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“I am a bit of a peasant when it comes to culture”, admits Cllr Twiss

5 Jun

In an unwitting piece of irony, the Tory Party Whip made this declaration at last night’s Cabinet meeting, when the long and costly snag-list for the new community centre at Honiton was  being discussed. As Cllr Mike Allen pointed out, EDDC has made an investment of £1,000,000 in the new Beehive Centre, and things have not gone smoothly with the business plan. There have been well-reported ructions at Honiton Town Council meetings, about the intended use and future management of the Centre, which may have to apply for charitable status to source additional grants now needed to complete the project.

Any lessons to be learned here, regarding another EDDC lavish project  for a newbuild  Council office at the Skypark wasteland?


New broom sweeps clean?

3 Jun

East Devon County and District Independent Councillor, Claire Wright has today launched her campaign to challenge Hugo Swire , MP, at next year’s election.

SIN readers may well recall this: and this (from 2012):

Report on today’s gathering in the Dissenters’ Room at Sidmouth’s Unitarian Church Hall, is on the EDA website

Knowle relocation article in Express and Echo

30 May

No cobwebs on Claire!

30 May

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Congratulations to Independent County and District Cllr Claire Wright, who has announced that she will be standing for East Devon, against the Party machine,  at the Parliamentary elections just one year ahead, in May 2015. Her campaign begins next week. See SIN’s earlier post,

ASDA planning south expansion particularly in Devon and Cornwall

30 May

“Asda is planning to build 40 major superstores and well as a further 100 new supermarkets.The expansion plan will also include 150 forecourt shops. Two-thirds will be in the south east, London, Cornwall and Devon.”

Exeter, Honiton, maybe Exmouth, could fight it out with Morrisons in Sidmouth?  Will Asda replace Tesco as our council’s favourite supermarket chain!


Latest on Knowle footpaths and village green applications

30 May

Claire Wright to stand as MP for East Devon constituency against Hugo Swire

29 May

Claire Wright has announced that she will be standing as an Independent candidate in the next General Election in May 2015.  More later.

Knowle relocation and Freedom of Information

27 May


for latest, unsurprising yet critical information

Some cracking information on the East Devon Alliance website! Knowle, Skypark, “transformation” …..

25 May

Lots and lots of interesting stuff on the East Devon Alliance website,  lifted directly from the agenda for the Cabinet meeting on 4 June 2014!  Hold ups at Knowle, EDBF, “transformation” – definitely stuff people need to know!

West Country benefits from “staycations”

22 May

But you need a dynamic and vibrant tourism sector to take advantage of it. Let us not forget that jobs are not all in sheds, the countryside is an economic asset and people will always need somewhere to stay