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The Knowledge 27 May 2016 Issue 2 2016/2017

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‣ Blackdown Hills AONB

‣ May newsletter

‣ 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


Annual Council 18 May 2016

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


Please note meetings shaded pink are NOT open to the public

Meeting DSO Date Time Location

‣ Development Management Committee

(Extra Ordinary meeting)

HW Tuesday 31 May

10:00 Council Chamber

‣ Development Management Committee HW Tuesday 7 June 10:00 Council Chamber

Strata Joint Scrutiny Committee CL Tuesday 7 June 17:30 Council Chamber

Licensing & Enforcement Sub Committee CL Wednesday 8 June 09:30 NOT REQUIRED

Briefing to Councillors – Boundary


DV Wednesday 8 June 15:00 Council Chamber

Cabinet AC Wednesday 8 June 17:30 Council Chamber

Corporate Business Think Tank Thursday 9 June 17:00 Room 1

Scrutiny Committee DM Thursday 9 June 18:00 Council Chamber

In the press

‣ Landmark fracking operation approved

North Yorkshire County Council has approved a bid by Third

Energy to test for shale gas at a site near Kirby Misperton in

Ryedale. It is the first fracking operation to be approved in

England since a ban was lifted in 2012. Hundreds of residents

attended the meeting in Northallerton to protest against the

plan, which had been recommended for approval.

‣ GP groups ‘overlooking local end-of-life care needs’

East Devon profile

GP groups and councils across England are failing to plan for the needs of dying people,

according to a report by charity Hospice UK. It used the Freedom of Information Act to find

out how well councils and NHS groups assessed the needs of dying people in their

communities. More than a third (34%) of health and wellbeing boards, which are run by

councils, do not consider the needs of dying people in their assessments of local needs. Cllr

Izzi Seccombe, the LGA’s Community Wellbeing spokeswoman, said: “Ensuring a dying

person receives high quality end-of-life care that is dignified and reflects their wishes is an

absolute priority for councils, and we recognise the incredible work that hospices do in the

community. End-of-life care is becoming increasingly significant for health and social care

services, as more people now choose to die at home or in a care home than a hospital.

Health and wellbeing boards reflect the key local issues of their population, and many have

priorities that focus on prevention and management of potentially life-limiting conditions,

as well as working with partners to improve end-of-life care.”

EDDC news

‣ Read the latest news

‣ EDDC Countryside Team

Celebrate World Oceans


‣ Doctors’ warning

Representatives of a range of organisations including the NHS

Alliance, National Association of Primary Care and the British Lung

Foundation, have written to The Times highlighting the potential

impact of proposed funding cuts to pharmacies. The Government

estimates that one in four pharmacies could close following cuts of

£170 million, which the letter argues will lead to many more people seeking GP

appointments where they would previously have sought advice from their local pharmacist.

‣ Teachers learn on the


‣ Billboard adverts ‘should warn of fizzy-drinks risk’

Billboard advertisements for fizzy drinks should feature

mandatory health warnings to help tackle the nation’s obesity

epidemic. Action for Sugar vowed to step up the pressure on

the Government to introduce new legislation following a US

court ruling that health warnings should be included on

billboard adverts in San Francisco.

‣ Half term fun with East

Devon Countryside

‣ East Devon beach huts

prove popular for 2016


‣ Update on Queen's

Drive, Exmouth

‣ Exploring the

countryside with East

Devon's education rangers

‣ Online fraudsters 'targeting summer events', warns LGA

Football and music fans are being warned not to fall

prey to an increasingly common and highly profitable

crime - the sale of counterfeit or non-existent tickets.

The LGA is urging sports and music fans to be on guard

against fake tickets for sale on "forums, sham websites

and social media" this summer. More than a quarter of

fake tickets sold online in 2015 were for big sporting

events such as the Rugby World Cup and Premier League football matches. More than a

fifth of ticket fraud was instigated via Facebook. Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the LGA’s

Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said trading standards teams in England and Wales

were cracking down on online ticket fraud, and called on social media sites to "do more to

help prevent people being conned paying for tickets on their sites". He added: "If the price

seems too good to be true, it's likely to be a scam." Cllr Blackburn and LGA Deputy Chairman

Cllr Peter Fleming discussed the issue on BBC Radio 5 Live. The story ran across BBC Radio 4

Today programme, BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 3 news bulletins.

