• Quarry company submits planning application for livestock crossing over B3174 Exeter Road

    Aggregate Industries has submitted a cynical planning application for a livestock crossing over the B3174 (the road from Ottery St Mary to the Daisymout roundabout). The application, which is for land next to and opposite Straitgate Farm, claims to be improving an existing situation where a few times a year local farmers must cross cattle and sheep. However, the real reason behind the application is the overall planning application for a 100 acre quarry, which proposes to remove almost 90 per cent of grazing pasture for the tenant farmer's cattle. As a result, if the application was [...]

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    Long-awaited safety works to Four Elms Hill to take place in the new year...!

    Long-campaigned for safety works to Four Elms Hill are now diaried for the new year, Devon County Council has confirmed. A reduction to the national speed limit to 4omph and a doubling of the central white lines has been deemed necessary by local people for many years to reduce the number of accidents, including at least one fatality. I have supported campaigners from Newton Poppleford Parish Council and EDDC councillor Val Ranger, on reducing the speed on the hill and doubling the white lines to deter people from overtaking for many years. The hill has been the focus of frequent accidents [...]

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