Honiton's hospital is about to close:
Hospital beds in Seaton and Honiton to close before end of August - View News
Bed closures at four Devon hospitals to begin next week | Devon Live
Dates set for Seaton and Honiton hospital bed closures - Honiton, Axminster and Seaton news - Midweek Herald
And a 'direct action' campaign has started up:
Honiton patients' group promises 'direct action' - View News
This follows on from a controversial decision by the County Council's health committee not to intervene:
Futures Forum: The future of Devon's hospitals >>> a decision NOT to refer plans to close hospital beds across Devon to the Health Secretary
Futures Forum: The future of East Devon's hospitals >>> District Council urges County Council "to stop dithering" and refer bed closures to the Secretary of State
The vote is now open to scrutiny:
Conduct of health committee members investigated by Devon council | Devon Live
This all leads to the question of how much or how little local communities can really shape themselves.
This blog has looked at how neighbourhood plan processes have been stymied by developers:
Futures Forum: The limits of neighbourhood planning: how developers can 'outmanoevre'
It now seems that the council decision has thwarted the Honiton neighbourhood plan process:
Will it be back to the drawing board for Honiton's neighbourhood plan?