Archive | February, 2013

Is this how it was done?

28 Feb

Those attending will recall that, at the Development Management Committee earlier this month, most Conservative members of the DMC chose to say nothing at all when the “debate” on the 5 year land supply came up, leaving poor Independent Ben Ingham to fight a lone battle to get some sensible amendments on the table.  Other councillors and the public were banned from speaking.

How, we asked at the time, did the DMC members manage to “debate” an issue without actually speaking?

Could THIS be the answer?  Have researchers moved on to test the technique on humans!

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What is Britain’s No 1 manufacturing industry?

28 Feb

According to today’s Guardian – farming.  £18 billion in exports in 2011, supporting 4 million jobs and adding £900 billion to the economy.

So why, here in East Devon, are we building on our fields?  EDDC says it is because we must encourage economic development.  But surely, we should be encouraging the economic development of farming.

Perhaps Councillor Graham Brown, EDDC Councillor for Feniton, representative of the National Farmers Union at the East Devon Business Forum, the man who says Feniton must accept more development to ensure it doesn’t get more (that’s right), could enlighten us.

Why destroy the biggest manufacturing industry in the country with its green fields to replace it with lesser industries in concrete sheds?

It is patently obvious that UK farming is going to have a renaissance because of the horsemeat scandal – are we biting the hands that feed us?

We presume the Chief Executive has checked the legal position for tomorrow …..

28 Feb

Full story HERE

.….  The decision is fraught with controversy and at last night’s full council meeting, there was doubt cast on whether the development management committee would even be quorate, as Cabinet councillors and those who have attended relocation working group meetings, are advised that they could have compromised their impartiality and should not take part in the debate or vote. …..

We can only assume that the Chief Executive has checked his edition of Cross on Local Goverrnment Law (see earlier posts on 20 February 2013): “An interesting exchange of correspondence …..”)  ) and assured himself and the Leader of the legality  of tommorow’s meeting.  Though we will probably never know what page he found his evidence on …. anyone who wants their own copy (it is becoming increasingly necessary as a source reference) can buy it for £485.00 HERE.

The book is advertised with the following updating, some of which should make Sidmothians, Fenitonians, Ottregians, Seatonians and Exmothians (but possibly not Honitonians) VERY unhappy:

“Forthcoming releases in 2012 will cover a range of recent Acts, including the Education Act 2011, the Localism Act 2011 and the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, and further delegated legislation. The Localism Act 2011 makes major changes, including:

  • Giving councils a general power of competence
  • Allowing councils to choose to return to the committee system of governance and allowing for referendums for elected mayors in certain authorities
  • Abolishing the Standards Board regime and the model code of conduct, and introducing local accountability and a criminal offence of deliberate
  • Failure to declare a personal interest in a matter
  • Giving residents the power to instigate local referendums on any local issue and the power to veto excessive council tax increases
  • Allowing councils more discretion over business rate relief
  • Providing new powers to help save local facilities and services threatened with closure, and giving voluntary and community groups the right to challenge local authorities over their services
  • Changes to planning and housing law.”

 

Who are the reprobates photographed in today’s newspaper?

28 Feb

Just who are the bunch of reprobates photographed HERE by the press at last night’s Full Council meeting!  Sidmothians will probably recognise most of them!

Longboat Cafe saga continues

28 Feb

For those not up to date with the Longboat Cafe saga you can read about it HERE or see the planning application HERE

Latest news is that a new application for a judicial review was made by Mr Daniel in the Royal Courts of Justic yesterday. Details:

COURT 18
Before JOHN HOWELL QC
(Sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge)
Wednesday 27 February, 2013
At 2 o’clock
Applications for Permission
CO/9096/2012 The Queen on the application of  Daniel  v East Devon District Council

For news on what is happening elsewhere with World Heritage sites in the UK THIS LINK tells the story of how the National Trust tried to stop a golf course being built adjacent to the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.  As is usual these days, they lost their case.

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EDDC Leader says Cranbrook won’t be sold to local authorities – can we be sure?

28 Feb

In this week’s Midweek Herald (no link available at this time but in e-edition page 22) Councillor Paul Diviani is quoted as saying that housing at Cranbrook will not be sold to other councils.

Er, that isn’t quite the same as saying that the houses will not be occupied by people put there by other councils, surely?  What if a big company buys, say, 50 houses and then enters into an arrangement with another council from anywhere else in the country to house its residents?  What’s to stop them?

Sure, EDDC would not then have sold houses to another council – it would have sold them to a developer who then either rents them or sells them to another council!

Cornwall councillors vote for planning permission to be required for second homes

28 Feb

Story HERE

….. Councillors have voted in favour of Cornwall homeowners being forced to ask permission to use their property as a second home or holiday let.More than 14,000 of Cornwall’s 260,000 properties are second homes.Cornwall Independent councillor Andrew Wallis said if it “gets past government” it could bring “regulation into an unregulated market”.Mr Wallis said: “If you have a little bit of control, you can protect communities.”  In some areas, more than 40% of houses were second homes, according to the council figures released last month. …..