• My bid for Parliament

    29 May 2014 | News

    People who are frustrated that their voices are not being heard at Westminster. People who are unhappy about what is happening at central government, including: - relaxation of the planning rules - the pursuit of economic growth at all costs - public service cuts, when billions of pounds is being wasted elsewhere, such as on high speed rail and police and crime commissioner elections. - the focus [...]

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    The controversial proposals were voted through by the majority of the overview and scrutiny committee earlier this month, despite attempts by myself and Cllr Roger Giles to argue against them. See the account of what took place at that overview and scrutiny committee meeting, here - http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/eddc_public_speaking_clampdown_plans_make_it_through_scrutiny_committee[...]

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    A report to EDDC’s cabinet for Wednesday 4 June confirms that a delay has been caused by residents’ town and village green application, which aims to stop or limit redevelopment of parts of the Knowle. And an application by residents to create a formal public right of way through the picturesque Knowle grounds, which have been used by the public for decades, has also slowed down the relocation[...]

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    Sidmouth Vision Group’s website carries the information here and below - http://futuresforumvgs.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/knowle-relocation-project-further-foi.html?spref=tw The District Council has appealed against the Information Commissioner’s request that they publish the full, un-redacted report from consultants Davis Langdon, which had looked in detail at relocation: Unredacted [...]

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    Britain’s wildlife is trapped between traditional Tories and their neoliberal counterparts, who think any green regulation a burden. Robins. Starlings. Pied wagtails. Badgers. Herring gulls. Buzzards. Cormorants. Grey squirrels. Foxes. The kill list created by the UK government is getting so long it is starting to look like the work of a psychopath. What can be compelling the coalition to be[...]

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    In East Devon the result was similar to elsewhere, with the following outcome: - Ukip - 14,475 - conservatives - 13,647, - greens - 4,974 - labour - 3,623 - lib dems - 3,085. Across the south west, the green party have gained their first seat. Ukip secured two seats, the conservatives, two seats, and one for labour. Libdem MEP Graham Watson lost his seat. See below the following analysis by [...]

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    Gittisham Parish Council called a public meeting on Wednesday evening to discuss the recent planning approval granted for 300 houses on land west of Hayne Lane and to ask for a mandate from the village to take legal action over the planning consent. The meeting was held in St Michael’s Church, Gittisham, and was attended by over 50 members of the public, members of Honiton Town Council, Parish [...]

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    Here’s the latest in the Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10845202/Rivers-rare-beavers-face-cull-threat.html

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    Dear Hugo Please see the above story from today’s Independent newspaper. It is scandalous that DEFRA may be considering killing the beavers living on the Otter, for such a suspiciously spurious reason. The beavers have been a source of delight to residents, many of whom have been concerned for the welfare of the animals, especially as news of them living here has reached the national [...]

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    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/after-the-badger-cull-is-defra-planning-to-kill-devons-beavers-9405767.html The first confirmed sighting of wild beavers in England in hundreds of years delighted environmentalists. But now the future of the family of beavers caught on film in the River Otter in Devon in February looks perilous, as campaigners fear the Government is drawing up plans to [...]

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    http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/European-elections-2014-need-know-South-West/story-21114427-detail/story.html?ito=email_newsletter_exeterexpressandecho Forty-eight candidates under eight separate party banners will contest the South West’s European Parliament seats this Thursday. The region, which includes Gibraltar, returns six MEPs to Brussels. The candidates are: An Independence from [...]

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    The building, which is owned by Devon County Council, was vacated last month and the 45 staff have been relocated to Tiverton. The council wants to declare the building surplus to requirements, with a view to selling it. However, I asked for this decision to be referred to cabinet last week and went along to speak in favour of delaying the decision.  My reason is because of the ongoing [...]

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    Here’s the starting pic .... For more information about what we are trying to achieve - which is the creation of a cycleway along the old railway line from Feniton, to Ottery to Tipton st John to Sidmouth - visit http://ottertrail.org/ Photograph thanks to Kirby James.

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    Cllr Graham Salter, attended a public standards hearing at EDDC on Thursday (15 May) and was deemed to have broken the rules by speaking and voting against the planning application, which was near his house. However, despite finding a breach of the code of conduct, the standards committee also found that Cllr Salter had acted “solely in the public interest”, in trying to get the [...]

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