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The Knowledge 27 November 2015 Issue 29 2015/2016

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‣ Blackdown Hills AONB

‣ E-news November/December

‣ Campaign to Protect Rural

England: Devon

‣ Community Council of


‣ Department for

Communities and Local


‣ Devon & Cornwall Police &

Crime Commissioner

‣ District Councils’ Network

‣ East Devon AONB

‣ EDDC Countryside Service

‣ EDVSA (East Devon

Volunteer Support Agency)

‣ Exeter and East Devon

Growth Point

‣ Government Business


‣ Grants and funding

‣ Jurassic Coast

‣ Jurassic Coast Trust

‣ Local Government

Association (LGA)

‣ Rural Services Network

‣ Rural Services Network –

East Devon Profile

‣ South West Councils’ News


Please note meetings shaded pink are NOT open to the public

Meeting DSO Date Time Location

‣ Standards Hearing Sub Committee DV Monday 30 November 10:00 Council Chamber

Capital Strategy and Allocation Group DV Tuesday 1 December 09:30 Committee Room

Meeting of Town & Parish Councils (District

Councillors welcome)

Manor Pavilion Theatre Steering


DV Tuesday 1 December 18:00 Council Chamber

CL Tuesday 1 December 18:30 Committee Room

Licensing & Enforcement Sub Committee CL Wednesday 2 December 09:30 NOT REQUIRED

‣ Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committees DM Wednesday 2 December 15:00 Council Chamber

‣ Cabinet DV Wednesday 2 December 17:30 Council Chamber

‣ Strata Joint Scrutiny Committee DV Thursday 3 December 17:30

Sustainable Homes and Communities

Portfolio – Housing Seminar

Civic Centre


DV Thursday 3 December 18:00 Council Chamber

‣ Development Management Committee HW Tuesday 8 December 10:00 Council Chamber

Licensing & Enforcement Sub Committee CL Wednesday 9 December 09:30 NOT REQUIRED

Exeter International Airport Consultative


CL Wednesday 9 December 15:15 Exeter Airport

Asset Management Forum CL Thursday 10 December 09:30 Council Chamber

Time management training for councillors DV Thursday 10 December 14:30 Council Chamber

East Devon profile

Scrutiny Committee DM Thursday 10 December 18:00 Council Chamber

Diary Note: Special Development

Management Committee: Issues and

Options – Cranbrook Masterplan

HW Tuesday 15 December


Contact us:

Democratic Services Officers

Diana Vernon 01395 517541

Amanda Coombes 01395 517543

Chris Lane 01395 517544

Debbie Meakin 01395 517540

Alethea Thompson 01395 571653

Hannah Whitfield 01395 517542

Sidmouth Photos by Ben Chesters


Strata Joint Executive


‣ 22 October 2015

Overview Committee

‣ 17 November 2015

Audit & Governance


‣ 19 November 2015

Strata - Joint Executive

Committee decision sheet

‣ 24 November 2015

Portfolio Holders’ decisions

Decision put to Portfolio Holder


Homes &


Jill Elson

10 Little Normans, Plymtree

The owner/occupier of 10 Little Normans, Plymtree, a former local authority

property, has constructed a single-storey extension and car port and despite

applying and achieving planning consent was unaware of the covenants

restricting building work and had now applied for the consent for the

building work that has already been undertaken.


That consent be granted.

Further details: John Moss, Housing Officer, Ext 2580

Decision by Portfolio Holder

EDDC news

‣ Read the latest news

‣ Boy racers to be deterred

from using Seaton and

Sidmouth public car parks


Iain Chubb

Winter car parking offer

Following the success of the Christmas 2014 parking concession, this report

recommends that the same concession should apply this year commencing 1

December 2015 and running through to the end of February 2016 to encourage

residents and visitors to shop in our town centres and to support the growth

and vitality of our town centre economies.


To approve a special offer of all day parking for £2 (after 10am) in all East

Devon’s car parks between 1 December 2015 and 29 February 2016 and anyone

buying a £2 ticket after 10am is entitled to use the same ticket to park in any

other EDDC pay and display car park for the remainder of that day.

‣ East Devon primary

schools take over their local

council for the day

Under our Constitution a decision cannot be implemented until 9.00am 3 December 2015. If a

decision is subject to a valid Call In by members before that specified time and date it cannot be

implemented until the Scrutiny Committee has reviewed the decision. If a portfolio holder

decision is called in, the report writer will be notified of this by a democratic services officer.

