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Standing room only at productive Otterton residents meeting to discuss traffic and planning

Friday, 12 January 2018 0 Comments by Claire

It was standing room only earlier this week, as over 100 Otterton residents flocked to the village hall to hear the latest situation on planning and to give their views on what might help the traffic situation in the village.

The meeting, which was organised by EDDC Cllr Geoff Jung and I, took place on Tuesday 9 January, was arranged by district councillor, Geoff Jung and I following a public meeting at Ladram Bay Holiday Park in November.  This was organised after feedback from residents to the parish council and I that residents were concerned about the relentless expansion of the caravan park and the levels and speed of traffic in the village.

Presentation to students of Clyst Vale Community College for achievements in year 11

Friday, 12 January 2018 0 Comments by Claire

I meant to post this ages ago, so here it is.

I was honoured to give a speech at Clyst Vale Community College in November, to around 100 students, their families and teachers - and then present lots of awards to those who had gone above and beyond what was required.

Headteacher, Kevin Bawn invited me to the evening as I was a former pupil. Clyst Vale was my old school and it was the first time I had been back in the hall since I was about 17!  It was a great fun evening.

Here’s my speech…..

Winter pressures report to come to the next Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee meeting -25 Jan

Friday, 12 January 2018 1 Comment by Claire

I have asked the chair (Sara Randall Johnson) that a report on Devon hospitals winter pressures - ie A&E waits, delayed discharges, how many patients are waiting to be discharged etc, is presented at the next Devon County Council Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee on Thursday 25 January.

This has been agreed.The agenda papers are out next week so we will know more then.

Also on the agenda is a presentation from NHS Property Services/NEW Devon CCG on the future of our community hospitals - asked for by Cllr Martin Shaw and I at the November meeting ....

Petition set up by parent on needing more police in Ottery

Thursday, 11 January 2018 0 Comments by Claire

Ottery St Mary has definitely felt the loss of its former PCSO, Maria Clapp, who left about four months ago.

Maria was brilliant at sorting out low level crime, anti-social behaviour and irksome but potentially dangerous problems, such as bad parking and congestion.

The school run has become hazardous since she left as there is now no policing presence at Ottery St Mary Primary School at drop off and pick up times. 

At Ottery St Mary Town Council on Monday evening, I reported that one parent has become so exasperated that she has set up a petition to try and get a better policing presence in the town. 

I also told the council of the various reports I had received of anti-social behaviour in the town, which appears to be getting worse.

Here’s the petition. If you’re an Ottery resident please sign!

What’s happened to NHS care following the loss of three quarters of Devon community beds?

Thursday, 11 January 2018 0 Comments by Claire

If you want to know more about how care is being provided following the loss of all beds at 19 community hospitals in Devon, watch this short film, put together by a local campaign group.

I have also taken part in it…..

I urge Devon County Council cabinet to back my motion on animal sentience, despite Gove u-turn

Monday, 08 January 2018 0 Comments by Claire

I am unable to be present at Wednesday’s Devon County Council cabinet meeting where my motion on animal sentience will be debated - see -

But I have submitted the following statement to portfolioholders and leader of the council urging them to back my motion, despite Environment Secretary, Michael Gove’s climbdown on including animal sentience in domestic law. 

When the news broke of the government omitting a commitment on animal sentience, which would have resulted in a move away from state responsibility for animal welfare, there was a huge outcry across the country. I very much hope Devon County Council’s cabinet will support my motion to extract a firm commitment from the government on the timing for including this matter in domestic law. 

Please see the email sent to officers below, for the full detail:

Public meeting TOMORROW EVENING at Otterton to discuss traffic and planning issues

Monday, 08 January 2018 1 Comment by Claire

EDDC councillor, Geoff Jung and I are holding a public meeting tomorrow evening at Otterton Village Hall, to discuss planning issues and how the current difficult traffic situation might be mitigated.

It follows an earlier controversial public meeting at Ladram Bay Holiday Park in November, attended by around 70 people - see 

Following that meeting I have been asked by several members of the public for a follow up meeting to debate possible solutions particularly in relation to the traffic issues.

Tomorrow’s meeting starts at 7pm and is at Otterton Village Hall.  All residents of Otterton are welcome to attend.

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