Claire Wright

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

Devon County Council votes down backing a people’s vote and a no deal Brexit

Thursday, 21 February 2019 0 Comments by Claire

Devon County Council conservative group today voted down calling on the government to hold a people’s vote as well as urging the government to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

Very disappointingly, Cllr Martin Shaw’s motion and amendment was only supported by the non-aligned group, the labour group and the libdems this afternoon, with the Tories block voting both proposals down.

Anthea Simmons accompanied by some of her Devon For Europe team, gave a compelling and passionate speech about Brexit and urged the council to back Cllr Shaw’s proposals.

Here’s my speech ....

Devon County Council backs climate change emergency but stops short of committing to 2030 deadline

Thursday, 21 February 2019 0 Comments by Claire

Devon County Council voted through a motion this afternoon, which declared a state of climate emergency in Devon, but stopped short of backing a deadline of 2030 for the county to become carbon neutral.

Well over one hundred protesters demonstrated on the steps of county hall before the meeting. It was the biggest demonstration I had seen in my time as a county councillor (since 2013) and I have attended a LOT of demonstrations there!

Over £13m is shaved off Devon County Council budget, as government withdraws its core funding

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 0 Comments by Claire

Councillors will vote on a historic budget at Thursday’s Devon County council full meeting - the final budget to include the revenue support grant - the government’s core funding. 

To put it into perspective, the Conservative government’s austerity programme has meant its core funding to Devon has plummeted to just over half a million pounds this year, a drop of over £100m to the council since 2010 when austerity began.

Exeter’s homelessness problem is worse than ever, says charity

Friday, 15 February 2019 0 Comments by Claire

The rise in homelessness is a direct result of the government’s austerity policies, cuts to benefits, less support available and huge cuts to all the authorities who are supposed to be looking out for homeless people ...

9000 trees to be planted in Ottery!

Friday, 15 February 2019 0 Comments by Claire

Wonderful news!

This is especially relevant on a day of national action on climate breakdown ....where incredibly over 600 student protesters gathered outside Devon County Council’s offices to make government, especially ours, aware that it MUST do SOMETHING to avoid a climate catastrophe.

If anyone has any pics of today’s event in Exeter please do post them below in the comments section! Thank you!

Here’s the link -

Political leaders need to act urgently on catastrophic climate breakdown

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 1 Comment by Claire

I’ve been keeping an eye on this for years, kickstarting a wildflower verge project in 2013 and proposing motions to get Devon County Council to drop neonic pesticides that are so deadly to bees and various other stuff.

Caused by agricultural intensification, climate change and relentless development ‘insectageddon’ is catastrophic and MUST be reversed urgently.

It’s the primary responsibility of governments of course but we can also do our bit to help… feed the birds seed and keep it topped up esp in the winter, be a happy relaxed gardener, leave areas of wilderness and most importantly never ever use pesticides….

Later this month a motion is before Devon County Council full council on declaring a climate emergency in Devon…. I am wholeheartedly backing it.

Everything but everything I have read on this subject for years has convinced me that we’re teetering on a precipice and while governments across the globe stare at their navels our planet is dying. Terrifyingly fast. And we are causing its demise.

We must make politicians act urgently and decisively. Now.  Here’s the news link -

Otterton Parish Council agrees to part-fund 20mph limit at ill-tempered meeting last night

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 0 Comments by Claire

Otterton Parish Council has agreed to part fund a 20mph limit through the village, at a packed and testy meeting last night.

The agreement was made, despite a Conservative councillor selected to stand for Otterton in the East Devon District Council May election suggesting repeatedly during the meeting that the 20mph limit was a waste of time.

This did not go down with residents who made it clear they disagreed with him.