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The Knowledge 20 May 2016 Issue 52 2015/2016

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‣ Blackdown Hills AONB

‣ Campaign to Protect Rural

England: Devon

‣ Community Council of



Please note meetings shaded pink are NOT open to the public

Meeting DSO Date Time Location

Recycling & Refuse Partnership Board AT Wednesday 25 May 10:00 CANCELLED

‣ Department for

Communities and Local


Development Management Committee

(Extra Ordinary meeting)

HW Tuesday 31 May

10:00 Council Chamber

‣ Devon & Cornwall Police &

Crime Commissioner

‣ District Councils’ Network

‣ East Devon AONB

‣ EDDC Countryside Service

Portfolio Holder’s decision

Decision by Portfolio Holder

‣ 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


Homes &


Jill Elson

42 St Andrews Drive, Axminster

Mr Graham Hill is the prospective purchaser of 42 St Andrews Drive,

Axminster. This is a former EDDC owned property which was sold under

the “right to buy” scheme in 1988. There are covenants within the title

deeds to the property, prohibiting any construction from taking place on

the site. Mr Hill is seeking to alter the terms of these covenants. The

previous owner of 42 St Andrews Drive (Mr J Perkins) obtained outline

planning permission to construct a self-contained two-storey, two-bed

property, attached to the main dwelling house. The property has since

been advertised on the open market. Mr Hill is in the process of buying the

property, but would like to know that alterations to the necessary

covenants and Former Landlord’s Consent, in respect of the above

application would be granted before he completes the purchase.

The ward member would have preferred that EDDC would have East been Devon able profile

to re-purchase the property, but this is not possible. The ward member

therefore accepts that the sale will proceed as planned, but wanted it

noted that in future EDDC should be more pro-active in looking to repurchase

such properties when they appear on the housing market.

Agreed: That the application be granted.

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

Further details: John Moss, Housing Officer, Ext 2580

Under our Constitution a decision cannot be implemented until 9.00am 26 May 2016. If a

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

implemented until the Overview and 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.


Licensing & Enforcement Sub


‣ 4 May 2016

Development Management


‣ Minutes for 10 and 12 May

Councillor Alison Greenhalgh

With great sadness we report that Councillor Alison Greenhalgh

passed away very suddenly on Sunday 15 May.

Alison served on this Council from 2015, representing Exmouth

Littleham ward. During her short time on EDDC, Alison earned

great respect and will be deeply missed.

Civic engagements

Sunday 22 May

Plymouth City Council’s Civic

Service, Plymouth

Monday 23 May

Honiton Town Council’s

Mayor Making Ceremony,


EDDC news

‣ Read the latest news

‣ Council can demonstrate

a healthy five year housing

land supply

‣ Gallery garden opens

with party for the


In the press

‣ Internet is so poor firms tell staff to email from home

One in three small businesses does not have access to superfast

internet, according to a government report. This will fall to one in five

by the end of next year, but will still leave 270,000 firms with slower

broadband. Earlier this year, the British Chamber of Commerce warned

that productivity was being affected by slow broadband. A Government

spokesman said: “We know that more needs to be done to improve

connectivity for SMEs and that is why we will be reviewing broadband for UK businesses to

see how else we can help them access affordable and high-speed broadband.”

‣ Many ‘delay seeking dementia diagnosis’

More than half of those seeking a diagnosis for dementia

have delayed going to their GP by at least a year,

according to a survey carried out by the Alzheimer's

Society. The charity says nearly two-thirds of people fear a

diagnosis would mean their life is over, with concerns

including being banned from driving or not being able to

go out alone. However, the charity emphasises that an

early diagnosis can help people to live as well as possible.

‣ Council maintains

excellent track record for

planning permission


‣ 'Lethal' bootleg cigarettes flood UK

Millions of cheap, illegal cigarettes containing up to

500% higher levels of cancer-causing chemicals are

flooding the black market, with millions of illegal

cigarettes regularly seized by councils. In addition to the

significant health and fire risks posed by fake cigarettes,

they also cost the UK economy more than £2 billion a

year in unpaid duty. Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the

LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: "Illegal tobacco being sold cheaply

through the black market by rogue traders is funding organised criminal gangs, damaging

legitimate traders and robbing the tax payer of more than £2 billion that could be spent on

schools, hospitals and caring for the elderly. Trading standards teams at councils nationwide

will continue to carry out enforcement exercises that target rogue traders and help to

protect the health of children and young people.”


Devon and Cornwall Police

are in the processes of

reviewing the number of

officers trained to carry

Tasers and have a

consultation out in relation to

this. Find out more and take

part here. The consultation

closes on 30 June.

Photo competition

12 winners have been chosen

for the East Devon

Countryside photo

competition; these photos

will all appear in the

Countryside calendar 2017.

We now need YOU to vote

for your favourite.

The photo with the most likes

will be awarded the ‘peoples

choice’ and will appear on the

front cover of some of the

calendars; the photographer

will also win a free place on

an event.

