• The local NHS - Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) - is asking Devon residents their views on health services, after outlining in a presentation sent to councillors, information about a funding shortfall, workforce shortages, a population increase and lengthening waiting times. They say: One in 10 nurse jobs and 1 in 12 social worker posts in Devon remain vacant as demand for services increase. There have been increases in NHS funding, but peoples’ needs for services are growing faster Devon is struggling to provide timely access[...]

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    My 10 point Green Action Plan for Devon was, as expected, referred to the council's environment performance board, at yesterday's full council meeting. I was happy to support this recommendation from cabinet on my motion, which is here - https://claire-wright.org/2019_site/wp-admin/post.php?post=2586&action=edit - but during my speech pointed out that I was disappointed at many of the rather negative officer responses to my proposals. I said the council needed to be much more radical in its approach, given that time is running desperately short to save the planet's wildlife, soils [...]

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    The final debate on my 10 point green action plan will take place tomorrow at Devon County Council's full council meeting. The action plan, in full below, has received a lukewarm response from council officers, who responded rather negatively to many of the points. Devon County Council's all conservative cabinet, who looked at the motion last month, have recommended that the action plan with officer comments are taken forward and debated by the council's environment performance board, whose the next meeting is on Thursday 8 August. I have been invited to address the board on that [...]

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    So Boris Johnson becomes our new prime minister. Just three years ago this would have been unthinkable. Laughable in fact. But the conservative party has allowed one man - Farage - to shift this country's politics to the extreme right, with the result that we are now on course to leave the EU without a withdrawal agreement on 31 October, which will almost certainly lead to a recession and serious economic hardship. Mr Johnson arrives at a time of unprecedented political turmoil. The government has been described as being in almost a continuous constitutional crisis this year, [...]

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    I took part in a debate with Labour Deputy Leader of Exeter City Council, Rachel Sutton and the Conservative Leader of Cornwall Council, Linda Taylor, which aired yesterday. The subjects were:  Planning, waste collections, wildflower verges and the leadership contests... If you have a spare 20 minutes and would like to watch, here's the link! https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0007329/sunday-politics-south-west-21072019

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    A notorious accident blackspot between Newton Poppleford and Sidmouth is set to have its speed limit reduced to 40mph, after years of lobbying from councillors, police officers and local people. This morning, councillors on Devon County Council's Highways and Traffic Orders Committee, agreed to spend £10,000 on a formal traffic order to reduce the speed limit on the A3052 at Four Elms Hill, from from the national speed limit of 60mph, to 40mph. Double white lines are also set to be introduced throughout the hill, which are only currently partly present. The new speed reduction is [...]

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