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

Seven weeks on and several chasings later ... Lloyds Bank pull the shutters down

Thursday, 21 June 2018 0 Comments by Claire

It has been seven weeks since my first email to the chief executive of Lloyds Bank, asking for an urgent meeting with the area manager about the planned closure of Ottery’s branch in October.

Several chasings later and one or two holding messages from bank staff, I have got absolutely nowhere.

It is very disappointing that Lloyds, which is planning to close the only remaining bank left in the town, has decided to display arrogance and high handedness in this way. 

Along with many other local councillors I didn’t even receive a letter about the closure, I had to read it on Ottery Matters Facebook page instead. 

Back in April, I asked for an urgent meeting. We are now in June and soon the summer holidays will be upon us, leaving only a short run down to the proposed closure.

I really do think that an hour’s meeting with me is the least I can expect as Ottery’s Devon County Councillor. Ignoring an elected representative in this way is just disrespectful and unacceptable.

Here’s the original blog post -

The so-called Brexit dividend… and other outrageous half-truths, mistruths, myths ....

Sunday, 17 June 2018 0 Comments by Claire

I woke up this morning so peaceful, calm and happy…. but then I looked at Twitter and heard the BBC Radio 4, 8am news bulletin.

The peace was replaced by outrage! .....

Ottery St Mary and West Hill’s Neighbourhood Plan vote looming fast

Friday, 15 June 2018 0 Comments by Claire

Thank you to the many people who have contacted me to ask my view about the Ottery and West Hill Neighbourhood Plan.

I have now read through all the policies, made a few queries and believe that they are as protective as possible while still allowing for the necessary affordable housing to be built.

Congratulations to the team from West Hill and Ottery Councils who have worked so hard for such a long time on the document.

I will be voting in favour of it on Thursday 21 June.

If anyone wants to take a look at the plan before polling day, here’s the link -

Pic: One of my favourite local views from Higher Metcome, near West Hill.

Motion to go before next month’s full council on protecting community hospital buildings

Thursday, 14 June 2018 0 Comments by Claire

I have lodged the following motion to go before next month’s full council (Thursday 19 July).

Last week, conservative councillors on the health and adult care scrutiny committee, rejected it.

The likelihood is that it will be referred to cabinet before returning to full council for a full debate, in October.

Cllr Martin Shaw has seconded it.

I hope that the full council will back it…. it’s below in full….

Health scrutiny Conservative cllrs block vote down proposal to protect Devon community hospitals

Thursday, 07 June 2018 0 Comments by Claire

Seven Conservative councillors today block voted down my proposal to “strongly support” retaining all Devon community hospital buildings and to “strongly oppose” any potential plans to declare them surplus to requirements.

Universal Credit drives people to suicide and destitution - if you’re affected please get in touch

Wednesday, 06 June 2018 0 Comments by Claire

This is the government that claims it is slashing benefits “to help people back into work” ...

Yet most people are claiming ‘in work’ benefits because the cost of living has risen way out of kilter compared with many ordinary wages.

If you’re a single parent, it’s even tougher.

Here are two examples of many who have been brought to their knees as a result .... Universal Credit (a new system to combine six benefits into one smaller sum) has made one family homeless and another single parent consider suicide.

Health Scrutiny: Future of community hospitals, carers, local NHS deficit and GP appt delays ....

Friday, 01 June 2018 0 Comments by Claire

Next Thursday’s Devon County Council’s Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee meeting has a packed agenda.

I asked for several items, including the future of our community hospitals, the plight of local carers, the local NHS deficit and what is being done to reduce it.

Also, on the agenda is how the local NHS coped with winter pressures (something I have asked for, for months and even resorted to a Freedom Of Information request on - it was refused, I have issued a formal complaint)........

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