The present leader of East Devon District Council, when he was returned (unopposed) at the last district election, coined the phrase ‘democratic deficit’, vowing to introduce greater democracy and transparency into local government. So, what has happened since?
Well, among countless other examples of secrecy and undemocratic procedures, the council is to vote on a motion to curb public speaking at planning meetings.
It is to be hoped that there will be a recorded vote at this meeting so that electors may know exactly which councillors voted to restrict the public’s fundamental right to freedom of speech.
Michael and Beryl Temple, Knowle Drive, Sidmouth