• At the meeting that took place on 20 September, my proposal for a review into the vast cuts the local NHS is making failed, partly because Cllr Randall Johnson insisted any such fact-finding should be carried out within the confines of a private meeting,  and partly because very disappointingly, no councillor would second my proposal. I have been asking for over half a year for information on[...]

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    Mr Smith described the car as “careering” through the car park, which it did, after playing a silly game of cat and mouse with me and 12 members of the public.  Several eye-witnesses will bear testimony to this, including a local resident, who was almost knocked over by it! Quite bizarre, unnecessary and baffling behaviour. The Department of Health and Social Care was apparently unaware [...]

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    Mr Hancock had been invited to the hospital by Mr Swire, who earlier this morning took him on a tour around Budleigh Salterton Hospital, which is now a health and wellbeing hub. I understand that the Department of Health was unaware of the visit and it was solely arranged through Mr Swire’s office. I was contacted by ITV late yesterday to be interviewed about the hospital, as the Devon County [...]

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    The least worst option That the current dispersed traffic system is unfortunately, the least worst option. The advice of the senior highways officer was that a one way system could cause more problems than it solved, so would not be supported.  Deliveries at peak travel times The problems with deliveries arriving at local shops at peak hour were noted, with one delivery lorry staying for [...]

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    But voters clearly decided that Geoff was the right candidate and opted in large numbers for him. Huge thanks to everyone who supported us and worked so hard to help get Geoff elected. Congratulations to him and a huge well done to Cllr Roger Giles who masterminded the campaign as his election agent. Roger lives to retain his formidable reputation as an election campaigning machine! The results [...]

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    EDDC’s Building Control is awaiting the outcome of a structural survey of the buildings. We walked the routes that drivers are taking to avoid Silver Street, including Yonder Street, Batts Lane, Brook Street and Chapel Street. This morning at 10am it was relatively quiet, although we impressed upon officers at other times Yonder Street is extremely busy, with cars backing up into the Square. The[...]

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    He is concerned about the continual threat of mass development of the area and continues to work hard to retain Ottery St Mary Hospital, among many other issues. Pic:  With Geoff outside McColls in West Hill.

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    Today, scaffolders continued to erect struts that take up much of the entire first section of Silver Street and also access to Brook Street - the first section is also closed, from the bottom of Silver Street. Residents have taken to Ottery Matters Facebook page to vent their frustration at the arrangements with the traffic and buses, which have not been able to come into the town as they cannot [...]

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    Once protesters had arrived in the meeting it was immediately obvious that there had been a climbdown of sorts, with a new amendment tabled to the original proposal of slashing the income of the most experienced foster carers - and instead using it to fund new foster carers allowances. Under the original proposals, over 100 foster carers each stood to lose between £5,000 and £15,000 a year. [...]

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    A Kizomba event takes place this Sunday in Exeter at Queen’s Court Hotel at 4pm (see details below) but there is a real risk that very few men turn up and we women end up either not dancing, or dancing kizomba with each other all night, which is far less fun. Sooo, Emma Farrant of Kizomba Beats South West - link here - [...]

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    In proposals coming before the Children’s Scrutiny Committee on Monday (17 September, 2.15pm) officers will say that despite investing an extra £1m into the foster care budget, unless they remove money in this way from the most experienced carers, they will not be able to recruit the new foster carers they need, without overspending. However, this is causing over 100 Devon County Council [...]

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    Responding to the cabinet recommendation to full council to “note that this is a matter for the NHS” I said that it was entirely appropriate and proper that the council should take a position on this, that the loss of beds in our community hospitals was one of the most controversial issues of recent times. Over 200 community hospital beds have been lost since 2012, to thousands of people [...]

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