Developers have submitted a planning application to demolish the Aylesbeare Inn, replacing it with three dwellings and a small business unit, which they say will be a wine bar.
At Thursday evening’s meeting at Clyst St Mary, East Devon’s MP, Hugo Swire, dodged my question about pro-development national planning rules - and instead put the blame for speculative development in the district squarely at the door of East Devon District Council.
See what Professor Martin Shaw thinks ... https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/martin-shaw/development-resistance-threatens-election-upset-in-devon
I was unable to attend my first public meeting last week in Sidmouth because I was unwell.
However, my team noted the questions asked and my replies have been filmed and posted on YouTube.
Here they are: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iMel2JNW9U
Please note that the Sidmouth meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday 10 March at 7pm, at the same venue - The Unitarian Church, on the junction of High Street and All Saints Road.
For a full list of election public meetings and events see this link - https://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/dates_for_your_diary_and_useful_information
Here is a link to a blog post by a resident who came along to my Exmouth public meeting earlier this week.
Very eloquently, she makes a strong case for Independent MPs and councillors ..... http://makingitontheoutside.com/2015/02/20/making-the-case-for-independents/
A motion lodged by me a few months ago aiming to protect community hospital buildings from being sold off, was yesterday unanimously backed by Devon County councillors.
Not only has East Devon’s MP, Hugo Swire, failed to stand up for local people during the House of Commons debate on funding for local government, he has now given appallingly misleading information in a press release, in an attempt to discredit me - and apparently Devon County Council.
The story is in this week’s Archant papers and here is my response to Mr Swire’s claims, in a press release…..
We were down in Sidmouth yesterday knocking doors and asking residents about issues of most concern to them.
Joe Tidy from Sky News came along to film us, as part of a series he is making on Independent candidates standing in the general election.
Spent a few productive hours at Exmouth and Lympstone this morning, talking to people about my campaign, what I hope to achieve if I was elected and listening to people’s concerns.
The long-awaited strategic housing market assessment (SHMA) was set to be out today, or failing that early next week.
It has taken almost a year following the news that planning inspector, Mr Thickett, threw out EDDC’s local plan on the basis its underpinning data.houses
I have been in bed with a flu-like virus for the last few days and I was hoping that I would be better for this evening.
This morning I was determined I would be….