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Invitation from the East Devon Alliance

15 Jan

After last Saturday’s march in Feniton (pictured below)  you may feel inspired to join! Want to know more? Then please click here: Join EDA poster

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Cameron brings hope to storm-hit Britain, says Private Eye

15 Jan

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BBC’s ‘Inside Out’ takes a close look at why events at Feniton matter to us all.

13 Jan

Sam Smith’s thorough report from Feniton, broadcast earlier this evening, ends with an EDDC Councillor apologising for the lack of a Local Plan. Here’s the link:

BBC Inside Out – link to tonight’s Feniton feature

13 Jan

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:

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Save Our Green Spaces : East Devon Alliance represented at first national network conference today.

1 Dec
The Save Our Green Spaces National Network was launched just outside Bristol today, Sunday 1st  December 2013, at a  first Free National Conference bringing together groups from across the UK. 
The network aims to bring together groups and campaigns from around the country which are trying to protect green spaces for future generations.
In 2008, with the reality of the RSS (Regional Spatial Strategies) looming, South West SOGS was formed bringing together a number of communities each campaigning to protect green spaces in their respective neighbourhoods.  Together it helped galvanise support across the South West of England and generated over 35,000 objections to the RSS.  Now it wants to create  a nationwide voice.  
SOGS is a non membership organisation, which aims to unite campaign groups around the country by providing enquirers and browsers with access to each others’ web site and campaign information.  It will be a source of information about national planning news and events.  It aims to be a first port of call for any future group who need help and advice about setting up their own campaign and will provide information about other groups in their area who are campaigning.   
A report from the East Devon Alliance representatives who attended today’s launch , will follow shortly on SIN.  (More info meanwhile  at )



Report from the East Devon Alliance area rep on the meeting in Feniton earlier this week

6 Nov

EDA Feniton Rep Report 8th November 2013

A meeting at Feniton School was held on the 4th November, jointly hosted by Feniton Parish Council and Fight for Feniton’s Future. The meeting was arranged to discuss the Super Inquiry into three developments that will swamp the village with up to 235 houses. Residents of Feniton packed the school hall: with over 180 people present, it was standing room only!

Parish Council Chair Martyn Smith explained the appeal process to residents, and said that it would be extremely hard to fight such an inquiry without legal representation. Feniton Parish Council (FPC) has applied and been successful in obtaining Rule 6 (6) status. This allows FPC to take an active part in the inquiry, i.e. being able to cross-examine the developers. Many residents were clearly angry about the way in which the village is being targeted, and rallied round and pledged more than £2000 towards the fighting fund for legal fees.

Please see full report from Cllr’s Claire Wright and Susie Bond’s Blogs

Feniton’s plight has attracted the attention of the media. BBC TV’s Inside Out filmed the meeting for a programme to be broadcast very early in the New Year. Earlier that day BBC TV’s Spotlight also visited Feniton to film and interview a number of villagers angry at the threat facing their community.

The Super Inquiry will be held at the Bowling Club in Feniton on January 7th 2014. It is expected to last 2 weeks. Martyn Smith and Fight for Feniton’s Future urge people to attend the Inquiry.

People can download a poster from the FFF website

and display in gardens and windows. It would be great to have a display of posters throughout the village for all see. On January 11th 2014 the East Devon Alliance and Fight for Feniton’s Future intend to arrange a march through Feniton so please keep this date free!

“Feniton is literally under attack … but Feniton is fighting back.”

5 Nov

This quote is from Independent Councillor Susie Bond’s comment on a report on last night’s Feniton meeting (See Over £2,000 pledged by Feniton residents for Fighting Fund, 5th November

Councillor Bond’s predecessor as representative for Feniton and Buckerell, was of course Graham Brown, who stood down as Chair of the now disbanded East Devon Business Forum, and was expelled from the East Devon Conservative Party, after the Daily Telegraph ‘Councillor -for-hire ‘sting (March 2013). In the secretly filmed interview, he predicted a ‘stampede’ of planning applications by developers, which the government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) encourages.

As Spotlight TV’s interview with Dr John Withrington made clear yesterday, what is happening at Feniton is also taking place in many other places throughout East Devon, and the rest of the country.  No wonder the BBC ‘Inside Out’ team were filming the event for a forthcoming documentary…

More related SIN posts:

Link to video of Daily Telegraph’s ‘councillors-for-hire’ interview  (see top page of the SIN blog)

Click to access scaring-the-living-daylights-final.pdf