Monthly Archives: September 2018

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Heated debate as Devon Health Scrutiny chair rejects my proposal for review into health cuts

By |2018-09-30T20:48:00+00:00September 30th, 2018|News|

I had yet another clash with Conservative Health Scrutiny chair, Sara Randall Johnson at the most recent Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee meeting, as she blocked my efforts to investigate the hundreds of millions of pounds worth of Devon NHS cuts that are ongoing.

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Minister’s visit does not dispel fears over Ottery hospital’s future - Ottery Herald coverage

By |2018-09-28T12:02:00+00:00September 28th, 2018|News|

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care says he is ‘optimistic’ for the future of Ottery hospital, but would not ‘categorically’ state that it was safe from being sold off.

For full story see - http://www.sidmouthherald.co.uk/news/health-minister-matt-hancock-visits-ottery-hospital-1-5713195

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Farewell to Phyllis Baxter. Stalwart and loyal hard working member of Ottery’s community

By |2018-09-28T11:56:00+00:00September 28th, 2018|News|

I was really sorry to hear of the sad passing of Phyllis Baxter last week.

Phyllis was an absolute stalwart. Hard working and committed to the town, she was always cheerful and enthusiastic and did what she could to help promote the town and its causes.

I first met Phyllis when she was Tourist Information Centre manager many years ago. I was touched by her passion for Ottery, her lively sense of humour and her ability to take really wonderful photographs.

Ottery has lost one of its most valiant supporters.

May she rest in peace.

Here’s the Herald coverage - http://www.sidmouthherald.co.uk/news/farewell-to-phyllis-baxter-tributes-pour-in-from-community-to-ottery-s-loved-tourist-information-centre-manager-1-5713208

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Why did ITV delete the film of the Secretary of State’s car speeding through Ottery Hosp car park

By |2018-09-28T11:01:00+00:00September 28th, 2018|News|

ITV’s short clip of Matt Hancock, Health Secretary’s ministerial blue-lighted car travelling at speed through Ottery Hospital’s car park, was deleted yesterday afternoon, less than 24 hours after it was posted.

Given that the video, which was in the process of going viral, must have dismayed both Mr Swire and Mr Hancock, my suspicions are directed firmly at these two.

I will be interested to hear from the two politicians whether they played a role in removing the embarrassing footage.

The tweet in question from political correspondent, Nick Smith, also confirmed that Mr Hancock’s black jaguar, using its security alert blue lights, appeared to be fleeing the apparently terrifying prospect of talking to me and around a dozen peaceable looking residents.

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Secretary of State for Health visits Ottery Hospital but leaves at speed, James Bond style!

By |2018-09-26T15:21:00+00:00September 26th, 2018|News|

Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care sped out of Ottery Hospital car park, in his ministerial car, with blue lights activated this morning, in an apparently desperate attempt to avoid speaking to me and around a dozen hospital supporters.

Just before he left in a hurry, officials asked me and around a dozen residents to leave the car park where we were peacefully waiting for him to exit.  We didn’t have placards and there was no chanting.

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Ottery Road closure update

By |2018-09-25T17:53:00+00:00September 25th, 2018|News|

At 8.15am this morning I met with Tom Vaughan, the Exeter and East Devon Area Manager for Devon County Council Highways again today, along with Ottery’s Mayor, Cllr Paul Bartlett, Glyn Dobson, Ian Holmes and EDDC Councillor, Roger Giles.

I invited Tom in response to calls on Ottery Matters Facebook page and from the Ottery Business Forum who understandably, wanted a highways officer to observe the town at peak travel time, particularly the problems on Jesu Street and Yonder Street, with traffic queuing up and trying to exit from Batts Lane.

The following was observed/agreed:

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Independent candidate, Geoff takes Ottery Rural, despite Tory big gun deployment

By |2018-09-21T10:57:00+00:00September 21st, 2018|News|

Independent, Geoff Pratt has achieved a decisive win in the EDDC by-election of Ottery Rural Ward, despite a major campaign by the Conservatives.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez, East Devon MP Hugo Swire and Tiverton and Honiton MP, Neil Parish were all spotted out and about campaigning with local Conservative councillors and supporters.

And voters yesterday reported by contacted by Oliver Colville MP, who was aiding the effort to ‘get the vote out’ for the party.

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Ottery Road Closure update

By |2018-09-19T16:32:00+00:00September 19th, 2018|News|

Three Devon County Council highways officers and four members of Ottery St Mary Town Council met with me this morning to discuss the problems relating to the road closure into Silver Street and Brook Street.

It is still unclear how long the road will need to be closed for.

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Don’t forget to vote for Geoff Pratt in the EDDC by-election this Thursday!

By |2018-09-18T17:38:00+00:00September 18th, 2018|News|

EDDC Cllr Roger Giles and I have thrown our weight behind Independent candidate, Geoff Pratt in this Thursday’s EDDC by-election, in Ottery St Mary Rural Ward.

Geoff has been a member of Ottery St Mary Town Council for several years and has been involved with a number of great projects, including the development of the Youth Club at the Station in Ottery St Mary and also the Neighbourhood Plan.

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Picking up the pieces after Friday’s dreadful fire at Ottery’s Pine Shop

By |2018-09-18T12:02:00+00:00September 18th, 2018|News|

Traffic and arrangements for catching buses has been chaotic since the fire on Friday in the Pine Shop that has tragically destroyed much of the historic building and rendered it and Roberts DIY next door, unstable.

Both shops remain closed and the access from the Square into Silver Street, which is one of the main routes in and out of Ottery St Mary, remains closed indefinitely.

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Foster carers move a step closer to right outcome, following scrutiny committee meeting

By |2018-09-18T10:44:00+00:00September 18th, 2018|News|

I joined around 30 Devon foster carers yesterday, protesting on the steps of County Hall about huge cuts to their income

The protest was timed just before the Children’s Scrutiny Committee meeting, which was covered by local journalists including from BBC Spotlight, the East Devon press and the Express & Echo.

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STOP PRESS: I NEED FIVE MEN!

By |2018-09-13T13:11:00+00:00September 13th, 2018|News|

Ok now that I have got your attention (haha) I will explain….

Firstly, many apologies for this frivolous and possibly inappropriate post. .....

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Over 100 Devon foster carers set to lose money under new plans by Devon County Council

By |2018-09-13T10:40:00+00:00September 13th, 2018|News|

Around 108 foster carers across the county are set to lose a significant chunk of their income under plans by Devon County Council, to shift money to new foster carers, away from the most experienced carers who look after the most challenging and traumatised children.

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