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Useful information and guidelines for commenting

Friday, 10 May 2013 0 Comments by Claire

Guidelines for commenting on my blog
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We will never allow Ottery Hospital’s building to be sold off - join the Red Line next Saturday!

Friday, 24 March 2017 0 Comments by Claire

The beds may have gone for now but the NHS doesn’t want to tell us its plans for Ottery St Mary Hospital’s building

The Secretary of State’s private company, NHS Property Services, now owns Ottery Hospital and 11 other community hospital buildings across Eastern Devon.

It is charging commercial rents to the local cash-strapped NHS, which is one of the three most financially challenged health trusts in the country.

Call for voters in East Devon to register in time for elections this May

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 0 Comments by Claire

Deadline to register is Thursday 13 April 2017

With local elections taking place in just a few weeks, voters in East Devon are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote and are able to take part on polling day, Thursday 4 May.

Devon Build for Bees competition!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 0 Comments by Claire

Build an amazing bug hotel to help Devon pollinators and to win some great prizes!

There are three categories:
- Builds by schools / other education providers
- Builds by community groups
- Builds by individuals


Hear Professor Dieter Helm speak on natural capital and sustainable growth - Thurs 6 April

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 2 Comments by Claire

Professor Dieter Helm is speaking about natural capital and on valuing our planet and nature, at Exeter University, on 6 April.

If you would like to attend the details are below…..

Professor Dieter Helm CBE, Fellow in Economics at Oxford University and Chair of the Natural Capital Committee will be speaking at Exeter University on Thursday 6 April.

His recent books include Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet and Nature In the Balance. 

The lecture will be held at 6.30pm (drinks at 6pm) on Thursday 6 April at Exeter University and will discuss why and how the environment should be at the core of economic planning. 

To book a place please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Further details at

My plans to protect nature is agreed by Devon County Council cabinet

Saturday, 11 March 2017 1 Comment by Claire

Devon County Council’s cabinet has endorsed my motion which seeks to protect Devon’s nature from the risks of leaving the European Union.

It has recommended to full council next month that we support a coalition of green charities and a government environmental committee, calling on the government to apply at least the same level of protection in UK law as exists under EU law.

There are currently 22 sites across the county, covering 115,000 hectares that are protected under EU legislation - the Habitats and Birds Directives, including The Exe Estuary, Dawlish Warren, the Pebblebed Heaths, such as at Aylesbeare and Woodbury Commons, Braunton Burrows and large parts of Dartmoor, Exmoor and sections of Devon’s coast and coastal waters.

All are also designated Sites of Special Scientific interest and receive some protection under UK legislation.

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