Oh dear. A fight has well and truly broken out now! See the story in the Express & Echo - http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/East-Devon-District-Council-leader-accuses-MP/story-25777932-d
Devon Wildlife Trust has now undertaken the truly enormous amount of work required of it by DEFRA and submitted an application to Natural England for the official reintroduction of the family of beavers that have been living on the River Otter for years.
One of the more surprising answers I received to my questions at Wednesday evening’s full council meeting related to how much the legal costs were amassing, fighting the Information Commissioner’s ruling that key reports on the state of the Knowle must be made public.
Many of you will remember that EDDC has been fighting the Information Commissioner’s ruling for months, and it is STILL continuing - even after a tribunal at Exeter Magistrates Court in August, based on a flimsy technicality that the consultant from David Langdon is equivalent to an employee of the council.
From today’s blog by Andy McSmith, senior reporter at the Independent newspaper ...... http://thetruth24.com/article/62794/andy-mcsmiths-diary-the-enemy-within-chequers-at-sam-cams-delayed-40th
This press release was issued today by Devon County Council.
Leader, Cllr John Hart said at last week’s cabinet that he is lobbying our MPs, asking for support ahead of the parliamentary vote on the local government settlement .....
East Devon District Council’s office relocation project will plough on regardless following this evening’s full council meeting, where my motion to defer the process was overwhelmingly defeated.
Instead the council voted through a proposal for scrutiny by the auditors - which the leader said would happen anyway.
BBC Radio Devon is reporting this morning that Woodbury residents have set up a campaign group and a fighting fund in order to battle developers, who want to flood the village with housing.
Ottery St Mary Town councillors this evening voted unanimously in favour of acquiring the former social services building on the edge of town by St Saviour’s bridge.
The North, East and West Devon Clinical Commissioning Group has extended its controversial consultation which proposes to shut all Ottery and Axminster Hospital’s beds and close the minor injuries units at Ottery, Sidmouth, Seaton and Axminster.
Budleigh Salterton Hospital has already had its beds and minor injuries unit closed.
A stakeholder group of East Devon county councillors is being set up and I have asked to be a member. I am assured that the papers and meetings will be held in the public domain.
The briefing below, which has been circulated to members of Devon County Council’s health and wellbeing scrutiny committee…....
The story below is published on the BBC website today. Rather topical given my interview this morning broadcast on Radio 4’s Today programme - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30489929
I am slightly speechless at Brandon Lewis’s comments at the bottom of the article! How can he spout such nonsense?
Tom Bateman, reporter for BBC Radio 4’s flagship political programme, Today, visited West Hill this afternoon to interview me, before dashing off to Exeter City Council.
I (along with Cllrs Roger Giles, Ben Ingham and Susie Bond) have proposed the following amendment to the EDDC cabinet recommendations, which propose to drive the office relocation project inexorably and possibly irretrievably, further forward.
The recommendations will be debated on Wednesday evening, at the full council meeting.