Claire Wright

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

My 10 point green action plan to be referred to new environment board

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 0 Comments by Claire

My green action plan for Devon (here - ) is set to be referred to a newly established multi-organisation board, led by Devon County Council, its all Conservative cabinet agreed today.

Devon County Council gives a disappointing response to my green action plan

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 0 Comments by Claire

Devon County Council’s all conservative cabinet will debate my 10 point green action plan for Devon tomorrow morning, but the advice before councillors seems lacklustre at best.

On almost all the points, the message is mostly ‘no’, ‘not appropriate’, which, after councillors declared a state of climate emergency in February is surprising and disappointing.

The motion and officer response to it, can be viewed at bottom of this link -

I will be attending cabinet and very much hope I can convince councillors to take a more proactive position! 

The motion will be debated by full council on Thursday 25 July, following a recommendation from cabinet.

Tomorrow please vote. But please think very carefully if you’re tempted to vote for the Brexit Party

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 1 Comment by Claire

As an Independent councillor and parliamentary candidate it is not my place to advise you how to vote tomorrow. I know how I am going to vote and as usual I will keep that information to myself.

My main message is in line with most political commentators. Please do get out and vote!

However, I am deeply concerned about one party in particular. A party that has no manifesto, but that has one clear message, which is carefully promoted by its well oiled, extraordinarily well funded PR machine, but in my opinion is rotten to the core.

Roger Giles elected as Ottery Mayor after 28 years service

Thursday, 16 May 2019 0 Comments by Claire

Long-standing stalwart councillor, Roger Giles, has finally been elected as Mayor of Ottery St Mary, after 28 years service on the town council.

It was the first meeting of the new council on Monday evening and Cllr Geoff Pratt proposed Roger for the position, which was seconded by Cllr Vicky Johns.

Cllr Pratt pointed to Roger’s long service on the town council, plus 20 years as a member of Devon County Council and 25 years as a member of East Devon District Council, from which he has just stood down….

Devon County Council launches wildflower verge policy and calls for champions

Friday, 10 May 2019 1 Comment by Claire

Devon County Council’s environment team has launched its long-awaited wildflower verge policy, following my work with three pilot verges in my ward of Otter Valley.

I started the pilot in late 2013 working with highways officers and Devon Wildlife Trust, to boost the numbers of insects after it became clear that populations were falling away dramatically.

It was also to offset the recent decision to not cut highways verges (except on junctions and bends) due to government budget cuts.

It has been a legal challenge to put together this guidance, due to highways and health and safety regulations but I’m delighted that the information went live on Devon County Council’s website a few days ago…..


Friday, 10 May 2019 5 Comments by Claire

I have just submitted the following motion for the next Devon County Council full meeting, which takes place on Thursday 23 May.

At this stage it’s not clear whether the motion will be heard on the day itself or be referred to cabinet and return to the next full council in July….

I will post updates when I know more!

Ottery St Mary Town Council gets a new set of councillors

Sunday, 05 May 2019 0 Comments by Claire

Ottery St Mary Town Council has a a number of brand new councillors, in a move which saw several long-standing councillors lose their seats in the first Ottery Town Council election that anyone can remember….

The new council is as follows:

Richard Copus - 552 ELECTED
Glyn Dobson - 662 ELECTED
Peter Faithfull - 712 ELECTED
Roger Giles - 1,175 ELECTED
Stewart Lucas - 578 ELECTED
Elli Pang - 605 ELECTED
Dean Stewart - 710 ELECTED
Richard Grainger - 98 - ELECTED (North Ward)
Vicky Johns - 177 ELECTED (North Ward)
Lyn Harding - 154 ELECTED (Tipton St John Ward)
Geoff Pratt - 283 ELECTED (Tipton St John Ward)

Ian Holmes, Josefina Gori, Paul Bartlett, Paul Carter and Anne Edwards did not regain their seats.

Very best of luck to the new town council on taking forward the important work of the town and its surrounding areas!