On Thursday at the Exeter Racecourse the NEWCCG will be discussing the 83 page document ‘Your Future Care Consultation’ Cllr Pigott and myself will be attending on behalf of Seaton as we have seen this through from the beginning. I got the East Devon District Councillors to support my Motion to register extreme concern over potential loss of 71 community beds in East Devon voted through by councillors
The overwhelming majority of East Devon councillors were of one mind at yesterday’s full council meeting (on 26 October 2016), at Knowle, Sidmouth, when they voted in favour of a motion, proposed by Councillor Peter Burrows (a Seaton ward member), which asked that:
“This council register its extreme concern at the impending loss of 71 Community beds in this part of Devon.  It is a well-known fact, particularly in coastal and rural Devon, that there is an above average population of elderly people. Older people take longer to recuperate from illness, hospital admission and operations. Community services are already overstretched and there is an acute lack of appropriate carers to care for people in their own homes. Our District General Hospitals increasingly find it difficult to keep up with demand due to the fact that they cannot discharge people when they are ready because of the lack of community services. All the Government advice has been to encourage the care of people close to their homes. 
“We thank Devon MPs, including Sir Hugo Swire and Neil Parish, who secured a debate at Westminster on 18 October, to air their concerns about proposed changes to community bed provision in East Devon, and that this council write to them urging them to continue speaking on behalf of all residents in East Devon, so that an ill thought out decision which has come about only for financial reasons, is urgently re-considered by the Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
The CCG will be undertaking public consultation over community bed closures in Devon from 31 October 2016 until 6 January 2017.
East Devon District Council’s Chief Executive Mark Williams will now write on behalf of the council to Sir Hugo Swire MP and Neil Parish MP, to ask them to continue to lobby the CCG by requesting that it rethinks its decision to remove a number of inpatient beds in Seaton, Exmouth and Sidmouth and to close Honiton Hospital’s community beds completely.

In summing up his motion, Councillor Peter Burrows said:
“I take the issue of the loss of community hospital beds very seriously and feel strongly about the impact it will have on the people of East Devon.
“In particular, I feel we need to raise awareness of this potentially devastating predicament among the younger generation, as they will be the ones looking after their parents if the beds are lost. This is why I want to encourage as much engagement as possible with young people.
“I would like to thank my fellow councillors very much for supporting this motion and I look forward to our public meeting in Seaton on 4 November where residents can discuss this issue further with our local MP.” 

Cllr Pigott and myself held a meeting with the League of Friends, Surgeries & relevant people and arranged for the meeting at the Gateway, Seaton Town Hall on the 4th of November where in excess of 250 attended, the biggest in the region. The people of Seaton sent in the most individual letters of the whole region, something to be proud of! The Seaton was the most supported of the options but there where a large amount of correspondence, including mine, that did not support any CLOSURES!

motions for Seaton Town Council meeting 20th February

1. Cllr P Burrows That this Council looks again at the provision of the TIC facilities at the Jurassic Centre, in the light of the lack of space afforded. Different locations should be investigated so that a proper service can be provided.

2. Cllr M Pigott Update on Devon Air Ambulance Community Night Time Landing Site and to ask the Finance & General Purposes Committee to look into any money left over from Community Grants to go towards it as soon as possible.

3. Cllr H Sanham To propose that the Council approaches Councillor Jim Knight to seek support for the Seaton Cycle Fest via his Locality budget.

4. Cllr P Burrows To propose that this Council writes to East Devon District Council to inform them that the proposed price increase of the Beach Hut plot hire, on top of last year’s 50% increase, will once again cause more huts to be empty during the season. We are also still waiting for consultation with East Devon over the management of those in Seaton, especially as we have expressed an interest in doing so.

5. Cllr M Hartnell The Marketing & Events Contract is due for renewal in April. This leaves little time for the Clerk to fully explore and present options to Council. The Council has also committed to hosting a Cycle Fest event in July, which I believe would be seriously hindered if the contractor were to change two months before the event.
Therefore, I propose that the Marketing and Events contract is extended until the 31st August 2017 (by six months) to allow more time for the Clerk to explore options for the renewal of the contract, and to ensure that the Cycle Fest is not compromised.

6. Cllr J Rowland To discuss proposals for a Community Land Trust (CLT) initiative (to host a public meeting to gage interest from those attending to organise and establish a CLT with no ongoing financial implications for the Town Council.

7. Cllr J Rowland To discuss proposals for an arts competition involving Seaton Primary School.

8. Cllr J Rowland To discuss a proposal that the Town Council writes to the Police and Devon County Council (DCC) Highways regarding speeding issues on Seaton Down Hill / Road to ask for an update on previously promised action