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The Knowledge 15 July 2016 Issue 9 2016/2017

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Please note meetings shaded pink are NOT open to the public

Meeting DSO Date Time Location

‣ Standards Hearing Sub Committee DV Monday 18 July 14:00 Council Chamber

‣ Standards Committee CL Tuesday 19 July 10:00 Council Chamber

Licensing & Enforcement Sub Committee CL Wednesday 20 July 09:30 NOT REQUIRED

Recycling & Refuse Partnership Board AT Wednesday 20 July 11:00 Committee Room

New Homes Bonus Panel CL Wednesday 20 July 14:00 Room 1

‣ Strategic Planning Committee HW Thursday 21 July 10:00 Council Chamber

Councillor Worksmart Workshop DV Thursday 21 July 17:00 Council Chamber

Licensing & Enforcement Sub Committee CL Wednesday 27 July 09:30 Committee Room

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) –

training for Town & Parish Councils


Wednesday 27 July



Council Chamber

COUNCIL HW Wednesday 27 July 18:30 Council Chamber

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) –

training for Town & Parish Councils

Cabinet decisions


Thursday 28 July



Council Chamber

Members are notified of decisions from the Cabinet meeting held on 13 July 2016:

‣ Cabinet minutes

East Devon profile

Cabinet decisions will become effective on 21 July 2016 at 9.00am unless “called in”. The published

procedure for a call-in is on pages 145 -147 of the Council Constitution, or contact Democratic Services for

assistance or explanation. Recommendations by Cabinet to Council are not subject to call-in.

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

Cannington Viaduct

Photo by Ben Chesters


Audit & Governance


‣ 30 June 2016

Development Management


‣ 5 July 2016

Scrutiny Committee

‣ 7 July 2016

EDDC news

‣ Read the latest news

‣ Councils partner-up to

protect the environment

‣ New Devon attraction

welcomes 20,000th visitor

and looks forward to many


‣ Women’s Institute

contribute to Seaton


‣ Seaton Wetlands

recognised by

International University

‣ Community Building

Fund ready for more


‣ Help support Love Parks

Week in East Devon

Let’s Celebrate!

The Big Lottery Fund has announced a new small grant funding

programme across the UK which is aimed at bringing communities

together to ‘Celebrate’ something that is important to them. In a recent

survey carried out by YouGov, 6 out of 10 respondents say they have never or cannot

remember ever coming together to celebrate with their community. Communities will be able

to apply for up to £10,000 to support them to organise events that bring people together –

these could be a new event or activity or it may be something that already happens within a

community that might benefit from some additional funding from this programme.

The application process is simple with an eligibility checker on the website. If applicants can

answer yes to all of these questions then they will be eligible to apply. It is recommended

that groups read the guidance notes first with some examples of what communities might

celebrate can be found here.

Applications will be assessed on a first come first served basis and once the programme

funding has been allocated it will close and it is only available for a limited time.

Big Advice Team 0345 4102030 or

Let’s get the South West celebrating!

In the press

‣ Councils call for crackdown on fraudsters

Cowboy roofers, bogus faith healers, fake parking

ticket wardens and disreputable letting agents are

ripping off five million Britons a year, costing them

almost £10 billion annually. To mark National Scams

Awareness Month, the LGA is urging people to report

all suspected scams to help tackle the £9.7 billion

annual cost of fraud to UK citizens. Last month alone,

a bogus faith healer who defrauded several women

of around £145,000 was jailed for seven-and-a-half

years in a case brought by Birmingham City Council. Meanwhile, officers from

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Supporting Businesses and Communities Service are also

reminding people that scams come in all shapes and sizes and that it’s not just the elderly

and vulnerable that can become victims. Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the LGA's Safer and

Stronger Communities Board, said: "Scams damage people's lives, both financially and

emotionally. Victims of fraud can lose thousands of pounds and feel anxious and scared due

to being harassed by people every day. It also creates significant costs for taxpayers as

elderly victims in particular often require more care and support after they have been

scammed. Scammers often target the vulnerable but anyone can be fooled by a bogus

businessman or scheme, as fraudsters are always devising new ways to trick people out of

their savings. Trading Standards teams see at first hand the devastation but victims should

not suffer in silence or feel embarrassed. By reporting a scam, people can help someone

else avoid being a victim."

‣ Gambling machines mean Britain's betting shops 'now world's most violent'

Addictive fixed-odds terminals are making UK betting shops the most violent and dangerous

gambling venues in the world, MPs have been warned. Derek Webb of the Campaign for

Fairer Gambling said a terminal was to blame for a shop manager being killed and the

attempted murder of a female employee. He told a meeting of the All-party Group on FOBTs

(Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals), held in Parliament, that our betting shops are among the

“most dangerous legalised gambling venues in the developed world".

