Council keeps failing to listen

PUBLISHED: 15:33 25 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:53 10 June 2010

I have noted with interest the huge amount of criticism of East Devon District Council that seems to regularly pervade your newspaper, usually related to the failure of the council to listen to the views of people of East Devon. In your issue of October

I have noted with interest the huge amount of criticism of East Devon District Council that seems to regularly pervade your newspaper, usually related to the failure of the council to listen to the views of people of East Devon. In your issue of October 9, we have it again - plans for an ASDA site on the estuary despite the fact that, it is my recollection, the town petitioned against it not so very long ago.I also noticed in the national press some controversy about this council giving permission for a local businessman to build commercial premises on the treasured beach gardens. It is my understanding this was part of a deal brokered with the council in connection with their conversion of the old swimming pool site, previously occupied by the same businessman, into a bowling alley. Planning permission appears to have quietly slipped through, but the council did not reckon with the covenant held by the Clinton Devon Estates, one which CDE wisely appear to refuse to release. Now it seems EDDC are making an application to the Land Tribunal, no doubt at our expense, to force the issue.Did the EDDC ever consider proper public consultation before they started making significant alterations to public land on a prime area of our seafront? Or are we to have this council take it for granted that they can do what they like, when they like, and get away with it?As one person wrote: "Roll on a unitary Devon so that residents of East Devon can be rid of this inefficient council for ever." Maybe he is right.Arthur Rice,Exmouth.

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