He's far from being alone...

PUBLISHED: 16:01 29 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:07 10 June 2010

Mr Ed Hughes asks (Journal, November 20) 'Am I alone in feeling annoyed that East Devon District Council is spending goodness knows how much on a top QC"?' I believe Mr Hughes is far from being alone. The last edition of East Devon Talk (early Novem

Mr Ed Hughes asks (Journal, November 20) 'Am I alone in feeling annoyed that East Devon District Council is spending goodness knows how much on a "top QC"?' I believe Mr Hughes is far from being alone. The last edition of East Devon Talk (early November) elicited little public response, in spite of Cllr Randall Johnson's provocative headline "The game's up". Letters to the editor on this subject have dwindled due to attrition and other topics, ranging from Exmouth's ASDA on the estuary to Salterton's sculpture on the beach. Having engaged "a top QC", EDDC's legal costs may well exceed the £250,000 set aside. Other district councils in Devon have not offered to share East Devon's High Court challenge. I believe it would be fair that the fight for EDDC's survival be covered by the 14,000 signatories of the 62,000 pre-paid postcards. Put another way, it would be grossly unfair that the 78 per cent of the households which did not support EDDC's battle should have to cover the legal fees. The High Court hearing is scheduled for December 17. In the meantime, an independent financial analysis, commissioned by the Boundary Committee, favours creating a unitary authority (Western Morning News, November 22): "Based on the information submitted, it concluded that the single unitary proposal was likely to meet all five criteria and posed a low risk.".... "It added that the Devon unitary submission was the only one able to equalise at the lowest council tax levels in place." (NB. "The information submitted" was provided by the Devon local authorities themselves). Who says the game's up? Anita Jennings,Northview Road, Budleigh Salterton.

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