Spend cash on Brix dog bins

PUBLISHED: 14:47 04 October 2008 | UPDATED: 14:42 09 April 2010

Arrogance abounds within East Devon District Council. There is still no progress regarding dog litter bins for Brixington, yet the EDDC is happy to spend public funds appealing to the people of Brixington, among many others, to support their continued ex

Arrogance abounds within East Devon District Council. There is still no progress regarding dog litter bins for Brixington, yet the EDDC is happy to spend public funds appealing to the people of Brixington, among many others, to support their continued existence [unitary authority debate - editor]. I have received two differently printed 'appeals for support' through my letter box. The second even provides pre-paid postage to drum-up support. I wonder who authorised that particular exercise and how much it is costing council-tax payers - lots more than a couple of 'doggie' bins, I'll bet! The leader of Devon County Council indicated on Spotlight recently that council tax would inevitably be less as a result of savings through eliminating the county's existing tier of eight district councils. The vast majority of Devon's 752,000 residents would surely welcome such a prospect. On the other hand, a certain minority would prefer we all meet higher rate increases to fund their status quo. I was handed a flyer in town. This is issued by the office of Gareth Manson, the prospective Labour parliamentary candidate for East Devon. Laudably, he has paid for the leaflets out of his own pocket. How refreshingly different that is to EDDC's self-interest approaches. Gareth Manson's paper highlights that the EDDC supports an Asda supermarket store erected adjacent to Exmouth's estuary in spite of much opposition from within Exmouth. Apparently there are, to date, 10,970 signatures against that project. I wonder how many of those employed at Knowle would even use the store! Or is it the usual case of elected councillors determining what is good for their electorates irrespective of their wishes? There are already two supermarkets serving the town without needing another to generate more litter along the town's waterfront. Remarkable, isn't it, that Waitrose, Sidmouth's one-and-only supermarket, is sited along the A3052 - well away from its town and seafront. Surprise, surprise! As far as I'm concerned, roll-on a unified Devon County Council! Goodbye to eight district councils' worth of duplication. Welcome to the possibility of lower-than-otherwise council taxes. C G Burrett, 6 Humphries Park, Exmouth.

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