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Ladram Bay managers deny attempted intimidation at last week’s public meeting

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 1 Comment by Claire

For more see this Devon Live story - http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/holiday-park-boss-accused-intimidating-760893

Director of Ladram Bay Holiday Park attempts intimidation at public meeting

Thursday, 09 November 2017 8 Comments by Claire

A director of Ladram Bay Holiday Park ordered me to be silent and leave a public meeting last night, which was called to discuss traffic concerns associated with his business.

The meeting, which was held in the restaurant of Ladram Bay, was arranged at the behest of myself and Otterton Parish Council, following widespread concern over the level of traffic and size of vehicles travelling to and from the caravan park.

Final preparations take place for Ottery’s famous tar barrels event on Saturday!

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 0 Comments by Claire

Ottery Tar Barrels Committee is finalising the last few days of planning for Saturday’s monumental event, where the town habitually swells by between 15 to 20,000 people in just a few hours.

Ottery Tar Barrels Committee confirm they will check the bonfire for hedgehogs

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 0 Comments by Claire

Many thanks to Ottery Tar Barrels Committee who have just confirmed to me that they will check the bonfire for hedgehogs before lighting it on Saturday 4 November.

There is also a fence up around it to deter wildlife from climbing into it.

Many species of wildlife are in decline very sadly, but hedgehogs have seen a spectacular dramatic drop in numbers from around 30m in the 1950s to around just one million now.

There are many things we can do to help hedgehogs and other wildlife, such as ceasing the use of slug pellets.

But PLEASE if you are having a bonfire, follow the example of Ottery Tar Barrels Committee and check it first or build it just before you light it.

PUBLIC MEETING AT LADRAM BAY - WEDNESDAY 8 NOVEMBER

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 0 Comments by Claire

The letter below is currently being delivered around Otterton village….

While I was campaigning for the Devon County Council elections, traffic speed and congestion was the top concern of local people.  Many of whom cited Ladram Bay as a major cause.

From my own experience Otterton does have a genuine and very real problem with this, which also has a knock on effect on the availability of parking.

My view is that the Ladram Bay Holiday Park owners have a responsibility to residents and should prioritise finding a solution.  I very much hope that they take the opportunity to listen and act on, residents concerns on 8 November. This is why we have asked for such a meeting.

I am working with Otterton Parish Council to try and improve matters…..

East Devon constituency may lose part of Exeter and gain Exe Valley in controversial plans

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 0 Comments by Claire

The East Devon constituency is set to lose part of Exeter (St Loyes) and instead gain Exe Valley in new proposals published today by the Boundary Commission.

But controversially, the Boundary Commission is also proposing to axe the number of MPs to 501.  A move fiercely opposed by both the Tories and Labour MPs.

It has been reported that ministers have asked the Boundary Commission to go away and redo the review on the basis of retaining all 650 current MPs.

Here’s the BBC story where you can also access an interactive map…http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-32695546

Ottery’s King’s School could face further cuts, despite small increase in funding

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 0 Comments by Claire

See the statement from headteacher, Rob Gammon below, which relates to the slightly better picture that the government’s national funding formula has provided for local schools.

Unfortunately, due to cost pressures, local schools are still in a precarious position.

Previously, the revised national funding formula, which was consulted on earlier this year, left one third of Devon schools worse off, despite them being already virtually at the bottom of the funding league table.

Nationally, the NAHT union has described schools funding as in crisis and yesterday, fired off a letter to the chancellor - see their website http://www.naht.org.uk/

2.8bn has been cut from schools budgets since 2015 and the many cost pressures imposed by central government are not compensated for, leading to bigger class sizes, fewer subjects at A Level and a reduction in the number of staff.

This has been an issue I have been active on since it emerged last December.

The statement from The Kings School headteacher, Rob Gammon, is below:

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