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NHS Property Services will be invited to next Devon County Council health scrutiny meeting ...

Friday, 24 November 2017 0 Comments by Claire

.... But my proposal takes more than half an hour to be agreed!

Devon County Council Solicitor reminds health scrutiny committee of its responsibilities

Thursday, 23 November 2017 0 Comments by Claire

Devon County Council’s solicitor, Jan Shadbolt, reminded the Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee of its legal responsibilities at Tuesday’s (21 November) meeting.

I had asked for this agenda item following a disastrous meeting in July where a referral to the Secretary of State for Health on the closure of 72 community hospital beds in Eastern Devon was thwarted by the Conservative members of the committee, resulting in over 20 complaints from members of the public.

Beaver numbers living in the River Otter treble

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 0 Comments by Claire

I am absolutely delighted to hear that the number of wild beavers living on the Otter has increased from nine to 27 in just two years!

There are six family groups and the animals, which are part of a trial being run by Devon Wildlife Trust, seem to be thriving.

It wasn’t that long ago that I was working alongside Friends of the Earth, Devon Wildlife Trust and beaver enthusiasts to try and prevent DEFRA from putting them in a zoo. It was a long time and took huge amounts of work, mainly by DWT to secure their safety. Friends of the Earth also threatened a legal challenge against the government which also seemed to get things moving.

I am very happy to have been part of the team who helped save the only wild beavers in England and it is great to know they are happy and doing well.  Read more here -

Highways committee to consider improvements to prevent collisions on Four Elms Hill

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 0 Comments by Claire

Devon County Council’s East Devon Highways and Traffic Orders Committee will meet next week to debate what improvements can be made to prevent the many accidents at Four Elms Hill, between Newton Poppleford and Sidmouth.

The hill, which mainly falls into my ward, sees many accidents each year and tragically, there have also been deaths, most recently earlier this year.

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 -

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.

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