Thursday, 17 May 2018
The new phase of balance at EDDC is good news for East Devon, and a healthy situation for District Council Leader, Ian Thomas, as he takes over from Paul Diviani this week.
Independents are now the main Opposition Group at the District Council, thanks to the shockwave of votes in 2015 (next election due 2019). Independents now represent Exmouth Haldon; Feniton, Gittisham and Buckerell; Newton Poppleford and Harpford; Ottery St Mary, Town (2) and Rural; Raleigh; Sidmouth,Town (3), Rural (1) Sidford (2): and Woodbury and Lympstone (2) . And in 2016, the first East Devon Alliance of Independents (EDA) candidate , Martin Shaw, was elected to Devon County Council where he is a strong voice alongside Claire Wright. Martin represents Seaton,Beer, Branscombe, Colyford,Farway, Northleigh, Offwell, Southleigh and Wilmington, see https://seatonmatters.org
Come and find out more about why and how local politics is changing, and what it means for YOU, at a free event on Saturday 26th May , 10-1.30, at Honiton Beehive. Speakers at this ‘TIME FOR A CHANGE’ people’s conference, will include County Councillors Claire Wright and Martin Shaw; and Pam Barrett, Chair of the Independent Buckfastleigh Town Council and regional expert on transforming democracy from the bottom up (‘Flatpack Democracy’) .
Reserve your place (as spaces limited) via this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/east-devons-time-for-a-change-peoples-conference-tickets-45482525458 or on the eastdevonalliance.org.uk website.
Monday, 14 May 2018
Seaton and Honiton Hospitals may be at risk, local GP and chair of the NEW Devon CCG’s Eastern Locality, Dr Simon Kerr reportedly revealed at a meeting with health campaigners last month.
Dr Kerr was apparently speaking of the long-awaited Estates Strategy, which will list all the assets held by the local NHS and what it plans to do with them.
Friday, 04 May 2018
My request to the chief executive of Lloyds Bank for a meeting with the South West Area Manager has been met with radio silence since I sent the email last Thursday (26 April).
I asked for the meeting following the news that Lloyds Bank in Ottery St Mary is to close in October.
It’s very disappointing that not only were councillors not informed of the closure before it was announced in the media, but that my attempt to get in touch has been ignored.
But I can be pretty difficult to ignore! I have just sent him another email…
Here’s the background…http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/lloyds_south_west_area_manager_asked_for_an_urgent_meeting_to_discuss_plann
Friday, 27 April 2018
My latest motion which will go to May’s full council, before being referred to cabinet and then returning for debate in July…
Friday, 27 April 2018
This is Devon County Council’s letter to Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, urging him to commit to an appropriate timeframe for enshrining animal welfare legislation in law, as part of the post Brexit fallout of leaving the European Union.
This (see third par) was a result of my motion which was supported unanimously (bar one councillor) at full council in February.
Thursday, 26 April 2018
I have just sent this email to the South West Area Manager for Lloyds Bank….
Dear Mr Evans
I am writing to express my deep disappointment at the news of the proposed closure of Ottery’s Lloyds Bank branch.
I am also disappointed that you did not write to me personally as the Devon County Councillor for Ottery St Mary, to let me know of the situation.
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
If you’re interested in making a contribution to your local community, or simply hearing about the latest news on local political issues, come along to this event, hosted by the East Devon Alliance.
I will be speaking, as will my Independent Devon County Council colleague, Martin Shaw, who I work with on a range of issues, but mostly the NHS.
See link below for details…