• As a mum who had firsthand experience of the fantastic service – widely regarded as one of the best units in the country – it was awful to think of the overnight service being lost in a misguided attempt to standardise services. The sudden halt of overnight stays took place last February (2010), due to staffing issues. I led the campaign group ‘Honiton Maternity Matters’ working for months[...]

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    There would be a vast scar in the Devon countryside. It would be seen from many miles away and there would be noise and dust, as well as a huge numbers of lorries rumbling along our local road network.  There is no need for a new quarry at Straitgate Farm, as an existing quarry near Uffculme has reserves that could meet our sand and gravel needs for almost a century. Residents can be assured [...]

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    Councillors on the LDF Panel had met with the press and public excluded since 2008 to provide direction for the LDF. My Freedom of Information request for copies of this panel’s minutes was initially refused. But it was vital that this information should be in the public domain, particularly as EDDC’s LDF process had been subject to criticism by Government body, the Planning Advisory [...]

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    Around 2000 residents objected and our campaign group, Communities Before Developers launched a district-wide campaign against the plans. The issue was featured on BBC Inside Out in February.  The LDF contains environmentally damaging proposals to grow the district’s population by a third in around 15 years, as well as building a huge amount of industrial estates and weakening protections [...]

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    I spoke against the application at a packed meeting of Ottery St Mary Town Council’s planning committee back in January.  Tipton St John residents were out in force, many very concerned about the idea of so many houses outside the village’s development boundary, which would have grown the village by around one quarter. Whatever your view on whether Tipton St John needs development[...]

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    Happily one of the main reasons for its refusal was that it was outside West Hill’s development boundary and would create a precedent for further development in the countryside, if approved.  I spoke against the application both at Ottery St Mary Town Council’s planning meeting and at East Devon District Council’s Development Management Committee meeting. I kept residents [...]

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    Almost two years ago I spotted a small article in the local press.  Devon County Council was calling for bids for a Playbuilder project, which was aimed at 8-13 year olds.  Myself and West Hill’s county councillor, Roger Giles knew that it was the best opportunity we were going to get for a play park, which both parents and children were desperate for. Several long-winded [...]

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    The proposal includes five-storey apartments, as well as the possibility of a café.  Underground parking is also proposed. People who came along to the West Hill Residents Association meeting to debate the application were concerned about a range of issues including: - the precedent of building outside the built-up area boundary - the ugly design of flats and high density of the development [...]

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    As an independent I am able to voice my opinons freely, vote freely and represent residents views without the pressures of conforming to the party line.  If elected on 5 May I will: - prioritise residents and the countryside over developers - fight for what people tell me is important to them - put local business before the corporate giant Vote for Claire Wright on Thursday 5 May!

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    Regular disconnections are annoying for anyone, but for people who work from home – and there are many of us in the village, myself included, they are particularly troublesome. I raised the issue at Ottery St Mary Town Council and aware that several residents had complained to BT without success, I decided to write to the chief executive, Ian Livingston.  Shortly afterwards I received a [...]

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