• The meeting, which has been called by the libdems to address public concern about crippling service and budget cuts, offer members of the public a chance to address the full council of 62 councillors. There are proposals to cut a raft of services including residential homes, day centres, libraries, youth centres, children’s centres, children’s homes, and the hot meals service, among [...]

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    The Express & Echo has the story here - http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Exmouth-councillor-guilty-breaching-code-conduct/story-21035171-detail/story.html And here ........... A LONGSTANDING Exmouth town, district and county councillor has been found guilty of breaching the town council’s code of conduct. A complaint was made against Lib Dem Councillor Eileen Wragg but the town [...]

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    In a decision published yesterday (Monday) John Wilde, planning inspector concluded that the location, on land between Otter Close and Mallocks Close, was not a sustainable location due to a lack of community facilities, such as a secondary school and range of shops. Also listed as a reason for dismissing the appeal, which was lodged by Devonshire Homes, in a series of planning applications dating[...]

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    http://www.devonnewscentre.info/study-explores-multi-use-trail-linking-sidmouth-to-feniton/  A feasibility study has been published looking at the possibility of developing a walking and cycling route from Sidmouth to Feniton. The concept of the 16km multi-use route has been around for many years but has now been explored in more detail by sustainable travel charity Sustrans. The study has [...]

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    Devon’s youth service is cherished by young people and their parents and operates on a system of voluntary engagement that forms the basis of an extremely effective preventative service. The service has, at its heart, the respect agenda. Young people attending youth centres are encouraged to be respectful in relationships with each other and in their conduct generally.  Many of the young [...]

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    A petition with 7,000 signatures was handed over to Cllr Andrew Leadbetter, by Alfie Weaver. Photograph right to left:  Mel Beer, George Downs, Alfie Weaver, me http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-27171789

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    Most councillors voted in favour of approving the application, apparently with a lack of a five year housing supply in East Devon as the main reason. The land is a reserve site in the new draft local plan. The general aim of a reserve site is that it is considered if other allocated sites do not come forward in the plan period. Unsurprisingly, this piece of land to the west of Hayne Lane, where[...]

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    The news of yet another important facility in the town being at risk of closure came to light as a public consultation on the future of Devon’s children’s centres started on Tuesday (22 April). The centre, which is behind the town council offices, opened its doors just three or four years ago, following government funding being made available to support new parents and their young children. [...]

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    At yesterday’s procedures committee meeting, Cllr John Clatworthy, told me that I was wrong to ask for the young campaigners to speak at February’s budget meeting in the way that I did, because I was aware of the rules. The procedures committee was discussing a proposal from me to relax the rules on allowing members of the public to speak at meetings, which currently are stringent and require[...]

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    Tracey Reeves, Associate Director of Midwifery and Patient Care / Acting Deputy Chief Nurse at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, said: ”Due to exceptionally high levels of staff sickness midwifery services for birth and in-patient postnatal care at Honiton Hospital were temporarily suspended on 23 March 2014 Our priority is ensuring services for new mothers and their babies are[...]

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    I am continually impressed by the monumental effort that Devon teenagers are going to, to try and save the youth service. The film is set to the soundtrack of “We can’t back down” by Demi Lovato, which tie in perfectly to the message that the campaigners are aiming to get across. Here are the lyrics: Don’t close your eyes We’re all in this together Wherever we draw [...]

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    I asked for the agenda item to be debated at procedures committee, of which I am a member, following the refusal by the conservative group, to allow youth centre campaigners to address the full council for three minutes at the February budget meeting. I had asked that a representative of the group of about 30 young people, which included teenagers from across the county, to be allowed to address [...]

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    Permission has been granted to landowners, the Salston Estate, to fell around 1300 douglas fir and larch that form woodland next to West Hill Road, between Lower Broad Oak Road right the way down to the former Salston Hotel, on the edge of Ottery St Mary. Some areas are to be completely cleared of trees, with other parts being thinned. West Hill, being set amongst trees, is known as The Woodland [...]

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    The following South West Candidates have agreed to attend (To speak in alphabetical order): KAY BARNARD representing LIBERAL DEMOCRATS GEORGINA BUTLER representing CONSERVATIVES TONY MCINTYRE representing UKIP EMILY MCIVOR representing GREEN PARTY CLARE MOODY representing LABOUR The event starts at 2pm and will be held on Friday 25 April, at Honiton Methodist Chapel, off New Street. Tea will be [...]

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