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

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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

Paul Diviani EDDC
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?

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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?

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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

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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?

Val Ranger Newton Poppleford and Harpford EDDC Election 2019
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...

East Devon Tories Incur A Massive Loss And Leave Us All In Debt For Their Horrible New Honiton HQ

East Devon Alliance EDDC New Honiton HQ
At a time of serious council cutbacks, East Devon Conservative Councillors - and the council officers who do their bidding - have incurred a massive loss for council tax payers building themselves an unnecessary new vanity project HQ in Honiton. Those leading the project have been determined to flog off the former Knowle HQ in Sidmouth for years. They came up with feeble and unproven arguments about energy cost-savings –...

Seaton Hospital – what’s happening

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Many of you may be wondering what’s happening with Seaton Hospital, especially following the closure of the in-patient beds in late 2017. As a result of the bed closures, 38% of the space in the building is empty. NHS Property Services own the site and charge occupiers, including the NHS who run 50 clinics and the Health & Social Care Team, for the remaining space and underwrite the costs of...