Monthly Archives: March 2014

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Big changes to Devon community hospitals looming

By |2014-03-20T14:32:00+00:00March 20th, 2014|News|

A critical paper which will set out the way forward for the county’s community hospitals is set to be published at the end of this month, councillors were told at last week’s Devon County Council health and wellbeing overview and scrutiny committee.

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Government plans to abolish council duties to consult

By |2014-03-17T19:11:00+00:00March 17th, 2014|News|

Some of you may have heard about the much trumpeted deregulation bill. Many of you might think that it’s a good thing.

I haven’t had a chance to read through the smallprint yet but remain sceptical that some of our rights will be eroded, as they seem to be in so many other ways.

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What’s gone wrong with politics?

By |2014-03-15T15:46:00+00:00March 15th, 2014|News|

38 Degrees has launched an intriguing new campaign. Please, if you have five minutes, take part in their very valuable survey…............

Here’s their email….

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EDDC Leader hits back at town council claims of unfair funding

By |2014-03-14T10:57:00+00:00March 14th, 2014|News|

In today’s Ottery Herald, EDDC leader, Cllr Paul Diviani, has described as “absurd” the idea that independent councillors - myself and Cllr Giles - mean that the town receives unfair funding from EDDC.

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Young woman (and others) denied a voice over plans to close children’s homes in Devon

By |2014-03-12T12:33:00+00:00March 12th, 2014|News|

It was bad enough to deny youth centre campaigners their voice at county hall at the budget meeting on 20 February. But this is even worse. This debate was about closing down three children’s homes and ripping the heart out of vulnerable young lives. One poor youngster may have to be relocate to Manchester, as a result.

Devon County Councillors are “corporate parents” for children in DCC run homes… and the chair of the people’s scrutiny committee - conservative, Cllr Sara Randall Johnson has put bureaucracy ahead of compassion and decency, in her decision not to allow a young woman to address councillors yesterday.  It is shocking.

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Cllr Susie Bond expresses frustration over Brown investigation

By |2014-03-12T12:08:00+00:00March 12th, 2014|News|

EDDC Feniton councillor, Susie Bond has expressed her frustration at the pace of the police investigation into former EDDC councillor and planning consultant, Graham Brown.

Cllr Bond stormed to a huge victory in a bi-election last year, after Mr Brown was forced to resign.

Her blog can be viewed via the link below….

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A new bus service via Skypark could cost £100,000 a year

By |2014-03-12T11:31:00+00:00March 12th, 2014|News|

Cllr Roger Giles has just issued this press release about claims by EDDC’s conservative leadership, that Skypark, on which officers are now negotiating to buy land for a new HQ, is unlikely to receive a bus service, or if it does, it will cost around £100,000 every year to run.

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Police confirm they are still investigating former East Devon councillor Graham Brown

By |2014-03-12T09:14:00+00:00March 12th, 2014|News|

On the anniversary of the Daily Telegraph sting, the chair of the East Devon Alliance speaks out about his concerns over the police investigation….. Here’s the story webbed by the Express & Echo….. http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Police-confirm-investigating-Graham-Brown-year/story-20793167-detail/story.html

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Cllr Paul Diviani’s response on funding comments wrangle

By |2014-03-11T08:20:00+00:00March 11th, 2014|News|

EDDC’s leader has responded to my email prompted by the front page of this week’s Ottery Herald.  His response is pasted below.

So were those controversial remarks made or not?  Cllr Ian Holmes says they were and Cllr Glyn Dobson, who was also at the now controversial meeting of last July, did not contradict him at last Monday evening’s (3 March) Ottery Town Council meeting. But EDDC’s leader doesn’t recall any such remarks being made.

Here’s his email: .............................................................................................

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