This is from the District Council's own website:
Payments Over £500
The following links list East Devon District Council’s monthly supplier spend for all items over £500 for the current financial year. Where items are shown for less than £500 this is where part of a payment is separately identified for information purposes but it is part of an overall payment which is greater than £500. While we aim to be as transparent as we can, there may be some cases where we need to withhold information that could be regarded as sensitive for commercial or security reasons, or to protect personal privacy.
You can contact the Financial Team about Payments over £500 by:
- phone: 01395 517486
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Standards Committee last October:
Openness and transparency on personal interests – A guide for councillors
The Department for Communities and Local Government had published a practical
guide for councillors on openness and transparency on personal interests. The
guide was designed to help councillors, including parish/town councillors,
understand the new standards arrangements introduced by the Localism Act 2011.
The guide addressed key issues raised by local councils, such as the requirement
for Councillors’ register of interests to be held online. The Monitoring Officer
advised the Committee that although the guide was useful it was a general
guidance document and did not take into account local councils’ adopted Codes.
The guide had been circulated to all East Devon District Councillors and parish and
A Member of the Committee raised the issue of misinformation presented, and
sometimes slanderous comments made, by the public at meetings and in the
media, which was damaging to both Councils and individual Councillors. The
Chairman commented that the public now had greater involvement in meetings,
however were not required to adhere to the same protocol or a Code of Conduct as
Councillors. Strong chairmanship at Committee meetings was considered to be key,
however there was a need for Councillors to have a better understanding of
communications and media (including social media).
And as reported in the District Council's house magazine:
New standards arrangements for council members
The Department of Communities and Local Government has published a guide for councillors on openness and transparency on personal interests. This is a practical guide which will help all to properly understand the new arrangements and shows clearly how these arrangements strike a common sense balance between accountability of elected representatives and personal privacy. All members of the council will want to carefully look through the guide as it will be helpful as you go about your day-to-day business as elected members serving your local communities. The guide gives straightforward information about how councillors should be open and transparent about their personal interests. It makes clear to monitoring officers that any heavy bureaucratic, ‘gold plated’ approach has no place in the new localist standards arrangements. The guide equally makes clear that every councillor should be giving their monitoring officer all the information they need to get and keep their register of members’ interests up to date. The legal requirements mean that sitting councillors, just like newly elected councillors, should be registering their disclosable pecuniary interests. Moreover, a member’s disclosable pecuniary interests, as the guide explains, include certain interests of their spouse or civil partner. But as the guide also explains, there is no requirement that in the register a member’s interest should be differentiated from those of his or her spouse or civil partner or that the names of the spouse or civil partner should be disclosed.
The guide is available on the Department of Communities and Local Government website. It will help all those who have chosen to serve their communities as councillors to ensure that there is openness and transparency about their affairs whilst their legitimate privacy is properly respected.
Openness and transparency on personal interests: guidance for councillors - Publications - GOV.UK
Freedom of Information Requests:
There are several outstanding FOI requests with the District Council. For example, there is considerable lack of clarity over plans to develop the seafront at Exmouth:
The great British seaside sell-off | Travel | The Guardian
EAST DEVON BUSINESS FORUM TAFF:
The chair of the Business TAFF has delayed the next meeting:
NOTE from Task and Forum Chairman - Postponement of 2 September 2013 meeting:
"Would you please note that I have decided to postpone the next meeting of the Business Taff arranged for Monday 2 September. This is to await the outcome of discussions within the business community on the setting up of a forum. We will invite representatives of the proposed business forum to a future meeting of the business taff with them to outline their plans. The Taff can then refer back to its previous discussions with business representatives and decide on any principles of good practice it would like to recommend in managing its relationship with the business community.
In terms of the Local Plan, further specific consultation has been recommended by the Planning Inspector. The launch of a new consultation exercise was agreed by the Development Management Committee on 20 August 2013. The consultation is in respect of changes to the earlier version of the plan, including
a) the amended wording on the section dealing with the proposed business park at Sidford which is now more restrictive on commercial activity at the site than had been the case in the previous version of the document, and
b) the removal of zones A & E from the proposed development at Knowle.
Members of the Forum need to defer consideration on any employment land issues until the new planning inspector has completed his work."
Councillor Graham Troman
Chairman of the Business Task and Finish ForumEast Devon District Council - Business Task and Finish Forum
This is the response from the Sidmouth Independent News:
East Devon Business Forum investigation posponed yet again – for the most spurious of reasons | Sidmouth Independent News
This is from the SOS website:
And on the Independent District Councillor Claire Wright's blog:
CommentsClaire Wright - Your Independent East Devon District Councillor for Ottery Rural