EDDC Indie Groyp Leader adds critical Exmouth Tory to Queens Drive Delivery Group

Great – he wanted transparency so he will be reporting back to us on those secret meetings won’t he?

https://exmouth.nub.news/n/council-leader-responds-to-conservative-criticism-of-plans-for-exmouth

Confused (dot) LEP?

Comment added also as post by Owl – who is also confused.

“It’s all very confusing (especially sorting out your NUTS 1,2&3).

The joint covering letter from the two LEPs (one of which appears to have its own joint committee just to confuse things further) says:

“We have put forward two submissions; one on behalf of Cornwall Council and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership and another on behalf of the Heart of the South West Joint Committee and the HotSW Local Enterprise Partnership representing Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.”

They also go on to say:

“We are submitting this joint letter as being neighbouring areas we have similar policy asks which the committee might find helpful to have highlighted as well as the nuances that are described in our two responses. There is no clear definition of what constitutes a region and we believe these two documents provide detailed insight into the complexity of this subject.”

So Cornwall (and the Scilly Isles) gets the joint forward plus a detailed response under the heading:

“Written evidence submitted by Cornwall Council and Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, 2nd August 2019″ [4,342 words and four graphs – a lot of nuance and explanation of complexity particular to Cornwall in here. Good for them.]

The Heart of the South West joint letter is followed by…………….NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Couldn’t be bothered or just forgot to add it? Sadly, either way, the people of Devon and Somerset have lost out.”

Tory Party gangs up on “The Independent Group” in Exmouth about “transparency and “open-ness”

“… Despite remaining the largest single group on EDDC the Conservatives respect that electors wanted change based on a manifesto of Openness and Transparency repeatedly promised by the new administration comprised of some of those elected as Independent Councillors, but that promised change has stalled already.

He added “Little has changed since the election in May where the new administration says that their first priority has been to provide continuity, which begs the question as to what the previous Conservative administration was doing badly that needed change”.

In the case of Exmouth, Openness and Transparency has been ditched pretty quickly where the new administration did not bother consulting with Exmouth ward members or key stakeholders about their half-baked decision to close down the Exmouth Regeneration Board, replacing it with the Queens Drive Delivery Group.

Plans to hold the meetings of the new group in private have been heavily criticised by other councillors for the lack of Openness and Transparency, as well as the narrow remit of the proposed Group. …”

https://exmouth.nub.news/n/exmouth-deserves-better-than-this—conservative-chairman-speaks-out?

DevonLive’s attempt to talk up Cranbrook – own goal

UPDATE: in the couple of hours since the publication of this post, the comments on the DevonLive site have been cleaned up!

Hot on the heels of criticism of Cranbrook, DevonLive attempted to find some “good news” about it. However, it didn’t go quite to plan.

The first person they chose works in the local estate agent’s office – well, you’d hardley expect any criticism there – duh.

The second person had a few nice things to say about it and then rather spoilt it with this comment:

… It feels like they [houses] were just thrown up, to be honest, with cheap materials.” she says. “The walls are very thin. It is fine between our house and the neighbours but the inside walls are different. There is a lot of creaking and you don’t expect that with a new house. The garage roof was leaking too. That was fixed but it is leaking again now.

It would be nice to have a town centre,” she says. “They keep saying we’ll have one but we haven’t yet. This Co-op can’t really cope with the number of people. We like it here overall. The school facilities are very good and there are a lot of young families. We don’t have any plans to move and will stay for the foreseeable future.

“On the downside the trains are crowded and often don’t turn up at all. But they’ve just put more buses on and they are every 20 minutes to Exeter.”

The third person said:

“… The shop should be more affordable. Overall it is enjoyable but there is not enough to do for the teenagers. I have a teenage son and I don’t think there is anything here for him to do. Some of them hang around the shop and benches in the evening.

“The primary school is lovely but we have problems with communication with the college.”

Then comes journalism at its BEST! What makes Cranbrook so good?

The constant supply of new housing is clearly a selling point for Cranbrook. Young families in particular are attracted to homes built for modern-living, with fitted kitchens, double-glazing, reliable boilers and infrastructure, patio-doors to the garden, little or no upkeep worries.”

Er, sorry guys, Cranbrook Town Council just took on estate rent charges from developers for the whole town and council tax bills rose to cover them!

The journalist goes on, foot in mouth:

As of 2019 Cranbrook – a start-from-scratch development – is a market town without a market and a population to shop ratio of 1:5,000.”

THEN you come to the comments! Suffice to say, most are NOT complimentary, and some are VERY rude!

Better luck next time!

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/what-people-really-think-cranbrook-3285460#comments-section

East Devon Alliance only group submitting evidence to Parliament on Devon’s regional growth – our LEP just added its name to Cornwall’s evidence – for Cornwall and Plymouth!

East Devon Alliance submitted evidence to Treasury inquiry into regional growth: this wax pertinent, spwell-reasoned evidence. It was the ONLY submission solely on behalf of Devon:

https://eastdevonwatch.org/2019/09/05/parliament-publishes-evidence-from-east-devon-alliance-on-unrealistic-growth-figures-and-flaws-compounded-by-our-local-enterprise-partnership/

Cornwall and Cornwall and Isles of Scilly evidence (to which our Devon and Somerset LEP added its name only to a generic one-page “Joint Statement” covering letter) was skewed (as it should be) ONLY towards Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and Plymouth – concentrating on them being in the same EU region (NUTS2), and therefore not concerning itself with any other part of Devon:

http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/treasury-committee/regional-imbalances-in-the-uk/written/104187.html

Our LEP simply duplicated the generic one-page covering letter in the above Cornwall submission as its only contribution for itself:

http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/treasury-committee/regional-imbalances-in-the-uk/written/104182.html

“IT WILL TAKE UP TO 11 YEARS FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO REVERSE AUSTERITY”

“… The analysis shows that it will take almost a full parliament to reverse austerity in real terms (just taking into account inflation). Taking into account inflation and population growth means a full reversal will take 6 years. And to fully reverse the impacts of austerity as a percentage of GDP will take 11 years. …”

https://neweconomics.org/2019/09/it-will-take-up-to-11-years-for-the-government-to-reverse-austerity