‣ Seaside towns urged to bid for share of £90m

funding boost

Businesses, charities and councils in coastal towns are

being urged to bid for a share of £90 million aimed at

regenerating coastal areas. The Coastal Communities

Fund, which is funded by the Government and organised

by the Big Lottery Fund, helps to create jobs and deliver

long-term positive impacts.

‣ Help us continue to

improve our services by

completing our Viewpoint


‣ Drop in teen pregnancies

A study has found that pregnancies among girls aged 15

to 17 has halved since 1999 to reach the lowest level

since the 1970s. The drop is attributed to the 1999

Teenage Pregnancy Strategy, which offered sex

education and relationship advice, as well as

contraceptive services, in areas with high teenage

pregnancy rates.

Legacy to Landscape

The new Legacy to Landscape

project now up and running .

There is a full programme of

events and activities with

something for everyone. The

project is focussed on the

Shute, Whitford, Colyton and

Colyford area but there is lots

of interest if you live a little

further afield.

Click the programme for full


‣ Dog fighting: Campaigners call for action against owners

Campaigners want tougher penalties for dog fighting, amid concerns about its prevalence

on Britain's streets as young people use dogs for protection and status. The League Against

Cruel Sports says undercover investigators were offered dogs that could be trained to fight.

It is also calling for a register of banned owners and a review of England and Wales's

Dangerous Dogs Act.

‣ Care Quality Commission reduces hospital


The Care Quality Commission is to relax the inspection regime

for hospitals, introduced to prevent a repeat of the Mid-

Staffordshire care scandal, following a £32 million budget cut

in 2019. Fewer and smaller inspections of hospitals in England

will take place, with more reliance on information provided by

patients and NHS trusts under a new five year strategy.

‣ School bus cuts lead to 100 million extra car journeys

Cuts to school bus services are generating 100 million extra car journeys a year, according to

the Campaign for Better Transport, which says 300,000 children outside London have lost

their transport to school since 2008. The study claims nearly 80 per cent of local authorities

have reduced school bus services since 2010, with children in rural areas the worst affected.

Two-thirds of councils no longer provide any free transport to students over 16, it is


‣ Population to rise by four million

The population of England will rise by

more than four million in the next decade

as areas in the South swell by up to a

quarter, according to projections by the

Office for National Statistics drawn up to

help councils and the NHS plan ahead.

‣ May newsletter from

Heart of the South West

What’s on

Thelma Hulbert Gallery

‣ Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth

‣ Exmouth Pavilion

The Gateway, Seaton

‣ Seaton Visitor Centre

The Beehive, Honiton

‣ Countryside events

Appraisers required for new LEADER programme

A “pool” of appraisers is required to appraise project applications for two Local Action

Groups (LAGs) - Making It Local, which covers the Blackdown Hills and East Devon and

REAL Devon which covers mostly Mid Devon. Details of the specific areas and full

programme information can be found on their respective websites: and

To be an appraiser for the LEADER programme you will have a depth of skills, knowledge

and experience in at least one of the following areas: agriculture and/or farm

diversification; rural tourism; forestry; rural services; culture and heritage; small and micro

business support.

Find out more: Appraiser Factsheet

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

The Thelma Hulbert Gallery Curator and staff invite you to join them for the launch of

the THG OPEN 2016 exhibition between the times of 3pm and 5pm on Saturday 4 June.

The prize winners will be announced at 3.30pm. The THG Open celebrates the rich and

varied talent of artists living in the South West. It is a perfect opportunity to view and

purchase work by some of the best established and emerging artists from across the

region. If you cannot attend the opening, the exhibition will continue until 27 August.

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX 01404 45006

Free admission, donations welcome. Open Tues - Sat from 10am to 5pm

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River Otter – Photo by Lynne Jones

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