The 4,000 people who joined the Mass March to Knowle organised by Save Our Sidmouth on 3rd November 2012, will remember the mood of cheerful determination mixed with strong anger at East Devon District Council’s “democratic deficit” (Leader, Paul Diviani’s own words). The scale of support for the protest, from campaigners across East Devon, took even the organisers by surprise. Since that event, more members of the public have been attending EDDC meetings, and are witnessing the style and standard of debate, which has led to continuing disquiet. Of current concern is of course the Knowle office relocation decision, a multi-million pound ‘ambition’ which puts taxpayers’ money at risk. SOS has published evidence to show it is based on unsound calculations,and opposition has been voiced not just by SOS, but by many Councillors with strong business acumen.
The Mass March has set many things in motion. Click here for a summary, and note of other developments this year: First anniversaryMass March