Sidmouth’s over 55 population expected to grow by 15% by 2041

Inly luxury homeowner retirement properties being built NOT affordable homes for older people with lower incomes:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/14/lack-of-homes-suitable-for-older-people-fuels-housing-crisis-report?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Update on Sidford Business Park public inquiry- starts 16 July 2109

What a happy coincidence that, thanks to inadequate parking and poor public transport, people cannot exercise their democratic right to protest at EDDC’s new HQ!

A reminder that the Planning Inquiry into the appeal that the applicants who are seeking to build a Business Park in Sidford commences on Tuesday 16 July.

The Inquiry has been scheduled to last up to three days and will commence at 10.00 am at the East Devon District Council Offices on the Heathpark industrial estate in Honiton. The full address of the offices is – Blackdown House, Border Road, Heathpark Industrial Estate, Honiton, EX14 1EJ. Click on this link to find where the offices are located (Google Maps).

Because of the extremely limited parking at Blackdown House and the fact that accessing the offices by bus might be a challenge for some people we have decided not to call for a demonstration outside the Inquiry. We know that many people were wanting to show their opposition to the Business Park by demonstrating but unfortunately we feel that logistically doing so on what will be a full working day for the Council wouldn’t work.

However, as there will be space in the Inquiry for up to about 100 members of the public to sit and observe the proceedings we would encourage you to come along and hear the proceedings. Some of the members of the Steering Group will be registering to speak at the Inquiry and this is also open to members of the public to do although we understand that in order to do this you need to register at the start of proceedings on 16 July.

We look forward to seeing some of you at the Inquiry.”

The very interesting back story to those painted Sidmouth cliffs …

Owl shares some of the elephant’s characteristics – never forgetting being one of them.

Recently a story appeared in the local press about Sidmouth cliffs being painted a strange colour after stabilising work. Oddly, although this was done by the previous Tory-controlled administration, this was not mentioned in the article – leading to the assumption that it had been made by the new no-overall-control council (or Independent Group and Tory coalition – take your pick). Owl found it odd that this old information had only now been reported to the press.

When Owl saw the name of the geologist who seemed to have broken the story, Dr Alistair Bruce, the name rang a bell. Trawling through its vast archive, it turned up the information that Dr Bruce is none other than the defeated Tory candidate for Yarty ward in the local election last month.

Dr Bruce was chosen instead of long-serving former Leader Paul Diviani – who vented his wrath in a letter to former constituents calling his removal “a [Tory Party] vendetta:

https://eastdevonwatch.org/2019/05/07/diviani-blames-tory-vendetta-for-de-selection-in-yarty/

Diviani was then relegated to finding another vacancy and chose Broadclyst – which he lost. The successful candidate for Yarty was East Devon Alliance Councillor Paul Hayward.

Owl is happy to be putting the record somewhat straighter with this information that has always in the public domain, though the last word has to go to The Daily Telegraph, with its suggestion for a new posh paint manufacturer Farrow and Ball colour – Sidmouth Cliffs Red:

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

Sidmouth Town – wins for EDA’s Gardner and Bickley

Sidmouth Town (two seats)
Denise Bickley (East Devon Alliance) – 922 ELECTED
Nicholas Diprose (Labour) – 127
Cathy Gardner (East Devon Alliance) – 971 ELECTED
Sheila Kerridge (Conservative) – 549
Timothy Venner (Conservative) – 409

Sidmouth Rural and Feniton – Indies Rule!

Sidmouth Rural (one seat)
David Barratt (Independent) – 258
Ray Davison (Labour) – 27
John Loudoun (East Devon Alliance) – 375 ELECTED
Lewis Ragbourn (Liberal Democrats) – 42
Chris Wale (Conservative) – 18

Susie Bond (Independent) – 638 ELECTED
Adam Michael Powell (Labour) – 37
John Tristam (Conservative) – 97
6 spoilt

Nominate ‘Say No to Sidford Fields Industrial Park” campaign for award says lical

Letter in Sidmouth Herald:

“Sir/Madam,

In light of the recent call for recommendations for the welcome, annual Acland Awards (for those conserving/enhancing our local Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or AONB) – can I make a recommendation?

Someone please put forward the Say No to the Sidford Fields Industrial Park Campaign since they are doing more than anyone I know to protect East Devon AONB (I put them forward last year).

Their earnest activities to save this crucial part of Sidvale from unnecessary ruination is, in my opinion, exactly what Brigadier Acland had in mind during the process of setting up our precious and it seems, eternally threatened AONB. And they need all the encouragement they can get.

Peter Naysmith, Sidmouth”