• Have you ever wondered how an Independent with just a few friends but lacking a party machine, finance and experienced professionals can win more than 13,000 votes in a General Election? If so, come to the new Ottery St Mary library on 16th March to hear Claire Wright discuss her campaign. As a member of the team, Philip Algar will offer a few thoughts and discuss the challenge of writing the book[...]

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    The old library building at the Flexton next to the church has long been deemed to be not fit for purpose due to its size and more importantly lack of disabled access. The new building as a disabled access at the side, a seated children’s area and a sofa for teenagers to sit quietly and read. I visited on Friday evening and was really impressed with its new modern look and how light and [...]

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    It was made clear at that time that the 15 beds were a temporary measure and would eventually move to the RD&E. It appears that our hospital has now lost its general medical beds, following a decision in July 2015. A hopelessly short-sighted decision in my view. However, it is a further blow to the hospital as the news comes as NHS Property Services takes over ownership of 12 community [...]

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    - Sat 11 March, 11am - outside Colaton Raleigh village hall - Sat 18 March, 11am - The Green, Otterton - Sat 1 April, 10.30am - outside Harpford village hall - Sat 1 April, 11.30am - Newton Poppleford bus stop/village green Look forward to seeing you there!

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    Last night, Devon County Council leader, Cllr John Hart told the BBC he thought the government handling of the local government finance arrangements was a “shambles” because the council was legally forced to set its budget before even receiving the details of the latest round of funding from government. Then the funding news was received at 11pm on Monday night just 36 hours before MPs[...]

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    More services and backroom functions are being cut, including road maintenance, community composting payments, as well as funding for vulnerable children and adults services - see here for more - http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/fewer_devon_people_to_receive_social_care_as_23m_is_slashed_from_budgets Government ministers, who have forced councils, and as a consequence, citizens (mainly[...]

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    Pickup points: 6.30 a.m. Sidmouth, seafront by Bedford Hotel 6.45 a.m. Sidford, bus stop opposite Green Close 7.00 a.m. Newton Poppleford, High Street bus stop stop by church. 7.15 a.m. Ottery St Mary church. 7.30 a.m. Honiton , Smileys cafe. Return journey: Depart London approx 5 pm, arriving home approx 10-10.30 pm. To reserve a seat, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email [...]

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    IIt’s a great shame that the government refused to fund a new build in Tipton St John, something that Devon County Council asked for around two years ago. The current school suffers from a constant flooding threat and has been inundated many times. I feel for both the children and teachers who have to carry out regular flood drills, in order for them to get to a safe area across the road at the [...]

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    1. The Scrutiny Committee records its deep regret that the NHS Property Services has declined its invitation to a meeting of the East Devon District Council Scrutiny Committee; 2. The Scrutiny Committee to write to the three local MPs representing East Devon, expressing its concern at the failure of NHS Property Services to agree to attend a meeting of the East Devon District Council Scrutiny [...]

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    Despite Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner announcing a £24m investment in the region’s force last month, a key and deeply disappointing proposal is to reduce PCSOs from 340 to 190. The unexpected extra funding amid a sea of austerity and cuts has been created by an increase in council tax and drawing down cash that has been held in reserve by the force. Although police officer [...]

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    Dear Alison I am writing to express my concern about the proposed loss of more than half of the 340 PCSOs across Devon and Cornwall. I appreciate that Devon and Cornwall Police is investing more money into the police by using reserves and raising council tax, however, I believe it is quite wrong and deeply misguided to cut the number of PCSOs. Newspaper reports indicate that large towns and cities[...]

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