Exmouth residents have a say on improving their lives

PUBLISHED: 12:13 09 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:07 10 June 2010

THERE are only two weeks left for East Devon residents and organisations to put forward their ideas on how Westminster politicians can improve life for residents.

THERE are only two weeks left for East Devon residents and organisations to put forward their ideas on how Westminster politicians can improve life for residents.

East Devon District Council is asking for your ideas following the introduction of the Sustainable Communities Act.

This new Act aims to divert power and funding from central government and pass it to councils and local people, giving them an opportunity to have a say in improving their communities.

And proposals could lead change in legislation; a transfer of responsibilities from one public body to another; a new national policy; or a change or strengthening of an existing policy.

A spokesman for the district council said: "Your ideas can be about the economic, social or environmental well-being of the area; or be about promoting participation in civic or political activity.

"This means proposals could be about a wide variety of topics including affordable housing, road traffic, recycling, organic food production, local jobs, community projects, community health or planning policy. "

All proposals must be submitted to East Devon District Council by Monday 22 June. The shortlisted proposals will be sent to the Local Government Association who will discuss them with the Secretary of State who has the final say.

Proposals may be submitted by filling in an online form on the Council's website. www.eastdevon.gov.uk/sustainablecommunitiesact.

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