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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.

Noxious noticeboard…or popular community asset?

7 Feb

If you think the Save Our Sidmouth Community Notice Board  should stay, (Old Fore Street, Sidmouth, opposite Ganesha’s health food shop) don’t forget to send in your comments to the council, who objected to it as a public danger….

Closing date for representations is 5th March.

Flooding: costs set to double, but funds reduced

5 Feb

Latest Environment Agency Report at this link:

EDDC Cabinet will have a lot to wade through tomorrow evening (Weds 5th Feb)

4 Feb

Today’s SOS post explains :

Noxious noticeboard?

31 Jan

The well-used Save our Sidmouth town centre notice board had its permission refused, on the grounds that it is ‘untidy’ and ‘dangerous’.   An appeal is now in place.

Deadline for representations is 5th March. Details here: PI noticeboard appeal

Countdown to Public Examination of EDDC’s New Local Plan, 2006-26!

21 Jan

With just a few weeks to go, some last minute new documents have been submitted  to the Inspector by EDDC .

For link to Programme Officer’s info on the docs, go to


EAST DEVON: Do it… the East Devon Way

17 Jan

As an article in Pullman’s View from says, ‘This is the call from the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership which, as part of their ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations, is keen to see this inland alternative to the South West Coast Path be appreciated by more people and loved by more businesses.  The 40 mile walking route joins Exmouth to Lyme Regis through the very heart of the East Devon AONB. The network of Rights of Way, permissive paths and quiet rural lanes which make up the East Devon Way, take in hillforts and heathland, river valleys and woodland, towns and villages rich in character. ‘


A SIN correspondent adds, ‘Soon with additional attraction of a 12 acre industrial estate at Sidford?’

Sidford fields low

Here’s the current view of  Sidford Fields, taken a few days ago, from the East Devon Way……