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Bee death pesticides get two year EU ban

By |2013-04-29T15:11:35+00:00April 29th, 2013|News|

The UK government has been forced into putting into place a two year ban on neonectinoids - a type of pesticide that is killing bees across Europe.

Environment secretary, Owen Paterson, who has backed the chemical industry, has been lobbying against a ban and the UK voted against the ban today.  Fortunately, 15 countries voted in favour of a ban.

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Government to take hardline stance on planning legal challenges

By |2013-04-28T20:22:20+00:00April 28th, 2013|News|

It is very hard to follow through a legal challenge to an unsavoury planning decision, as it is. 

See the story below from Planning Resource, published on Tuesday 23 April, detailing the government’s latest measure to weaken the rights of the residents of this country and allow more bad planning decisions to slip through the net.

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Insecticide firms in secret bid to stop ban that could save bees

By |2013-04-28T20:12:49+00:00April 28th, 2013|News|

An article in today’s Guardian is pasted below….Owen Paterson not only intends to vote against the ban on neonicotinoids , but his department has been “very active” in opposing it, apparently.

See article link here - http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/apr/28/europe-insecticides-ban-save-bees?CMP=twt_gu .........................................................................................................

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Devon County Council elections - Thursday 2 May

By |2013-04-27T10:51:12+00:00April 27th, 2013|News|

Don’t forget to vote on Thursday 2 May in the Devon County Council elections!

The polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm.  Click on the link below for information about the elections, wards and candidates….

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Eyes on Paterson over bee vote as Greenpeace moves in

By |2013-04-25T11:59:35+00:00April 25th, 2013|News|

All eyes will be on Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, on Monday (29 April), as he is due to vote on whether to ban pesticides that are lethal to our bees.

Greenpeace has quite rightly, ramped up the pressure on Mr Paterson, who unbelievably, says he intends to side with the chemical industry and vote against such a ban!

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MPs approve revised home extensions procedure

By |2013-04-24T18:27:03+00:00April 24th, 2013|News|

Planning Resource publishes the compromise over the government’s deeply unpopular plans to remove the requirement for planning permission over 8m extensions.

The story is below and here - http://www.planningresource.co.uk/Development_Control/article/1179935/mps-approve-revised-home-extensions-procedure/
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National campaign group takes up seabird plight

By |2013-04-24T18:09:42+00:00April 24th, 2013|News|

Environmental campaign group, 38 Degrees, has sprung into action over the appalling toxic glue substance that is killing seabirds in their thousands. 

The message to its members is below - it is an excellent initiative. Something has got to be done about this and good on 38 Degrees for taking it on. 

Disappointingly, I heard conservative Geoffrey Cox MP on the Sunday Politics programme last week, claim that laws did not need tightening up over toxic spills .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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