Friday, 23 June 2017

The future of East Devon's hospitals >>> District Council urges County Council "to stop dithering" and refer bed closures to the Secretary of State

This week's meeting of the County Council's Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee sent out mixed messages about proposals for hospital provision:
Futures Forum: The future of Devon's hospitals >>> delaying a decision to refer "Orwellian" plans to close hospital beds across Devon to the Health Secretary

The messages coming out of Seaton have been far from mixed:
My case for the Health Scrutiny Committee to refer the hospital beds decision to the Secretary of State « SEATON & COLYTON matters
A frustrating day, but further chances on Thursday and in July to challenge the CCG « SEATON & COLYTON matters

The District Council's Scrutiny Committee met yesterday to consider the same proposals:

They have been very forthright in their demands:

Pressure mounts on county council to refer hospital beds closures to Health Secretary

By WMN_PGoodwin | Posted: June 23, 2017

Campaigners in East Devon

Councillors have called for a halt to NHS bed closures in East Devon and urged an influential health council committee to stop dithering and refer the matter to the Secretary of State.

Devon County Council deferred a proposal this week demanding the controversial plans be sent to Jeremy Hunt as placard-waving protesters gathered at Exeter's County Hall.

Critics of the NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) scheme to close community hospital beds in Exeter, Seaton, Honiton and Okehampton, packed into the meeting on Monday, jeering attempts to postpone the matter.

On Thursday, East Devon District Council's (EDDC) scrutiny committee ratcheted up the pressure on county councillors ahead of an emergency follow-up meeting to make a final decision before the end of July.

A motion calling for the existing level of community hospital beds in East Devon to be maintained, with no closures, was passed last night.

It expressed "great concern" that under CCG plans there would be no community hospital beds east of Sidmouth, leaving many residents far from the nearest hospital facilities.

Independent county councillor for Seaton and Colyton Martin Shaw, said the decision the decision put "saving beds back on the agenda" and set out a clear path for the July meeting.

Read more: Potential closure of Honiton and Okehampton maternity units is criticised

He added: "I am very pleased at the strong cross-party case made for East Devon hospitals and especially the mounting support for looking again at the CCG's completely indefensible abandonment of Seaton. Keeping beds in Seaton has had tremendous backing this week.

Councillor Shaw also said it had been "obvious" that CCG representatives: Dr Sonja Manton at the Devon meeting and Dr Kerr at EDDC, had refused to answer direct questions about the flawed case for axing Seaton's beds. I am optimistic that when this comes back to Devon, councillors on the Health Scrutiny Committee will pick up the Seaton issue and we will finally get justice for our communities," he added.

Pressure mounts on county council to refer hospital beds closures to Health Secretary | Devon Live

Neighbourhood Plan: survey for the Valley's youth >>> calling for more wide-ranging jobs and facilities for young people

Young people completed a special questionnaire a couple of months ago:
Futures Forum: Neighbourhood Plan: survey for the Valley's youth >>> appreciating the quality of life and wanting to stay in the area

It will be interesting to see how their views will correspond to the latest household questionnaire - which should ideally take into account the viewpoints of everyone in the household:
Futures Forum: Neighbourhood Plan: final household survey launched >>> the main themes so far

This is how young people see their future:

Youngsters have say on future of Sid Valley

PUBLISHED: 13:18 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 17:23 21 June 2017

Pupils at Sidmouth Primaruy School filling out the children and young people survey for the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan

More than 1,000 children and young people have inputted into a blueprint that will shape the Sid Valley – calling for more wide-ranging jobs and facilities for their age groups.

