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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……

Do developers care about the “green belt”? Of course not

17 Jan

Just to be clear “green belt” has a specific meaning not applicable to East Devon where “green field” is more appropriate, but the principle is the same:

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

Feniton 11th Jan 1


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.

Notice Board at top of Old Fore Street, Sidmouth

4 Jan

Thanks to the SIN-ner who sent in this photo, taken today, and the comment which was spotted on the local Streetlife blog:



“I see that EDDC have two official notices about their services on the notice board (used by Save our Sidmouth),  at the top of Old Fore Street. You know, the one that EDDC refused planning permission for!”

Flood insurance for small businesses

8 Dec
This extract from the link given below, shows that it is not just band H domestic properties which will be affected by crippling costs of flood insurance (Anyone thinking of locating to Sidford Fields, take heed!)
Customers living in properties built since 2009, those living in council tax band H properties and small businesses are currently excluded from accessing cover under Flood Re.
However, they are included under the existing industry agreement, the Statement of Principles, which protects businesses with up to 49 staff.
Trudgill said: “We think it is important to help small businesses with a turnover of less than £1m and less than 10 staff.  We have had many members raise concerns about flood insurance for small businesses, including cases where we have seen an increased premium for a property 2,000ft above a river and a business that moved next door and received a £2,500 imposed excess despite no flood history.”
Federation of Small Businesses national chairman John Allan said: “It is of deep concern that government has chosen not to include small businesses in its Flood Re scheme. FSB research shows one in five small firms were affected by flooding last year alone. If they can’t use this scheme, small businesses in areas at risk of floods will be forced to pay exorbitantly high costs to be insured against this threat. We want the government to think again on this issue and we will be looking to parliamentarians to table amendments to the forthcoming Water Bill.”