Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

EDDC leader contests town funding claims

07:30 17 March 2014

At a meeting last week, Ottery Mayor Glyn Dobson said he felt the town had been overlooked for help with funding community projects

At a meeting last week, Ottery Mayor Glyn Dobson said he felt the town had been overlooked for help with funding community projects

Archant

THE leader of East Devon District Council (EDDC) has refuted as ‘absurd’ claims it discriminated against Ottery St Mary because of its two independent representatives.

Councillor Paul Diviani said that Ottery was not being denied its fair share of fundingCouncillor Paul Diviani said that Ottery was not being denied its fair share of funding

Paul Diviani’s response relates to a view expressed at a town council meeting, reported in last week’s Herald, that involvement of Roger Giles or Claire Wright would be a ‘death knell’ for any funding bids to the authority.

He said: “Whilst it is fairly common for towns to consider that they do not receive a fair share of the cake when it comes to funding - it is disingenuous to suggest Ottery is suffering due to some form of spiteful vengeance on the part of the corporate leadership at district level.”

Councillor Diviani said independents are not the only opposition to the ruling party and added: “It is absurd to suggest that the council discriminates against a community because it has representatives of a different political persuasion from the ruling group.

“If that were the case, all-Tory Sidmouth would not be complaining, in some quarters at least, that the council’s proposed move away from Knowle is not in Sidmouth’s best interests.

“I am proud of the record of support that this Council has given to Ottery – both in years past and more recently.”

Mr Diviani pointed out that EDDC has led the partnership that delivered the Coleridge Bridge, and worked with the town council to spend ‘section 106’ development money.This resulted in a £15,000 outdoor gym at the Land of Canaan and around £15,000 went towards the Ottery’s skate park.

“Overall nearly £470,000 of section 106 receipts is being used to deliver sports projects for the parish - including Tipton, Alfington and West Hill. This has so far included sports projects, the new bridge, the town bell [public art], a new town clock and planters,” said Mr Diviani.

“We are working with the town council on delivering play area improvements in Ottery and Alfington and on spending the remaining receipts. There is currently around £45,000 for play capital projects and £17,000 has accrued for further sports projects.”

He said EDDC’s sports centre and all-weather pitch are maintained through its funding, adding: “In the pipeline are a number of capital projects at the sports centre which will run into several hundred thousands of pounds.”

Related articles

0 comments

Other News Stories

08:58
Laurie Hendrick let children have a hands on look at his Lightning McQueen car at Stowford Community Centre which he designed in memory of his son who died of Sepsis. Ref shs 17-16AW 4856. Picture: Alex Walton

Lightning McQueen came to Sidmouth as part of a dad’s bid to raise awareness of the condition that suddenly killed his son.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:54
Matt Booth

Landlords in Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary, with vacant family-sized properties, are being urged to come forward to help house Syrian refugees.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:48
June Woodward was presented with Ottery's Citizen of the Year award by mayor Glyn Dobson

‘She has spent her life serving her community’

Read more
Yesterday, 16:30
Seagull-proof rubbish bags are to be introduced.

The amount of rubbish being dropped in a Sidmouth road has dramatically increased since a number of bins were removed, according to a shop owner.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:09
Folkweek 2013. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 0252-32-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Pledge that the ‘unique atmosphere’ of town’s long-standing tradition will be recaptured

Read more
Yesterday, 10:33
Deer in field.

People across East Devon have been warned not to touch young deer that appear abandoned in the countryside.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30
Sidmouth Citizen of the Year Dave O'Connor with his daughter Pauline Denning. Ref shs 17-16SH 2510. Picture: Simon Horn.

A ‘true son of Sidmouth’ and chairman of the town’s branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) has been named Citizen of the Year.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:25
The report was written by the CQC.

The manager of Ridgeway Residential Home in Sidmouth has assured families that residents’ welfare is of ‘utmost priority’ after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) identified certain areas that ‘require improvement’.

Read more
Mon, 19:28
Cheque recipients gather before the annual Sidmouth town council meeting and grant presentation. Ref shs 17-16AW 4574. Picture: Alex Walton

Trustees at the Sid Valley Memory Café say the area’s first Admiral Nurse is edging closer to becoming a reality thanks to the support of the local community.

Read more
Mon, 16:24
Sidmouth carnival. Ref shs 4171-40-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Carnival could end if volunteers do not come forward before the annual general meeting of its organisers next week.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications