Archive | October, 2013

EDDC demands answers on Sainsbury’s depot site

30 Oct

Story HERE.

Isn’t it frustrating when an organisation can’t be upfront and transparent – EDDC getting a taste of its own medicine!

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Yet another secret meeting: councillors to be briefed on “relocation” Wednesday 30 October, 4 pm

29 Oct

We have no idea why all councillors have been summoned to The Knowle tomorrow,  at 4 pm except that the meeting is about “relocation”.

No agenda, no minutes, no shame.

But they can’t stop you turning up to peer at them through the window!

As transparent as a brick wall

28 Oct

Remember our frequent postings about our Leader and his cronies lack of transparency.  Yet again decisions about relocation are being discussed behind closed doors (see Dates for your Diary above).

This is what happens in an officer/executive led council – an attitude that no-one else matters and all decisions must be secret ones.

Perhaps we must start campaigning to go back to a committee-led council, where decisions have to be made in public.

Something has to change if our voices are to be heard – this is not what most of us voted for.

Or perhaps a directly-elected Mayor.  We can think of a couple of good candidates.

Vandalism of the countryside

28 Oct

 

Thought- provoking article by Andrew Motion, CPRE at this link

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/hands-off-our-land/10407956/Sir-Andrew-Motion-Governments-planning-reforms-leading-to-vandalism-of-the-countryside.html

Knowle relocation again to be discussed behind closed doors

27 Oct

..at a ‘confidential briefing for councillors’, 4pm this Wednesday, 30 October.  Public and press not invited, but many would no doubt like to listen at the keyhole.

Conservative Party Chairman calls for accountability and transparency

27 Oct

This is Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps talking about the BBC.

“They have ended up working in this culture which is buried in the last century, which is ‘we are the BBC, we do what we like, we don’t have to be too accountable’.

“But they are raising £3.6bn through the licence fee, which is a tax, and, quite rightly, the public wants to have sight of how the money is spent. Things like the pay-offs have really caused concern, as have, obviously, things like Savile and Hall and the culture that goes around that. I think it is one of too much secrecy,” he said.

Now transpose that to our local situation:

“They have ended up working in this culture which is buried in the last century, which is ‘we are East Devon District Council, we do what we like, we don’t have to be too accountable’,” he told [any local newspaper] .

“But they are raising [hundreds of thousands of pounds from the taxpayer] and, quite rightly, the public wants to have sight of how the money is spent. Things like the [various scandals including exCouncillor Brown] have really caused concern, as have, obviously, things like [the East Devon business Forum] and the culture that goes around that. I think it is one of too much secrecy.”

So, is EDDC going to obey the Party Chairman!

Councillor amnesia (3)

25 Oct

 

http://futuresforumvgs.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/knowle-relocation-costs-of-borrowing.html