Monthly Archives: March 2016

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Hugo Swire defends voting for benefit cuts to disabled as work and pensions secretary resigns

By |2016-03-20T21:04:00+00:00March 20th, 2016|News|

A week is a long time in politics so it seems.

As a political obsessive, I read all the post budget news stories really carefully. I broadly agree with a tax on sugary drinks. 

I am concerned at the forced academisation of schools.  Despite our own excellent King’s School in Ottery (which my daughter attends) I believe it is quite wrong to take every school out of local authority control, regardless of teachers and parents views.

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London trees absorb over 1000 Olympic swimming pools of water a year, DEVON man’s research shows

By |2016-03-17T10:40:00+00:00March 17th, 2016|News|

London trees absorb well over 1000 Olympic swimming pools of water every year, research shows

A Devon businessman is calling for more tree planting to prevent flooding after his company’s research found that London trees absorb the same amount of water as around 1365 Olympic swimming pools, every year.

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Fears over Ottery Hospital ownership change

By |2016-03-08T21:17:00+00:00March 8th, 2016|News|

This seems like a cunning plan to profiteer from cash strapped NHS organisations…. and what happens if they can’t pay the commercial rents ....?

See here - Devon’s health and wellbeing scrutiny committee (of which I am a member) will examine this issue at its June meeting.

http://www.eastdevon24.co.uk/news/fears_over_ottery_hospital_ownership_change_1_4446362

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Health scrutiny committee sets up task group to look into patient concerns over hospital discharge

By |2016-03-08T19:54:00+00:00March 8th, 2016|News|

Devon County Council’s health and wellbeing scrutiny committee today agreed to set up an investigation into the arrangements surrounding hospital discharge, following the publication of a survey that revealed around one third of patients are unhappy with such issues.

I asked for the item to come before the committee at today’s meeting after Healthwatch published the results of a survey of around 300 people, many of whom were concerned about the following issues:

- Timeliness:  Delays with medication, transport home, care assessments and setting up care at home
- Aftercare: One in three respondents spoke negatively about the quality of care after leaving hospital
- Communication: Over a quarter of respondents were concerned that health and care professionals did not communicate well with one another

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West Hill Road due to reopen early next week

By |2016-03-03T20:50:00+00:00March 3rd, 2016|News|

Highways officers have confirmed that they expect West Hill Road to reopen early next week, providing the weather stays workable.

It has been shut for over a month, following the discovery of a chasm like hole under the tarmac which was wider than half the width of the road.

Many complaints from residents have been received as well as from West Hill Garage, which feared the loss of its entire business, as the closure came so quickly after a previous one, also for a number of weeks.

Highways officers prioritised the repair work above other scheduled schemes in the area as the route is such a key one into Ottery St Mary.

Officers have now confirmed that the road is due to reopen early next week, which I am sure will be a great relief to residents and to West Hill Garage!

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West Hill neighbours anger over plans to fell line of scots pines to make way for development

By |2016-03-03T19:50:00+00:00March 3rd, 2016|News|

A group of West Hill residents are objecting to plans by a well known developer to fell seven of a line of nine mature scots pines to make way for a large new dwelling, on Higher Broad Oak Road.

The proposed development at Birchanger, proposes to construct a large new property with a detached double garage, relocating the driveway.

As part of the development seven of a line of very visible and attractive nine mature scots pines on the property’s boundary are set to be felled.

The developer is Hugo Headon from H&H Prestige Homes, who caused outrage when he ringbarked and felled two mature oak trees on West Hill Road in 2013, which would have lived for at least another 100 years - https://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/killed_oaks_in_west_hill_…._going

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Ottery’s lollipop patrol saved after Devon County Council leader backtracks on cuts!

By |2016-03-02T15:20:00+00:00March 2nd, 2016|News|

Devon County Council’s conservative leader, John Hart has backtracked on his administration’s controversial decision to cut school crossing patrols, despite the budget being signed and sealed last week at full council.

In a statement published yesterday, Cllr Hart said:

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