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...

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...

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

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...