www.eastdevon.gov.uk 6 May 2016 Issue 50 2015/2016
‣ Blackdown Hills AONB
‣ Campaign to Protect Rural
‣ Community Council of
‣ Department for
Communities and Local
‣ Devon & Cornwall Police &
‣ District Councils’ Network
‣ East Devon AONB
‣ EDDC Countryside Service
‣ EDVSA (East Devon
Volunteer Support Agency)
‣ Exeter and East Devon
‣ Government Business
‣ Grants and funding
‣ Jurassic Coast
‣ Jurassic Coast Trust
‣ Local Government
‣ Rural Services Network
‣ Rural Services Network –
East Devon Profile
‣ South West Councils’ News
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
Please note meetings shaded pink are NOT open to the public
Meeting DSO Date Time Location
Community Fund Panel CL Monday 9 May 10:00 Council Chamber
‣ Development Management Committee HW Tuesday 10 May 10:00 Council Chamber
Licensing & Enforcement Sub Committee CL Wednesday 11 May 09:30 NOT REQUIRED
Exeter International Airport Consultative
CL Wednesday 11 May 15:15 Exeter Airport
Social media café DV Wednesday 11 May 16:00 Committee Room
‣ Cabinet AC Wednesday 11 May 17:30 Council Chamber
‣ Development Management Committee
‘Tour of the EDDC website’ – a useful and
informative presentation to guide you to key
online services (all Members welcome)
Development Management Committee
(Extra Ordinary meeting)
Manor Pavilion Theatre Management
HW Thursday 12 May
DM Thursday 12 May
Tuesday 17 May
Tuesday 31 May
11:00 Council Chamber
17:00 Council Chamber
10:00 Council Chamber
AT Tuesday 17 May 18:30 Manor Pavilion
Licensing & Enforcement Sub Committee CL Wednesday 18 May 09:30 NOT REQUIRED
ANNUAL COUNCIL HW Wednesday 18 May 18:30 Council Chamber
In the press
‣ Right to Buy extension criticised by MPs
East Devon profile
The Government's plan to extend the Right to Buy scheme to
housing association tenants has been criticised by a group of MPs.
A Public Accounts Committee report has questioned how the policy
will be funded, whether proper replacement homes will be built
and said there was evidence that it could increase overcrowding for
those in housing need. The LGA has criticised the policy which the
Government said will encourage home ownership. Cllr Sharon
Taylor, Vice Chair of the LGA, said: “We share the Committee’s
concerns about the difficulty in assessing the impact of this in each
local area, and have opposed proposals for it to be funded by forcing councils to sell much
needed housing. We are urging MPs to vote for a vital amendment that will mean councils
retain sufficient funds to replace any higher value home they are forced to sell to fund the
policy one-for-one and with a tenure that best meets local need.”
Wednesday 11 May
British Empire Medals Awards
Ceremony, County Hall,
Friday 13 May
Opening of new garden at
Thelma Hulbert Gallery,
‣ Read the latest news
‣ East Devon Eddie says
look after your dog properly
to pet carers of the future
‣ New rent support grant
to bring consistent
financial approach for
sports and activities clubs
who rent council facilities
‣ Stockland Parish Council
Plan to East Devon District
‣ East Devon District
Council completes transfer
of Seaton Town Hall to
Seaton Town Council
‣ Mamhead Slipway April
‣ 76 ‘legal high’ drug deaths over 10 years
The number of Britons killed by legal highs has tripled in two years,
figures reveal. There were 76 deaths in England and Wales in 10 years,
according to data from Office for National Statistics, but there was a
marked rise from seven in 2011 to 23 in 2013. The Government is
preparing to order a crackdown on the drugs.
‣ England’s lowest turnouts revealed
Fewer than one in five eligible voters in some parts of England previously
chose anyone to represent them in local elections, research has found.
BBC News analysis of voting patterns in 2,500 council wards since 2012
has revealed wide disparities with most of the areas where the fewest
people voted in recent elections centering in the North. Katie Ghose,
Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society, said: "These figures show
that there is a serious democratic deficit in local elections in England.
Local authorities are central to running so many services - from adult
social care, to waste, schools and transport - and with many getting more powers, it's vital
people turn out, hold them to account and have their say."
‣ Binge drinking boom since pubs opened longer
Longer opening hours for pubs have led to an increase in heavy
alcohol consumption, according to a study by Lancaster University.
It says that despite average drinking volumes increasing slightly, the
chances of some drinking heavily had gone up substantially.
