Venue change prompts plea

East Devon District Council has decided to hold the Development Management Committee meeting on May 4 in the town hall at Exmouth.

East Devon District Council has decided to hold the Development Management Committee meeting on May 4 in the town hall at Exmouth.

This is the meeting at which the controversial Longboat planning application is expected to be considered.

No doubt there are sound logistical reasons for this move, as the council chamber at Knowle is likely to be required 36 hours later for the Returning Officer and ballot count in a general election.

Through your columns, I would like to make a public request to the chief executive of EDDC, that he moves the date of the hearing of the revised Longboat planning application to the following meeting in June.


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This would be in order that the many residents of Budleigh Salterton wanting to attend would have the opportunity to do so.

The Council Chamber at Exmouth has only the capacity for approximately 20 members of the public.

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At the DMC meeting in August last year, when this subject was discussed, about 60 members of the electorate were present.

At a public meeting in Budleigh Salterton last week on the topic of this proposed development, a much larger hall was filled to capacity and many residents had to be turned away.

To restrict the numbers to such an extent would be denying members of the public the opportunity and, indeed the right, to see the democratic process in action.

R G J Wiltshire,

(via email)

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