“The East Devon electorate were, indeed, hoping for a significant change by voting for an Independent Council and, therefore, it is frustrating to read such controlling comments from the Tory Councillor Philip Skinner (he who was responsible for the extending mahogany table fiasco and who lives in the rural village of Talaton which is not one of the proposed GESP Clyst Villages) stating that ‘this is a really exciting project and I hope people grasp it with the enthusiasm, that I have so we get the good things for the area that we live in’!
Category Archives: Feniton/ Talaton
Feniton fly infestation – “worst ever year”
Sidmouth Rural and Feniton – Indies Rule!
Susie Bond (Independent) – 638 ELECTED
Adam Michael Powell (Labour) – 37
John Tristam (Conservative) – 97
Independent Councillor Susie Bond (Feniton) on her canvassing experiences
“FURY against Conservatives and Labour … and I mean FURY! One man said today that he would never ever vote Tory again! One bloke said we were all corrupt on EDDC given the huge cars we drive. Asked him if he lived in the village and he said No, so bid him farewell! Otherwise, lots of support from very many kind people.
Kathy McLauchlan (www.facebook.com/kathyindie) is working really hard in Whimple & Rockbeare and getting lots of positive comments on the doorstep.
Jess Bailey is a force to be reckoned with in West Hill & Aylesbeare … it’s a joy to watch her in action! She is a West Hill parish councillor and I worked with her when she was the independent representative for the town council on EDDC’s Standards Committee a couple of years ago. Utterly brilliant. She performed fantastically at the Hustings. There are so many great Independents waiting to start working hard for East Devon, but sadly not Cllr Roger Giles …”
Source: Claire Wright Facebook page comment
Wainhomes in the (bad) spotlight again
Many will recall Feniton’s problems with Wainhomes, for example:
and those in Axminster:
You might also have seen the feature on regional BBC Breakfast this morning where residents at the Wainhomes estate in Tawton having to move out because floors not finished, outside rendering falling off walls. They interviewed one unhappy house owner who’d been complaining for two-and-a-half years.
Interestingly enough there’s a website devoted to complaints about this company: https://www.thewainhomesnightmare.co.uk/?page_id=121
It seems to highlight a flaw whereby developers can build defective houses, but policing by NHBC not up to scratch.
Buyer beware, as they say!
Feniton shows Honiton how to conduct a Neighbourhood Plan consultation
After the total fiasco of Honiton finding itself unable to organise a Neighbourhood Plan:
comes this press release from Feniton’s Independent Councillor Susie Bond:
“And it’s great news!
The polls in the Feniton Neighbourhood Plan referendum closed at 10 p.m. this evening and counting started very soon afterwards.
The choice was a simple Yes/No answer to the following question:
Do you want East Devon District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Feniton to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?
· The number of people eligible to vote was 1538
· Turnout was 32.05%
· Those voting Yes = 462
· Those voting No = 30
Without wishing to sound like I’m giving a speech at the Oscars, there are many people who should be thanked, not least officers at East Devon District Council who guided the team throughout, but also the NP steering group and particularly those who stuck with the process right to the bitter end.
It was the vision of the Parish Council Chairman, Martyn Smith, that set us on this rather lengthy road and I’m sure we all felt from time to time as though the process was interminable.
But we made it … and the Neighbourhood Plan will now pass into planning policy …
Well done Feniton”
Do you have a damp home? Do you need an affordable home? Contact Councillor Phil Twiss to get your problems sorted!
It seems councillor Twiss is a modern-day superhero – able to help you with just about any problem you might come across.
So, if you live in Honiton, do contact him:
Telephone: 01404 891327
Address: Swallowcliff, Beacon, Honiton, EX14 4TT
or at DCC:
True, he hasn’t so far sorted East Devon’s broadband not-spots, wasn’t able to halt the closure of Honiton Hospital’s community beds or stop Baker Estates from weaselling out of their affordable housing commitments and the ‘fillip’ to Honiton’s jobs and shops when the EDDC HQ moves to Honiton will be at the expense of Sidmouth … but these are just minor hiccoughs … aren’t they?
