Young people bearing placards are expected arrive at County Hall at lunchtime, from all over Devon.

Similarly protesters against the badger cull are also expected to congregate at County Hall at the same time, but wearing black and white and looking as badger-like as possible.

A motion by Cllr Jill Owen (labour) on keeping any future badger cull off Devon County Council owned land has prompted campaigners and members of the public to inundate councillors with messages and information on a preferred alternative – vaccination.

My rather less contentious motion – on a tree planting programme across Devon County Council owned land – will also be voted on, following cabinet support for it last month.

The budget, which looks more like a bloodbath of cuts, following central government’s orders to Devon County Council, to slash £110m from finances by 2017,  is likely to be challenged by opposition groups, including the group I am on – non-aligned – which consists of three independent councillors and one green.

One thing is for sure. It will be a long meeting, expected to last well into the evening.

The meeting starts at 2.15pm and will be webcast live here – http://www.devoncc.public-i.tv/core/

The agenda is here – http://www.devon.gov.uk/index/councildemocracy/decision_making/cma/cma_document.htm?cmadoc=agenda_dcc_20140220.html