East Devon District Council Reduces Housebuilding Projections.
Following the recent Consultation Project on the Local Development Framework Preferred Option,
East Devon District Council is to conduct an exhaustive review of plans for the district’s development
over the next 15 years. The re-appraisal will look at all aspects, including the possible impact of the
Localism Bill, which has just received its first reading.
The review is expected to result in a significant reduction in the estimates for house-building in the
district to 2026, so reducing the impact of change on key communities around the district,
including those in our Trinity Ward.
To achieve the total housing building figures identified in the original document, would require an
annual build rate average, over the next twenty years, of almost three times the current rate.
This is designed to give us a much greater, genuine influence over our environment. It is a significant
step forward and indication of our ability to participate in the shaping of our beautiful East Devon
coastal ward. This is excellent news to start the New Year. I hope indicates that the tide is now
flowing firmly in the direction of we, as well Informed East Devon residents and businesses, able to
engage in meaningful Consultation and Participate in shaping the future of our beautiful area.
How did East Devon fare, in Central Government funding of Local
Actually, not particularly well……East Devon District Council spending is funded from three different
sources, Central Government, Council Tax and from its own investments and assets (includes car
parking changes and other fees). Broadly, each group accounts for a third of the total.
The Government has introduced a new term when comparing local authorities, ‘Spending Power’
which is a combination of Central Government Funding and Council Tax income. The overall effect
on East Devon is a combination of the Government Approach to the two areas. Central Government
Funding has been cut significantly, but the Government is underwriting the equivalent of a 2.5%
increase in Council Tax – if Councils do not raise their Council Tax rates.
This means that an Authority such as Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Liverpool, Manchester, Knowsley or
Doncaster has to adjust its expenditure to a reduction in ‘Spending Power’ of 8.9%, as only 20% of
their budgets are funded from Council Tax. In contrast Wokingham, Hampshire, West Sussex, Bucks,
Surrey, Dorset & Poole need to manage within relatively trivial ‘Spending Power’ reductions under
1%, as around 70% of their budgets are funded from Council Tax.
The implications are clear;
Manchester has this week announced 2,000 redundancies. Devon County Council reported that 900
jobs would be cut in response to a £55Million budget cut.
East Devon District Council will manage within a ‘Spending Power’ reduction of 6.05% in
comparison, to the more ‘challenging’ end of the range. We are currently working toward
production of a balanced budget. I hope to be able to provide more details in the next Magazine.
Trinity Broadband Update
A significant part of our Ward suffers a dismal broadband service, particularly in the area centred on
Combpyne-Rousdon, in an arc running from the east of Axmouth, to Harcombe and Raymonds Hill in
the north of Uplyme Parish. The Trinity Broadband Group has made significant progress since we
formed in July 2010. Our aim is to provide the best possible broadband service to our businesses and
residents, to support the economy and prosperity of our area.
We have been closely working with Devon County Council in their procurement process, but
independently we now have a choice of possible solutions, which would significantly improve
current speeds, exceed the target service from Government proposals, and be deliverable much
quicker. We are firmly ‘at the end of an isolated rural footpath’, in broadband terms, with BT’s ‘Road
to Infinity’ a distant pipedream.
If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us.
Devon CC Local Transport Plan 3 – Consultation Document
The Local Transport Plan sets out a picture of transport challenges in Devon.
Whilst this report has general relevance to East Devon, it refers to few specific transport proposals in
the District, and even fewer (ie none!) in Trinity Ward. However there are several statements on
items which affect us…..the proliferation of Supermarkets…..and we, the public being central to the
development of the plan.
A and B roads will generally be maintained in their current good (?) condition over the 15 years life
of the Plan, but it will not be possible to maintain the C and unclassified network in its current state
with current levels of funding. DCC have indicated an emphasis on rapid reactions to required
pothole repairs, with the capital funding available prioritised towards routes regularly used by
cyclists and buses, and where they provide access to, from and within industrial areas.
Devon has already introduced part night lighting (dusk to 12.30 am and 5.30 am to dawn) and this will be
extended across the whole county by 2016. Dimming will be considered in locations where lighting is
required to remain on all night, for example in town centres and on main roads. The capital cost of converting a
street light to part-night lighting is usually recouped from energy savings within three years.
East Devon District Council – Councillor, Trinity Ward
email : email@example.com
website : www.trinitymatters.co.uk
Address : Ware Barn, Ware Lane, LYME REGIS, Devon DT7 3RH
Tel : 07884 494474
Skype : ian-thomas1