Feniton seeks a new councillor, preverably one who wants to work with young people
From Susie Bond, Feniton’s indefatiguable independent District and parish councillor:
“Do you want to serve your Community?
Do you have time or expertise which could benefit your Community?
Do you want to make a difference to all those around you?
Are you concerned about your local area?
Do you want to represent the views of local people?
If you would like to make a difference, and be involved in shaping the future of your local Community, why not step forward and apply to become a Feniton Parish Councillor?
Feniton Parish Council is looking for a new Parish Councillor – specifically someone who is keen to work with the Youth of the Parish – if you are interested, would like more information or an application form, please contact:
Parish Council clerk, Alison Marshall, on email@example.com
Chairman of Feniton Parish Council, Martyn Smith, on firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for completed applications to be with the Clerk is 9 a.m. on Tuesday 8 May 2018
To qualify to become a Parish Councillor a person must:
be a British subject over 18 years old
be listed on the current electoral role
live in Feniton, or within 3 miles of its boundary, or occupy as owner/tenant any land/premises therein or have a principal place of work within the Parish
must not be disqualified from holding office as a Councillor.
Honiton Hospital beds closed – motion of “no confidence” in EDDC Leader 13 September 2017 6pm
Susie Bond, EDDC Independent Councillor, Feniton reports”
“This morning I attended a vigil outside Honiton Community Hospital. It was called to mark the end of inpatient care in the town. It was a sad day, as it now means that there are no inpatient beds in the hospitals in Seaton, Axminster, Honiton and Ottery St Mary.
I wasn’t sure what to expect … it’s a Bank Holiday and the weather was glorious … so I half expected to be there with just a handful of people.
I was wrong.
The event had been organised by Honiton Patients’ Action Group … a well-organised and furious bunch of people.
A group of about 50 turned up, armed to the teeth with placards, happy to vent their feelings to the local press about the parlous state of future community health provision.
Among those present this morning was Cllr Martin Shaw (county councillor for Seaton and Colyton) who spoke about his grave concerns for health provision. He had also addressed Devon County Council’s Scrutiny Committee meeting in July (https://seatonmatters.org/2017/07/26/the-health-scrutiny-committee-which-didnt-scrutinise/).
The decision to close the inpatient beds in Honiton had not been the subject of public consultation, so those present felt that this was sufficient cause for Devon County Council’s Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee to refer the decision to close the hospital beds to the Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt. In turn, he would have had to refer the decision to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (which describes itself as ‘the independent expert on NHS service change’).
Had that decision been made at their July meeting (https://devoncc.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/293466), those present at the vigil today would probably have still been worried about their future health care, but at least they would have felt that every avenue open to them had been explored.
Instead they were denied this last opportunity by political shenanigans of epic proportion.
I watched the webcast of the July meeting of DCC Health Scrutiny Committee (http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/conduct-committee-members-investigated-devon-312213) and was frankly appalled at the charade being played out before my eyes.
Questions have been raised about how the meeting was conducted and the Standards Committee at DCC meets tomorrow to decide if the complaints are well founded.
Meanwhile, members of East Devon District Council have expressed dismay about the way an almost unanimous vote on a Motion expressing real concern about the conduct of the Clinical Commissioning Group was ignored and have called an Extra Ordinary Meeting of full Council to discuss a Motion of No Confidence in the leader, Cllr Paul Diviani, who sat on Devon County Council’s Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee as a representative of the leaders of all the district councils in Devon.
Cllr Diviani effectively voted against referring the decision to close inpatients beds in Honiton to the Secretary of State and later admitted under robust questioning that he had not canvassed the views of the other leaders.
The Extra Ordinary Council meeting will be held on
Wednesday 13 September
at EDDC’s headquarters at the
Twiss in charge of infrastructure money
Stakeholders? Bet it isn’t us but developers he’s talking about! Exmouth’s Queen’s Drive access for Grenadier, “improved access” to Feniton, Gittisham and Cranbrook western extension here we come!
“Since September last year, EDDC has been charging Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) on certain types of new development.
The council passes 15 per cent of this income, or 25 per cent if a neighbourhood plan has been completed, to town or parish councils, with the remainder to be spent by EDDC.
The council is now inviting stakeholders involved in the delivery of infrastructure to bid for this cash by September 22, with a final decision to be made in February 2018.
Councillor Phil Twiss, EDDC’s portfolio holder for strategic development and partnerships, said: “The CIL is a fairer, faster and more transparent way of funding infrastructure delivery.
“It provides more certainty than the current Section 106 system, which is negotiated on a site by site basis.
“However, unlike 106 money, CIL money can be spent anywhere in the district.
“Unfortunately, the projected income from CIL falls a long way short of the total infrastructure costs required to deliver the Local Plan.
“This is because the legislation requires the charges to be set based on what is viable for developments to pay rather than what is required to deliver the necessary infrastructure.
“CIL was designed to be matched with funds from other sources in order to deliver projects and so difficult decisions will need to be made in terms of prioritising projects and projects should demonstrate what other funding would be used in addition to CIL.
“The CIL pot is never going to be able to meet all demands made on it and we will have a robust and rigorous qualification process in place to ensure that the money is well spent and in the right places.”
Fly outbreak in Feniton
Fly outbreak in Feniton ( from the blog of Independent Councillor Susie Bond:
“I’ve just heard from the Environmental Health Officer (EHO) who has been looking into the most recent problem with flies in the village. She has responded directly to the seven residents who have contacted her office.
It looks as though the poultry farm on Green Lane was the source of the flies, despite the farmer having complied with the larvicide regime.
Environmental Health Officers currently think that the combination of young birds in the sheds and the extreme temperatures last week led to the fly problem.
Further treatments have been carried out at the farm to reduce the number of flies.
The EHOs request that people monitor the fly levels and update her directly (email@example.com).”
For the full report see:
Twiss and shout in Feniton
Phil Twiss is hoping to follow in the footsteps of disgraced fellow Tory Graham Brown, and latterly independent councillor Claire Wright to represent the ward of Feniton and Honiton in the forthcoming County Council elections.
Leaflets currently adding to EDDC’s recycling efforts include a testimonial from MP Neil Parish that “Phil will be an asset in a number of matters, such as helping positively to continue with the work put together, to make Feniton more secure from flooding”.
Strangely there seems to be no room to acknowledge Graham Brown’s inability to get a flood scheme going for Feniton, Claire Wright’s dogged success in ensuring that the scheme was not forgotten, and independent District Councillor Susie Bond’s determination and success in getting the £1.6m programme implemented. Not to mention Susie Bond’s tireless work as a flood warden and information broadcaster each time danger has struck the village.
Any “continuation” is totally down to the efforts of these two ladies.
Whether Mr Twiss is willing to acknowledge their contribution on the stump remains to be seen.
Readers will recall it was Mr Twiss who, in 2014, took offence at a metaphor on Ms Wright’s blog about the need to “cull” Conservatives in East Devon.
Police subsequently declined to investigate. Hardly surprising since Conservative Leader David Cameron used the word in exactly the same sense in 2012:
Truth or post-truth in Feniton’s election?
Feniton village boundary: putting the record straight
From the blog of Feniton district councillor Susie Bond:
“Development in Feniton always excites comment, but I was especially disappointed to read an ill-informed, anonymous letter in the September issue of Feniton’s parish magazine.
It’s all too easy to set rumours running and temperatures rising, by which time of course the damage is done. However, this letter was so unhelpful, I thought it needed addressing paragraph by paragraph:
“I was surprised to receive details of the so called proposed changes in Feniton’s Built Up Boundary through an e-mail from a local estate agent.”
Why would an estate agent have any interest in Feniton’s Built Up Area Boundary (to give it its proper name)? Unless of course the correspondent meant a ‘planning agent’, i.e. developer, who of course would have a vested interest in moving the site in question to within the boundary.
“There is a large piece of land to the east of Ottery Road leading up to the station which has been the home to some dilapidated greenhouses for as long as I can remember having lived in the village for nearly fifteen years and as far as I know throughout this time, this land has been included in Feniton’s Built up Boundary.”
This paragraph is probably the only paragraph that is factually correct.
“Why suddenly do I hear of a proposal to take it outside the Built-up Boundary and who exactly proposed this. There is no point in pretending that further development will not occur in Feniton at some point to come, but I do object to this eleventh hour clandestine approach to remove a site that has always been earmarked for such further development without understanding who and what reasons are behind such a proposal.”
I posted a blog about this on 9 August (https://susiebond.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/planning-policy-strengthened-in-east-devon/), and of course EDDC’s proposed changes have been discussed extensively, including at the monthly public meeting of Feniton Parish Council on 11 July (minuted in the August issue of the parish magazine). There is nothing ‘clandestine’ about any of this, and the author seems not to understand what a Built Up Area Boundary (BUAB) actually is. It does not, for example, designate areas for development.
The proposed BUAB also draws a line tightly around the current Wainhomes estate, i.e. making it harder for Wainhomes to build the hundred or so more houses it wants to there.
“Essentially such a proposal, if successful will once again leave the rest of the village wondering nervously where further inevitable development will take place.”
Had the correspondent undertaken some elementary research, including on the Villages Development Plan Document (DPD) to which he refers, a lot of this scare mongering could have been avoided.
For example, the Villages DPD is an ancillary document underpinning the Local Plan. Planning policy in East Devon, outlined in the newly adopted Local Plan, is for development to be prioritised around Cranbrook, where there is easy access to employment within the thriving city of Exeter. Indeed, the draft East Devon Villages DPD makes clear just how unsuited Feniton is to mass development.
The decision to site the black line (proposed boundary) for Feniton as it is shown in the parish magazine and in my 9 August blog was taken by EDDC following extensive discussions by a team of planning policy officers and no-one else. Not landowners, not developers, not District Councillors, not Parish Councillors, not the residents of villages who may/may not own land they wish to propose for development. The planners undertook a full site assessment (the results of this exercise can be found through a link on my blog of 9 August).
The Built-Up Area Boundary is for consultation at this stage, but the black lines drawn on the map will only move if there is strong evidence that they should do so. I feel sure that the anonymous correspondent will put in a submission to EDDC voicing his views … although he should be aware that if he does this, he will lose his anonymity.
East Devon is not looking to increase development in Feniton for the time being. This position will undoubtedly change in the future, but the decision as to where development should take place will have to take into account Feniton’s emerging Neighbourhood Plan.
I would urge the anonymous correspondent to come along to Feniton Parish Council meetings where there are frank and open discussions. Using the parish magazine to needlessly raise inaccurate and misleading stories only fuels the fires of rumour and gossip.”
Wainhomes, Feniton: another second chance, and another and another …
Where and when do ” second chances” end? From a correspondent:
“You may recall the following item published some time ago:
Today the time allowed for some of the work to be done expires and yet, as expected by many of the villagers, nothing has even been started. The question is: will EDDC planning now actually throw the legal book at Wainhomes or, as I suspect, give them yet more time.
A heavy hand surely is now required since being ‘nice’ clearly doesn’t work.”
EDDC, heavy hand, developers – dream on!
Feniton’s fly problem: some timely advice from Councillor Susie Bond
Wainhomes Feniton: yet another breach of planning conditions
” … This time, they have failed to landscape the green open spaces (which they were obliged to do in the first planting season after building had commenced), they have failed to install adequate swales (i.e. channels) to capture and contain surface water run-off and they have failed to provide the trees on site and the hedgebanks at the site entrance.
It is all so unnecessary and so time-consuming and has cost the public purse a considerable sum of money. It has also left Feniton Parish Council having to pick up the tab when the nearby play area has to be cleaned up as result of run-off from the site.
The decision to serve the Breach of Condition Notice was not taken lightly by the planners and Legal Department of EDDC. Planning officers worked tirelessly to try and avoid this expensive legal route, despite calls from residents of Feniton who wanted enforcement action to be taken some time ago. After lengthy negotiations which were ultimately fruitless, officers have finally lost patience.
The Breach of Condition Notice effectively informs Wainhomes that works have to be undertaken according to Wainhomes’ own landscaping plan by the end of May, and that trees must be planted (again according to their own landscaping plan) during the last three months of this year.
Parts of the Breach of Condition Notice calls for the swales to be remodelled to conform to Wainhomes’ own design which was approved as part of their own Flood Risk Assessment. Instead, Wainhomes has installed a series of ditches which is discharging water onto the Parish Council’s play area. This area has been severely flooded twice already this year, leaving the play surface saturated with silty water and forcing the Parish Council to remove the swings for fear of accidents.
Never has a development been so distorted by a developer keen to screw every last ounce of profit out of a site. However, East Devon District Council has now put a marker in the sand clearly stating that they expect every last condition to be adhered to.”
Heart-rending pictures and experiences of flooding in Feniton – again
And tonight it is raining heavily again so the village is anticipating worse conditions. Will Wainhomes do the decent thing and sort this problem out. Don’t hold your breath.
…”Water poured off the field beside Feniton’s latest development where swales (ditches) take surface water around the site, round the attenuation tank and then direct it straight through the Parish Council-owned play area. The swings had already been removed from a previous bout of heavy rain, when the ground under the swings was silted up with slimy sand from the surface water run-off.
The flood risk assessment submitted by Wainhomes and approved by the Environment Agency and Devon County Council seems to be woefully inadequate for dealing with surface water run-off from this high point of the village. Both the plan and the scheme put in place by Wainhomes need to be carefully scrutinised to ensure that what was planned and approved has actually been put in place.
And so it continued … sandy water poured under the allotment gates down Coventry Close and several of us spent some time trying to direct the flow to different drain holes so that they were not overwhelmed.
It’s boring, tedious, cold, dispiriting work … And we seem to spend far too much of our time worrying about what the weather will inflict on us next.
It’s probably a good time to thank the many flood wardens and other residents who give so selflessly of their time.
A particular thank you has to go to the kind resident of Exeter Close who came out with tea and biscuits for Danny and Jayne who stayed on Station Road until it was safe to re-open the road. …”
The effect of the Local Plan on villages of East Devon
Excellent summary of the effect of the Local Plan on the district’s villages – including potential pitfalls if the Plan goes hopelessly wrong, given the risky “high growth” strategy that the Inspector has accepted:
Dyed water shows developer responsible for flooding
A developer has admitted a pond on its housing estate has contributed to flooding of nearby properties’ gardens.
Residents of Acacia Close in Bideford, Devon, have complained about the flooding since the College Park estate was built two years ago.
Tests by the local authority using dyed water have now traced the floodwater to a pond on the estate. Redrow Homes has apologised and said it would remedy the problem “as soon as possible”.
The College Park estate has a drainage pond from which water flows into the road. But after the estate was built, residents living near the pond noticed their gardens were being flooded.
A dye test by Torridge District Council carried out 12 months ago was inconclusive, but the council did another test after complaints continued.
Reuben Cooke, technical manager of Redrow Homes in the West Country, said the firm was “very sorry” about the flooding.
“The drainage system we implemented was approved by the Environment Agency and Devon County Council and we believed was appropriate for the development,” he said. “We are now in discussion with Devon County Council to change the design of the drainage system to alleviate the flooding affecting the gardens at Acacia Close.”
Terry Williams, 75, who lives with wife Olwyn, 71, in Acacia Close, said they feared the flooding could come into their home. “The stress has been unbelievable because no-one would accept it was their problem,” he said. “We are both retired and we don’t deserve this sort of aggro.”
Torridge District Council said in a statement: “Provisional plans have already been drawn up so we are hopeful that the matter can progress quickly.”
Wainhomes – children are affected by their run-off in Feniton
From a correspondent:
“You may be interested to know that as a result of the flood water that has run off the Wainhomes site and deposited silt on the children’s play area, this area is now out of bounds to the children and swings have had to be removed to prevent an accident.
This is the third time it has happened. Feniton Parish Council have paid for the clean up twice in the past but are reluctant to spend money cleaning up Wainhomes mess.”