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Proposed quarry near Ottery set to be considered by Devon County Council in July

Friday, 22 May 2015 0 Comments by Claire

The threatened huge quarry at Straitgate Farm will be considered, as part of its wider minerals strategy by Devon County Council’s planning committee, at its July meeting.

The area, which spans around 100 acres and currently a dairy farm on the edge of Ottery St Mary, is a preferred site in the county council’s draft minerals plan, which is the overriding strategy for quarrying in Devon, until 2031.

Community stakeholder group formally recommends East Devon hospitals retain beds

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 0 Comments by Claire

The group tasked with East Devon’s community hospital services last night formally proposed that all community hospitals in the area retain a workable number of beds and a minor injuries service, until a national five year review of services takes place.

For Ottery Hospital, this would mean a total of 24 beds (its full capacity), specifically eight general medical beds and 16 stroke beds.

Ottery Rural Devon County Council ward set to change considerably - your comments invited

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 1 Comment by Claire

The Boundary Commission, after working with Devon County Council for the past year or so, has now come up with a revised ward boundary layout for Devon.

The move will involve decreasing the number of councillors to 60 from 62.

My own ward of Ottery Rural is set to change to Otter Valley and it is proposed that it consists of the following parishes - Ottery St Mary (inc Tipton St John, Alfington and West Hill), Aylesbeare, Bicton, Colaton Raleigh, East Budleigh, Newton Poppleford & Harpford and Otterton. 

Feniton, Buckerell and Gittisham (currently in the Ottery Rural ward) are proposed to be subsumed into Honiton.  And Sidbury (also currently in Ottery Rural) is proposed to become part of Sidmouth.

Devon County Council urged to submit response to EU review over nature laws

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 0 Comments by Claire

Following the alarming news today of the EU’s review of the Nature Directives, I have submitted a question (below in italics) to Devon County Council’s June cabinet meeting, asking the portfolio holder for the environment, Roger Croad, to submit a response to the EU’s review on the habitats regulations, which makes a case for retaining them as they are.

We must defend the only laws we have to protect nature - NOW!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 0 Comments by Claire

Nature is in trouble. And this time it is the EU that has bowed to pressure from big business and states like Britain, to review the only laws that protect our wildlife and special landscapes, with the possibility of weakening them.

In East Devon the EU consultation on the Habitats Regulations, which is opposed by a whopping 100 environmental organisations, covers landscapes such as the Exe Estuary, parts of the Jurassic Coast and the pebblebed heaths, which stretch from Budleigh Salterton right up through Woodbury Common, Aylesbeare Common and through to mid Devon.

Much of Dartmoor is also covered by the regulations.

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