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The Knowledge 1 July 2016 Issue 7 2016/2017

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Please note meetings shaded pink are NOT open to the public

Meeting DSO Date Time Location

‣ Development Management Committee AC Tuesday 5 July 10:00 Council Chamber

Licensing & Enforcement Sub Committee CL Wednesday 6 July 09:30 NOT REQUIRED

‣ Scrutiny Committee DM Thursday 7 July 18:00 Council Chamber

Strategic Planning Committee HW Tuesday 12 July 14:00 Council Chamber

Licensing & Enforcement Sub Committee CL Wednesday 13 July 09:30 NOT REQUIRED

Exeter International airport Consultative


CL Wednesday 13 July 15:15

New Conference

Room, Exeter Airport

Cabinet AC Wednesday 13 July 17:30 Council Chamber

Asset Management Forum CL Thursday 14 July 09:30 Committee Room

South East Devon Habitat Regulations Executive

Committee decisions

Members are notified of decisions from the South East Devon Habitat Regulations Executive

Committee meeting held on 29 June 2016:

‣ South East Devon Habitat Regulations Executive Committee

Under our Constitution a decision cannot be implemented until 10.00am 11 July 2016. If a decision

is subject to a valid call-in by members before that specified time and date it cannot East be Devon profile

implemented until the Scrutiny Committee has reviewed the decision.

(Individual Partnership Authorities have their own call-in arrangements.)

Councillor David Chapman

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

With great sadness we report that Councillor David Chapman

passed away on Sunday 26 June.

David was a member of this Council from 2007, representing

Exmouth Brixington ward. He served on a number of Council

committees and always promoted Exmouth and sport for all.

Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.


Strata Joint Executive


‣ 21 June 2016

EDDC news

‣ Read the latest news

‣ Beach management plan

steering group meets to

discuss shortlisted options

for Sidmouth’s beaches

‣ Open air theatre comes

to Exmouth

Portfolio Holder’s decision

Decision by Portfolio Holder


Homes &


Jill Elson

1 Elm Road, Exmouth, EX8 2LG

Ashfords Solicitors, on behalf of a Mr Gatehouse, have submitted a request for

retrospective former landlord’s consent to allow the current owner/occupier

of 1 Elm Road, Exmouth to construct a self-contained, 2 storey, 2 bed

property, attached to the main dwelling house. Planning permission was

apparently obtained in 2013 and construction work was completed last year.

Mr Gatehouse now wishes to sell the property and is requesting that

alterations be made to covenants within the title deeds, which currently

prohibit further construction from taking place.

It should also be noted that in addition to the above covenant, there is a

further restrictive covenant, which states that the property must not be used

for anything other than a private dwelling house for occupation by a single


Agreed: That consent should be granted.

Further details: John Moss, Housing Officer, Ext 2580

Under our Constitution a decision cannot be implemented until 9.00am 7 July 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 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.

‣ Local school children

discover natural crafts with

East Devon District Council

Civic engagements

Monday 4 July

Vice Chairman to attend

Ottery St Mary Town Council

Meeting to present award

from the EDDC Queen’s 90th

Birthday Town and Parish


In the press

‣ E-cigarettes could damage immune system

A University of North Carolina study has found that vaping

increases the risk of infection because it damages genes in

the immune system. Vapers have a greater chance of

bacterial infections, viruses and inflammation as cells in

the throat, mouth, nose and sinuses are hit, according to

the study. More than two million Brits use e-cigarettes.

‣ ‘Child refugees should be made to feel at home’

On 1 July, the Government will begin sending

unaccompanied children who are seeking asylum to cities

and towns across England. Last year, more than 3,000

refugee children came alone to Britain and the councils

where they first arrived were legally required to care for

them. Now councils across England will share

responsibility more equally. As part of the dispersal

scheme, funding for asylum-seeking children nationally will

rise by more than 20%, to a maximum of £41,614 a year per child – still short of the £50,000

that the LGA calculates as the average yearly cost per child.

What’s on

Thelma Hulbert Gallery

‣ Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth

‣ Exmouth Pavilion

The Gateway, Seaton

‣ Seaton Visitor Centre

The Beehive, Honiton

‣ Countryside events

Legacy to landscape

Wildflowers which once

thrived under traditional

meadow management are

under the spotlight on

National Meadow Day which

takes place on 2 July.

Meadows are a rare sight

now, with a dramatic 97%

decline seen in the UK since

the second world war.

However in the project area

there are still some very rich

ancient meadows teeming in

wildlife. A Meadow Magic

Discovery Stroll takes place

on Saturday 2 July in the

project area at 2pm. Location

of the meadow given on

booking. To book:,

or ring East Devon AONB

01404 310012.

Wednesday 6 July, 7pm to

9pm, Medieval Landscapes

of Devon

Archaeologist Dr Richard

Sandover takes us back in

time to the Domesday

Book, to look at what the

historic landscape may have

been like then, and offers

some clues as to how we can

recreate this picture

ourselves, with just a few

readily available sources.

Colyford Memorial Hall,

Swan Hill Rd, Colyford, EX24


‣ Councils' cash from EU 'should be guaranteed' if withdrawn

The LGA has called for the Government to guarantee councils will still receive the £5.3

billion regeneration funding they had been allocated from EU funds, after the UK voted to

leave the EU. The money from the European Social Fund (ESF) and European Regional

Development Fund (ERDF) supports economic growth, and the LGA said guaranteeing the

money was vital "to avoid essential growth-boosting projects stalling and local economies

across England being stifled". The organisation also said councils must now play a "central"

role in bringing communities back together, and needed "a seat around the table when

decisions are taken over how to replace EU laws", stating "there cannot be an assumption

that power over these services is simply transferred from Brussels to Westminster. Decades

of centralised control over funding and services has distanced our residents from the

decisions that affect their everyday lives. With greater control in our areas we can improve

services and save money."

‣ Toll of sugary ‘sports’ drinks on teen health

‣ Lack of storage 'means heritage will be lost'

Research by Cardiff University has found that 68% of children

drink sports drinks at least once a week, risking obesity, heart

disease and type 2 diabetes due to the high sugar levels and

acidic content. Researchers found that few children

consumed the drinks to improve sporting performance, and

instead drank them for “social reasons”, and were attracted

to the sweet taste, low price and availability.

Archaeology groups are warning that many historical items could be lost as council cuts

mean that museums are shut down, or they can no longer afford to curate discoveries,

forcing them to return objects to the owners of the land where they were found. Peter

Allen, Chairman of the Bingham Heritage Trail Association, said: "We are in danger of

throwing away our heritage."

‣ Investment by governments ‘could solve air pollution crisis’

‣ Three quarters of children's services ‘weak’, Ofsted says

A report by the International Energy Agency says air

pollution must be tackled by governments as a

matter of urgency, and not left to the private sector.

It says air pollution kills more than six million a year

globally and that an increase of investment in energy

of about 7% a year could tackle the problem.

Too many children and young people in care in England are not getting the service they

deserve, Ofsted warns. Publishing its third annual report on children's social care in England,

the watchdog said weak leadership in too many children's services departments was letting

the most vulnerable children down. A quarter (21 of 87) of authorities inspected under a

new, tougher regime were judged to be inadequate - a 5% rise on the previous round of

inspections. Forty-three required improvement, while 23 authorities were providing good or

outstanding services. Cllr Roy Perry, Chairman of the LGA's Children and Young People

Board, said: "Despite rising demand and reducing budgets, the majority of councils are rated

as 'requires improvement' or better, with those councils that have strong children's services

working to help others. There can be no doubt that local government has the commitment

and expertise required to turn around struggling services, without the need for externally

imposed structures or operating models. Giving councils the time to establish solid

foundations for improvement, learn from other authorities and embed new processes and

learning, is vital for them to move forward for the benefit of their local areas."

Town & Parish websites

‣ All Saints

‣ Awliscombe

‣ Axminster

‣ Aylesbeare

‣ Beer

‣ Branscombe

‣ Broadclyst

‣ Broadhembury

‣ Budleigh Salterton

‣ Chardstock

‣ Clyst Honiton

‣ Clyst St Mary

‣ Cranbrook

‣ Dunkeswell

‣ Exmouth

‣ Farringdon

‣ Feniton

‣ Gittisham

‣ 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

‣ Town & Parish contacts

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‣ Hate crime rises

A police website set up for reporting hate crime has seen a 57% rise in the days following

the referendum. As details of alleged racist and xenophobic attacks, graffiti and leaflets

emerged, the Prime Minister condemned reports of people being targeted.

‣ PM launches action plan to tackle hate crimes

The Government is to launch an action plan to “drive appalling hate

crimes” out of Britain, David Cameron has told MPs. Extra funding for

security measures and guidance on the prosecution of perpetrators

will also follow a rise in xenophobic and racist abuse in recent days

‣ School population rises by 121,000

The school population in England increased by 121,000

since last year, according to annual figures from the

Department for Education. The increase has put pressure

on school places, with pupil numbers having risen for

seven successive years. It means there are 470,000 more

pupils in the school system than in 2009.

‣ Number of UK children living in poverty jumps by 200,000 in a year

The number of children living in poverty in the UK has jumped by 200,000 in a year. There

were 3.9 million children living in “relative poverty” in 2014-15, up from 3.7 million a year

earlier, the figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show.

‣ Councils emptying bins once every three weeks

More councils are emptying bins once every three weeks, it is

reported. Nearly two-thirds of UK homes now have bins collected

every fortnight, while five councils in England and Wales operate

collections every three weeks. Oldham Council is the latest to move

to three-weekly emptying in a bid to save £1.5 million a year, while

some authorities are issuing smaller bins and are considering

monthly collections in a bid to cut waste going to landfill.

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