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Consultation

Contact: Jamie Buckley
Phone: 01395 517569
E-mail:
jbuckley@eastdevon.gov.uk

Have you ever thought about getting in touch with us to find out how you can become involved in Council services that affect you?

We engage with residents about many different things using a variety of methods to reach the people whose views we are seeking. We are committed to engaging with users of our services and stakeholders in the setting and prioritising of our objectives, so that we deliver our services cost effectively and how, when and where our customers would like them.

Engagement is an integral part of promoting a strong local democracy. When we engage with you, although we listen to everything that is said to us, we remain the ultimate decision-making body, whose role it is to balance the differing needs of members of the community.

The methods of consultation we use include:

  • Paper based questionnaires and surveys
  • Public meetings
  • Open days
  • Visiting residents at their homes
  • Telephone interviews
  • Online consultations and surveys
  • Speak Now- residents' panel

Any resident of East Devon over the age of 18 can join our Speak Now residents panel where you will regularly be asked about our services. To find out more, or to join go to: www.eastdevon.gov.uk/speaknow

See details and results of some of our community engagement and consultation we have already completed:
- Details and results from 2013
- Details and results from 2012
- Details and results from 2011

Current and future community engagement and consultation

This lists what you could currently get involved in or get involved in soon. East Devon District Council is committed to involving you in its services as there are tremendous benefits to East Devon residents, the Council and its partners of community engagement. We know that by talking to local people we will get the necessary feedback to provide the right services and make the right decisions. We work hard to engage with thousands of people across East Devon every year.

Name What is it all about? Start Date Closing date More information
Equalities Viewpoint Survey In July we sent out surveys asking residents what they think about EDDC and our services. See this page to find out more about the residents survey. This is a similar set of consultations for equalities groups such as children and young people and those with visual impairments, asking them what they think about EDDC and our services to their towns and parishes. This will include discussion groups and questionnaires. December 2013 Not known Contact Jamie Buckley, EDDC Community Engagement and Funding Officer jbuckley@eastdevon.gov.uk
Chairmans World War One project Next year will be the cetenary of World War One. EDDCs Chairman, Councillor Graham Godbeer is inviting schools to enter a competition to encourage them to learn more about how the war affected their local communities. October 2013 April 2014 PDF file Press release promoting the competition (61KB Portable Document Format - 15 November 2013 - PDF Help)
Town and Parish Councils Viewpoint Survey In July we sent out surveys asking residents what they think about EDDC and our services. See this page to find out more about the residents survey. This is a similar questionnaire but for Town and Parish Councils, asking them what they think about EDDC and our services to their towns and parishes. November 2013 December 2013 Contact Jamie Buckley, EDDC Community Engagement and Funding Officer jbuckley@eastdevon.gov.uk
Sidmouth Sports Money There is £250,000 of Section 106 sports money (from new developments in the town) available in the Parish of Sidmouth. We are working with Sidmouth Town Council on this project, we gathered in ideas from the community on how to spend £150,000 of it. These proposals have been assessed for eligibility and affordability. The first voting event will be on 6 December in Sidmouth. 20 May 2013 Not known

PDF file Press release asking for ideas (40KB Portable Document Format - 24 May 2013 - PDF Help)

PDF file Poster for first voting event (3532KB Portable Document Format - 15 November 2013 - PDF Help)

Woodbury Salterton Play Area There was £24,000 of Section 106 money (money from developers who have built new homes in the Parish) to spend on play in Woodbury Salterton. We are working with Woodbury Salterton Parish Council to involve the children from the Parish and get what they wanted put into the play area. We have so far consulted the toddler group, pre-school and primary school. November 2013 Not known Contact Jamie Buckley, EDDC Community Engagement and Funding Officer jbuckley@eastdevon.gov.uk
Woodbury Sports Money There is £25,000 of Section 106 sports money (from new developments in the parish) available in the Parish of Woodbury. We are working with Woodbury Parish Council on this project. We are currently gathering ideas in from the community on how it should be spent. All eligible and affordable ideas will go to a community vote. November 2013 Not known Contact Woodbury Parish Council for more information
Seaton Sports Money There is £82,000 of Section 106 sports money (from new developments in the town) available to the Parish of Seaton. We are working with Seaton Town Council on this project. We've gathered in ideas from the community on how to spend this and are currently assessing these proposals for eligibility and affordability. All the proposals that are possible will go out for residents to vote on at events in the town. November 2013 Not known PDF file Press release asking for ideas (23KB Portable Document Format - 15 November 2013 - PDF Help)
Playing Pitch Strategy We are asking sports clubs and sports organisations in the area to tell us what they currently have in terms of areas to play on, and asking them what improvements they need now or would like in the future. This will allow us to work with other stakeholders towards what is required. October 2013 9 December 2013 Contact Graeme Thompson, Planning Policy Officer gthompson@eastdevon.gov.uk
Honiton Sports Money There is £50,000 of Section 106 sports money (from new developments in the town) available to the Parish of Honiton. We are working with Honiton Town Council on this project. We've gathered in ideas from the community on how to spend this and are currently assessing these proposals for eligibility and affordability. All the proposals that are possible will go out for residents to vote on at events in the town. October 2013 Not known PDF file Press release asking for ideas (37KB Portable Document Format - 15 November 2013 - PDF Help)
Honiton Skate Park There is £90,000 of EDDCs main Council budgets to spend on improving Allhallows Skate Park in Honiton, which is nearing the end of its life. We worked with Honiton Community College and Honiton Youth Centre to find out how the young people would improve it. Their specifications have been sent off to skate park companies, Honiton young people will get to vote on the design that's put in. June 2013 Not known Contact Jamie Buckley, EDDC Community Engagement and Funding Officer jbuckley@eastdevon.gov.uk
Sustainable Communities Act Anyone living in East Devon can submit proposals to us about how they feel power and funding should be diverted away from Central Government. March 2013 October 2013 Find out more
Take Over Day 2013 This will be the fifth year EDDC have taken part in a national day to celebrate children and young people. Around 40 children aged 10 and 11 from four different schools will come into the Council offices to experience some of the Councils services. 22 November 2013 N/A See previous Take Over day entries in the Have Your Say archives.
East Devon Editors A group of residents that volunteer to be sent draft leaflets, reports and posters and give us their views on how to improve them. They have all been trained in Plain English and to look for the needs of equalities groups when reviewing publications. June 2013 |Continuous To join and be added onto the waiting list for training contact Jamie Buckley at jbuckley@eastdevon.gov.uk
Neighbourhood Assessments Our Environmental Health Team carries out Neighbourhood Assessments throughout the District. This involves walking the streets and visiting peoples homes to find out what they think of their environment. Various Various The results from neighbourhoods that have already been assessed
Housing Service Satisfaction Survey Satisfaction surveys are continuously undertaken to monitor the standard of service provided to EDDC tenants and leaseholders.

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It may be the case that you can’t have your say on all the current consultations as some may only be relevant for the views of a certain town, age group or specific organisations.  

Page last updated on 14 November 2014