Note: EDA was formed as an umbrella organisation for the many campaign groups who believe that East Devon’s exceptional landscape is under threat from overdevelopment. Since the May 2015 elections, 10 East Devon Alliance Independents (from various areas, including Sidmouth and Sidford) now serve as East Devon District Councillors.
Cranbrook has “district heating” which is lauded as a good thing in the DCC report on the town (see below). But is it a good thing in the long run? Is it cleaner? What effect does a virtual monopoly have? What happens if it has a major failure? The Which consumer organisation is not too sure.
“Most people in the UK get their heating from mains gas. They can switch suppliers if they aren’t getting a good deal and have protection if they are mis-sold a service, wrongly billed or their energy supply is interrupted. In contrast, district heating customers have no opportunity to switch suppliers or right to redress should the service fail to meet expectations.”
Yet more examples of how our district is out-of-tune with both evidence and the electorate:
Rural communities lose confidence in police
A new report from the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) estimates that rural crimes are costing communities £800m while a quarter of crimes go unreported due to a lack of confidence in policing and low satisfaction with local forces. The NRCN found 27% of the more than 17,000 people in the countryside it consulted had not reported the las crime of which they had been the victim. This compares with a national rate of 20%. Of these, 44% said calling the police would have been a waste of time, while 43% said that the police could not have done anything. The report is published amid concerns over the impact that reductions in police numbers and budgets will have in more remote areas, as forces face further cuts of between 20 and 40%.
The Times, Page: 4
King’s Fund calls for further NHS funding
The King’s Fund has warned that an extra £8bn of funding promised to the NHS by 2020, a figure put forward by Simon Stevens, will not be enough. The think-tank claims additional emergency funding of about £1bn will be needed if standards of care and access to services are to be maintained.
Financial Times, Page: 4
Retailers call for rates cut
The Mirror reports that Tesco is among a group of 12 retailers which have signed a letter from the British Retail Consortium calling on George Osborne to cut business rates. The paper says the move reflects growing concern over the Government’s review of business rates, announced in the March Budget.
Daily Mirror, Page: 45