In the press

‣ Call for children abused within the family to be identified

Only one in eight children in England who are sexually abused are identified by authorities, a

study by the Children’s Commissioner suggests. Police and local authorities found 50,000

cases of abuse in the two-year period from April 2012 to March 2014 but the report

suggests the actual number was up to 450,000, with 85% of cases missed, particularly within

families. Cllr Roy Perry, Chairman of the LGA’s Children and Young People’s Board said that

the burden of disclosing abuse needed to be taken away from children wherever possible,

but stressed that "councils cannot do this alone. We need support from a million eyes and

ears amongst the public".

What’s on

Thelma Hulbert Gallery

‣ Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth

‣ Exmouth Pavilion

The Gateway, Seaton

The Beehive, Honiton

‣ Countryside events

‣ Councils set to freeze services as they reach 'tipping point'

‣ Spending Review: Local councils warn of funding crisis

Councils are starting to freeze non-essential services

as they reach a "tipping point". The survey of local

authorities across Britain shows the scale of cuts they

are already facing.

Town halls face a financial black hole that could not

be filled by closing every children’s centre, library,

museum and park, council leaders warned after the

Spending Review. The Chancellor announced a

“revolution in the way we govern this country” by

allowing councils to keep 100% of business rates, for

example, but it will be accompanied with the loss of central government grant. The LGA

warned that services could be lost altogether as councils cope with growing funding

pressures and struggle to protect “life and death services, such as caring for the elderly and

protecting children, already buckling under growing demand”. LGA Chairman, Lord Porter,

said: “Even if councils stopped filling in potholes, maintaining parks, closed all children’s

centres, libraries, museums, leisure centres and turned off every street light they will not

have saved enough money to plug the financial black hole they face by 2020.”

‣ How can public services show prevention really is better than cure?

A Guardian feature suggesting that if the government invested more in a prevention, public

services would be much more cost-effective and quality of life would improve too. In a

recent report calling for a £2 billion prevention transformation fund, the LGA warned health

and social care would "buckle under the weight of demand" unless money was invested into

promoting better health and avoiding costly hospital treatment.

‣ Britain's biggest housebuilders slow home construction

The number of new homes registered in the three months to the end of September was 2%

lower than a year ago, according to the National

Housebuilding Council. The slowdown comes despite

government measures such as a relaxation in

planning rules and incentives for homebuyers. Costs

for on-site labour have started to rise sharply with

the industry facing a skills shortage. LGA research

found the number of construction qualifications

awarded through apprenticeships, colleges and

universities has fallen 10,000 in the past two years.

‣ Loneliness – the silent killer

New statistics have revealed that loneliness has become a silent killer. The latest figures

from the Office for National Statistics show that 7.1 million people are now living alone in

England and Wales, up 600,000 in ten years.

Scientists say that a sense of isolation leads to

lowered immune systems, resulting in increased

sensitivity to diseases, meaning lonely people

are 14% more likely to die. Caroline Abrahams of

Age UK said: “Research shows that more than a

million older people haven’t spoken to a friend,

neighbour or family member for over a month

and unless we act, we’ll see ever greater

numbers of lonely older people.

Town & Parish websites

‣ Awliscombe

‣ Axminster

‣ Branscombe

‣ Broadclyst

‣ Broadhembury

‣ Budleigh Salterton

‣ Chardstock

‣ Clyst Honiton

‣ Clyst St Mary

‣ Dunkeswell

‣ Exmouth

‣ Farringdon

‣ Honiton

‣ Kilmington

‣ Musbury

‣ Newton Poppleford

‣ Northleigh

‣ Otterton

‣ Ottery St Mary

‣ Rockbeare

‣ Seaton

‣ Sidmouth

‣ Uplyme

‣ Upton Pyne

‣ Town & Parish contacts

Please advise if you would like to

share the link to your council's

town/parish website in the


‣ Slimming down fire engines

An increase in the number of large cars over the past decade has led to fire brigades buying

slimmer engines in order to navigate through smaller streets lined with parked vehicles. East

Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is the latest brigade to announce it is considering buying a

fleet of thinner vehicles. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service purchased new

vehicles last year.

Stop Loan Sharks social media campaign week

Around 310,000 people use a loan shark each year. A loan shark is someone who lends money

without the correct permission from the Financial Conduct Authority. Loan sharks may initially

appear friendly but they will often use violence and intimidation to ensure they get their

money, causing borrowers endless misery.

To report a loan shark call 0300 555 2222 Email

How to support the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) campaign:

Follow IMLT on Twitter @loansharksnews

and Facebook

• Talk about loan sharks and the campaign using the hashtag: #Standuptoloansharks

• Spread the word via websites and social media

• Join in on 30 November for the England wide tweetathon. Simply tweet a message of

support along with the hashtag #Standuptoloansharks

• Display posters and leaflets

• Take part in activities and joint media opportunities

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