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www.eastdevon.gov.uk 5 December 2014 Issue 30 2014/2015

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Where ‣ is shown – click the name of the meeting to link to the agenda

Meeting DSO Date Time Location

Licensing & Enforcement Sub Committee CL Wednesday 10 December 09:30 NOT REQUIRED

Exeter International Airport Consultative


CL Wednesday 10 December 15:15

Conference Room

Exeter Airport

‣ Development Management Committee HW Tuesday 16 December 14:00 Council Chamber

Licensing & Enforcement Sub Committee CL Wednesday 17 December 09:30 Council Chamber

COUNCIL DV Wednesday 17 December 18:30 Council Chamber

Cabinet decisions

Members are notified of decisions from the Cabinet meeting held on 3 December 2014.

Please click on the following link to read the minutes of the meeting:

‣ Cabinet minutes - 3 December 2014

Cabinet decisions will become effective on 11 December 2014 at 9.00am unless “called in”. The published

procedure for a “call in” is on pages 145 -147 of the Council Constitution, or contact Democratic Services

for assistance or explanation. Recommendations by Cabinet to Council are not subject to “call in”.

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Homes &


Jill Elson

52 Foxhill, Axminster

The applicant has converted his former council house into two flats

(ground floor and first floor). He obtained planning permission at the time

but omitted to obtain former landlord’s consent and is now applying



That the application be approved.

The above decision will become effective on 11 December 2014 at 9.00am unless “called in”. The

published procedure for a “call-in” is on pages 144 -146 of the Council Constitution, or contact

Democratic Services for assistance or explanation.

EDDC news

‣ Read the latest news

‣ Countryside’s

countdown to Christmas

College merger

You may already be aware that Bicton College is proposing to merge with The Cornwall

College Group with effect from 31 March 2015. There is an information booklet outlining the

vision for the merger and the benefits that it will bring to learners and communities in Devon

and the wider south-west: www.bicton.ac.uk

If you have any questions about this proposal or would like to comment, please email

feedback@bicton.ac.uk by 31 December 2014. A summary of the issues raised will be

published along with proposals to address them, not later than 28 February 2015.

‣ Bye-bye to tree danger

in the Byes

‣ Cosier Christmas

campaign comes to the


‣ Council welcomes £99k

grant to Rolle Centre


In the press

‣ 300,000 disabled people waiting for housing living in unsuitable homes

About 300,000 disabled people are stuck on housing waiting lists across the UK, forced to

‘make do’ in accommodation that does not meet their needs, according to a charity report.

In No Place Like Home, now published, Leonard Cheshire Disability accused the government

and housing developers of failing disabled people. An LGA spokesman said councils wanted

to do more to support accessible and adaptable homes, but were “hampered in work to

build new homes by centrally set Treasury restrictions on investment in housing”.

‣ The frail elderly who have to deal with 50 different carers a year

Frail elderly people dependent on care in their own homes

are faced with a conveyor belt of up to 50 separate carers a

year, an inquiry has found. A commission on home care in

England, chaired by the former care minister Paul Burstow

calls for sweeping changes to the training of care workers,

a new licensing system and steps to improve the status of

caring as a career. The study, commissioned by the thinktank

the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), follows

revelations about standards in domiciliary care.

‣ Combined Honiton and

Exmouth sites to be


‣ Tenants advised: Stay

safe in your home this


‣ Social housing in crisis as Right to Buy depletes stock

A flagship housing scheme which allows tenants to buy council homes at a discount is

eroding Britain’s stock of affordable housing – with only one home being built for every four

sold off. An analysis of figures show that since Right to Buy was relaunched by the

government in 2012, more than 20,000 properties have been sold off, with discounts of up

to 70 per cent on market values, but councils have begun building fewer than 5,000 homes

to replace those sold. An LGA spokesman said: “The arrangements are poor value for the

public purse and do not support councils to replace homes sold under the scheme like-forlike.”

‣ Councils aim to stop clustering of betting shops

More than a quarter of all local authorities in England

have joined forces to use the Sustainable Communities

Act to try and block the clustering of betting shops on

high streets. Ninety-three councils are calling for

ministers to reduce the maximum stakes on fixed odds

betting terminals from £100 a spin to £2. The Act

forces the government to consider the request and

engage in talks with the LGA on the issue.



Tuesday 9 December

7am – A festive delivery

office visit to the Royal Mail

Axminster Delivery Office,

South Street, Axminster

‣ Tory shires join call for more cash and powers for England’s regions

England’s regions – including Tory shires – have joined forces to demand an end to austerity

and a radical constitutional settlement that will give them the money and power to run their

own affairs. The leaders of 119 English councils – of which 65 are controlled by Labour, 40

by the Conservatives and 10 by the Liberal Democrats – say in a letter to the Observer that

the English people will not accept Scottish devolution unless it is matched by an equal

redistribution of power south of the border. The letter says:

‘..the Smith commission set out a better deal for Scotland, granting more control over

funding and recognising the importance of devolving power down beyond Holyrood. It’s

England’s turn now.”

Signatories include Cllr David Sparks, Chair of the LGA, and more than 100 other council


‣ 10 million ‘will become carers in next five years’

More than 10 million people will become carers for sick,

elderly or disabled relatives over the next five years,

according to new research. The charity Carers UK warned

that people who started looking after someone for the

first time can find themselves “pushed to breaking point”

if they don’t receive help. It pointed out that £1.1 billion

in Carer’s Allowance is unclaimed every year, with 42% of

carers missing out.

‣ One in 100 households at risk of losing home

Nearly 1,300 people are teetering on the verge of homelessness every day, according to

figures from Shelter. Research by the housing charity identified vulnerable “hot spots” and

suggests one in every 100 households are at risk of losing their homes.

‣ End of the road for dreaded potholes

Potholes could become a relic of the past thanks to

plans to produce self-healing concrete. Scientists are

experimenting with a material that employs bacteria

to plug cracks opened by bad weather. At least 40,000

drivers claimed compensation from councils for

damage caused by potholes last year.

‣ Cuts warning after Autumn Statement

Public spending is set to fall to levels not seen since the 1930s, the Office for Budget

Responsibility is forecasting after George Osborne's Autumn Statement. The Chancellor said

Whitehall budgets would need to reduce by at least £15 billion in the next two years but

confirmed there would be no further reduction in local government funding in 2015/16.

LGA Chair Cllr David Sparks said:

“Government has acknowledged the huge contribution

councils have already made to balancing the country's

books, and the fragile financial position in which this has

placed many local authorities.”

MPs were told that £12 billion had been saved through

public sector pay limits with the expectation being that

similar savings would be found in the next Parliament.

The OFBR is also forecasting the loss of one million public sector jobs by 2020.

What’s on

‣ Thelma Hulbert Gallery

‣ Latest newsletter

‣ Manor Pavilion,


‣ Exmouth Pavilion

‣ Business rates face review

George Osborne used the Autumn Statement to announce that a full review of the business

rates system in England is to be carried out. The outcome is expected to be fiscally neutral,

meaning that the total sum collected from businesses will not change. Cllr Claire Kober,

Chair of the LGA’s Resources Board, urged the government to take into account the impact

of e-commerce as part of the review. She added: "Councils could do much more to support

small businesses if we were able to set rates and discounts locally. It will be crucial that

government's reform of business rates make this a truly local tax." Other measures

announced by the Chancellor include a reform of stamp duty, an extra £2 billion a year for

the NHS until 2020, National Insurance contributions waived for employers taking on

apprenticeships and investment in businesses, academies, research and culture to create a

"northern powerhouse" in England.

‣ The Gateway at Seaton

Town Hall

‣ The Beehive, Honiton

‣ Countryside events

Awards for All webinars

Awards for All are running webinars in order to

guide people through the process of applying for

Awards for All funding. The webinars are

interactive seminars run over the internet

presented and supported by informative funding

officers from the Big Lottery Fund. Training is

interactive and provides an opportunity to learn in

a place that suits users without the expense and

time of travel. All that is required is access to a PC,

tablet or laptop with internet connection and headphones (optional) in order to join a


“This presentation will give sound guidance on eligibility criteria and what we could help to

pay for, explore ideas on projects we are looking to fund and show how to best evidence the

need and impact of your project.

“It will also provide hints and tips on how to put together your application including

outcomes, which you can link directly to the questions on the application form. We will

highlight areas where you can strengthen your application and provide examples of sources of

evidence. Many customers have fed back that they have picked up invaluable information

from our presentations, which they may not have previously considered.

“You can enjoy webinars at your own leisure in the comfort of your own home, office or your

local cafe and you also have the opportunity to ask questions during the seminar through an

interactive chat panel. “

Webinars take place every Thursday at 3pm and last

approx 30 minutes. It's easy to sign up for a webinar and

takes minutes. You can either email


or call 0345 410 20 between 9am -5pm Monday to

Friday. Once you have signed up, you will receive an

email asking you to register your interest. Once you have

registered, you will receive another email allowing you to

join the webinar at the set time and a guide to getting set

up correctly.

Over 820 people see top ballet company at the

Manor Pavilion Theatre

Ballet Theatre UK returned to the

Manor Pavilion Theatre in Sidmouth

to great success with four

performances of Swan Lake and over

820 tickets sold.

The production was stunning and the

dancers were truly amazing; the

atmosphere in the venue was very

special as with two evening

performances and two afternoon

performances it appealed to all ages

from 3 to 93 years old.

This brand new production, which is

currently on a UK tour, was directed

by top artistic director Christopher

Moore who visited the venue and said

“The company regard the Manor

Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth as one of

their favourite dates, as the public

support has always been fantastic and

the venue has a great atmosphere.

Once our next production has been

announced to the cast, one of the very

first questions is, are we going to


It has only just been confirmed that the company will be returning next year with another

two productions - the new ballet Aladdin on 25/26 April and The Snow Queen in the

autumn on 27/28 November.

People came from near and far to see this ballet, including, Exeter, Taunton, Swindon, and

Bristol. The ballet company are regarded as being in the top five touring ballet companies.

The public’s reaction has been over whelming with such comments as “First ballet I have

ever seen, I can’t wait for their return” “We used to travel to Plymouth to see ballet, now

we have no need to!” “Best night’s entertainment in years, truly amazing! Well done to the

company and the venue”.

A winter’s day, looking

towards Southleigh

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