The Knowledgewww.eastdevon.gov.uk 1 August 2014 Issue 12 2014/2015Quick links‣ Blackdown Hills AONB‣ Campaign to Protect RuralEngland: Devon‣ Community Council ofDevon‣ Department forCommunities and LocalGovernment‣ Devon & Cornwall Police &Crime Commissioner‣ District Councils’ Network‣ East Devon AONB‣ EDDC Countryside Service‣ EDVSA (East DevonVolunteer Support Agency)‣ EDVSA newsletter‣ DeVa newsletter‣ Exeter and East DevonGrowth Point‣ Government BusinessNewsletter‣ Grants and funding‣ Jurassic Coast‣ Jurassic Coast Trust‣ Local GovernmentAssociation‣ Rural Services Network‣ Rural Services Network –East Devon Profile‣ South West Councils’ NewsMeetingsPlease note meetings shaded pink are NOT open to the publicWhere ‣ is shown – click the name of the meeting to link to the agendaMeeting DSO Date Time Location‣ Licensing & Enforcement Sub Committee CL Wednesday 6 August 09:30 Council Chamber‣ Planning Inspections Committee HW Friday 8 August 10:30 Council ChamberLicensing & Enforcement Sub Committee DV Wednesday 13 August 09:30 Council ChamberAsset Management Forum CL Thursday 14 August 09:30 Committee RoomOverview & Scrutiny Committee DM Thursday 14 August 18:30 Council ChamberPortfolio Holder’s decisionDecision by Portfolio HolderSustainableHomes &CommunitiesJill Elson2 Shortlands, YettingtonThe current owners of 2 Shortlands, Yettington carried out building work,amounting to the construction of a two storey extension and attachedgarage to their home, a former EDDC owned property.Agreed:As the building work has already taken place, and has received buildingregulations approval, the request for Council permission for the work isagreed.Further details: John Moss, Housing Officer, Ext 2580The above decision will become effective on 7 August 2014 at 9.00am unless East “called Devon in”. profileThe published procedure for a “call-in” is on pages 145 -147 of the Council Constitution, orcontact Democratic Services for assistance or explanation.Contact us:knowledge@eastdevon.gov.ukDemocratic Services OfficersDiana Vernon 01395 517541Chris Lane 01395 517544Stephanie Lewis 01395 517543Debbie Meakin 01395 517540Hannah Whitfield 01395 517542In the press‣ Doctors must lose weight, says NHS boss (All papers)Doctors and nurses who are overweight have been ordered to slim down by NHS bossSimon Stevens in order to set a good example to patients amid concerns about the growingobesity epidemic.

EDDC news‣ Read the latest EDDCnews headlines‣ CosyDevonFamilies across Devon willget a warmer home thiswinter and beyond thanksto CosyDevon – an energysaving scheme launchedthis week by nine localauthorities and DevonCounty Council which willsee up to £9 millioninvested in improvinghomes across the county.A flabby waistline raises the risk of diabetes by five times (Express 31 July p19)New figures reveal the number of people with diabetes will reach 4.6 million by 2030. Astudy by Public Health England shows that men with a waistbandof 40 inches and women 34 inches are more likely to develop thecondition. Cllr Katie Hall, Chair of the LGA’s CommunityWellbeing Board, said creating an “obesity action fund” by usingone-fifth of the VAT collected on “obesity-fuelling” fast food,soft drinks and confectionary would help tackle the problem.‣ Retail organisations say ‘Tesco tax’ will push up pricesA controversial proposal for a £400 million “Tesco tax” has been criticised by businessleaders who say it will drive up prices and leave the “onerous” business rates regimeuntouched. The plan, drawn up by a group of 20 councils led by Derby City Council, wouldsee large supermarkets taxed to pay for improvements to local shopping areas, but hasbeen criticised by organisations including the British Retail Consortium and Federation ofSmall Businesses.‣ The cost of parking is driving us off the road‣ Cranbrook’s play area isopen for business...‣ Apply now on DevonHome Choice!‣ New Mamhead Slipwaymoves a step closerMotorists are being forced off the road by spiralling parking charges andfewer spaces in towns and cities, a report from the RAC has revealed. Twothirdsof drivers think parking is too expensive in their town, and four infive said charges had risen in the past 12 months. The motoringorganisation has called for a “reality check when it comes to parking inBritain”. An LGA spokesman said: “This report is not a true reflection of thereality of parking in our communities. Councils remain on the side of hardpressedmotorists by keeping a lid on parking charges which are only set torise with inflation this year.”Cllr Peter Fleming appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss this.‣ ‘Cut council tax for volunteers’Community volunteers who help out in their local library or do charitable work should getdiscounts on their council tax bills, a new plan proposes. The LGA said volunteers saved thepublic purse millions through their efforts and deserved some financial recognition. It isurging the next government to give volunteers in England and Wales a small annual rebate.Cllr David Sparks, Chairman of the LGA, said: "We need to do more to recognise andencourage people who give up their spare time for the good of their community. Acommunity contribution discount would not only recognise the fantastic work volunteers dobut could help save the public purse many millions more than it costs."‣ Call to ban families from putting food in binsFamilies should be banned from sending any food waste to landfill,according to the Commons Environmental Audit Committee. It hasurged government to force councils to compost or re-use 100% offood waste and has proposed a reduction in VAT for recycledproducts. The LGA said: “There is a strong case for banning not justfood from landfill, but also furniture, paints and textiles. This willhelp promote a thriving reuse economy.”‣ Dementia patients up 60% in seven yearsThe number of people diagnosed with dementia in England has risen by more than 60% inseven years, new data released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre reveals.

What’s on‣ Thelma Hulbert Gallery‣ What’s On‣ Manor Pavilion,Sidmouth‣ Exmouth Pavilion‣ The Gateway at SeatonTown Hall‣ The Beehive, Honiton‣ Countryside eventsCountryside eventsSummer at the Axe Estuary Wetlands near Seaton can only mean one thing – it’s time for theWet ‘n’ Wild Summer Festival. On Saturday 16 August at 8am (weather permitting) there is abird ringing demonstration by the Axe Estuary Ringing Group, and a chance to identify andlearn about live moths caught in a moth trap during the previous night.From 10am until 4pm there will be plenty of activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy,including willow weaving, storytelling, children’s craft activities, wildlife rambles, learningbirdwatching skills, barbecue and cream teas.Entry is free; there is a small charge for refreshments andwillow weaving. Park at the Axe Estuary car park (throughSeaton cemetery entrance).There are still a few placesleft on the Children’sPhotography Safari on5 August (9am–11am) atthe Axe Estuary Wetlands.The cost is £2.50 per child –come and join the EDDCCountryside team’s ownkeen photographers for amorning of exploring and photographing a wide range ofwildlife. Children should bring a camera to capture the bestimages, and gain some practical skills in naturephotography.For more information call the Countryside team on 01395 517557 or emailCountryside@eastdevon.gov.ukDemocratic Services producesthis weekly information sheetevery Friday for Members ofEast Devon District Council.Please contact Diana Vernonif you have any commentsabout the newsletter.Wild flowers at Connaught Gardens, Sidmouth – Photos (above and left) by Chris Berrett

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