Inly luxury homeowner retirement properties being built NOT affordable homes for older people with lower incomes:
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.”
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:
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:
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
Susie Bond (Independent) – 638 ELECTED
Adam Michael Powell (Labour) – 37
John Tristam (Conservative) – 97
Letter in Sidmouth Herald:
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”
[Mr Venner – Conservative candidate – appears to say in a comment on a previous post that he was not invited. He might want to take this up with his agent or constituency office as there may be some crossed wires there somewhere]
“The hustings in Sidmouth went well last night:
Futures Forum: Sidmouth Town and District council elections > HUSTINGS event > political speed dating
To quote a commentator:
“I thought it was a good convivial event which achieved its purpose for voters who attended. It was good to see the candidates being engaged and convivial with each other, and all in all I think the event was worthwhile, contributing to an awareness of the upcoming elections and the importance of voting.”
There is further lively comment happening on the East Devon Watch blog:
Tories no-show at Sidmouth hustings last night | East Devon Watch
The organisers of the event were at pains to contact all the candidates.
- All current Councillors who are standing in contested wards were contacted.
- However some of the other candidates did not have email addresses readily available.
- The following agents, political parties and representative groups were contacted with the request that the invitation to the hustings be passed on:
- Devon UKIP: local agent
- East Devon Conservative Party: firstname.lastname@example.org
- East Devon Labour Party: local agent
- East Devon Liberal Democrats: email@example.com
- Independent East Devon Alliance: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sid Valley Democracy: email@example.com
- Otherwise, letters of invitation were sent to those with no such contact address or party/group affiliation.
- The following candidates sent in their apologies:
- Stuart Hughes (District Conservative; Town Independent)
- Ian McKenzie Edwards (Town)
- Louise Thompson (Town Independent)
- Jenny Ware (District Conservative; Town Independent)
- Otherwise, several candidates did not attend or send in apologies, despite their agents, political parties and representative groups being contacted.
Here is more information about the candidates:
Futures Forum: Sidmouth Town and District council elections > HUSTINGS event > Tuesday 30th April > candidates’ manifestos
Finally, it was noted that several members of the public popped into the Hall to ‘have a look’ but did not want to venture in – feeling either that ‘there was no point in voting’ or that ‘all politicians are corrupt/useless/a waste of time’…
Let’s hope that voters do nevertheless turn up tomorrow on voting day.”
Ask yourself – who would start such “good news” rumours just before local elections!
“A pair of retail giants has quashed rumours of setting up shop in Sidmouth.
Both Marks and Spencers and Superdrug have ruled out any plans to set up a food hall or beauty store at this time.
With a number of buildings available for new businesses in the town, there has been talk that both companies may have had their eyes on coming to Sidmouth. …”
NOTE: a planning inquiry is much more formal than a hearing and usually involves lawywers, examination of evidence and cross-examination:
“We have now been advised by the District Council that the Planning Inspector has determined that instead of holding a Hearing into the planning appeal as we previously had been told, the Inspector has now decided to hold an Inquiry which could last up to three days. The first of these days is due to start on 16 July. We are assuming that the Inspector will therefore have penciled in the Inquiry to be held on
16, 17 and 18 July
The Inquiry will be held in public and will be held locally. If you have any interest in attending then put these dates in your diary now!
In our last Update we asked you to consider submitting additional evidence to the Planning Inspector and we know that a number have done so, and thank you to those who have.
The District Council’s latest communication advises that the Inspector has put back the date by which additional submissions can be made. The new deadline by which any additional comments have to be received by the Inspector is now
17 May 2019
We again would encourage as many of you as possible who wish to, to submit comments even at this late stage. As the District Council refused planning permission solely on grounds related to highways matters you should only submit highways related comments. In doing so you might want to address matters that include –
Evidence or statements regarding the effect of noise, vibration, damage and pollution on your properties (and vehicles) due to HGV or other traffic
Effect on the health of residents attributable to air quality
Effect of pollution on children walking to school and in the playground of the primary school
Road safety issues – lack of pavements or narrow pavements, plus no lollipop lady, crossing nor traffic lights to help you cross safely with your children
Traffic delays due to congestion at the various pinch points on the A375 in both Sidford and Sidbury
Evidence of vehicles mounting and/or diving on pavements
Where possible your comments should be supported by photographic evidence.
We believe that it is important for as many photographs and/or videos are submitted to the Planning Inspector showing images of traffic congestion/difficulties along the A375 at any point between Sidford and Cotford in Sidbury.
Attached, once again, is a brief guide as to how to present any submission that you make.
GUIDE TO PRESENTATION OF SUBMISSIONS:
Guidance on submitting additional evidence to the Planning Inspector
All comments and evidence must –
• be received by the Planning Inspector by no later than 22 April 2019. Anything received after this date will not be considered by the Inspector.
• quote the planning appeal reference for in order for it to be considered by the Inspector. The reference is – APP/U1105/W/19/3221978.
• quote the address of the appeal site i.e. the Business Park. The address to be quoted is – Land East of Two Bridges, Two Bridges Road, Sidford.
• your name and address
• state “I am against the appeal proposals” and explain whether it is for the same reasons as given by the District Council or, if not, explain your own reasons
The reasons given by the District Council in refusing the planning application were –
“1. The proposed development, by virtue of the proposed B8 uses, would result in an increase of HGV traffic on the surrounding road network, both in the vicinity of the site and through Sidbury which both suffer from inadequate road widths and a lack of footways. As such increased HGV movements within this area will result in conflicts between vehicles, and between vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians, to the detriment of highway safety. The proposed development is therefore considered contrary to paragraph 32 of the National Planning Policy Framework and Strategies 26 (Development at Sidmouth), and Policies TC7 (Adequacy of Road Network and Site Access) of the adopted East Devon Local Plan 2013 – 2031.”
The Planning Inspector asks that any additional submissions are –
• in a font such as Arial or Verdana in a size of 11 point or larger
• use A4 paper wherever possible
• number the pages of the documents
• make sure photocopied and scanned documents are clear and legible
• use black and white for documents unless colour is essential
• put any photographs (both originals and photocopies should be in colour),
maps, plans, etc, in a separate appendix and cross reference them within the main body of the document
• print documents on both sides of a page. You should use paper of good enough quality that something printed on one side of the page does not show through to the other side
• do not send original documents
• if possible, send 3 copies
You should send your written submission and/or photographs/videos –
By post to:
The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/C Eagle Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol BS1 6PN
By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning Portal: https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk
Remember all evidence must be received by the Planning Inspector by no later than
17 May 2019