Monthly Archives: July 2016

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What to do with untidy roadside verges and a backtrack on opposing bee killing pesticides looms

By |2016-07-26T19:11:00+00:00July 26th, 2016|News|

This is the time of year when our roadside verges are probably looking about as untidy as they have ever been.

It’s the second year that Devon County Council has not cut roadside verges, except for those on visibility splays or junctions, because of the massive and ever increasing budget cuts imposed by central government.

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A new prime minister – but does what she says match what she does?

By |2016-07-11T20:22:00+00:00July 11th, 2016|News|

So we have a new prime minister.

It would appear (on the surface at least) that the Conservative Party is reuniting.

While the Labour Party continues to implode.

After a short rather bloody conservative leadership contest, Theresa May will now be this country’s new prime minister by Thursday.

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Kings School students create powerful films on how to cope with grief, anxiety and depression

By |2016-07-02T09:23:00+00:00July 2nd, 2016|News|

Kings School students have created a series of powerful films with Healthwatch on how best to cope with increasingly common mental health issues affecting young people, including grief, anxiety and depression.

When I was involved with trying to save Ottery’s DCC run youth centre, the recorded conversations showed that anxiety was the most common problem among local young people engaging with the youth service.

I hope that these videos will go a long way to help young people who are struggling with these issues, to feel that they are not alone and there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Here’s the link via Twitter - https://twitter.com/Kingsmissy

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NHS Property Services now set to sign contracts worth £3.1m a year for 12 Devon community hospitals

By |2016-07-01T17:40:00+00:00July 1st, 2016|News|

The government’s NHS limited property company is now set to take over 12 community hospitals in Eastern Devon this December, after signing contracts in October, it was revealed at a briefing for health and wellbeing scrutiny committee members last Monday (20 June).

The income to NHS PS from the 12 hospitals will be £3.1m a year.

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