“Clearly, there is now more need than ever for local people to engage in the democratic process.”
There’s a lot of dismay about the government’s latest planning proposals:
Although there is considerable debate over how warranted these fears are – and whether there might be other politicking going on:
Perhaps more important are the debates around how these proposals will add to or take away from local decision-making powers:
With East Devon and Mid Devon currently flexing their muscles over housing:
Michael Temple of Sidmouth organised a demonstration back in 2012 which saw 4,000 people march along the Esplanade to Knowle over dismay about planning proposals.
Here he writes a personal view of the issues as they affect East Devon in the new online news site West Country Bylines – with a short history of recent events and a look to the future:
Clearly, there is now more need than ever for local people to engage in the democratic process.