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Misconduct in public office

18 Feb

Readers who have been following the scandals in Wales where 2 chief executives were given special pension deals, beautifully blogged here

and here

will be interested to read here that three officers have been charged with misconduct in public office, see here

Leader says East Devon District Council is “a business”

15 Feb

Let’s set aside the fact that he doesn’t see a local authority as a “social enterprise” with duties and responsibilities and look at that business model.

Usually a business has a Chairman, a Chief Executive Officer and a Board of Directors.  So far so good – Diviani, Williams, Executive Board.


businesses are responsible to their shareholders (in this case US) and usually their shareholders have a vote on all sorts of things: remuneration of the senior personnel, who gets to sit on the board, etc – there is an Annual General Meeting where, in theory, directors can be hired, fired or have their salaries cut or increased all at the behest of the shareholders.  Our problem is that we get to vote only once – when the business is set up anew every four years and then never again.  Also, it gives us the thorny question of those councillors who are NOT on the Board of Directors.  What precisely is their function?  Bond-holders perhaps – in the muck if the business goes bust but otherwise with no real function except to bankroll it?

Oh, and of course, the sole purpose of a business is to make money for its shareholders which it then returns in the form of dividends.  Instead we have to pay THEM council tax!  And unlike REAL businesses, we can’t sell our shares when we don’t like the way the business is going except by leaving East Devon!

Yet another Business Centre?

14 Feb

EDDC appears to have plans to add a Business Centre to its new offices.  Might it compete with Clinton Devon Estates?  Now that would be interesting:

They knew the solution two thousand years ago!

14 Feb

Matthew 7:24-27

New International Version (NIV)

The Wise and Foolish Builders

 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.   The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Another bad day for EDDC at Local Plan Inquiry: employment land

13 Feb


Well done, Mike Temple, for giving ex-councillor Brown his full title. So, vital documents not there – again.  Getting to be a habit … Wonder what Mr Thickett makes of all this – we shall see.

Demolition job

27 Jan

Why has EDDC now been forced to release ‘confidential’  documents on Exmouth seafront covenants? BBC Radio Devon will report on this tomorrow (Tuesday 28 Jan.), in a broadcast  expected to include an interview with East Devon Alliance Secretary, Nicky King, and with East Devon District Council, and  a statement from Clinton Devon Estates.

Here’s SIN’s  brief  summary of the subject:

A former Lord Clinton imposed covenants restricting development on his land along Exmouth seafront, to ensure that it was kept for peaceful enjoyment. The land subsequently passed, with the covenants,  to the Council. A few years ago,  without proper public debate, the covenants were lifted, for the sum of £50,000 from the public purse. Exmouth seafront is to be fully developed.

EDDC’s  spokesperson on Radio Devon tomorrow may give a different perspective.

East Devon Business Forum input airbrushed from supplementary Employment Land paper for Local Plan inspector

17 Jan

See post directly below.

Remember the days when EDBF was trumpeted very loudly by themselves and EDDC regarding how much employment land the district needs?

Not one mention of them in the position paper ….. airbrushed out of history (along with the EDDC Task and Finish Forum which was supposed to investigate its influence too perhaps?).

Marchers from all over East Devon joined yesterday’s Feniton march.

12 Jan

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People from Honiton, Payhembury, Newton Poppleford, Sidmouth, Sidford,  Ottery St Mary, and  Budleigh Salterton were among the protesters yesterday, as their area ,too, is affected by loopholes in current planning law. Neil Parish, MP (pictured here behind teddy!), is amongst the growing number of his Parliamentary colleagues who now agree that the law should be amended before more countryside is needlessly destroyed.

Feniton March today

11 Jan


This morning’s march was in protest against the impact on villages like Feniton, in East Devon and across the country, of the government’s national planning policy (NPPF).  These pictures kindly sent in by a marcher, capture the mood and the message of the event, jointly organised by Fight for Feniton’s Future, and the East Devon Alliance.

Around 400 people attended, including  local MP Neil Parish, and Councillors Claire Wright, Susie Bond and Roger Giles, and press and media were well represented. (See

Coverage of the event by the BBC’s Inside Out team will be broadcast on Monday 13 Jan at 7.30pm.

Well done East Devon Alliance and Fight for Feniton’s Future!

11 Jan

First news of the massive demo – more to follow:

and here is another:

and another: