Now we know EDDC’s insipration: “The North Korean School of Management”!

“Many badly run organisations tend towards what can be termed the “North Korean” school of management; a culture of secrecy, with as little information as possible allowed out, and a generally hostile attitude towards anyone from outside questioning the prevailing culture.”

So runs the first paragraph in today’s editorial in the The Independent …

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/editorials/a-medical-horror-story-the-failures-at-morecambe-bay-are-shocking-and-must-never-happen-again-but-the-nhs-can-be-restored-to-health-10083710.html?origin=internalSearch

“Out of touch MPs don’t get it”

“Too few politicians in Britain have any idea what life is like for people living on benefits, the former head of the Civil Service has warned, criticising ministers who send their children to public schools and have private health care rather than use the NHS. In an outspoken attack Lord (Gus) O’Donnell said there were still “too many people in politics who just don’t get it” and called for political parties to select candidates using open primaries to broaden representation in Parliament.

And he criticised the “few” Government ministers who, he said, still did not use the public services they were in charge of delivering.

…“There are unfortunately too many people in politics who just don’t get it; who just don’t understand what life on benefits would be like,” he said. Recalling his time as press secretary to Sir John Major, Lord O’Donnell said Sir John repeatedly emphasised that “we need to really care about public services”, but was often met with opposition from ministers who would ask: “Why should we bother about that? Our people don’t use them.”

“Many badly run organisations tend towards what can be termed the “North Korean” school of management; a culture of secrecy, with as little information as possible allowed out, and a generally hostile attitude towards anyone from outside questioning the prevailing culture.”

So runs the first paragraph in today’s editorial in the The Independent …

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/editorials/a-medical-horror-story-the-failures-at-morecambe-bay-are-shocking-and-must-never-happen-again-but-the-nhs-can-be-restored-to-health-10083710.html?origin=internalSearch

Knowle bidder revealed by Herald

The Herald can reveal that Pegasus Life Ltd is the preferred bidder for the East Devon District Council-owned site, and has offered ‘between £7million and 8million’ for the land.

The company is proposing to replace the existing offices with ‘retirement and extra care living for over 100 people’, according to council documents.

The controversial relocation project would see EDDC use the money from the Knowle sale to fund a move to vacant offices at Exmouth Town Hall and purpose built facilities at Honiton’s Heathpark.

http://www.sidmouthherald.co.uk/news/breaking_mystery_knowle_bidder_revealed_1_3978943

http://www.pegasuslife.co.uk/

Police and Crime Commissioner staff – a comparison with South Wales

A good comparison for the type of area that our local Police and Crime Commissioner covers (Devon and Cornwall) is South Wales. It also has a mix of large cities (Cardiff, Swansea), large and small towns and coastal and very rural areas. It has a similar number of police – 3,556 in Devon and Cornwall and 3,148 in South Wales.

Here our Commissioner needs a staff of 23 or 31 (depending on who is counting). In South Wales, their Commissioner manages on a staff of 16, including the Commissioner.

Click to access Staff-Structure-Chart.pdf

Planning Inspector tells it as it is to EDDC: no ” political sensitivity” – get on with it!

EDDC tried to pull the wool over our eyes by saying that they could not deal with public consultation on the (second) draft of the Local Plan because it would be “politically sensitive” before district council elections in May 2015 and Leader Diviani sent out a long press release giving his reasons:

We reported this here:

https://eastdevonwatch.org/2015/02/16/why-are-the-consultants-reports-on-housing-to-remain-secret-until-after-district-elections/

We noted that Mid Devon was consulting on its Local Plan (albeit without important housing figures) so it was “politically sensitive” in East Devon but not in Mid Devon:

https://eastdevonwatch.org/2015/02/18/something-doesnt-add-up-mid-devons-draft-local-plan-out-for-consultation-when-its-supposed-to-be-tied-to-our-secret-consultants-reports/

Then we heard that East Devon had done a complete about-turn and now WOULD be releasing consultants’ figures AND putting the Local Plan out to consultation after all – with a subtle mention that the Planning Inspector had forced them to change their minds:

https://eastdevonwatch.org/2015/02/27/eddc-making-a-complete-u-turn-on-housing-figures-before-elections/

We found EDDC’s letter of 6 February 2015 to the Planning Inspector attempting to justify their first move on file in the EDDC website:

Click to access lettertolocalplaninspector060215.pdf

But, oddly, not the letter FROM the Planning Inspector which led to the U-turn. Thanks to reader who requested this information, we now have Mr Thickett’s response to EDDC’s letter of 6 February which our reader tells us was not on their website yesterday but, after the request for a copy, IS on EDDC’s website today:

Click to access letter-no-11-to-east-devon-090215.pdf

Interestingly, the reply from Mr Thickett was dated 9 February 2015 but never made it on to the Local Plan website until today, nearly a month late.

Mr Thickett’s brusque response makes it clear that he will have no truck with “political sensitivity” and he wants this out there and sorted. He says (again) that he had anticipated re-hearing the Local Plan in October 2014 and appears less than happy with how things have turned out.

Same here, Mr Thickett, same here.