• The move took place at today’s extraordinary full council meeting to discuss revisions to the local plan. I blasted the council for opting YET AGAIN for unevidenced and huge levels of growth that are contrary to consultants recommendations. How many consultants have to tell EDDC that the right way forward is low growth before they actually listen?  The answer is they never will listen.[...]

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    The care in the community offered by NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, has been viewed as substandard by many local people and its report justifying the hospital’s closure was in my view (and the view of Cllr Andy Boyd, the author of the report) riddled with inconsistencies, misrepresentations and contradictions. The move will not save money - see previous blog from January here - [...]

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    Hugo Swire, the current MP for Devon East and a junior Foreign Office minister, has shown contempt for those on benefits who are struggling to make ends meet. Exposed by the Channel Four Dispatches programme in a sting, temporary auctioneer Swire, seeking to raise funds for the Conservatives at a black tie dinner for his party in Mayfair in February, managed to insult those on benefits in the UK [...]

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    More than 18,000 houses are now proposed to be built in the area by 2031.  But the figure may be much higher than this even.  Read on…. The controversial figures, which will be debated at an extraordinary council meeting on Thursday afternoon, have been long-awaited by East Devon councillors and residents, following the council’s draft local plan being thrown out by planning [...]

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    Claire Wright, who is standing for the Parliamentary constituency of East Devon as an Independent candidate, visited a Year 13 Sociology class last Thursday to answer their questions and discuss the students’ attitudes to voting. Students had prepared questions that linked to their current exploration of whether social groups (eg, social classes, ethnicities, ages and sexes) are fairly [...]

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    I contacted the council’s chief executive earlier this week enquiring what activities were taking place on encouraging voter registration. Mr Williams confirmed that letters had gone to every household and posters had been sent to secondary schools to raise awareness of the issues. But a few people have contacted me to say that they have had difficulty checking whether they are registered, with [...]

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    There was resounding applause for my speech and lots of interested questions. Several people came up to me afterwards to say how pleased they were to have someone they finally felt they could vote for, who also had a good chance of winning! Next up, Ottery St Mary - next Friday, 27 March, 7pm. The Institute. I am campaigning at Whimple, West Hill and Tipton St John this Saturday. See events for [...]

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    The adopted and proposed local plan makes provision for the protection of the last facility of its kind in a community. Aylesbeare over the past few years has lost a shop, a school and does not have a post office. If it lost the pub, the ONLY remaining facility left would be its village hall. For a village with well over 100 dwellings (excluding the dwellings in the outlying parish) this falls [...]

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    Claire Wright, the Independent candidate for Devon East in the General Election, will be in Ottery St. Mary on Friday 27th March. Everyone is invited to this free meeting which begins at 7 pm. The venue is the Institute in Yonder Street.  Following a short speech, in which the candidate will outline the key points of her campaign, concentrating on important local issues, there will be an [...]

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    If the reports are so old and irrelevant, why has EDDC spent over £10,000 on fighting the Information Commissioner on their release?! ............................................... Tonight (5pm) is the joint overview and scrutiny committee meeting with audit and governance committee, which will examine the plans carefully.  The meeting will be filmed. Here is Cllr Diviani’s response [...]

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    The Independent Claire Wright is making ground fast in the race to represent Devon East after the next General Election. Her odds, originally quoted at 66/1, have improved and now stand at 9/2 according to William Hill.  Hugo Swire’s odds have deteriorated again. In late February, he was standing at 1/12 and is now at 1/6. This further confirms Claire Wright’s position as the main [...]

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