent day with many many interested people and lots of offers of help.

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    The exhibition took place last Wednesday (16 July) at West Hill’s Royal British Legion. Charles Church, a branch of Persimmon, is submitting the planning application, on land adjacent to Ash Hill Road, off Higher Broad Oak Road. The developers are justifying their application on the basis of a lack of a required five year housing land supply and an out-of-date local plan. It is around one [...]

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    The friends of Ottery Library (FOOL) have been active in discussions with a number of local groups, including the Town Council, on how to save the library as Devon County Council intend to cut overall library expenditure by £1.5 million by 2017. Chairman James Goddard said: “We’ve had support from individuals and our discussions with schools, the Chamber of Commerce and others has been [...]

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    Ottery’s library is in a building around 100 years old, which is clearly unsuitable for its current use, as it is small without disabled access, although staff do their best for less mobile visitors. It has lacked investment over the years, perhaps because of its age.  Ottery St Mary Town Council owns the building and DCC pays rent. Ottery’s library is very popular, and although it has [...]

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    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/16/battle-stop-capture-englands-first-wild-beavers?commentpage=1

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    The skies were a bit dark and cloudy but the afternoon sped by as I joined in the activities and chatted to residents.  There were flowers for sale, an excellent bookstall, hoopla, raffle and bric a brac. I spent AGES trying to work out what a range of antique tools were used for, scoring a not very impressive two out of 10.  I did successfully hoopla the chocolates I was aiming at. But[...]

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    A public consultation ends tomorrow, and if proposals are agreed, Ottery’s popular library will no longer be funded by the council. Instead, volunteers will be needed to run it. Several schools have urged parents to support the library, including West Hill Primary School. Here’s their flyer that was issued last week ................. HELP! Ottery St Mary Library needs us! Dear Parents[...]

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    Sidmouth resident, Jeremy Woodward requested under the Freedom of Information Act, a copy of the Knowle buildings survey but the request was rejected. Mr Woodward then referred the request to the Information Commissioner, who ordered the council to release the report, but EDDC has appealed the ruling. Mr Woodward told the Pulman’s View From Series this week: “The Information [...]

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    Following enquiries from residents I enquired about the situation from Devon County Council officers who got in touch with BT who confirmed that work to deliver broadband improvements to 10 cabinets requires “significant infrastructure build” ... which need “road closures that have been hard to programme in.” Engineers confirm that once the infrastructure has been built [...]

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