Monthly Archives: November 2017

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MOTION urging Devon County Council to call for animal sentience commitment

By |2017-11-27T17:14:00+00:00November 27th, 2017|News|

I have submitted a motion urging Devon County Council to call for the government to make a commitment over animal sentience.

Last week saw a media frenzy, with reports circulating that MPs voted that animals are not sentient beings. This was incorrect but the ensuing outrage from ministers only obfuscated the truth of the matter, which was pretty much as bad as the first set of headlines.

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Devon County Council Solicitor reminds health scrutiny committee of its responsibilities

By |2017-11-23T16:20:00+00:00November 23rd, 2017|News|

Devon County Council’s solicitor, Jan Shadbolt, reminded the Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee of its legal responsibilities at Tuesday’s (21 November) meeting.

I had asked for this agenda item following a disastrous meeting in July where a referral to the Secretary of State for Health on the closure of 72 community hospital beds in Eastern Devon was thwarted by the Conservative members of the committee, resulting in over 20 complaints from members of the public.

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Beaver numbers living in the River Otter treble

By |2017-11-22T19:39:00+00:00November 22nd, 2017|News|

I am absolutely delighted to hear that the number of wild beavers living on the Otter has increased from nine to 27 in just two years!

There are six family groups and the animals, which are part of a trial being run by Devon Wildlife Trust, seem to be thriving.

It wasn’t that long ago that I was working alongside Friends of the Earth, Devon Wildlife Trust and beaver enthusiasts to try and prevent DEFRA from putting them in a zoo. It was a long time and took huge amounts of work, mainly by DWT to secure their safety. Friends of the Earth also threatened a legal challenge against the government which also seemed to get things moving.

I am very happy to have been part of the team who helped save the only wild beavers in England and it is great to know they are happy and doing well.  Read more here -
http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/beaver-numbers-living-river-otter-810610

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Highways committee to consider improvements to prevent collisions on Four Elms Hill

By |2017-11-22T19:12:00+00:00November 22nd, 2017|News|

Devon County Council’s East Devon Highways and Traffic Orders Committee will meet next week to debate what improvements can be made to prevent the many accidents at Four Elms Hill, between Newton Poppleford and Sidmouth.

The hill, which mainly falls into my ward, sees many accidents each year and tragically, there have also been deaths, most recently earlier this year.

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Director of Ladram Bay Holiday Park attempts intimidation at public meeting

By |2017-11-09T00:01:00+00:00November 9th, 2017|News|

A director of Ladram Bay Holiday Park ordered me to be silent and leave a public meeting last night, which was called to discuss traffic concerns associated with his business.

The meeting, which was held in the restaurant of Ladram Bay, was arranged at the behest of myself and Otterton Parish Council, following widespread concern over the level of traffic and size of vehicles travelling to and from the caravan park.

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