Job opportunity with the Jurassic Coast Trust.

Coincidentally, after EDWatch’s recent post ‘Marketing the Jurassic Coast’, this relevant job advertisement has today been circulated.

31 March 2015
Are you an experienced administrator who can make a big difference to the Jurassic Coast?

The Jurassic Coast Trust funds and inspires education and conservation projects along the 95 miles of World Heritage Coastline. We’re looking for someone to help us make sure we run our projects and activities more efficiently, to keep an eye on the details and to provide support to our growing numbers of volunteers.

From organising events to keeping tabs on the finances, we need a friendly and professional all-rounder with great communication skills who can work as part of our small team and help us do the very best job we can.

The position is part-time (15 hours per week), based in Dorchester, and paying circa £7.50/hour. A full job description can be downloaded from our website.

To apply, please submit a CV and a covering letter, explaining how your skills and experience match the role profile for this job, to Alexandra O’Dwyer at the Trust –

The closing date for applications is Friday 10th April 2015.

Yours sincerely


Guy Kerr
Community Coordinator
Jurassic Coast Trust
077 6611 2724

From the archives – 2 – Sidford employment land

Here is where our CEO said in July 2013 that you can’t change the Local Plan – and then did just that by adding Knowle redevelopment and then in Februart 2015 allowing 5 new business parks to be listed in the most recent draft Local Plan:

“It would be straightforward to remove the Sidford allocation from the Local Plan: failure to do so would risk the rejection of the whole plan by the Inspector. He seconded Cllr Troman’s motion that it should be deleted.

Chief Executive Mark Williams then advised that this would not be possible legally as it was not a minor amendment.

This provoked an extraordinary attack on Mr Williams by Cllr Allen. His advice was a “biased” view which showed ignorance of the NPPF. He did not have a “grip” on the legal situation, and had not taken account of all the legal considerations.
Tory Whip, Phil Twiss, jumped up to defend the CEO who must be right “because he is a solicitor” and Cllr Allen wasn’t!

Allen, who, in his day job is the Officer Responsible for Regeneration at South Somerset District Council, calmly replied that he had a considerable legal authority on his side – the NPPF.

A rather shell-shocked Council then proceeded to vote on the motion to delete Sidford. It was rejected.”

The Tory majority – immune to argument- went on to approve all the “minor amendments” to the Local Plan which approves the Knowle and Sidford proposals.

Marketing the Jurassic Coast…

….is a complicated business.
Latest aerial views keep us up to date with what’s happening, with EDDC planners’ approval:

And bodies such as the Environment Agency alert us to some of the problems..Has this one been solved?? :

Exeter City Council unanimously rejects Topsham Care Home scheme with similarities to Knowl plans

Planning committee member, Cllr Rob Newby, represents Topsham on the city council and said: “I have issues with the county council’s decision as the highways authority that the access to this scheme from Exeter Road would be suitable.

“At one point the rugby club wanted to form a hub there but the highways refused it because of access and yet there would have been less traffic than with this scheme.

“Topsham already has an over-burdened medical system; there are two surgeries serving more than 10,000 people and this development could cause an imbalance in the population.”

Fellow committee member, Cllr Kevin Mitchell, said: “Topsham has its own unique identity and I very much hope that we can keep the gap between Exeter and Topsham as long as we can.”

Cllr Mitchell added that he thought a neighbourhood plan for Topsham, as has been done for St James’, would be beneficial for the town.

New guidance on paying people off to cover up scandals and opening senior officer performance to scrutiny

Use of severance agreements
The Government has recently put in place new guidelines for central government departments and their Arms Length Bodies on the appropriate use of severance agreements. These guidelines establish important and clear principles including that agreements cannot be used to cover up examples of individual or organisational failure.

Performance appraisal of senior staff
It is more important than ever that local authorities can demonstrate to their communities that they have strong and effective arrangements in place for managing performance of their senior staff. Better performance management can make it easier to tackle performance issues quicker, which will improve services and can help avoid costly exit deals. Authorities should open up their performance appraisal arrangements to scrutiny and give the public the opportunity to have their say on the way the authority and its most senior staff are performing.

Click to access Gudiance_on_Use_of_Severance_Agreements_and_Off_Payroll_Arrangements__Final_150327.pdf

More on balanced growth

Balanced Growth

Definition of Balanced Growth:

“Balanced Growth refers to a specific type of economic growth that is sustainable in the long term. Balanced growth is opposed to the boom and bust nature of economic cycles.”

It was felt the UK had balanced growth between 1993 and 2007 – a long period of economic expansion and low inflation.

However, the credit crunch of 2007, showed the growth wasn’t as balanced as previously thought. Despite low inflation, there was a boom in bank lending and growth of credit. There was also a boom in house prices which got reversed from 2007.

So, why has EDDC chosen “economic growth” which is highly susceptible to boom and bust, particularly in the housing market, where a change in mortgage interest rates could lead many people into negative equity?