‣ Next steps mapped out

for renewal of Sidmouth’s

Port Royal

Civic engagements

Saturday 16 July

Devon Scouts County Fun

Day, Tavistock

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

Wednesday 20 July, 2pm

Summer at Shute

A leisurely amble at the Shute

estate to enjoy the sights and

sounds of summer with

stunning views over the

parkland. Meet Haddon

Corner, Shute.

‣ 'Cut business rates – and help us cope with Referendum': key groups send

urgent plea to Chancellor from 100,000 UK firms

Top groups representing more than 100,000 firms wrote to former chancellor George

Osborne, calling for an urgent cut in business rates coupled with action to help companies

cope with the effects of the Referendum. Those issuing the demands include the British

Chambers of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses, the British Retail Consortium,

the Association of Convenience Stores and the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers.

They represent a range of businesses from FTSE retailers to corner shops. Companies are

offering to ring-fence the money they save from any reduction in business rates and then to

reinvest it in their firms. They want the date for the introduction of planned reforms to the

rates system – due in 2020 – to be brought forward. The companies also want many firms to

be relieved of the obligation to pay business rates altogether and they are calling for the

whole system to be simplified.

‣ Sex education in schools 'unfit' for smartphone generation, survey finds

‣ Council tax rises 'fail to stop care cuts'

Three-quarters of young people are not taught

about sexual consent, while one in seven said

they did not receive any sex and relationship

education at all, according to a report from the

Terrence Higgins Trust. The survey of young

people by the HIV and sexual health charity said

infrequent and poor-quality sex and relationship

education in schools was creating a “safeguarding

crisis” for young people. It also found 95% said

they were not taught about LGBT relationships.

Care services are facing cuts this year as rises in council tax have failed to plug the gaps in

budgets in England, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) are

warning. The Government allowed councils to increase council tax by 2% this year to spend

on care - and most have done so. But, according to ADASS’ survey of all 151 social care

directors, they still face a shortfall of nearly £1 billion. It said councils had no option but to

reduce the services. Cllr Nick Forbes, LGA Senior Vice Chair, said: “It cannot be solely left to

local council taxpayers to fix our chronically underfunded social care system. Councils, care

providers, charities and the NHS are all united around the need for central government to

fully fund adult social care as this is vital to ensure our loved ones enjoy the dignified and

independent quality of life they deserve. As a starting point, the Government should bring

forward £700 million of desperately needed social care funding earmarked for the end of

the decade to allow councils to protect vital social care services essential to easing the

pressure on care providers and on the NHS.”

‣ 'Life-saving' course on managing diabetes benefiting few patients

Many patients with diabetes are at risk of blindness,

amputation and even death because so few of them

attend courses about how to manage their condition,

Diabetes UK has said. Only 8,274 of the 144,352 people

newly diagnosed with the disease in England and

Wales in 2014/15 went to a diabetes education course,

which advises patients on how to stay as healthy as

possible. Cllr Izzi Seccombe, LGA Community Wellbeing

spokeswoman, said: "The figures are alarming and confirm that diabetes is one of the

fastest-growing health challenges facing the UK today. We need to increase awareness of

the risks, bring about wholesale changes in lifestyle, improve self-management among

people with diabetes and improve access to integrated diabetes care services."

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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town/parish website in the


‣ Open all hours: behind the scenes of the UK's night-time economy

Feature about the growth of the night-time economy,

which is worth £66 billion in the UK, according to the

Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), and employs

1.3 million people in hospitality and entertainment.

The NTIA claimss night-time operators are badly

affected by "overzealous" regulation of the night-time

economy. Cllr Tony Page, LGA Licensing spokesman,

said: “Local authorities will consider various factors when determining an application for a

late-night licence, which will be granted if the premises can demonstrate appropriate safety

measures, including the ability of people to disperse quickly and quietly when the premises

close so as not to have an adverse impact on neighbouring businesses and residents. In a

few cases, where there has been a track record of problems at certain premises, such as

serious violence or compelling evidence of ongoing drug use, councils will consider

reviewing or revoking the licence.”

‣ Litter on motorways and A roads costs taxpayers £5 million every year

Roadside crews are filling an average of 332 sacks of rubbish every day

from the 4,300 miles of 'strategic road network' at an estimated cost of

£40 each. This has added up to 364,000 bags of waste since 2013 at a

total cost of £14.5 million. However, Auto Express magazine, which

obtained the data from Highways England, says the alarming figures

are just the tip of the iceberg. Highways England is only responsible for

motorways and A roads and the total cost is likely to be much higher

when minor roads, which councils are responsible for, are taken into


Stop Loan Sharks Community Funding 2016

The England Illegal Money Lending Team has funding available for groups that want to raise

awareness of the issues of illegal money lending. The money available has come from the

proceeds of crime taken from convicted illegal money lenders. The aim of this funding is to

give groups the opportunity to raise

awareness of the issue, in their community in

a different way. Find out more here.

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East Devon District Council.

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