We will then announce the

‘judges choice’ - the winner

of this prize will appear on an

alternative front cover of the

calendar and will win a free

place on an event.

You can vote for your

favourite here.

‣ Punch and Judy knocked on the head by council

Barry Town Council in Wales has banned a Punch and Judy

show from appearing at a council-backed festival. Ian

Johnson from Barry Council said: "If the council allowed

the puppet show to feature at the weekend event in

Barry, it would have been at odds with the Welsh

Government's stand on domestic violence." The Vale of

Glamorgan Council said that the full events list was being

finalised, but confirmed the Punch and Judy Show would not feature.

‣ Rewards fail to boost recycling

A study by the Brook Lyndhurst consultancy has found that schemes to reward people for

recycling do not significantly increase recycling rates. The study looked at more than 30

schemes backed by £1.4 million of government funding, and found that where recycling did

increase, this tended to be linked to better communications rather than rewards.

‣ Charities missing out on tons of edible food waste

The charity Wrap has found that more than 400 million meals’ worth of edible food is

thrown away by British shops and manufacturers

each year. Of the 270,000 tonnes of food waste that

would be suitable to eat, just 18% was redistributed

to charities in 2015. The majority was burnt or

processed to create energy. A Wrap spokesman said

that "increasing the amount of food redistributed

depends on actions by both the potential providers

of food surplus and the potential recipients and it

takes time to come up with an approach that works

for all involved, but good progress is being made".

‣ Careers talks 'boost future earnings' – research

Careers education given to pupils in secondary school

can be linked to higher earnings in adult life, according

to researchers. A study published in the Journal of

Education and Work suggests that better-informed

teenagers are likely to make more advantageous

career choices. It measures the earnings benefit as an

extra £2,000 per year for every six careers sessions

when aged 14 to 15.

‣ 'Hidden army' of carers in their 80s

The number of people in their 80s or older who are relied

on as carers has soared, according to Age UK. It says one in

seven of the "oldest old" - an estimated 417,000 people, up

from 300,000 seven years ago - now provides some form of

unpaid care to family or friends, with over half of these

clocking up more than 35 hours a week. The charity says

many of them are exhausted and are worried about how

long they can continue their care duties.

Queen’s speech – all papers:

‣ Adoption law reform aims to speed up placements

‣ Government broadband plans are 'not ambitious enough'

‣ Homeowners lose in new rules on seizing property

What’s on

Thelma Hulbert Gallery

‣ Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth

‣ Exmouth Pavilion

The Gateway, Seaton

The Beehive, Honiton

‣ Countryside events

Town & Parish websites

‣ All Saints

‣ Awliscombe

‣ Axminster

‣ Aylesbeare

‣ Beer

‣ Branscombe

‣ Broadclyst

‣ Broadhembury

‣ Budleigh Salterton

‣ Chardstock

‣ Clyst Honiton

‣ Clyst St Mary

‣ Cranbrook

‣ Dunkeswell

‣ Exmouth

‣ Farringdon

‣ Honiton

‣ Luppitt

‣ Lympstone

‣ Kilmington

‣ Musbury

‣ Newton Poppleford

‣ Northleigh

‣ Otterton

‣ Ottery St Mary

‣ Payhembury

‣ Plymtree

‣ Rockbeare

‣ Seaton

‣ Sidmouth

‣ Stoke Canon

‣ Talaton

‣ Uplyme

‣ Upottery

‣ Upton Pyne

‣ Woodbury

Broadclyst Foundation Award

Broadclyst Parish Council has recently received the

Foundation Award as part of the Local Council Award

Scheme. This is in recognition of the Parish Council meeting the high standards set by the

parish council sector, and the effective work they do for the community.

The Local Council Award Scheme not only seeks to reward parish councils, but also works to

provide councils with the tools to improve further. This scheme is delivered by the National

Association of Local Councils with Devon County Association of Local Councils, and is

supported by the Local Government Association.

Broadclyst Parish Council is now exploring ways in which they can further improve and

progress to Quality Council - the next level of award. Congratulations to all involved in this

worthy achievement.

Jurassic Coast honoured by Royal Geographical Society

The Jurassic Coast team has been

awarded the Royal Geographical

Society 2016 Geographical Award.

These prestigious medals and awards

recognise excellence in geographical

research and fieldwork, teaching and

public engagement. They are presented

annually to individuals who have made

outstanding achievements.

The esteemed list of previous winners

includes David Livingstone, Captain R

Scott and more recently Dr Sylvia Earle and Sir David Attenborough. Whilst it is unusual for a

‘team’ to be awarded, in the case of the Jurassic Coast, this is entirely appropriate. The

Jurassic Coast has always been a partnership organisation and without the work of many

people over a number of years, winning this award would not have been possible.

The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team has won the award based on “outstanding

collaborative work to foster student and wider public engagement with the Jurassic

coastline”. Photo: The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team (left to right): Dr Sam Rose, Alex O’Dwyer,

Sally King, Dr Anjana Ford, Caroline Pearce, Guy Kerr, Katie Thomson, Sam Scriven, Lesley Garlick

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