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Weedkiller probably caused hedgehog illness indirectly

By |2020-06-23T21:08:11+00:00June 23rd, 2020|News|

I have just delivered this letter to around 25 of my neighbours... Dear Neighbour A few days after I discovered my garden had weedkiller sprayed on it last week I found a little hedgehog curled up in the full sun [...]

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Plant specialists confirm my valerian was poisoned

By |2020-06-12T13:40:54+00:00June 12th, 2020|News|

I have just delivered this letter to 25 of my neighbours...   12 June 2020 Dear Neighbour I have been incredibly upset that the vast majority of my valerian plants appear to have been sprayed with weedkiller, probably some time [...]

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Devon County Council Cabinet endorses recommendations for unpaid carers

By |2020-05-22T12:25:37+00:00May 22nd, 2020|News|

Devon County Council's Cabinet last week endorsed the scrutiny task group recommendations to improve the lives of unpaid carers. I proposed and led the review between last summer and February this year. It was one of the most important pieces [...]

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Latest Devon NHS covid scrutiny briefing update ….

By |2020-05-13T12:11:12+00:00May 13th, 2020|News|

Below is the latest (received today) briefing from Devon's NHS to Devon County Council's Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee. My fellow Independent colleague, Cllr Martin Shaw and I have been asking for an urgent online scrutiny meeting before the [...]

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The Nightingale’s Nest

By |2020-05-08T18:23:17+00:00May 8th, 2020|News|

Today is the 75th anniversary of VE Day. A very different kind of day is being celebrated from the one that was planned... This post may seem unconnected... but please be patient....! …. I discovered John Clare's poetry a few [...]

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Devon recycling centres will operate phased reopening from next week

By |2020-05-05T15:04:31+00:00May 5th, 2020|News|

Devon County Council is reopening its recycling centres for essential use only from Monday 11 May. The government has defined ‘essential use’ as waste that ‘cannot be stored without causing a risk of injury, health or harm to the resident [...]

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Devon councillor briefing on support for care sector amid Covid-19

By |2020-04-30T18:57:18+00:00April 30th, 2020|News|

I received the briefing below today from the Devon County Council Health and Social Care Portfolioholder. Coronavirus is now sweeping through care homes which have become the new frontline in fighting the virus. The information below should be read against [...]

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