Archive | May, 2013

A303 upgrade for discussion at meeting TONIGHT

24 May
Councillors P Diviani and D Key are promoting the upgrade of the A303 (possibly to a dual carriageway).
It is not clear whether this project has been discussed at EDDC, nor how many people would oppose the construction of a major new road in the Blackdown Hills AONB.
The  matter is on the agenda at tonight’s Blackdown Hills Parish Network meeting, Fri 24th May  at 7.30pm in Culmstock Village Hall (opposite the Primary School).
This meeting is open to the public.

Attributes of a good Councillor… “artistic dalliances”, perhaps?

24 May

In his speech of thanks to colleagues at the Full Council meeting on Wednesday (23 May), EDDC Leader Paul Diviani emphasised performance. During the past year, he said,  Andrew Moulding, had “performed with dignity and style” ; Phil Twiss had “performed energetically”; and another Councillor was praised for his “artistic dalliances”.

No mention was made of Councillor Stuart Hughes, nor of his star role in setting up the TAFF on the East Devon Business Forum, while he was ably Chairing the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, a position from which he has been unceremoniously removed.

Some in the audience seemed to rate Cllr Diviani’s own script as overly elaborate. Cllr Trevor Cope leapt to his feet, to appeal for a return to Plain Speaking.

Councillors’ “absolutely outrageous” behaviour to fellow Councillor

24 May

Comment and chart sent in to SIN from a member of the public who went to this week’s Full Council meeting at Knowle:

‘The animosity towards Claire Wright at the Full Council Meeting of EDDC  (Weds 23 May) was absolutely outrageous. Does the chart below have any bearing on the way she was treated by various Conservative Councillors, including at times, the new Chair, Graham Godbeer?
 DCC Election results..individual candidates performance 2nd, May 2013
Report of the meeting at shortly.

Reminder: re. Vacancy at Newton Poppleford Parish Council

23 May

There’s a meeting this evening (24 May), at NP Village Hall. The Parish Council website has just announced that the Newton Poppleford AGM is at approximately 8pm, following the Annual Parish Meeting which is at 7.30. Confusing?

Scroll down to SIN post for 22 May, for more about the vacancy.

The perils of big ideas

22 May

Lessons to be learned?

UK’s Nature in a “sobering” state, says Sir David Attenborough

22 May

On  BBC Radio 4 this morning, Sir David blamed our “extraordinary expertise in destroying things” which has led to the disappearance of 60% of Britain’s wildflowers in the past 50 years.

Hedgehogs, natterjack toads, and now small tortoiseshell butterflies,  may soon be added to the list of natural things that children will only encounter in pictures.

Time to think twice before building on AONB?


SIN: Let’s hope all those present at this evening’s Full Council meeting were/ are/  listening.

(see Critical decisions for East Devon’s future at tonight’s Full Council Meeting, 6.30pm, Knowle)

Wanted: alternative sites for a Vets’ practice in Sidmouth/ Sidford

22 May

Parking at the Vets’  has long been a problem for Sid Valley pet owners. Is the only answer to build a new centre on farmland in Sidford’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), bringing more traffic to this part of the A3052?

The Sidmouth Herald, 17 May, has an article about the latest (third)  proposal for a  new Vets’ surgery that would share the Garden Centre car park owned by Councillor Ian Barlow. The Herald report shows a picture of a possible green-roofed building (but no cars near it), which might look good elsewhere.

Are there other, better, suggestions for a convenient in-town site.. away from a busy main road, perhaps?

SIN-ers are invited to  Leave a Comment.

Vacancy for Parish Councillor at Newton Poppleford & Harpford

22 May

There will not be an election, but someone will be co-opted at the Annual Meeting this Friday (24 May) , 7.30pm at Newton Poppleford Village Hall.

SIN has been reliably informed that at least two people have expressed a keen interest in serving their community by joining the Parish Council team.

The following notification is on the parish council website

Interested persons wishing to be considered for the vacancy please contact the Clerk, via email
Those persons who have already put their names forward need not respond. The vacancy will be filled on Friday 24th May 2013.
D G Atkins

New CEO for Exeter City Council is Karime Hassan

21 May

Full story about new role for the former Head of Regeneration at EDDC, is in yesterday’s Express and Echo (20 May). See also Congratulations,  SIN post and Comments,  for 17 May .

Talaton joins East Devon Alliance

21 May

What is believed to be excessive development threatens yet another East Devon community, this time in the village of Talaton.  East Devon Alliance supporters are asked to spread the word about a meeting (Wednesday 5th June at 7.30pm) ,  which will have speakers from the Campaign for Rural England, and from the East Devon Alliance. This poster gives details:   Talaton Meeting 5th June 2013

The EDA is proving a good way to discover precisely what  makes East Devon special (at the moment)….