Monthly Archives: May 2015

Proposed quarry near Ottery set to be considered by Devon County Council in July

By |2015-05-22T18:21:00+00:00May 22nd, 2015|News|

The threatened huge quarry at Straitgate Farm will be considered, as part of its wider minerals strategy by Devon County Council’s planning committee, at its July meeting.

The area, which spans around 100 acres and currently a dairy farm on the edge of Ottery St Mary, is a preferred site in the county council’s draft minerals plan, which is the overriding strategy for quarrying in Devon, until 2031.

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Community stakeholder group formally recommends East Devon hospitals retain beds

By |2015-05-19T10:03:00+00:00May 19th, 2015|News|

The group tasked with East Devon’s community hospital services last night formally proposed that all community hospitals in the area retain a workable number of beds and a minor injuries service, until a national five year review of services takes place.

For Ottery Hospital, this would mean a total of 24 beds (its full capacity), specifically eight general medical beds and 16 stroke beds.

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Ottery Rural Devon County Council ward set to change considerably - your comments invited

By |2015-05-12T16:01:00+00:00May 12th, 2015|News|

The Boundary Commission, after working with Devon County Council for the past year or so, has now come up with a revised ward boundary layout for Devon.

The move will involve decreasing the number of councillors to 60 from 62.

My own ward of Ottery Rural is set to change to Otter Valley and it is proposed that it consists of the following parishes - Ottery St Mary (inc Tipton St John, Alfington and West Hill), Aylesbeare, Bicton, Colaton Raleigh, East Budleigh, Newton Poppleford & Harpford and Otterton. 

Feniton, Buckerell and Gittisham (currently in the Ottery Rural ward) are proposed to be subsumed into Honiton.  And Sidbury (also currently in Ottery Rural) is proposed to become part of Sidmouth.

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Devon County Council urged to submit response to EU review over nature laws

By |2015-05-12T15:49:00+00:00May 12th, 2015|News|

Following the alarming news today of the EU’s review of the Nature Directives, I have submitted a question (below in italics) to Devon County Council’s June cabinet meeting, asking the portfolio holder for the environment, Roger Croad, to submit a response to the EU’s review on the habitats regulations, which makes a case for retaining them as they are.

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We must defend the only laws we have to protect nature - NOW!

By |2015-05-12T13:47:00+00:00May 12th, 2015|News|

Nature is in trouble. And this time it is the EU that has bowed to pressure from big business and states like Britain, to review the only laws that protect our wildlife and special landscapes, with the possibility of weakening them.

In East Devon the EU consultation on the Habitats Regulations, which is opposed by a whopping 100 environmental organisations, covers landscapes such as the Exe Estuary, parts of the Jurassic Coast and the pebblebed heaths, which stretch from Budleigh Salterton right up through Woodbury Common, Aylesbeare Common and through to mid Devon.

Much of Dartmoor is also covered by the regulations.

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BBC Radio Devon covers the rise of the Independents in East Devon

By |2015-05-12T10:29:00+00:00May 12th, 2015|News|

Ben Ingham is interviewed first - leader of the East Devon Independent Group on East Devon District Council, which now has 16 seats - up from seven in the previous term.

And second, I am interviewed about my campaign and how people are feeling about politics in East Devon.

Here’s the link and the interviews start at 01.06.20 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02qd741

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16 Independents on EDDC mean Conservatives under pressure!

By |2015-05-11T20:58:00+00:00May 11th, 2015|News|

Massive congratulations to the Independents who were elected and re-elected onto East Devon District Council last week.

There are now 16 Independents - some elected under the umbrella of the East Devon Alliance and the Conservative majority has been slashed to just 15.

The full results are below.

Particular congratulations go to Roger Giles who achieved the best result ever, with over 2000 votes!

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Whatever happens tomorrow, I have loved this campaign - and thank you so much ….

By |2015-05-06T20:22:00+00:00May 6th, 2015|News|

Just arrived home after a final day’s very positive door knocking to my usual mass of emails and some really lovely good luck messages, which I have pasted below.

To all those of you on who have kindly commented on my posts over the past few weeks and months, thank you all soooo much.

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Nationally acclaimed novelist, Hilary Mantel is voting for me!

By |2015-05-06T08:34:00+00:00May 6th, 2015|News|

Had a very nice surprise yesterday when someone sent me a copy of the New Statesman, where top author and East Devon resident, Hilary Mantel had said she was voting for me. ... she said: 

Hilary Mantel
“I’ve missed most of the campaign because I’ve been abroad, but returned to an atmosphere of dead-eyed horse-trading. The electoral air is fetid, the major parties demeaning themselves; it would be funny if it weren’t so disgusting. I mean to vote for our independent candidate in East Devon, Claire Wright. She is an experienced local councillor who has covered the ground, knows what matters to people here, and talks in concrete terms rather than mouthing slogans.

Here’s the Echo story - http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Election-2015-Wolf-Hall-s-Hilary-Mantel-says-vote/story-26448285-detail/story.html 

“East Devon is a safe Tory seat so in a sense it doesn’t matter what I do. But I hope that if enough people turn out for her, a decent, young, energetic candidate will be encouraged to keep striving. It’s a vote for the political process rather than a political party. Which is an act of faith, and seems the best one can do.”

I think she has underestimated the impact of my campaign as she has been away, but her support is very welcome indeed!

http://www.newstatesman.com/staggers/2015/05/weeks-magazine-power-struggle

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EDDC slammed over secrecy on office relocation by judge

By |2015-05-05T19:44:00+00:00May 5th, 2015|News|

EDDC has been ordered out of its secret lethargy by a judge, who has ruled that it must publish documents that it has paid well over £10,000 on keeping documentation on the controversial office relocation, out of the public eye.

It is a very long story and there isn’t time to go into it now, suffice to say that the text below, taken from the judge’s decision just about sums up the truly abysmal record of honesty and transparency at EDDC. The conservative run council clearly spun out the process for almost a year, spending a fortune in taxpayers money in the process, just so it could force through a relocation decision.  The decision was rushed through against mine and other councillor’s views, in March this year.

Utterly disgusting behaviour - and heads should roll .... And read the judge’s thinly disguised contempt for the the Tory run council, below.

Please think hard before you cast your vote this Thursday.

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Aggregate Industries submit planning application for a quarry at Straitgate Farm, Ottery

By |2015-05-03T22:17:00+00:00May 3rd, 2015|News|

Aggregate Industries has submitted (after at least three years preparation) a planning application for a 100 acre quarry at Straitgate Farm, on the edge of Ottery.

As yet Devon County Council (the minerals authority) has not yet published the documentation.

In the meantime, the latest information is available at: http://straitgateactiongroup.blogspot.co.uk/

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