Monthly Archives: December 2014

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Natural England launches consultation on the reintroduction of the River Otter beavers

By |2014-12-29T16:49:00+00:00December 29th, 2014|News|

Devon Wildlife Trust has now undertaken the truly enormous amount of work required of it by DEFRA and submitted an application to Natural England for the official reintroduction of the family of beavers that have been living on the River Otter for years.

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EDDC leader blames Information Commissioner for secret paperwork legal battle costs

By |2014-12-20T17:15:00+00:00December 20th, 2014|News|

One of the more surprising answers I received to my questions at Wednesday evening’s full council meeting related to how much the legal costs were amassing, fighting the Information Commissioner’s ruling that key reports on the state of the Knowle must be made public.

Many of you will remember that EDDC has been fighting the Information Commissioner’s ruling for months, and it is STILL continuing - even after a tribunal at Exeter Magistrates Court in August, based on a flimsy technicality that the consultant from David Langdon is equivalent to an employee of the council.

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Devon County Council Leader warns of more cuts next year

By |2014-12-18T19:51:00+00:00December 18th, 2014|News|

This press release was issued today by Devon County Council.

Leader, Cllr John Hart said at last week’s cabinet that he is lobbying our MPs, asking for support ahead of the parliamentary vote on the local government settlement .....

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EDDC office relocation project to plough on regardless - again!

By |2014-12-17T21:59:00+00:00December 17th, 2014|News|

East Devon District Council’s office relocation project will plough on regardless following this evening’s full council meeting, where my motion to defer the process was overwhelmingly defeated.

Instead the council voted through a proposal for scrutiny by the auditors - which the leader said would happen anyway.

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NHS extends consultation period on threat to community hospitals and sets up “stakeholder” group

By |2014-12-16T16:45:00+00:00December 16th, 2014|News|

The North, East and West Devon Clinical Commissioning Group has extended its controversial consultation which proposes to shut all Ottery and Axminster Hospital’s beds and close the minor injuries units at Ottery, Sidmouth, Seaton and Axminster. 

Budleigh Salterton Hospital has already had its beds and minor injuries unit closed.

A stakeholder group of East Devon county councillors is being set up and I have asked to be a member. I am assured that the papers and meetings will be held in the public domain.

The briefing below, which has been circulated to members of Devon County Council’s health and wellbeing scrutiny committee…....

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Planning law policy ‘fuels inappropriate development’

By |2014-12-16T12:26:00+00:00December 16th, 2014|News|

The story below is published on the BBC website today. Rather topical given my interview this morning broadcast on Radio 4’s Today programme - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30489929

I am slightly speechless at Brandon Lewis’s comments at the bottom of the article!  How can he spout such nonsense?

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BBC Radio 4 Today Programme debut

By |2014-12-15T18:46:00+00:00December 15th, 2014|News|

Tom Bateman, reporter for BBC Radio 4’s flagship political programme, Today, visited West Hill this afternoon to interview me, before dashing off to Exeter City Council.

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EDDC Conservatives urged to suspend office relocation project, over public concern

By |2014-12-14T19:03:00+00:00December 14th, 2014|News|

I (along with Cllrs Roger Giles, Ben Ingham and Susie Bond) have proposed the following amendment to the EDDC cabinet recommendations, which propose to drive the office relocation project inexorably and possibly irretrievably, further forward.

The recommendations will be debated on Wednesday evening, at the full council meeting.

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