Archive | April, 2014

Young people march to DCC HQ to protest cuts

26 Apr

And this time the DCC councillor who met them COULDN’T stop them speaking!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-27171789

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Young people march against cuts – Saturday 26 April, Exeter, 11 am

25 Apr

The Youth Parliament will be staging a march to protest the £1 Million DCC cuts to their services.

The march begins at 11 am and leaves from the entrance to Princesshay shopping centre and will make its way down to the Devon County Council offices, where they will present a petition.

The Youth Parliament has members from all over East Devon and they will be joined by members from North, South and Mid Devon, Cornwall and Bristol.

Comprehensive Freedom of Information request on Knowle relocation

25 Apr

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/relocation_from_the_knowle#incoming-507521

What EDDC Tory Whip and Honiton councillor Phil Twiss thinks about Sidmouth

25 Apr

From comments he made on the blog of Councillor Claire Wright:

….. the clue is in the name i.e. East Devon District Council and not Sidmouth Town council. “400 high grade jobs” will not be lost to the District via a relocation of its HQ.

EDDC works on behalf of all residents of East Devon including and not exclusively for those in Sidmouth and you are aware of the reasons why Knowle is not fit for purpose and why we need to work in different ways to maximise efficient working practices and maintain frontline services.

Mr Thickett, Planning Inspector, finds more fault with EDDC

23 Apr

This time he can’t understand how they computed the Community Infrastructure Levy for Cranbrook and says he will not deal with CIL until the Local Plan is satisfactory.

So, nothing submitted has been accepted.

Link to the Inspector’s letter is given here: http://eastdevonalliance.org/2014/04/23/planning-inspector-unhappy-with-the-way-cranbrook-community-infrastructure-levy-calculated-yet-another-setback/

Councillor Twiss … foot … mouth … communication problem …

23 Apr

Damien Mills puts it in a nutshell in his comment on Councillor Wright’s blog republished below:

Cllr Twiss would have us believe that Stuart Hughes wasn’t dumped from his EDDC posts because he spoke up for Sidmouth but because: ‘He has a very senior cabinet role at Devon County Council which is to all intents and purposes full time and as they go through very tough times he did not need the distraction of maintaining another senior role at EDDC in tandem with his DCC responsibilities.’

Is it any wonder no-one believes him when Cllr Hughes himself dismisses it as nonsense.

“Their excuse doesn’t wash with me – I’m doing less now than I was two years ago when I was appointed to the post,” said Cllr Hughes, who has once again been named Devon County Council’s cabinet member for highways and flooding, while ceasing to be the chairman of Sidmouth Town Council. “I think it’s because I’ve been outspoken. The way they’ve treated some of the people in Sidmouth who have asked legitimate questions has been spineless and arrogant and I feel no-one is listening to the people in the town.

http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/8220-Spineless-arrogant-8221-East-Devon/story-19056369-detail/story.html

That aside, if we humour Cllr Twiss for a minute and accept his claim that Cllr Hughes is too busy to maintain another senior role at East Devon, where, exactly, does that leave Paul Diviani who, aside from also being a high-ranking county councillor, is also chairman of the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty group, chairman of the Making It Local Rural Development Plan Local Action Group, chairman of the Exeter & East Devon Rural Growth Point board and vice-chairman of the Local Government Association Rural Commission, as well as a member of the Conservative group’s police and crime panel?

http://www.devon.gov.uk/diviani-paul4.pdf?6f507b

Judged on the recent performance of the council over which he presides, dare I suggest it’s Cllr Diviani, rather than Cllr Hughes, who has too many ‘outside interests’ to perform his role effectively?!

What is good for the goose

22 Apr

Explanation from EDDC Conservative Party whip Phil Twiss as to why Stuart Hughes was removed from his senior post at EDDC shortly after disagreeing with the move of EDDC’s HQ from Sidmouth:

Stuart Hughes was not dumped from an EDDC post (or posts as written below) on grounds of ill health or because he spoke up for the interests of Sidmouth (which he continues to do very effectively). He has a very senior cabinet role at Devon County Council which is to all intents and purposes full time and as they go through very tough times he did not need the distraction of maintaining another senior role at EDDC in tandem with his DCC responsibilities.

Based on the above, surely EDDC Leader Paul Diviani should resign his Devon County Council seat?