The myth of “transparency”

“The manufacturers of controversial pesticides took part in a key meeting on whether a Europe-wide ban on their chemicals should be lifted in the UK, according to newly published documents. The record of the meeting of the UK government’s expert committee on pesticides (ECP) had previously been suppressed.

Neonicotinoids, the world’s most widely used insecticide, have been linked to serious harm in bees, including a drastic reduction in queens, and were banned across the EU in 2013. Bees and other pollinators are essential for many crops but are in decline due to the impact of pesticides, loss of habitat and disease.”

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/29/bee-harming-pesticide-firms-took-part-key-meeting-ban

EDDC helps out Clinton Devon Estates with pebblebed heath problem


… “The district council has taken out an injunction to prevent the unlawful residential development of a gypsy-owned plot in Hawkerland – which would have a ‘significant’ impact on the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

… The plot in Hawkerland has been monitored by council officers for a number of years, due to its untidy state and concerns raised by neighbouring residents.

The EDDC spokesman said it has long been contentious and the recent installation of a caravan shows the intention to occupy the site – contrary to the emerging Local Plan.

The injunction prevents the owner from using the land for residential purposes and forbids the development of the land without planning permission.

Possibly caused in no small part by not having a Gypsy and Travellers policy and site in the Local Plan, as its Inspector noted.

Still, it’s nice to see EDDC helping out a landowner:

http://www.devon24.co.uk/news/eddc_blocks_occupation_to_protect_pebblebed_heaths_1_4173410

Bid to raise Knowle legal challenge letter raising funds

As of this morning, 50% of the £660 needed to begin the process of a possible legal challenge to EDDC’s appropriation of parkland to extend the private grounds of the planned Pegasus Life luxury retirement complex has been raised:

https://www.crowdjustice.co.uk/case/save-knowle-parkland/

This is not only a Sidmouth issue: this same land grab could happen anywhere in East Devon where a greedy developer fancies a slice of public land owned by EDDC.