New Councillors needed in East Devon. Here’s how to become one!

EDDC’s advice evening for prospective councillors, on Thurs. 13th March, should be very popular this year! Please note the Friday 28th February deadline for registration to attend.
More information on http://sidmouthindependentnews.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/do-you-want-to-be-a-councillor-advice-evening-but-you-must-register-by-28-february-2014/

Bad smells from the Venn Ottery piggery plans (now prevented)?

The appeal regarding plans for a piggery in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) at Venn Ottery, has been dismissed. Inspector Pete Drew concluded that “this development would harm the character and appearance of this designated landscape”.

Story on the SIN blog :http://sidmouthindependentnews.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/venn-ottery-piggery-inspectors-decision-another-example-of-eddcs-paperwork-not-being-at-its-best-nor-the-applicants/

Planning laws will trigger “a second and luxury homes bonanza”, says Devon MP

Conservative MP for Totnes, Sarah Wollaston, sounds the alarm, in today’s Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/feb/23/building-regulations-national-parks-disaster-planning

Sarah Wollaston is one of the growing number of Westminster MPs who see the dangers of the government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). They are backed by a new nationwide movement of campaign groups calling for changes to the NPPF. The East Devon Alliance is an active part of this Community Voice on Planning http://www.covop.org