I will be urging Devon County Council to undertake a period of public consultation on plans to devolve some powers from central government to councils in Devon and Somerset, at tomorrow’s full council meeting.
Councils across Devon and Somerset are on the verge of submitting a bid to government on devolving control and funding for some services to a local level.
On Thursday Devon County Council will debate a broadbrush bid that is set to be signed off by cabinet tomorrow.
This might sound like a very positive move, however, there are concerns. Mainly around transparency and consultation.
Devon County Council launches consultation on axeing all school crossing patrols….
See link in story to take part in consultation. Deadline 8 January.
In Ottery’s case, the school crossing patroller was knocked down and taken to hospital recently. Rather underlines the importance of having one - and I am sure they are very much needed in other places too.
Passing on the costs to schools is likely to be difficult for them to afford.
But again, if the government was crippling council budgets these sorts of horrible decisions would never have to be made.
While many MPs across the country took to Twitter, Facebook and their websites to explain to their constituents how and why they were going to vote in one of the most controversial debates in years, East Devon’s MP, Hugo Swire’s social media networks were devoid of any mention of Syria.
I have been really concerned about the government’s decision to slash subsidies for renewable energy,which is likely to lead to huge job losses in the area as well as damage to the only form of clean energy we have.
... So I have submitted a motion to the next DCC full council next week (Thursday 10 December).