• WHEN Paul Diviani was elected Leader of East Devon District Council he made the pledge that he and his administration would be “clean, green and seen”. Clean? I am not sure what he meant, it might have been a promise about rubbish collection, but the scandals that have beset him – particularly that of disgraced ex-councillor Graham Brown – have ensured that “clean” cannot apply to our [...]

    Read more

    East Devon District Councillors were told at a meeting with NEWDevon Clinical Commissioning Group doctors on 24 September at The Knowle, that a reason for East Devon community hospitals to lose all their in-patient beds was because some of the hospitals were “considered unsafe”. Cllr Roger Giles (Ottery Town – Independent) expressed concern at this comment, and asked which of the community [...]

    Read more

    Plans to close more than half of Devon’s libraries have been shelved by the county council.The local authority had proposed cutting funding to 28 smaller libraries around the county to save £1.5m. After a consultation, it said it was considering a new approach involving a pilot of 10 communities working with professionals to run the service. The buildings and staff in those areas would [...]

    Read more

    Species across land, rivers and seas decimated as humans kill for food in unsustainable numbers and destroy habitats. The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the research by [...]

    Read more

    An email sent to the standards committee and copied to all councillors states: “You will recall that as a committee you have asked for a report on lobbying to be presented. “Unfortunately due to a number of factors, including the Monitoring Officer’s departure and other legal deadlines, it has not been possible to produce the report in time for the 7th and therefore, rather than [...]

    Read more

    East Devon’s MP has stepped into fast-track the clearing of drains in Ottery town centre in a bid to reduce the risk of further flooding this winter. Following a meeting with mayor, Glyn Dobson, Hugo Swire spoke with highways officials at Devon County Council (DCC) to request that the blocked drains and gullies be cleaned as soon as possible. Mr Swire said:  “Although I am happy [...]

    Read more

    THE chief executive of the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (RD&E) has welcomed proposals to integrate all elements of health and social care. That’s despite the fact that the move could lead to bed closures in the longer term. The North, East and West Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is £14m in debt, unveiled its plans on Wednesday, September 17. In East and Mid Devon [...]

    Read more

    https://www.foe.co.uk/resource/press_releases/govt-plans-capture-devon-beavers-may-be-unlawful-warns-friends-earth Dear Hugo I have read with interest and growing concern the press release published by Friends of the Earth today (link above) about our wild beavers living on the Otter. Friends of the Earth has pointed out that our beavers should be covered by EU laws that protect the animals - and[...]

    Read more

    https://www.foe.co.uk/resource/press_releases/govt-plans-capture-devon-beavers-may-be-unlawful-warns-friends-earth Friends of the Earth has today (Thursday 25 September) called for an immediate halt to Government plans to capture wild beavers on the River Otter in Devon, warning that any such moves may be unlawful. In a letter sent to Environment Secretary Liz Truss, the environmental charity [...]

    Read more

    OTTERY St Mary Town Council is writing to East Devon District Council to express concerns about the integrity of a former councillor’s application to lift a planning restriction which could knock an estimated £300,000 off the value of his farmhouse. Members of the town council’s planning committee met to discuss the application by former Feniton and Buckerell ward member Graham Brown and [...]

    Read more

    Sidmouth resident, Jeremy Woodward has been informed that the published decision has been “delayed by a few weeks after 16 October,” to allow more time for evidence to be submitted by both sides. Last month, dozens of East Devon residents observed a court hearing with the Information Commissioner (ICO) battling it out against East Devon District Council, following the ICO’s [...]

    Read more

    A former Tory councillor wants to lift a planning restriction which knocks an estimated £300,000 off the value of his farmhouse because he is no longer working in agriculture. Graham Brown - a planning consultant who resigned from East Devon District Council (EDDC) last year after being caught on camera boasting to reporters posing as overseas investors - is attempting to lift a condition which [...]

    Read more

    Motion 1 1.This council recognises the importance of properly funded democratically accountable health services. The council also recognises the importance of the availability of sufficient health services to meet the needs of additional housing provision. In order that sufficient health services are available, and that services can be increased where necessary, the council considers that health[...]

    Read more

    On Tuesday 7 October, at 7.30pm, at The Institute, Yonder Street. No need to book. See you there!

    Read more