Budleigh Salterton and its expensive homes

A comment just received: about the lack of affordable housing in Budleigh Salterton- one of the ten most expensive seaside towns in England:

“Funny you should say this. The developer- Badger Homes- of the Deepways site in Budleigh Salterton with outline planning approval has applied to reduce the approved 50% affordable homes to 30%.

The original Design and Access statement says:

“the landowner is a retired doctor who would like to see housing for local people”……………………………………… “the landowner found a developer with the experience and the FUNDING to achieve such a project”.”

Yeah, right.

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This is a long article about the democratic deficit in the United States, but its conclusion could be said to apply to us all:

” … It is time to start talking seriously again about a grassroots politics that aims to build a broad consensus, give priority to long-term face-to-face projects with physical communities offline, and recruit skillful and honest politicians to connect people to places where decisions are made – [Bernie] Sanders is one of them. We can use social media and the momentum built by his campaign for this, but the main goal should be to harness the unprecedented explosion of anger and hope into political actions that will bring tangible change in people’s lives.

We hear a lot about all kinds of experiments to address the democratic deficit in decision-making mechanisms – from direct action to digital democracy and more. But few talk about a more profound crisis: our lives are filled with alienation and isolation, our communities have been broken, and impersonal forms of social interaction are replacing personal ones. Meeting with other citizens outside our close circles is good for democracy. But we should be skeptical of impromptu mass gatherings and social media debates as the only places to make vital decisions that will affect our lives for years to come.

We need to develop democratic spaces that address common national and global challenges, but are grounded in local interactions and foster bonds among people in the physical world. New technologies can hugely improve our lives, but ultimately society is made of humans. The kind of human interactions we foster make all the difference in this world – and the next.”

https://www.opendemocracy.net/vito-laterza/democracy-after-sanders

Budleigh Salterton in top 10 most expensive seaside towns

At number 10 – average house price £360,984.

No doubt the developers will be beating a path to EDDC’s door so they can both find a way of building the social or affordable housing on a brownfield site that the town will need to keep its young people near home – if there are any young people left.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36410720

Top business people running our LEP … er, perhaps not!

Agusta Westland not doing too well according to this article. One of our Local Enterprise Partnership board members is Simon Barker, Business Director of Agusta Westland.

And no doubt, if the Government does mount a rescue package via a ” ministerial directive” for Agusta Westland, it will be via our Local Enterprise Partnership and Simon Barker ….

Westlands burnt by Boeing

thetimes.co.uk, May 29 2016

“American giant Boeing is set to win the contract to rebuild the army’s Apache helicopters, in a blow to Westlands in Somerset.

The defence secretary Michael Fallon is expected to rubber-stamp the £2bn contract ahead of the Farnborough air show in July. Britain’s Apache fleet was built in Yeovil by what was then AgustaWestland, under licence from Boeing, but 50 of the attack helicopters will be rebuilt by the American defence company in Arizona.

Westlands is understood also to have missed out on a contract to make gearboxes and blades for Apaches used by armed forces around the world. Negotiations are ongoing about giving the company support work on the British Apache revamp, but sources said that may require a ministerial direction from Fallon. The government is considering handing Westlands a contract to develop an unmanned military helicopter, in an effort to be seen to be keeping helicopter manufacturing alive in Britain.”

Easy to see what benefits our LEP brings to its board members (including Midas, see post yesterday) but not at all easy to see what is in it for the rest of us.

John Osman – Councils lead on Local Enterprise Partnership

“One of John’s proudest achievements was being elected Leader of Somerset County Council in May 2012 and has made it his number one priority to listen and consult with residents on the future of the County.”

http://www.somersetconservatives.org.uk/person/councillor-john-osman

That’s your number one priority down the pan then, John, but, of course, that won’t worry you.

Chair of LEP – proud of a conflict of interest?

The staggering arrogance leaves Owl stunned (but not for long). Though, no doubt the Government, Mr Hindley and the LEP see no problem.

“The Millfields Trust’s state-of-the-art Genesis building received the Community Benefit award at the prestigious RICS South West Awards 2016 held at Cheltenham Racecourse. …

… The pioneering, ERDF and Heart of the South West LEP’s Growing Places funded building was designed to create employment and serve the local community in one of the most deprived areas of Plymouth. It comprises of flexible workspaces, meeting rooms, a full height internal atrium and Plymouth’s first living walls. …

… “Steve Hindley, Chair of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) said: “Genesis is a great example of development that benefits the local environment as well as the community by providing much-needed employment space with and original and eye-catching architectural design. The project is an exemplar of the LEP’s Growing Places Fund, which is designed to unlock growth and create new jobs.

“As Chair of Midas – the contractor for the project – as well as being Chair of the LEP – which has the strategic mission to generate funding – I am doubly proud to be part of this new asset to Plymouth’s city-scape.”

http://www.midasgroup.co.uk/news/?id=658