“TiggerTories” outline their plans for the next 4 years (not unlike the plans for the last 40 years!)

Owl says: virtually identical to Tory “aspirations” for the last 4 years – or even the last 40 years!

And no mention of an overhaul of governance or a change to the committee system.

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/what-east-devons-independent-administration-3239119

Note the “independent leadership” includes the Independent Group and selected Tories, but only one East Devon Alliance member in a minor role – as Leader Ingham prefers to work with Tories rather than other independents.

May 2019 local elections: “Democracy Denied”

Electoral Reform Society:

“May’s local elections in England showed just how unfit-for-purpose the voting system is, as voters were left with restricted choices and random results.

For voters of all parties, the local elections saw democracy denied: the First Past the Post voting system meant that millions of voters were unrepresented.

In our latest report, Democracy Denied: The 2019 Elections Audit, we present new analysis of local, regional and national results. Councils across England saw the wrong party winning, hugely disproportionate results, and voters left voiceless as many seats were completely uncontested. …”

The report is here:

‘Democracy denied’ as report reveals how voters are left voiceless across England

EDDC Tory councillor apears to have removed debate about DBS checks from his Facebook page

Owl can no longer access the debate shown below on EDDC Tory Councillor Ian Hall’s Facebook page. Has it been removed or has Owl been blocked? What could be the reason for either action? Or is there another reason? Owl isn’t Facebook savvy enough to know. Curious!

Councillor Tom Wright said councillors who would not take the bait on checks (which are not required) were being non-transparent. If it has been removed is it an issue of non-transparency? Hhhmmmm …

“Rivers used as ‘open sewers’, says WWF charity”

As a district well-provided with rivers and estuaries, a worrying issue:

Targets for 75% of rivers to be healthy by 2027 are “very unlikely” to be met in England, a charity has warned.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says rivers are “used as open sewers”.
The Environment Agency predicts 75% of rivers in England and along the Scottish and Welsh borders will meet EU expectations by 2027, compared with just 14% now.

It is planning an autumn consultation on “challenges and choices” faced in cleaning up water. The agency said it would review the target based on “what can realistically be achieved”.

Sewage discharging into rivers has been one of the most common reasons for ecological health tests being failed, while water companies in England have been told their efforts to protect the environment were “unacceptable”. …”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-49131405