A 'word cloud' indicating the key themes raised in the children and young people survey for the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan

More than 1,000 children and young people have inputted into a blueprint that will shape the Sid Valley – calling for more wide-ranging jobs and facilities for their age groups.
Given their own dedicated Neighbourhood Plan survey, respondents also said they want more young people-friendly affordable shops, cafes and restaurants.
A skate park and water park featured repeatedly, as did a pier or jetty, and they said any development of Port Royal should consider the needs of teenagers and young adults for social engagement, and sports and leisure facilities.
Young people in the parish hope for interesting career opportunities, highlighting the need to create varied employment that goes beyond the valley’s dominant retail, care and hospitality sectors.
They also share concerns with the wider community about ‘too much change’ and the need to preserve the natural and built environment and the coastline.
Beth Hall, the head girl at Sidmouth College said: “I was delighted when I was asked to take part in the Neighbourhood Plan as I believe – despite the obvious growth of young people in the Sid Valley – our voice is often ignored.
“It was nice to be given the opportunity to share some of my own ideas of what can be done to help improve the lives of young people in the community.”
Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group vice chairman Louise Cole said: “We felt it was really important to seek the views of our young people and get them involved in a way that would not only give them a voice for their vision of our future, but would also educate them in the workings of local democracy in action.
“It is clear that incorporation of the views of young people will help to draw up a plan which contains appropriate policies which meet the needs of our whole community.
“By ensuring that future development takes account of children and young people, we will be better able to create and sustain a vibrant community that continues to enjoy and preserve our enviable location.”
The second household survey has been sent to all homes. The steering group particularly wants to hear from residents of working age to ensure balance.
The deadline for responses is June 30. Visit www.sidvalleyneighbourhoodplan.com to complete it and read the reports so far.

Youngsters have say on future of Sid Valley - Breaking news & sport in Sidmouth | Sidmouth Herald

Litter Free Coast & Sea @ Lyme Regis: Tues 11th July

How can we help to bring about a 'plastic-free sea'?
Futures Forum: The Plastic Challenge

Turn Lyme Green are organising an interesting event next month on the issues:

Tuesday July 11th.  Royal Lion, Blue Room   7.15 for 7.30pm
Charlotte Wild, from Litter Free Coast & Sea, will give a presentation on the various campaigns led by this group, including beach cleans in Dorset and Re-Fill Dorset, the re-filling water bottle scheme which a number of Lyme Regis businesses have signed up to.  Do put the date in your diary and come along to learn more about how we all can help.

Dorset Home | Litter Free Coast and Sea – Dorset & East Devon

The Plastic Challenge

Plastic in our seas is a problem:
Futures Forum: UN Ocean Conference >>> a 'game-changer' in cutting plastic pollution

We can try and do something about it:
Futures Forum: Cutting plastic from your weekly shop

Here are a lot of ideas from the Marine Conservation Society's 'Plastic Challenge':

Seals, dolphins, turtles and orca eat plastic – 
mistaking it for real food.

The Plastic Challenge!

Giving up single-use plastics, whilst raising money to fight plastic litter.

A day, a week, a month - how long can you last?
1st - 30th June 2017

Wherever you are!
Be part of the community @mcsuk and #plasticchallenge

We have a vision of a world where plastics don't end up in our seas and on our beaches, where they persist and impact our marine life. Read more >>

Sea Champion Emily Smith gave up plastics for Lent in 2013 and raised over £700 for MCS. She challenged her friends and family to do the same, and so the Plastic Challenge was born.

The Plastic Challenge isn't all about living completely plastic free - in this day and age that would be pretty near impossible.
We hope Plastic Challengers will try to reduce their plastic footprint in all sorts of ways.

Ready to take up the challenge?

Download your free Plastic Challenge Pack - packed full of tips and advice from previous Plastic Challengers.
Visit the Plastic Challenge Shop for products to help you - from sanitary items to storage containers!
Join the support network. Struggling to replace a plastic item? Got some tips to share? Join the live Plastic Challenge Tip Swap, share on Facebook, and follow @mcsuk and #plasticchallenge on Twitter.

The amount of litter on our beaches is rising annually

As a charity MCS needs your help to ensure we can continue to organise beach cleans, work with industry and governments on finding solutions to the problem, and keep the issue of marine litter in the public eye.
Your fundraising through this life changing challenge is vital:
  • £400 will help us bring together experts to rethink packaging.
  • £150 can help us investigate more brands that use microplastics in their health and beauty products, and get them to stop.
  • £50 can help us promote simple changes in behaviour that make a big difference.
  • £20 could equip two MCS volunteers to survey rubbish on our beaches, influencing government policy on marine litter.
Why not host a Plastic Challenge fundraising event?

