We are ignored

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 November 2013

There are two items in last week’s paper that I feel compelled to comment upon. Not something that is a regular occurrence for me.

The first is the planning approval for a back garden development in Victoria Place, Budleigh Salterton.

Victoria Place is within an AONB (which has just been celebrating is 50th anniversary).

EDDC planners have approved this development whilst:

IGNORING the fact that it is a back garden development within an AONB;

IGNORING the dozens of local objections;

IGNORING the views of Budleigh Town Council.

They even IGNORED the views of the EDDC councillors who represent Budleigh

Exactly whose views have been taken into account? Just a minority of councillors who do not reside in the affected area or (probably) even bother to visit.

So much for David Cameron’s localism bill.

The second is the fact that EDDC has now identified four or five potential sites for its new offices, but it seems that the local population will have “no say” in the new location.

Never fear, however, as we will be “consulted” and we all know just how much notice EDDC take of consultations, so we may all rest in peace in our beds!

I do, however, wonder why the new offices need to be on a freehold basis – why can they not be leased or rented.

I fear that it is time that some local councilors are reminded that they have been elected to represent the views and protect the interests of their own electorate. (I exempt the EDDC councillors who represent Budleigh from this, as they always seem to actively pursue our local interests.)

It seems time, also, to remind the officers of EDDC that they are in post to serve the local electorate and not the other way around.

Is it not also time for planning decisions to be made by the people directly affected?

Tony Barnes


Budleigh Salterton

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