Householders used to be able to speak to the planning office in Barnstaple for advice about planning applications for extensions and conservatories etc.
It now appears that from 1 July a charge will be made.
NDDC say it’s: “To bring the service in line with other councils”. In other words “some other councils charge so we’re going to as well”.
That’s a specious argument.
Some other councils collect black bins every week rather than every other week. Surely to bring themselves into line with other councils NDDC ought to collect our black bins weekly?
Similarly, other councils recycle waxed cardboard and batteries. Surely if NDDC are so keen on aligning themselves with other councils they ought to be recycling these items as well?
You can be assured that since these measures cost money they won’t happen.