However you decide to raise funds, our fundraising team is here to support you.

Tel: 01989 566 017

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Plastic challenge | Marine Conservation Society

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Plans for Port Royal: anticipating a Regeneration Board >> "BIG seafront development plans ... lots of income for land-holding EDDC and big income potential"

An observation by the EDW blog could well be applied to Sidmouth's 'seafront development plans':


22 JUN 2017
BIG seafront development plans, unpopular with locals, lots of income for land-holding EDDC and big income potential, quick tender and choice of partner:
SMALL seafront development plans, popular with locals, almost no EDDC land- holding or big income potential, no tender, no progress:
Gung-ho Exmouth, inertia on Seaton
If anything illustrates EDDC as business-led rather than resident-led this is it.

A tale of two seaside towns | East Devon Watch

Here's what Exmouth's major seafront development will look like | Devon Live (January 2017)
Multi-million pound Seaton seafront redevelopment plans revealed | Devon Live (March 2017)

Neighbourhood Plan: survey for the Valley's youth >>> appreciating the quality of life and wanting to stay in the area

The results of the Young People's survey came out a couple of months ago:
Futures Forum: Neighbourhood Plan: New survey for the Valley's youth >>> results out

With the latest household survey, an important issue is to build 'balanced communities':
Futures Forum: Maintaining a balanced community in Sidmouth

This is the latest blog entry from the Neighbourhood Plan website:

Results of the Young Peoples Survey

At the start of December the children of the Sid Valley had their say and shared their ideas by completing a survey that was designed by an advisory group of 7 to 18 year olds drawn from each of the four Sid Valley schools.

It is very important that their views are taken into consideration when bringing together The Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan which will influence how the Sid Valley is developed over the next 15 years or so.
  • Do they want a helipad for their drones?
  • A multi-purpose gaming shed along The Esplanade?
  • Or to keep things just as they are?
  • What do they think will be important to them as adults?
  • What ideas do they have that adults won’t think of?
I believe that we at the Sid Valley Plan are unique amongst other Neighbourhood Planning Groups in that we’ve actually taken the time to ask the young people of the Sid Valley both what’s important to them now and what will be important to them in 10 and 15 years time.
It’s interesting to see that the generations are not so different, they all appreciate the quality of life that we enjoy here and would like to stay in the area if they are able to find good rewarding jobs that will allow them to climb onto the local property ladder.
Deirdre Hounsom, Chair

Results of the Young Peoples Survey – Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan

Plans for Port Royal: anticipating a Regeneration Board >> Scoping Study consultation >> exhibition Mon 26th and Tues 27th June >> plus survey

Next week sees an exhibition and opportunity to quiz consultants on the Scoping Study:
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: anticipating a Regeneration Board >> "Initial concept proposals for Sidmouth’s Port Royal available to view at consultation days later this month >> Come along and have your say at Kennaway House on June 26 and 27"

It represents a very important opportunity to have a say:
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: anticipating a Regeneration Board >> Scoping Study consultation 'is our ONLY chance to influence the basics of the design.'

This is the latest from the Rescue Sidmouth Drill Hall site:

Information from Sidmouth Town Clerk

Dear Friends,
Christopher Holland has answered some of the questions about how the online survey will be organised.

He says that both the Sidmouth Town Council site and the East Devon District Council site will carry links to the online survey, and that all the information which will be presented for discussion at Kennaway House will also be online. The Kennaway House sessions will be from 3 pm to 8 pm on the 26th and 27th of June.

The ideas and concepts which have resulted from research are to be presented as an explanation of what is possible within the area. The reactions of the public to these possibilities, as expressed in the survey, will be fed back in the form of advice to both Councils.

I urge you all to get involved either in person or online and to drag your friends and relatives, screaming and kicking, to do so also. As soon as I know when the online survey will be up I will let you know but I assume that it will be no sooner than the 26th.

I am sure there will be lots of interesting things to discuss!

kind regards, Mary 

Rescue Sidmouth Drill Hall - Sidmouth Drill Hall Rescue