EDDC’s scrutiny committee blasted NEW Devon CCG this evening, on its decision to close all the beds at Ottery and Axminster Hospitals and shut minor injuries units at Ottery, Axminster, Seaton and Sidmouth.
And EDDC’s scrutiny committee will be discussing this issue on Thursday, 30 July, at 6pm (please note correction of time to 6pm).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Hugo Swire has admitted that he will vote in favour of a relaxation of the hunting ban on Tuesday.
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.
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+Centrefirstname.lastname@example.org,-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.
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.
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
The decision on the fate of Ottery St Mary Hospital will be made next Thursday (16 July), and the Northern, Eastern And Western Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) appear as determined as ever, to close it.
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.
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.