• Education minister urged to include Tipton St John School for rebuild in latest programme

    I sent the letter below to Education minister, Baroness Berridge, this afternoon...   Dear Baroness Berridge   I am writing to you asking that you consider the above much loved school, for your current rebuilding programme.   I would have written to you earlier but was advised against it because a planning application for a new school build was in progress (along with 150 houses to[...]

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    Who is (still) trying to hack into my website?

    While I was experiencing email problems yesterday morning he had a call from the data centre who look after his server. They informed him that one website (mine) was being "bombarded" and that they would have to suspend it or it would bring down all 733 websites. Apparently the attacker was simulating thousands of hits to my website in order to take it offline. It worked. For a while. My[...]

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    Is this the worst week ever of the Conservative government's rule? Our MP should explain himself

    In the blizzard of appalling decisions voted through this week by Conservative MPs, it's hard to know which was worse. The Tories' approach appears to be parcel it up for one or two days, presumably in order to bamboozle the media and make the rest of us feel as though it is hopeless to oppose, keep up to date with, or get chance to ask our Conservative MPs to oppose the next atrocity they're [...]

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    Devon County Council agreed to talks with local MPs amid £2m projected overspend

    Devon County Council’s cabinet has agreed to initiate talks with local MPs, following my recommendation agreed at the November Adult Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee. Adult social care has been in a hugely precarious financial position, following what is now a decade of government funding cuts. As a result far fewer people are in receipt of personal care and unpaid carers are more [...]

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    People power saves Redbridge at Harpford!

    Huge thanks to over 2,000 local people who signed a petition myself and Newton Poppleford EDDC councillor, Val Ranger organised for Redbridge, at Harpford. The bridge, an important part of the East Devon Way was set to be permanently closed on safety grounds last autumn. Thanks to the strong support from local people, Devon County Council has funded rock armouring which has protected the [...]

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    Pro Trump violent mob actions are supported by almost half of Republican voters

    If you think that last night's violent storming of The Capitol Building by a lawless delusional mob were the actions of a crazy fringe group, you couldn't be more wrong. The YouGov Poll below appears to indicate that almost half of Republican voters ACTUALLY support the attempted coup, by thugs waving the Confederate flag, long used by the Ku Klux Klan as a symbol of white supremacy. [...]

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    EDDC planning committee refuses 150 houses and relocation of Tipton school

    East Devon District Council's planning committee has just refused a "tough" application for a relocation of Tipton St John Primary School, accompanied by 150 houses, on the edge of Ottery St Mary. The application was refused by 11 votes, with two votes in favour and two abstentions. The application, submitted by Devon County Council, was triggered to try and protect school places in the [...]

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    A shambolic response to the pandemic... plus a link to help from Devon County Council

    Well here we are again in a national lockdown. In some ways worse than last March and in other ways better! First I must get some stuff off my chest! I am totally speechless over the shambolic planning by the government, or perhaps lack of it during this pandemic... and the impact that this has had on our health and care staff, teachers, parents, business owners, children and students, as [...]

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