• Aggregate Industries wants to to quarry a greenfield site - a productive dairy farm hosting miles of ancient hedgerows, dormice, and spring water for ancient woodland and 100 people - at a time when the county already has millions of tonnes of sand and gravel with planning permission. The draft minerals plan, following the planning committee meeting in July, is set for a 12 week public consultation, from the beginning of August. A planning application to quarry at Straitgate Farm, has now been submitted by Aggregate Industries and is expected to go online for a 21 day public consultation next [...]

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    The Wakely Stakeholder Reference Group, of which I am a member, consisting of councillors, leagues of friends representatives and local doctors, has recommended in a report that will be published on Thursday (21 May): 1. That inpatient beds are retained in each hospital – 72 (plus 16 stroke beds) in total across Ottery St Mary, Honiton, Sidmouth, Seaton and Axminster. 2. There is a GP led minor injury service in each of the towns, as well as a centralised urgent care service in Honiton, for out of hours needs. The group, which was established by the NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group [...]

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    The Boundary Commission contacted Devon County Council with a request for a review as it was concerned that some wards were becoming too large. To see a full set of proposals for changes to boundaries, see this link - https://www.devonnewscentre.info/devon-residents-have-your-say-on-new-county-division-boundaries/ Photograph:  Feniton’s beautiful Camp Field, which has been at risk from planning applications to build around 120 houses.

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    The EU has launched a review of the Nature Directive, which protects many habitats and wildlife across Devon, including much of Dartmoor, the Jurassic Coast, Exe Estuary and the pebblebed heaths. Many environmental groups are deeply concerned that any review will result in a weakening of the laws , which are the only legal protections for nature in the UK. All other protections are policy-based and can be overridden. Given that many of these specially protected places are in Devon, will the portfolio holder for the environment reassure the thousands of Devon residents who value nature, that [...]

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    A few years ago, chancellor, George Osborne tried to get the EU to weaken these regulations but was sent off with a flea in his ear. But it seems that the Tories are determined and have joined forces with big businesses and other member states, to put pressure on the EU to review them. Environmental groups are alarmed as they can see the writing on the wall.  These laws have, in a world of a dramatic decline in insects, birds and biodiversity in general, boosted some very important species and ensured that habitats are protected. Everything else that protects our countryside is policy - [...]

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    37 Conservative (previously 42) 6 Independent (previously 7) 10 Independent East Devon Alliance (previously 0 – new group) 6 Lib Dem (previously 10) Conservative:  37, Others 22 – Conservative majority 15, Previously Conservative 42, Others 17, majority 25 (2011) Meet your new East Devon Independent councillors here .... http://www.eastdevonalliance.org.uk/

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    But it was clear within 10 minutes that I hadn’t… but Hugo had. So I knew then that I had lost. Felt gloomy for about half an hour before deciding that me and my team had given it 100 per cent, couldn’t have done any more and that life would deliver other opportunities for me to change what must be changed. The declaration was expected at 2.30am but didn’t happen until after 7am! So it took considerably longer than expected. Talks of queues around the block at Sidmouth polling stations had initially encouraged me, but the turnout in the end - 72 per cent - was almost [...]

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    To all the 250 people who have leafleted for me over the year, thank you so much too. I could never have communicated with the huge number of people living in 53,000 houses, without you. To all the people who have displayed a poster, whether small or large, thank you, you have helped raise my profile. And to all the people who collectively donated £13,000 through my website and via post - thank you too, without your help, we could not have printed so many leaflets, organised posters and paid for all my meeting rooms hire. The past year’s campaign has been a wonderful life affirming [...]

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    Claire Wright, our local independent candidate, is the type of politician the majority has always wanted to represent them, but almost never get thanks to the party system we have in this country. Parties select candidates that will represent the party, not constituents. Competition to become a party candidate is fierce, with only the most ruthless, wealthy or pushy winning selection. Is it any wonder that we then end up with a parliament full of self-serving party yes men (77% of MP’s are men). A parliament full of corruptible, dishonest and greedy individuals who feather their own nests [...]

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    This Tribunal takes the unusual and unfortunate step of commenting on the conduct of the appeal itself. We are unanimous in our view that this appeal has taken much longer than it should have done and the reason for this seems to be the failure on the part of the public authority, the appellant, to address itself with sufficient attention to the details of what information and documents it was supplying to the Commissioner and ultimately also to the Tribunal. It was not until March 2015 that a fully legible copy of the disputed information was supplied and seemed to be complete. This is, in [...]

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    I note from our planning policy database that you have previously taken an interest in our planning policy and Community Infrastructure Levy work.  I would therefore like to draw your attention to a public consultation, which East Devon District Council is undertaking, regarding a series of proposed changes to the East Devon Local Plan and to the Community Infrastructure Levy Draft Charging Schedule. These changes, together with supporting evidence for the local plan and information about our consultation, can be viewed on the council web site at: [...]

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    Dear Hugo Swire In a Western Morning News interview with Phil Goodwin, published online on 1st May 2015, you state, “There is no doubt that Claire Wright and the EDA are one and the same - I don’t know how they manage to say they are independent when it is a registered party”. We would be grateful if you now desist in attempting to influence the District Council election with this misinformation. I am Chairman of the East Devon Alliance and whether you are or are not returned as the member for East Devon to Parliament is of no matter to me, my vice chairman, treasurer or [...]

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