A taste of their own medicine

PUBLISHED: 12:30 16 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 10 June 2010

Three cheers for Mike Hinds's letter published in the Journal (July 31). I agree with every word he says about East Devon Talk, EDDC's pamphlet published at your expense and mine, and its leader's self-praising article ( outstanding views: outstanding va

Three cheers for Mike Hinds's letter published in the Journal (July 31). I agree with every word he says about East Devon Talk, EDDC's pamphlet published at your expense and mine, and its leader's self-praising article ("outstanding views... outstanding values") urging residents to vote against the Boundary Committee's proposed changes in local government - ie to vote for 'status quo'. Miss Randall Johnson is intending to send a reply-paid postcard (at whose expense?) to every household in the district to encourage residents to support EDDC's views. These views are spelled out on page nine of the Journal (July 31). For instance, the draft proposals are "unwanted and confusing for residents"; "EDDC objects to the process, assumptions and conclusions underlying the draft proposals"; they are "not based on an objective analysis of all the evidence presented" etc.These phrases have a familiar ring about them. Where have we read similar moans? The answer is in residents' letters in the Journal, complaining about lack of public consultation by EDDC, contempt by its officers for public opinion, pre-empted decisions; creeping "Kremlinization" of The Knowle (lack of accountability and transparency; meetings behind closed doors) etc. EDDC has been given a taste of its own medicine, and it doesn't like it. Exmouth accounts for almost a third of the population of East Devon. It took years for it to get a town council of its own. Following the so-called public consultation about ASDA, over 10,000 people actively objected to building a huge supermarket on the estuary. Where did their protests get them? Nowhere. Why should they now help EDDC in its struggle for survival? Alternative unitary authorities under discussion may all have weaknesses, but they have the potential of serving Exmouth better than EDDC has done over 34 years. Anita Jennings,Northview Road, Budleigh Salterton.

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