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EDA PRIORITIES FOR EDDC 2019-20

The Independents of the East Devon Alliance were elected to help run a better, more democratic, accountable and transparent council. We believe that this aim is shared by the great majority of Independents, whether under the umbrella of the EDA or otherwise.  Therefore we would like to offer all councillors our aspirations in the event of a new Independent-led administration for work which should begin on the first day, to then prove reportable progress...

EDDC’s historic election: a victory for EDA, Independents, Liberal Democrats and Greens

2nd May 2019 will go down in history as the day that East Devon finally threw off Conservative control of the district council, which goes back to its creation in 1974. Along with other Independents, Liberal Democrats and Greens, Independent East Devon Alliance candidates swept away the Tory majority. 11 EDA Independents stood in 8 wards. Every single candidate was elected, and all topped the polls in their wards! Only...

EDDC Leader Leaves the Conservative Party. First Sign of Swaths of Changes at EDDC?

Now we learn that the Leader of East Devon District Council, Conservative Councillor Ian Thomas, who is on the ballot paper in Trinity Ward as a Conservative, has resigned from the party. This is a most incredible state of affairs with just a week to go to polling day and after many voters will have cast their postal vote. If the leading local Conservative politician jumps ship, particularly so close to...

EDA REPORT TO GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG ON SERIOUS FAILINGS BY EAST DEVON COUNCIL

A few months ago, the East Devon Alliance responded to a call from the National Audit Office - the body which keeps governments straight - about local councils. If you only read one document prior to placing your vote at the District Elections, please make this the one. It is effectively a primer, the news that papers like the Midweek Herald are too idle and scared to investigate, on a...

East Devon Conservatives in Community Hospital Betrayal

When the NHS quango, the NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), decided to scrap half Eastern Devon’s community hospital beds in 2017, East Devon’s Conservatives refused to stand up for the hospitals in Seaton, Honiton and Okehampton which would lose their beds. Indeed Hugo Swire MP - despite having formerly represented Seaton - called for Seaton to lose its beds in favour of his new patch in Sidmouth, and the...

Is Our Opposition in the EDDC Election for Seaton Getting Worried?

The first East Devon Alliance election board that went up in Seaton was deliberately vandalised on Saturday and in broad daylight sometime between 11 am and noon. The board was in private property overlooking the Underfleet so who could possibly have taken offence to an advertising board showing support for the 2 EDA Independent candidates standing for election in Seaton, Dan Ledger and Jack Rowland? We'll let readers draw their...

When is an asset of community value not an asset?

When East Devon District Council makes decisions regarding requests to have Community Hospitals registered as community assets – that’s when! The latest such decision by EDDC relates to Seaton Hospital. As a Town Councillor, I got a resolution agreed by Seaton Town Council last year to make a request to East Devon District Council to register Seaton Hospital as an asset of community value. If registered, and in the event of...

Scaring the Living Daylights Out of People

Although you wouldn't know it if you are watching the feeble journalism of BBC Spotlight, ITV West Country News or the Midweek Herald, East Devon Council's notoriety for bad practice has been known at a national level for years. In this report, written by the leading national governance and housing journalist Anna Minton, East Devon has its own special section - right up there with some of the worst in...

What is the Rush at the DMC?

Residents may remember the grim days of 2013 when the outline planning application from Clinton Devon Estates to build 40 houses on land south of King Alfred Way in Newton Poppleford came to be heard at the Development Planning Committee (DMC) at EDDC. At the first hearing, the day ran on and the application was 'postponed' as time ran out. Members of the public had taken a day off work...