Monthly Archives: December 2014

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Devon County Council unanimously backs my health motion

By |2014-12-14T17:06:00+00:00December 14th, 2014|News|

My motion to lobby the Local Government Association to include health services as a statutory consultee, as well as being regarded as a material planning consideration, has been backed unanimously by Devon County councillors at the full meeting on Thursday (11 December).

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Ottery library wins selection for community pilot project!

By |2014-12-11T22:23:00+00:00December 11th, 2014|News|

Ottery St Mary is one of just 12 communities across Devon that has been chosen to take part in a pioneering new partnership project to test how they can support their local libraries and expand the services they provide.

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Government rolls over for developers - yet again….

By |2014-12-11T20:16:00+00:00December 11th, 2014|News|

Below is a press release from EDDC.

This is really appalling. As if the district isn’t under enough pressure from developers.

Why is the government so willing to allow developers unfettered control?

And why does it care so little about the plight of residents in villages?

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EDDC scrutiny group is scrutinised

By |2014-12-10T09:18:00+00:00December 10th, 2014|News|

The EDDC Independent group has submitted a motion for next Wednesday’s full council meeting on the scrutiny process at EDDC, which (understandably) frequently disappoints members of the public, with its lack of rigour.

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NHS Devon surgery restriction for smokers and obese plan revealed

By |2014-12-05T13:21:00+00:00December 5th, 2014|News|

North, East and West Devon’s Clinical Commissioning Group has hit the national headlines for restricting surgery for smokers and obese people. The BBC explains the detail here.

Unfortunately, this is down to the government underfunding the NHS - and in Devon - there are special pressures on demand because of large numbers of older people and those with complex health needs. Devon is historically underfunded too, in comparison with urban areas, so it is doubly disadvantaged.

It is time the government took this seriously. I have lodged a motion for next week’s Devon County Council full meeting….

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-30318546

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Woodbury residents say enough is enough.

By |2014-12-04T22:29:00+00:00December 4th, 2014|News|

I attended an absolutely jam packed full meeting in the White Hart at Woodbury this evening about unwanted development, following an invite from a resident, very concerned at the way the village appears to be increasingly targeted by developers.

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A good morning talking to businesses in Ottery

By |2014-12-04T14:16:00+00:00December 4th, 2014|News|

I had an interesting morning chatting to independent traders in Ottery today.

I met some great new people and also some affectionately regarded well known faces.

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Around £700,000 of East Devon taxpayers money spent on shambolic EDDC office relocation so far

By |2014-12-04T08:45:00+00:00December 4th, 2014|News|

Conservative leader of EDDC, Cllr Diviani, confirmed to BBC Radio Devon’s Matt Woodley, this morning, that almost three quarters of a million pounds has been spent so far on botched plans to move EDDC’s offices from Knowle to Honiton, then to Skypark and now to Honiton and Exmouth.

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