Hear “what the (East Devon) AONB is all about” … but this is NOT consultation!

19 Jul

From today’s EDDC Knowledge magazine

The East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership is undertaking a review of the Management Strategy for the East Devon AONB and is providing an opportunity for interested parties to find out what it’s all about.  The 5 yearly reviews, last undertaken in 2008, aim to bring the statutory Management Strategy up to date with the current context and issues in order to identify priorities for delivery over the next five years.

John Wilding MBE, East Devon AONB Chairman, commented “Public consultation will take place later this year, but we wanted to offer a ‘heads-up’ opportunity for anyone interested to come and see what the review is all about, what the Partnership is doing and to see how they might help us shape the context of the review”.

The second drop in session will be held at the Blue Ball Inn, Sidford, near Sidmouth, 2-5pm on Wednesday 24 July. For further details visit www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk.

“Alternatively people can always visit our prize-winning 50th anniversary stand at the Honiton Show on the first of August” added John Wilding.

Note that the press release very carefully uses the phrases “an opportunity to see what it is all about” ….. “offering a heads up” …..  “see how you might help us shape the context of the review”.

Not:  what do you think?  What do you think we should do?  What do you think we do right/wrong?  What are your worries about this?

Whose AONB is it?  Will it be an AONB much longer?  What sort of development are you thinking of putting on the AONB?  Where are you thinking of putting it?  What is your strategy given that there is no 5 year land supply so the AONB designation is pretty much worthless until there is a 6 year land supply which could be a LONG time away.

Turn up at the Blue Ball and ask – or be told?


4 Responses to “Hear “what the (East Devon) AONB is all about” … but this is NOT consultation!”

  1. Shelly July 19, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    My goodness you are sad – they are being open, honest and looking for feedback. Stop being such a depressing, black cloud over everything good, honest public servants and local people giving of their time, are trying to. Why don’t you do something more constructive than pour spite and venom over everything…

  2. Mike Temple July 21, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    I’ve obviously got it all wrong. I thought the point of an AONB partnership was to save such land from inappropriate development..If it doesn’t do this, is there any point in its existing?

  3. L. Woodward July 22, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Is the Chairman of the AONB Partnership the same John Wilding that works for Clinton Devon Estates, who want to concrete two AONB fields within an area of grade 1 agricultural land in Newton Poppleford?

  4. Mary July 22, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    Don’t know but it links with my understanding that they are placing key people in positions of influence to push the development agenda. The sooner they sell up and move out leaving their land to the people of Devon the better. Here’s to the revolution. What have farmers and land owners ever done for us?

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