My motion to lobby the Local Government Association to include health services as a statutory consultee, as well as being regarded as a material planning consideration, has been backed unanimously by Devon County councillors at the full meeting on Thursday (11 December).
Ottery St Mary is one of just 12 communities across Devon that has been chosen to take part in a pioneering new partnership project to test how they can support their local libraries and expand the services they provide.
Local MPs will be under great scrutiny early next year, when the House of Commons votes on the funding that will be distributed to all councils.
Below is a press release from EDDC.
This is really appalling. As if the district isn’t under enough pressure from developers.
Why is the government so willing to allow developers unfettered control?
And why does it care so little about the plight of residents in villages?
I have lodged two motions on health services that will be considered by the full council of Devon County Council tomorrow afternoon (Thursday).
The EDDC Independent group has submitted a motion for next Wednesday’s full council meeting on the scrutiny process at EDDC, which (understandably) frequently disappoints members of the public, with its lack of rigour.
Last night’s public meeting in Sidmouth at the Unitarian Church was packed out with people who are concerned and angry about EDDC’s hopelessly mired office relocation and local plan.
The story below has just been webbed by the Express & Echo ........ http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Police-confirm-investigation-East-Devon/story-25422252-detail/story.html
Cllr Tony Howard, the conservative chairman of EDDC’s tree scrutiny committee resigned one hour into its first meeting, this morning.
North, East and West Devon’s Clinical Commissioning Group has hit the national headlines for restricting surgery for smokers and obese people. The BBC explains the detail here.
Unfortunately, this is down to the government underfunding the NHS - and in Devon - there are special pressures on demand because of large numbers of older people and those with complex health needs. Devon is historically underfunded too, in comparison with urban areas, so it is doubly disadvantaged.
It is time the government took this seriously. I have lodged a motion for next week’s Devon County Council full meeting….
I attended an absolutely jam packed full meeting in the White Hart at Woodbury this evening about unwanted development, following an invite from a resident, very concerned at the way the village appears to be increasingly targeted by developers.
About 40 Newton Poppleford residents turned out for the meeting arranged by resident, Jill Prideaux at the Pavilion last Friday (28 November).
I had an interesting morning chatting to independent traders in Ottery today.
I met some great new people and also some affectionately regarded well known faces.
Conservative leader of EDDC, Cllr Diviani, confirmed to BBC Radio Devon’s Matt Woodley, this morning, that almost three quarters of a million pounds has been spent so far on botched plans to move EDDC’s offices from Knowle to Honiton, then to Skypark and now to Honiton and Exmouth.