Thank you to all those who replied to the recent survey distributed within Halsdon Ward.
Your comments are welcome.
Many people are very concerned about the amount of weeds on the highways. This is a County Council matter and your concerns have been passed onto our County Councillor – Bernard Hughes.
The comments on the refuse collection have been sent on to EDDC as the service is now under review as it has to be retendered during 2015. Garden Waste is not mandatory and would have to be a paid service. The ‘Otter Rotters’ as advertised on the recent holiday delivery schedule are supposed to do this but I have received many complaints that they are not doing so. I will take this up after the ‘holiday.
The new housing being built on the Exeter Road rear of Littlemead was ‘objected to’ by all the Conservative Councillors. There was a site inspection after we attended an EDDC Development Management meeting. We were all surprised to discover that Devon County Council had changed its policy on accesses onto Exeter Road. These had always been refused to our knowledge since 1979. There has to be installed a ‘right turn’ lane from Exmouth into the development.
Dinan Way is now in the Devon County Council ‘plan’ and there will be survey work undertaken during the coming year. DCC wish it to be built by developer contributions.
East Devon Housing department is trying to help organisations provide help for our elderly residents. EDDC is reviewing the ‘Home Alarm’ service after Devon County Council withdrew £500,000 towards its costs. EDDC is consulting all its tenants in ‘sheltered accommodation’ on a new model to ensure they still have the service and feel safe. East Devon DC is working with a group of people who have relocated from Langdon House to provide lunches and activities for older people with Morgan Court Community Room. Social and personal Care is the responsibility of Devon County Council.
East Devon District Council is buying homes, built homes and is working closely with housing associations to provide homes for affordable rent. 18 flats will open in Fore Street, Exmouth during 2015. The housing register has now reduced to 2860 households by working very closely with those who are in difficulty. EDDC is trying to prevent homelessness and this policy has been successful as it has reduced the number of days in Temporary Accommodation to 6 nights.