Monthly Archives: July 2015

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Changes to be made in light of election failings - subject to come before EDDC scrutiny this week

By |2015-07-27T13:13:00+00:00July 27th, 2015|News|

http://www.sidmouthherald.co.uk/news/election-2015/changes_to_be_made_in_light_of_election_failings_1_4155681

And EDDC’s scrutiny committee will be discussing this issue on Thursday, 30 July, at 6pm (please note correction of time to 6pm).

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Devon MPs urged to support clarification of traffic definition “severe” in planning policy

By |2015-07-26T21:25:00+00:00July 26th, 2015|News|

This might sound like one of the less engaging blog titles I have written, however, as anyone who has fought a major planning application since the introduction of the national planning policy framework (nppf), knows, one of the worst aspects of the entire flawed developer friendly document, is its hopelessly and deliberately vague traffic policy.

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Ottery will lose all its hospital beds and minor injuries unit

By |2015-07-16T20:45:00+00:00July 16th, 2015|News|

All beds will be lost from Ottery and Axminster Hospitals in East Devon, as well as minor injuries at both towns, Sidmouth and Seaton, it was agreed today by the governing body of the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG).

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Last chance to make your view known on saving East Devon community hospitals

By |2015-07-16T07:47:00+00:00July 16th, 2015|News|

If you are free today at 12.30pm and care about the loss of Ottery and Axminster hospitals, as well as minor injury services at Ottery, Axminster, Seaton and Sidmouth, please come along, with your placard preferably, to Newcourt Community Centre, where a group of us are demonstrating before a meeting of the Northern, Eastern and Western clinical commissioning group (NEW Devon CCG).

The CCG will make its decision at their meeting this afternoon.

Please come along and show the CCG how much you care about retaining local hospital services.

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Planning cttee approve Straitgate Farm for consultation as an allocation in the Devon minerals plan

By |2015-07-15T21:49:00+00:00July 15th, 2015|News|

Devon County Council’s development management committee have approved the allocation of Straitgate Farm, on the edge of Ottery for consultation, in the emerging minerals plan.

Myself and Cllr Christine Channon, who represents Aylesbeare, Otterton and other villages near Budleigh Salterton addressed councillors.

Cllr Channon pointed out the traffic implications and that on page 148 of the agenda papers, officers suggested that in the event that Straitgate is undeliverable, a site at Uffculme would have adequate resources to enable sand and gravel supply to be maintained for the plan period.

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Concerned about the proposed quarry near Ottery? Then please come to county hall tomorrow!

By |2015-07-14T17:05:00+00:00July 14th, 2015|News|

If you are concerned about 100 acre quarry proposed near Ottery, please make your way to county hall by 2pm tomorrow (Wednesday) for a meeting of the development management committee, who will be examining the minerals plan, where a quarry at Straitgate Farm is a proposal.

I will be speaking on behalf of Ottery and Christine Channon will be speaking on behalf of the villages in the Budleigh Salterton area.

We are meeting on the front steps of county hall at 1.30pm.

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Hugo Swire to vote for cruelty on Wednesday

By |2015-07-13T22:00:00+00:00July 13th, 2015|News|

Hugo Swire has admitted that he will vote in favour of a relaxation of the hunting ban on Tuesday.

His reasons?

That the hunting ban does nothing to protect wild animals and is detrimental to animal welfare!

Let’s not forget that foxes, hares AND stags are at risk here.

This may be quote of the year!

Read the full statement here - http://www.hugoswire.org.uk/hunting-act 

Now of course, the Scottish Nationalists have confirmed that they will vote against, so the Countryside Alliance are less smug about their future fun days out. They have even stopped using the twitter hashtag #winning and are being very crotchety indeed about the SNP voting on an English issue.

It is right that we are judged by the depth of our compassion for others - both human and animal.

I have to wonder whether anyone who enjoys or who makes a case for hunting (remember that this is about living creatures being ripped apart by hounds), is capable of experiencing empathy or compassion at all.

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Demonstration planned for last battle to save East Devon hospital beds and minor injuries units

By |2015-07-12T22:23:00+00:00July 12th, 2015|News|

There will be a placard demonstration at 12.30pm on Thursday 16 July, outside Newcourt Community Centre, Exeter - map here - https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Newcourt+Community+Centre/@50.701755,-3.474879,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xd9a1e2f62015b734

The Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group will meet at 1pm and will take a decision on whether to shut all the beds at Ottery and Axminster Hospitals, moving them to other local hospitals, as well as closing minor injuries units at Axminster, Ottery, Seaton and Sidmouth.

We are not allowed to speak during the meeting, although questions can be submitted in writing to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

For more see - https://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/the_last_battle._d_day_for_ottery_hospital_please_attend_this_meeting

This is our LAST CHANCE to be heard. Please come. And bring your friends.  I would be grateful if you would drop me a line at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you plan on coming.  Thanks very much.

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Planning rules to be relaxed - again!

By |2015-07-12T16:59:00+00:00July 12th, 2015|News|

The untruths, misrepresentations and idiocy in this story make me angry.

As if the planning system hasn’t already been completely skewed in favour of developers - who of course, have poured millions into Tory party coffers as a reward.

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Avoid child boredom - head down to your local library this summer holiday

By |2015-07-12T16:28:00+00:00July 12th, 2015|News|

Some of the activities -
Thurs 6 August at 2.15pm - Jurassic coast mural making event

Mon 17 August at 3pm - Exmoor zoolab ranger. Meet the meerkat!

Tues 25 August - 10.30am - reader challenge record breakers finish party

For more info email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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MPs to vote on weakening Hunting Act

By |2015-07-08T21:37:00+00:00July 8th, 2015|News|

This is the thin end of the cruelty wedge and should be opposed.

Just because Mr Swire opposed the hunting ban when Labour brought it in, that should not put us off writing to him and asking him to oppose it.

If we don’t hold our MP to account, he and his colleagues will come to the conclusion that they can do what they like.

Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or tweet @hugoswire

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-33440330?ocid=socialflow_twitter

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Corporate welfare - the truth about who benefits from our taxes

By |2015-07-08T19:08:00+00:00July 8th, 2015|News|

Corporate welfare. The neo-liberal agenda. Big business is running this country more so now than ever before - and this was a big theme of my own parliamentary election campaign.

Many people have fallen for the pejorative rhetoric about people on benefits.

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