On the day that the Prime Minister visited East Devon to check on the progress of the Skypark and Science Park, Conservative Devon County Councillors were very critical of their party colleagues at Westminster.
The only wild beavers in England will be allowed to stay on the River Otter, Natural England has ruled.
A licence has been granted for a five year study by Devon Wildlife Trust, following a protracted and emotive debate on whether the animals should remain - and what - if any - damage they cause.
Here’s my speech from this morning’s uplifting and energising launch of my manifesto in Exmouth!
Around 75 supporters attended and the atmosphere was GREAT! The event was filmed and will be uploaded to Youtube in a day or two….
I gave a 10 minute talk to the Budleigh In Business group last week, on how to get involved with local government.
Held at Bowmers restaurant, it was a great event and very sociable. People seemed interested in the subject of local government and asked lots of questions.
It was also a good opportunity to hear the views of individual business owners on the evening.
The Business task group, which was suspended in 2013 by EDDC’s monitoring officer, will be resurrected and will “learn lessons” from the former relationship between East Devon District Council and East Devon Business Forum (EDBF).
There is no legal provision for the planning application to redevelop the Knowle to be determined by another planning authority, EDDC’s chief executive informed councillors on the overview and scrutiny committee last night.
“Hijacking” the Business task group and the Tree task group and “pursuing personal agendas” may have damaged the council’s reputation, an EDDC officer told last night’s overview and scrutiny committee.
Councillors on EDDC’s overview and scrutiny committee this evening will discuss changes proposed to task and finish forums, which would apparently reduce the risk of councillors “hijacking” the agenda…. and “damaging the reputation of the council.”
I was delighted to speak to members of the Sidmouth branch of the National Trust yesterday, at the Manor Pavilion Theatre.
It was a great event, with over 60 people present and lots of interested questions afterwards, particularly about planting trees and sowing more wildflowers on verges…...................
Aggregate Industries has finally revealed its plans for Straitgate, on the edge of Ottery St Mary, through a request for a scoping opinion to DCC and statutory bodies.
The Echo report below is from the newly established “stakeholder” reference group, set up to find a way forward for community hospitals in East Devon.
We meet again at 7pm on Wednesday 4 February. Venue to be confirmed.
It is not clear how many meetings the stakeholder group will have at this stage.