The Independent future …

Owl has had a little nap and now reflects on the day.

Momentous, transformative, unprecedented – just a few words being bandied about this evening.  And just a bit scary too.

It is going to be a real step-change – not just for independents, Greens and Lib Dems, but for senior and junior officers at EDDC too. 

For many years senior officers and Cabinet have been in cosy (some might say too cosy) relationships with just a few favoured councillors – all-seeing the world pretty much the same way.  Cabinet closed off to backbench councillors, senior officers closed off to junior officers and ‘other ranks’.

Well, that world has changed.

Will the ‘Sir Humphreys’ be able to change, or will they resist change and attempt to grind down the ‘Jim Hackers’?

Officers are supposed to be neutral – giving advice where wanted and needed, but allowing the ship to be steered by the captain of the day to destinations of their choice.

Owl hopes that officers and now new ruling-group councillors can work together to make EDDC the council people have voted for it to be – independent, transparent, accountable to the voters who expect nothing less.

Good luck councillors and officers – you will need it.

FINAL RESULT Sidford Sidmouth – East Devon Alliance 2, Conservative 1

Sidmouth Sidford (three seats)
Stuart Hughes (Conservative) – 1,089 ELECTED
Dawn Manley (East Devon Alliance) – 1,303 ELECTED
Zachary Marsh (Conservative) – 721
Colin Mills (Labour) – 381
Marrianne Rixson (East Devon Alliance) – 1,326 ELECTED
Jenny Ware (Conservative) – 757
Ken Warren (UKIP) – 369

Budleigh and Raleigh – 2 Tory 1 Independent

Budleigh and Raleigh (three seats)
Alan Dent (Conservative) – 1,112 ELECTED
Pete Duke (Green Party) – 971
Brigitte Graham (UKIP) – 518
Patsy Hayman (Conservative) – 982
Paul Jarvis (Independent) – 1,187 ELECTED
Penny Lewis (Liberal Democrats) – 907
Thomas Wright (Conservative) – 999 ELECTED

Broadclyst result – 1 Tory (not Diviani) and 2 Lib Dem

Rebecca-Jayne Lipscombe (Liberal Democrats) – 397
Rob Longhurst (Conservative) – 345
Chris Pepper (Conservative) – 506 ELECTED
Eleanor Rylance (Liberal Democrats) – 555 ELECTED
Sarah Louise Chamberlain (Liberal Democrats) – 612 ELECTED
Paul Diviani (Conservative) – 319
Henry Frederick Gent (Green) – 426