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SIN takes a break

9 Aug

Sidmouth Independent News is pleased to say that since its inception, others in  East Devon  have established similarly well-informed blogs on EDDC-related issues. To avoid duplication, SIN  is now taking a long pause, but  may well be back on line in early 2015.

Some alternative sites that can be referred to are  (with useful LINKS list)

the futuresforum blogspot  at

and of course the especially informative and  popular blogs by Independent Councillors at these links and


Thanks all SIN-ers for the constant  contributions and hundreds of thousands of hits since SIN”s opening  post  on  27 Sept 2012, Good Morning, Sid Valley.   The website’s  archive will continue to be of use,  not least ,we suspect, in the run-up to the May 2015 elections.


What ” money no object” means when promises made about flood defences

8 May


EDDC administering flood relief funds

1 Mar

Printing error surely?  Surely they mean EDBF?

Expensive houses will be covered by insurance after Cameron steps in

1 Mar

But not rented properties or business premises – just expensive houses,  “… A further 5,000 homes built on flood plains after 2009 and small businesses will still be excluded and many leasehold properties could also be excluded if the freeholder is a business despite lobbying for offices, shops, pubs and restaurants to be included in the scheme.”



“It’s absolutely barking mad …” – tell that to Feniton!

16 Feb

Mary Dhonau, chairman of the Flood Protection Association, added: “It’s absolutely barking mad.

“You wouldn’t build a house in a river, so why build one where the river goes when it overflows.

“The trouble is, this government is just obsessed with building new homes and has relaxed the planning process to make it easier.”
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Flooding: a sobering post

16 Feb

From Independent District Councillor Susie Bond of Feniton – particularly point 4 of the letter from the Aviva Insurance company from today’s Sunday Telegraph:

First large insurer breaks ranks to say new flood insurance deal unfit for purpose

14 Feb

From Western Morning News (link at end of article)

The Government has been urged to re-think its plan to provide insurance for flood-hit properties after a major under-writer warned some in the Westcountry could be left exposed.

Hiscox is the first insurance firm to publicly raise doubts about the planned Flood Re scheme, the deal negotiated by the industry last summer and currently going through Parliament.

Flood Re is designed to put a levy on most households to keep down the premiums of the 2% homes at highest risk.

Hiscox said Flood Re actively excludes one-in-six households in flood-affected areas, including many properties currently under water in Somerset.  Customers would be at the mercy of the open market, which would mean flood insurance is unlikely to be affordable for many of those excluded. Properties excluded included new homes built after 2009, buy-to-let properties, and higher value properties. Businesses will also not be covered by Flood Re.

Bronek Masojada, chief executive of Hiscox, said: “This week’s events show that the Government’s proposed flood insurance scheme would leave many homeowners in a desperate situation.  What made sense in the heat of negotiation just won’t work in the real world.  “Flood Re is great for Britain in concept, but the Government’s proposals fall short in practice. An urgent rethink is needed.  “We absolutely support a sustainable, mutualised solution to the problem of insurance, but the Government must listen to growing concern from insurers and the public.”

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on the Government to offer more insurance protection for businesses when floods strike.  Many small businesses in the Westcountry have been severely damaged in the current floods sweeping through the UK. And with the potential of more flooding to come in future years, the FSB has called on the Government to provide better insurance safeguards to flood-threatened firms.

Flood Re places a cap on the  total cost homeowners in high flood risk areas would have to pay. So a householder in the average band D property will pay no more than an estimated £800 a year.  Adrian Penter, chairman of the Cornwall FSB, said: “We feel is it vital that the Government has a rethink and includes small businesses in its Flood Re scheme.  And it would obviously be a very timely and welcome thing for the Government to do at the moment.”

When visiting Exeter on Thursday, Labour leader Ed Miliband warned that the Government’s deal was full of “holes” and could leave many thousands of Westcountry households without cover.  He met a flood-hit family whose insurance premium has rocketed almost eight-fold in recent years.  He said: “There are lots of people worried about the costs of insurance being driven up and up and so we are looking at how the scheme can be improved.”

The deal agreed this summer followed the end of the “statement of principles”. In essence, the industry pledges to insure the properties at the highest risk in return for guarantees from the Government over investment in flood defences and other pledges, such as the state being an insurer of last resort.
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National Planning Policy Framework and flooding

14 Feb

Let us not forget that, before the National Planning Policy Framework came in, we had Planning Policy Guidance 25 – a 192 page document that set out very clearly all the dangers of building where water could gain the upper hand.  This has now been ditched in favour of waffle and rhubarb about “sustainability” and “economic growth”.  It’s what you get when you “simplify” the rules.

It isn’t ALL the Environment Agency’s fault – Mr Boles and Mr Pickles and Mr Cameron.

Flooding: costs set to double, but funds reduced

5 Feb

Latest Environment Agency Report at this link:

Campaign to Protect Rural England backs fight for Feniton

16 Jan

National CPRE Chief Executive, Shaun Spiers has added his voice in support of  Feniton.  And Dr Margaret Hall of the East Devon CPRE ,  has also given a spirited defence for the Inquiry this week, based on her research which shows that the Local Plan’s proposed number of houses has been calculated on overestimated population figures.

For Shaun Spiers’quote, click here: