Don't miss a story sign up to Exmouth Journal's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Aiming for better

07:00 23 February 2013

Anyone keen on local democracy will want to read about the new East Devon Alliance (EDA), the inaugural meeting for which was held in Sidmouth’s Dissenters’ Chapel last Saturday.

Several people from Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton attended.

A brief report has already been published on the website of the Sidmouth Independent News.

It stresses that the Alliance is strictly non-political.

Representatives from all over the district were “all united in their determination to make East Devon a better place for us all, rather than for a favoured few”.

Among the topics debated was the role of the East Devon Business Forum. This unelected group is subsidised by East Devon District Council.

Its membership includes several important local landowners. Their land values have rocketed after gaining planning permission either before the new Local Plan comes into operation (eg in Westclyst, Axminster); or whose land has been “allocated” by EDDC for development during the next Local Plan period (2012-2026).

Plumb Park, near Littleham Cross, is currently subject to an application for 350 new homes.

The applicants’ statement and their consultants’ reports come to over 720 pages!

Mr Varley (of Clinton Devon Estates) has stated: “If it is found that the existing (sewerage) system does not have enough capacity, Plumb Park is likely to be the catalyst for improvements which could benefit a large number of existing residents.”

Who knows whether South West Water will improve the system before floods and litigation?

Other topics discussed at the EDA meeting were the way that EDDC deals with Freedom of Information requests; and the alleged lack of a five-year land supply, which has turned our district into a free-for-all area for developers.

The report in the Sidmouth Independent News concludes: “It is a sure sign that something is wrong in East Devon and, given that it is EDDC’s fault that we are in the mess we are in, we cannot hope or expect them to get us out of it - we have to do it for ourselves.”

If you agree, keep abreast of further entries in the Sidmouth Independent News.

Anita Jennings

Via email

0 comments

Other News Stories

Dawn Hodge's injuries

This photograph shows the bruised and bloodied face of pensioner Dawn Hodge after she fell over a loose paving stone in Exmouth.

Read more
10:00
Woodbury Salterton primary school children have been involved in the RHS Rocket Science project this week. Pictured are year children from years two and six with the trays of seeds they planted. Ref exe 16-16SH 1540. Picture: Simon Horn

Primary school pupils are preparing to embark on a project of pure discovery.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:30
Ben and Tim Lupton after the London Marathon.

The challenge of the London Marathon has been met by a number of Exmouth runners

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
Wildlife on the Bowling Green marshes in Topsham. Photo by Simon Horn.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has announced that renovation work has begun at its Bowling Green hide in Topsham.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
Residents at Bay Court Nursing Home celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday. Ref exb 16-16AW 3586. Picture: Alex Walton

Residents at a Budleigh Salterton nursing home have celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00
Staff and volunteers at the Exmouth Red Cross charity shop on the Parade. Appeals are being made for more volunteers to join their team. Ref exe 16-16SH 1256. Picture: Simon Horn

A British Red Cross charity shop in Exmouth is looking for new recruits with free time during the day to help raise money for people in crisis.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30
Budleigh Salterton Public Hall. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exb 5404-10-12AW

A plaque paying tribute to a former Budleigh Salterton architect who designed more than 50 buildings in the town is set to be put up.

Read more
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Celebrations as the Exmouth Cockles win the Devon Cup Final beating visitors Brixham 31 points to 25. Ref exsp 18-16SH 2231. Picture: Simon Horn.

Exmouth 31 Brixham 25

Read more
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Exmouth woman foils telephone scam

An outraged Exmouth woman, who escaped being a scam victim, is warning people to be on their guard.

Read more
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Chris Dayer, head chef at The River Exe Cafe, which has been nominated for a national award

A floating restaurant moored in the River Exe near Exmouth has been nominated for a national award.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 4°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications