Councillor Stuart Hughes, currently side-lined by EDDC, has vociferously argued against development of a 12 acre business park on a Sidford floodplain in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (See SOS post yesterday, and Booted Off , front page headline in Sidmouth Herald 17 May). An SOS sleuth has also recently established that EDDC has erroneously described the site as Flood zone 2, in its Local Plan documents. when in fact the Environment Agency rates much of it as Flood zone 3b (entirely unsuitable for building on). EAFloodmapSidford
Councillor Stuart Hughes is understandably furious, after being told that he will no longer be O&S Chair (See Booted Off front page headline in today’s Sidmouth Herald, 17 th May) ).
The reason given by East Devon District Council for replacing him, is that he wears ‘two hats ‘, being both a County and and a District Councillor.
Leader Paul Diviani, and Councillor Andrew Moulding, are of course in the same position, so will presumably be treated similarly. Should the individual Devon County Council election results for these particular public servants be reflected in any decision on choice of East Devon Committee Chairs?
Stuart Hughes (Sidmouth) 1,923 votes
Andrew Moulding (Axminster) 1,800 votes (fewer than he had previously)
Paul Diviani (Honiton St Paul’s) 1,130 votes
Interested observers will no doubt be monitoring developments at next week’s Full Council Meeting (Weds 22nd May, 6.30pm at Knowle) . Details on our May 14th post
Please note: SOS readers will remember that Cllrs Hughes and Diviani do not see eye to eye – here is a reminder from the SIN blog:
Following on from the previous SOS post (Reshuffle , and many changes, planned by EDDC), here are further comments: