Skypark – isn’t the clue in the name and location?

20 Jun

News on the EDA website that one of EDDC’s potential neighbours will be parcel delivery service does not surprise us.

Recall that the much-touted “intermodal freight terminal” bit the dust a few years ago. Given Skypark’s location adjacent to Exeter Airport, surely a freight company is best located there.

What ISN’T suitable is offices: planes taking off on one side, freight lorries and vans on the other.

No, what you need for offices is peace and quiet in nice parkland, close enough to public transport for your customers to visit you!

Residents to be discouraged from visiting new EDDC HQ

16 Jun

“Cllr Ray Bloxham said a piece of work is underway ‘to see what service delivery we can produce in each of our towns and what kind of facilities would be needed to do that’.

He added: “The important thing is members of the public who want to engage with the district council in some way can do it in the towns where they live rather than coming to our offices.”

Cllr Andrew Moulding questioned how many residents in East Devon visit Knowle, adding: “Unless there’s a major planning application people are concerned about, people would not necessarily need to communicate by actually going along and visiting the headquarters of the council”

Sidmouth falconer in court

15 Jun

“I am a bit of a peasant when it comes to culture”, admits Cllr Twiss

5 Jun

In an unwitting piece of irony, the Tory Party Whip made this declaration at last night’s Cabinet meeting, when the long and costly snag-list for the new community centre at Honiton was  being discussed. As Cllr Mike Allen pointed out, EDDC has made an investment of £1,000,000 in the new Beehive Centre, and things have not gone smoothly with the business plan. There have been well-reported ructions at Honiton Town Council meetings, about the intended use and future management of the Centre, which may have to apply for charitable status to source additional grants now needed to complete the project.

Any lessons to be learned here, regarding another EDDC lavish project  for a newbuild  Council office at the Skypark wasteland?

New broom sweeps clean?

3 Jun

East Devon County and District Independent Councillor, Claire Wright has today launched her campaign to challenge Hugo Swire , MP, at next year’s election.

SIN readers may well recall this: and this (from 2012):

Report on today’s gathering in the Dissenters’ Room at Sidmouth’s Unitarian Church Hall, is on the EDA website

Knowle relocation article in Express and Echo

30 May

No cobwebs on Claire!

30 May

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Congratulations to Independent County and District Cllr Claire Wright, who has announced that she will be standing for East Devon, against the Party machine,  at the Parliamentary elections just one year ahead, in May 2015. Her campaign begins next week. See SIN’s earlier post,