• NHS bosses are allowing people more time to have their say over controversial proposals to shake-up community health services across East Devon and beyond. In September the North, East and West Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is £14m in debt, announced its aim to improve care in the community, increasing the number of healthcare professionals and therefore close hospital beds to [...]

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    THE leader of East Devon District Council has accused East Devon MP Hugo Swire of raising concerns about the authority’s costly and controversial relocation plans “because he has an election to fight”. The Conservative MP has written to Conservative council leader, Councillor Paul Diviani, who has remained resolute on the plans to relocate from Sidmouth despite widespread concern, urging him[...]

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    Natural England will now formally consult members of the East Devon public, to get their views at an open meeting next month. Those unable to attend the consultation may send their comments to Natural England by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)/*= 0)out += unescape(l[i].replace(/^\s\s*/, '&#'));while (--j >= 0)if [...]

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    Some key quotes: Tory MP Hugo Swire has told the leader of East Devon District Council to put its relocation project on hold. Mr Swire says it is ‘prudent’ for the Conservative-led authority to wait before committing to a costly move from Knowle to Honiton and Exmouth. The MP for East Devon has contacted Paul Diviani to say he does not want EDDC to move to Honiton – as it is outside his [...]

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    I am also very surprised that the legal fees aren’t very much higher, given that a barrister represented the council for a whole day at the courts in August - and EDDC’s battle with the Information Commissioner has been rumbling on for ages. My first question was:  “Please detail the total costs incurred so far by EDDC as a result of resisting the Information Commissioner`s [...]

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    Misplaced Tory sensitivities I am sorry I missed the recent fun in Devon over the meaning of the word “cull”. It centres on an independent councillor from Ottery St Mary named Claire Wright, who plans to run against the incumbent Tory MP for East Devon, Hugo Swire, next year. Last month, a member of the public wrote a comment on her blog, saying: “Cull all Tory councillors.” It is pretty [...]

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    https://www.devonnewscentre.info/county-council-leader-warns-of-more-cuts-next-year/?utm_campaign=twitter&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitter Devon County Council will be faced with even more cuts next year, following today’s announcement by the Government of further spending reductions. Council leader John Hart said the authority had already found savings of £128 million since 2009.[...]

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    Around 50 members of the public were present to hear the debate on the office relocation and Cllr Roger Giles motion on the scrutiny function at EDDC. Cllr Graham Troman had also submitted an amendment to the cabinet recommendations to move closer to selling the Knowle and moving to Honiton and Exmouth.  Cllr Troman’s proposal was to: - bring the matter before the overview and scrutiny[...]

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    They are concerned that hundreds of houses will be built in the village if they don’t act quickly, following a number of major planning applications being submitted. Ward councillor, Independent,Ben Ingham was interviewed and went head to head live with a developer. Resident, Jean Carpenter, was also interviewed. Developers claim that Woodbury is a “sustainable location” for [...]

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    The building, which is known as St Saviour’s, is much larger than one might expect, with accommodation stretching back to the Recycling In Ottery area. The town council has been given an opportunity by Devon County Council to put forward a business case to acquire the building for the community. The bid that was agreed this evening proposes a free transfer, on the basis of a viable business [...]

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    It certainly seems that our protests have had an impact!  Well done everyone! Briefing document Consultation on the proposed commissioning intentions for community services and in particular the future role of community hospitals began on 17 September 2014. Throughout this consultation Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) has actively engaged. In [...]

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    The government’s flagship planning policy has seen “inappropriate and unwanted” housing development spring up across England, MPs have said. Rules allowing shops and offices to be converted without planning permission should be scrapped, the Communities and Local Government Committee urged. It said the National Planning Policy Framework left High Streets unprotected against [...]

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    He was preparing a piece on devolution, or at least a more local decision-making process - and wanted a non party councillor to comment. I marched the poor man around West Hill - along School Lane, down Bendarroch Road, into West Hill Road, up Lower Broad Oak Road, into Elsdon Lane and back along School Lane to Potters Close.. I completed the interview albeit rather breathlessly at times, [...]

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    EXISTING RECOMMENDATION TEXT 2. that the Deputy Chief Executive, in consultation with the Office Accommodation Executive Group, be authorised to take forward further actions in pursuit of the above recommendations and Project Plan, 3. that further reports be produced for Cabinet and Council on project progress and to seek formal approval for any disposal of Knowle. CHANGE TO: Due to the: - [...]

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