Cabinet agrees to continue East Devon devolution talks ‘in principle’

A draft version of the map to be submitted to the Government as part of the Heart of the South West

A draft version of the map to be submitted to the Government as part of the Heart of the South West devolution proposition. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

Councillors call for public consultation and more concrete facts

Talks on the devolution of power from Westminster to East Devon will continue ‘in principle’ amid calls for a public consultation and more concrete facts.

If successful, the Heart of the South West (HOTSW) bid would see local authorities work with the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to take on more responsibility for economic growth and infrastructure in the region.

East Devon District Council’s cabinet agreed to carry on the conversation in principle at a meeting last Wednesday (July 13) but there was a consensus that more ‘concrete facts’ are needed.

Councillor Cathy Gardner said: “One thing that has concerned me since the beginning of this process is the complete absence of a public consultation. It could have a huge impact. It would be remiss of us to take this forward without seeing what people want.” EDDC’s full council will need to give the final go-ahead to continue talks.


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