‣ More pensioners suffering from alcohol problems
Figures compiled by Public Health England show that the number of people aged over 65
who were admitted to hospital with drinking problems has increased. For those over the
age of 65, 261 out of every 100,000 were admitted as a result of drinking in 2008/09. That
figure rose to 275 by 2014/15.
‣ Call for all food sellers to show hygiene ratings
All food premises in England should be forced to display
hygiene ratings to drive up standards and protect people from
the risk of eating poorly prepared food cooked in unsafe and
unhygienic kitchens, say councils. The LGA is calling for
mandatory displays to be extended to England to help raise
food hygiene standards at restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways,
sandwich shops, supermarkets and delicatessens, and to
reassure consumers. Compulsory ratings already exist in Wales and will be introduced in
Northern Ireland in October. Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the LGA's Safer and Stronger
Communities Board, said: “Anyone in England who sees a business without a hygiene rating
sticker currently has to decide if they want to eat or buy food there without knowing what’s
going on in the kitchen. It’s not always easy for people to judge hygiene standards simply by
walking through the front door of a premises and know whether they are about to be
served a ‘dodgy’ burger or kebab that could pose a serious risk to their health. Councils
always take action to tackle poor or dangerous hygiene and improve conditions and see
first-hand what shockingly can go on behind closed doors at rogue food premises.
Businesses have recently been prosecuted for being riddled with mice or cockroach
infestations, rodent droppings on food and caught with a chef smoking when preparing
food.” The LGA has released details of recent food safety breaches, including in Croydon
where more than 100 food outlets failed to meet expected hygiene standards last year,
including 22 in a single street. (Deputy Chairman of the LGA, Cllr Peter Fleming was interviewed by
Sky News Radio about and on Radio 4's You and Yours. LGA Community Wellbeing Board member Cllr
Jonathan McShane was also on Good Morning Britain and LBC Radio.)
‣ Thelma Hulbert Gallery
‣ Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth
‣ Exmouth Pavilion
‣ The Gateway, Seaton
‣ The Beehive, Honiton
‣ Countryside events
Town & Parish websites
‣ All Saints
‣ Budleigh Salterton
‣ Clyst Honiton
‣ Clyst St Mary
‣ Newton Poppleford
‣ Ottery St Mary
‣ Stoke Canon
‣ Upton Pyne
‣ Town & Parish contacts
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if you have any comments
about the newsletter.
‣ Diesel pollution cancer risk
‣ Street ban on beggars and charity workers
Pollution from diesel cars raises the risk of numerous
cancers, according to a study by Birmingham University. It
warns that even a small increase in traffic fumes raises the
chance of dying from cancer by more than a fifth. This comes
after MPs last week warned that air pollution was "a public
health emergency", and said it could cause 200,000 deaths
over the next five years.
Newport in South Wales has banned beggars and charity workers from
approaching people for money. Anyone who breaches the new rules
faces a £100 fine or banning order, in an attempt by the authorities to
improve public spaces for visitors.
‣ ‘We need more women to stand for election’
Across England, 31% of councillors are women but latest figures from the Centre for Women
and Democracy show that women make up only 15% of council leaders. 400 female political
leaders from countries around the world met in Jordan this week - the title of the meeting
is ‘Women in Politics: fast forward’. Jane Dudman said ‘For many of those standing in UK
elections, it can’t come quickly enough.’
‣ St Ives residents go to the polls over second homes
Residents in St Ives have voted to approve proposals
whereby new-build housing developments will only
receive planning permission if they are reserved for
people who live in the area full time. Supporters of the
idea claim second home owners are pricing locals out of
St Ives. The Town Council says 25% of residential
properties were classed in 2011 as second homes. The
vote in favour of the plan means, Cornwall Council will be
legally obliged to follow it in making planning decisions.
‣ Make builders flood-proof new homes, government told
Developers should be made to install flood prevention measures when building new homes
in flood-risk areas, councils have said. The LGA is calling for mandatory anti-flood
requirements to be put in place for new homes and businesses. It says these should include
raised electrical sockets, sealed floors and wiring above floor level.
Cllr Martin Tett, LGA Environment spokesman, said: "It would be easy and inexpensive for
developers to introduce a raft of measures to ensure homes and offices are more flood
proof. These include sealing floors, raising damp-proofing courses and putting electricity
meters on upper-floors so homes still have power when flood water hits. These simple and
straightforward steps could in the long term save thousands of homes and businesses from
some of the catastrophic damage and trauma which we saw this winter. We are urging the
Government to make it a mandatory requirement for builders in at-risk areas to better
protect properties from flooding."
Deputy Chairman of the LGA, Cllr Peter Fleming, told Sky News that the Government and
the construction industry must "step up to the plate" to stop homes being devastated in
future storms. He said: "These are simple, low cost changes that can easily be made that
would actually make a massive difference to people that have been affected by flooding."
In response the Government said the proposed changes would "wrap the sector in red
tape". Cllr Fleming spoke on Sky News and has also been interviewed by Sky News Radio.
A joint government and
insurance industry initiative
Making insurance available and affordable
for homes affected by flooding
What is Flood Re?
Flood Re is a joint Government and insurance industry initiative to enable you to find
affordable insurance for qualifying properties that are at risk of flooding or have
been flooded.Part of our work also involves helping you find out more about flood
risks to your home and how you can help to reduce them.
Can Flood Re help me?
Flood Re works in the background, helping the insurance industry offer more
affordable insurance to everyone with eligible properties that may be at risk of flooding.
It is estimated that
around 5.3 million properties
are at risk of flooding in the UK
Total pay outs as a result
of the 2015/16 floods
were estimated to reach
References: 1. The Environment Agency; The Scottish Environment Protection Agency; The Welsh Government
2. The Association Of British Insurers
3. The Environment Agency
After flooding insurance prices
and excesses can often become
Nearly 10,000 homeowners
made claims during the flooding
What do I need to do?
1. Talk to your insurer and ask them if your home is eligible for the Flood Re Scheme
(details of our eligibility are set out on our website).
2. Be prepared to shop around.
3. Remember, finding the right advice and products is important.
Do I make my claims through Flood Re?
No. You will continue to buy insurance and make claims through your insurer
in the same way as you do now.
What can I do to prevent flooding?
Find out more about flood risk levels in your area and how to minimise the impact
on your property: www.gov.uk/prepare-for-a-flood
Fully repairing and
restoring a flooded
home can cost
Over 2.8 million properties are
at risk from surface water
More than 2.4 million
properties are at risk from
rivers or the sea alone
Last year more than 3,000 families
had to be housed in alternative
accommodation while repairs were
made to their homes by insurers
How does Flood Re work?
We work behind the scenes, taking on the high flood risk elements of your home insurance.
It works like this:
• We collect an annual tax from home insurers who will contribute £180m to a
fund each year that we manage centrally.
• Your insurer passes on any high flood risk part of your policy to us, so you don’t
have to do a thing.
• We then take responsibility for the flood risk part of your policy and if you make a valid
claim on your insurance we’ll reimburse the insurer from the central Flood Re fund.
With this support from us, insurers should be able to provide affordable insurance, even on
those homes which are most at risk as they no longer have to pay the cost of the flood claim.
Over time, we estimate Flood Re will benefit over 350,000 households by providing access to
those more affordable policies.
You buy your home insurance as usual
Insurers pay an annual tax that funds Flood Re
Insurers forward the risk and pay a premium to Flood Re
You make an eligible claim and your insurer pays out
Flood Re reimburses valid claims to insurers
Insurers set prices, not Flood Re
Information and advice
You’ll find more details about flood risk surveys and the right kind of flood protection
for your home here:
The Association of British Insurers
The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
The National Flood Forum
The Blue Pages
Flood Protection Group
Contact your insurer or visit www.floodre.co.uk to find out more
Follow us on Twitter @FloodRe
Flood Re Limited is registered in England and Wales (08670444). Flood Re is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority
and regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority and Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 706046).
CSP Bitesize Workshops
Child Sexual Exploitation Training
Who should attend?
Anyone working within or connected to the night time economy –
hotel staff, security and door staff, taxi drivers, food outlets and
restaurant staff, Police Officers and PCSOs, Environmental Health
officers, Fire Officers, CCTV operatives, Street Pastors, Licensing
officers, Civil Enforcement Officers – and anyone else who may
come across young people in our communities
What is it about?
This is a free 2 hour training session outlining what Child Sexual
Exploitation is, what the key risk factors and vulnerabilities are,
and how you can report it.
When and where is it being held?
Friday 20 May 1.00pm - 3.00pm The Kings Centre, Honiton
Monday 23 May 10.30am – 12.30pm Tiverton Town Hall
or 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Wednesday 1 June 10.30am – 12.30pm Cullompton Community
or 1.00pm – 3.00pm Centre
Friday 3 June 1.00pm - 3.00pm The Kings Centre, Honiton
Tuesday 21 June 10.30am – 12.30pm Lords Meadow Leisure
or 1.00pm – 3.00pm Centre, Crediton
This workshop is FREE to attend
Each session can accommodate 24 people - booking is essential
How do I book?
To book a place, please email: email@example.com
or call 01884 234997 and state which session you wish to attend
This event is being organised and supported by: