I was at the meeting of the East Devon Local Plan Panel at the Knowle in Sidmouth this morning (18th October). Following the work the panel completed on our villages and rural area last week, the emphasis today moved towards the challenges which we will face as our community grows older, particulalry the increased demand for healthcare and the need to plan for appropriate healthcare support for our existing population, any population increase and the change in the ‘age’ of our communities.
Guest speaker Tamara Powderley put the challenge in stark focus when she stated that the proportion of our population over 85 years old, was significantly higher than the rest of the country. She said that we are facing the challenges now that the rest of the country will face in twenty years time and that the proportion of our population over 85 will increase further.
What was perhaps not specifically addressed was the unique challenges we face in Trinity, with no major hospital within 30 miles and Exeter, Taunton and Dorchester equidistant…..Are you comfortable with the healthcare support to our area?
The press release from the meeting is below;