EDDC shows arrogance
PUBLISHED: 14:18 22 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:03 10 June 2010
Am I alone in feeling annoyed that East Devon District Council is spending goodness knows how much on a top QC"? The arrogance that is forcing an estuary-side ASDA on us, against what seems at least to be the wishes of the majority, is matched by a simi
Am I alone in feeling annoyed that East Devon District Council is spending goodness knows how much on a "top QC"? The arrogance that is forcing an estuary-side ASDA on us, against what seems at least to be the wishes of the majority, is matched by a similarly cavalier attitude to expenditure. This appears to owe more to job retention on the part of Sarah Randall Johnson and others of the elected members and executive who presumably voted for or agreed with this, than any notion of service to the community that funds them. The core purpose of the Boundary Committee study is to determine the best way to manage local affairs in the coming years. The start point for the study is that the current structure has too many individual organisations, too many managers and too many elected members. This gives rise to excessive costs and prevents the cost-effective delivery of services on the ground. An effective indicator of this is the way issues raised by Exe Power Boat and Ski Club, which I represent at times, have been ignored all year despite, so far, five overlooked reminders. And the issues raised are serious - like the apparent abandonment of Section 106 agreements that should have provided some facilities along with the docks development. Even agreed remedies for the unfinished Belsher's slip area have been by-passed. The combination of these factors gives rise to a real concern that EDDC might similarly fail to protect public interests in the proposed new ASDA development, or indeed in the "seafront regeneration" for which carefully considered covenants are being abandoned. A replacement organisation could scarcely do worse for the people of Exmouth than EDDC has done so far, and there is the hope that they may do better. Let us hope EDDC is made redundant before it wastes too much more of our money, or does too much further damage to our town. Ed Hughes,15 Redwood Close, Exmout
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