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

East Devon Alliance EDDC Election Win
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...

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...

When is an asset of community value not an asset?

Photo of Seaton Hospital
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...

Seaton Hospital – what’s happening

Photo of Seaton Hospital
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...