Monthly Archives: February 2014

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Another delay looks likely on decision over quarry at Straitgate Farm

By |2014-02-28T12:45:00+00:00February 28th, 2014|News|

Straitgate Action Group have just issued this update to residents about the progress of Aggregate Industries proposals for a large quarry at Straitgate Farm, between West Hill and Ottery, off Barrack Road.

Natural England and the Environment Agency have asked a series of questions about Aggregate Industries proposals, particularly relating to the disturbance of an underground watercourse and its impact on ancient woodland (perhaps even wildwood dating back to the ice age) at Cadhay Bog.

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Action group chair warns against closing youth centres

By |2014-02-28T11:15:00+00:00February 28th, 2014|News|

Below is a letter to Devon County Council’s Cllr Will Mumford, children and young people’s portfolio holder and council leader, John Hart, as well as chief executive, Phil Norrey.

It is from Gerry Moore, chair of Sidmouth and Ottery’s Local Action Group, which is a partnership between East & Mid Devon District Councils, Devon & Cornwall Police, Devon County Council, Northern, Eastern and Western Devon CCG, Devon & Cornwall Probation Service, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service.

Here’s the letter….

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EDDC press release on decision to spend £1m on buying land at Skypark

By |2014-02-27T17:23:00+00:00February 27th, 2014|News|

EDDC’s press release on last night’s decision (nodded through via the minutes without debate) to spend almost £1m to buy land at Skypark and immediately market the Knowle in the asset stripping exercise that is necessary to fund the relocation project….........................................................

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Council nods through decision to spend £1m on Skypark land

By |2014-02-27T08:13:00+00:00February 27th, 2014|News|

At last night’s extraordinary council meeting, where concerns of members of the public and its own overview and scrutiny committee were trampled, councillors nodded through a decision to spend almost £1m on buying land to move to Skypark.

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Motion lost but we went down fighting

By |2014-02-26T23:53:00+00:00February 26th, 2014|News|

My motion to delay the decision on spending almost £1m on buying land at Skypark for a new office build was voted down by the conservatives (with the exception of Cllr Graham Troman) this evening, but we went down fighting hard.

The conservatives also voted down my proposal for a recorded (named) vote. They must be very embarrassed about their plans.

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Ottery and Feniton areas to get high speed broadband by the end of July

By |2014-02-25T19:45:00+00:00February 25th, 2014|News|

The press release below was issued today by Connecting Devon and Somerset, managed by Devon County Council.  It’s excellent news that Ottery and Feniton are to get superfast broadband and it means that all the villages that are linked up to Feniton’s and Ottery’s telephone exchanges will get a boost, such as West Hill.

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Boles plans in question, for building willy nilly on Dartmoor

By |2014-02-25T16:45:00+00:00February 25th, 2014|News|

Thanks to Sarah Wollaston MP, Builder Boles may be forced to back down on his totally stupid plans to convert barns in National Parks to housing, in a willy nilly fashion. Mr Boles continues to bang his truly tiresome drum of “red tape” getting in the way of economic growth.

Most people tend to think that planning rules are necessary regulation to protect people and the countryside, but Mr Boles seems to want to build anywhere and everywhere, not caring a jot how beautiful or how precious the landscape.

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Why Devon County Council tories voted against against allowing young people to speak last week

By |2014-02-24T21:29:00+00:00February 24th, 2014|News|

An explanation below by EDDC deputy leader, Cllr Andrew Moulding, who is also a Devon County Councillor, on why the Devon County Council conservatives voted against allowing young campaigners to address councillors at the budget meeting last Thursday…..

I have copied and pasted the messages below from Facebook. They arise from a question from Paul Hayward, an Axminster town councillor to Cllr Moulding .....

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Young campaigners hit back after being denied a voice at Devon County Council meeting

By |2014-02-24T13:07:00+00:00February 24th, 2014|News|

Devon’s young people have hit back after being denied a chance to address Devon County councillors before they made their decision on the budget last Thursday.

The request for a representative of the young campaigners to be allowed to speak against budget cuts which would put at risk the county’s youth centres, was put to the vote, but was unfortunately, voted down by the conservatives.  The budget was later voted through by the conservative majority.

See here for the full report:  https://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/young_campaigners_denied_a_voice_at_devon_county_council_budget_meeting

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