• In an email to Devon County (DCC) councillors yesterday (Friday), a senior North, East and West Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) manager confirms:  “More detailed proposals for the future of community services in Eastern Devon are due to be revealed on 17 September 2014.” The following day - Thursday 18 September - Devon County Council’s health and wellbeing [...]

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    The prime Knowle site in Sidmouth, home of East Devon District Council, has come on the market. The site, which covers nearly five acres, has been home to the council’s headquarters since the 1970s, but the increasing cost of maintaining and running an ageing building stock, coupled with the occupational inefficiencies, have prompted the Council’s decision to move. The property, is not listed [...]

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    The hearing, which took place at Exeter Magistrates’ Courts, was set up by the ICO after EDDC refused to comply with the ICO’s request to make public six progress reports on the office relocation project, insisting that they remain secret. While trying to establish how much information about the office relocation was in the public domain about the project, a senior EDDC officer revealed [...]

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    Several members of the public were present for an additional item on the agenda of the DevMan Committee.  It appeared to be a contentious matter – BBC Radio Devon had included a debate between Cllr Paul Diviani, EDDC Council Leader, and Paul Arnott of the East Devon Alliance earlier in the day. EDDC had been accused of being negligent and complacent in not having an adopted Local Plan, and[...]

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    Cllr Roger Giles requested the item be included after Devon Wildlife Trust’s public meeting last week, where the overwhelming majority of residents voted in favour of them remaining. The town council is likely to give a view on whether or not to back this view. The meeting will be held at Tipton’s community hall and will start at 7pm. Photograph: River Otter.

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    Speaking on BBC Radio Devon this morning, Cllr Diviani told reporter, Jenny Kumah (who asked whether he was determined to get the local plan in place by next May’s council and general elections) that he “hoped” EDDC would have it ready” as soon as we possibly can.”  The 11,000 houses refers to the latest housing assessment undertaken by consultants, for East Devon, Mid Devon, [...]

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    EAST Devon District Council will have to justify its refusal to disclose details about its proposed relocation from Sidmouth at a tribunal hearing at Exeter Magistrates Court. At the hearing, on Thursday, August 28, the council will appeal against the Information Commissioner’s decision that it should have disclosed certain information as a result of a Freedom of Information request made by [...]

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    Here is a press release regarding Devon County Council’s outsourcing of youth centres to other agencies: Six months ago, a leading Devon County Councillor, Eileen Wragg claimed that for the first time she felt “ashamed” of being a councillor after Devon youth parliament and youth service users were gagged by council chiefs during February’s full council meeting on youth service cuts. [...]

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    The document was expected to be published over the summer, but a report to next Tuesday’s development management committee states that it is not possible to say when the work will be completed. The lack of a five year supply of land for housing will also continue into the future, meaning that planning officers will need to use the permissive national planning policy framework as their main [...]

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    But residents also heard that DEFRA would be capturing and keeping the animals for testing at an unknown location for maybe months. DEFRA says it is worried about a disease known as EM that the beavers may have, which could possibly be living in their gut and cause cysts. However, it is only the adults that could have it and only if they are imported beavers, not locally escaped beavers. Adults [...]

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    A drop-in session will run from 3pm and a public meeting will start at 7.30pm, at the Institute, Yonder Street, Ottery St Mary. I was interviewed by ITV Westcountry this morning about the beavers, along with Pete Burgess from Devon Wildlife Trust and local farmer, Dave Lawrence. It will be broadcast tomorrow at 6pm on ITV. Photograph: Being interviewed by Richard Lawrence from ITV Westcountry.

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    Cllr Roger Giles said he was concerned because at the last overview and scrutiny committee meeting NHS staff had said that a consultation document with information about plans for East Devon’s community hospitals would be released by the end of July or beginning of August. We are now halfway through August and still there is no sign of the document. There is expected to be proposals for [...]

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    Photograph:  Me with Dave Covell.

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    In a newsletter to all its farmers, Devon County Council says:  “In January, the county council’s cabinet adopted a motion stating the many benefits that trees and woodland can bring communities. “The motion went further to agree to explore opportunities to increase tree planting on Devon County Council owned land. The county farms estate is an obvious asset where some [...]

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