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Public meeting in Otterton to discuss Ladram Bay planning issues and traffic

Monday, 11 December 2017 0 Comments by Claire

Following feedback that many residents would like another opportunity to discuss Ladram Bay’s planning issues, and the high level of traffic in the village, EDDC councillor, Geoff Jung and I have organised a public meeting for next month.

The letter below is currently winging its way around Otterton.

Many thanks to the residents who are kindly delivering it!

Highways officers to investigate road safety improvements at Colaton Raleigh

Friday, 01 December 2017 2 Comments by Claire

Devon County Council highways officers are to investigate road safety improvements on the main road through Colaton Raleigh, following yesterday’s highways and traffic orders committee.

Four Elms Hill: Highways officers will now look at range of options to reduce accidents

Friday, 01 December 2017 2 Comments by Claire

Devon County Council highways officers will now look at a range of safety measures to reduce accidents at a notorious accident blackspot, it was decided at yesterday’s East Devon highways and traffic orders committee meeting.

MOTION urging Devon County Council to call for animal sentience commitment

Monday, 27 November 2017 2 Comments by Claire

I have submitted a motion urging Devon County Council to call for the government to make a commitment over animal sentience.

Last week saw a media frenzy, with reports circulating that MPs voted that animals are not sentient beings. This was incorrect but the ensuing outrage from ministers only obfuscated the truth of the matter, which was pretty much as bad as the first set of headlines.

NHS Property Services will be invited to next Devon County Council health scrutiny meeting ...

Friday, 24 November 2017 2 Comments by Claire

.... But my proposal takes more than half an hour to be agreed!

Devon County Council Solicitor reminds health scrutiny committee of its responsibilities

Thursday, 23 November 2017 0 Comments by Claire

Devon County Council’s solicitor, Jan Shadbolt, reminded the Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee of its legal responsibilities at Tuesday’s (21 November) meeting.

I had asked for this agenda item following a disastrous meeting in July where a referral to the Secretary of State for Health on the closure of 72 community hospital beds in Eastern Devon was thwarted by the Conservative members of the committee, resulting in over 20 complaints from members of the public.

Beaver numbers living in the River Otter treble

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 0 Comments by Claire

I am absolutely delighted to hear that the number of wild beavers living on the Otter has increased from nine to 27 in just two years!

There are six family groups and the animals, which are part of a trial being run by Devon Wildlife Trust, seem to be thriving.

It wasn’t that long ago that I was working alongside Friends of the Earth, Devon Wildlife Trust and beaver enthusiasts to try and prevent DEFRA from putting them in a zoo. It was a long time and took huge amounts of work, mainly by DWT to secure their safety. Friends of the Earth also threatened a legal challenge against the government which also seemed to get things moving.

I am very happy to have been part of the team who helped save the only wild beavers in England and it is great to know they are happy and doing well.  Read more here -
http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/beaver-numbers-living-river-otter-810610

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