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Devon County Council Liberal Democrat councillors have submitted a motion calling on the council to use whatever means it can to stop the pay rise being implemented. Cllr Alan Connett, shadow leader of the council, said: “At a time of ever tightening pressure on the public purse and yet more cuts in council services in […]

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The Government has been accused of “chilling callousness” over a tough new benefit cap that could lead some families to lose more than £100 a week (from the Independent). From Monday, the annual limit on welfare payments to unemployed households will drop from £26,000 to £23,000 in London and £20,000 outside the capital. The move […]

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Big Weekend – Big Problem

by davidcox on 18 April, 2016

I welcome Radio 1’s Big Weekend pop concert coming to Powderham Castle next month; however I believe it is fundamentally wrong to use £100,000 of Council Tax payers’ money to help fund this event. That error of judgement is now compounded by local councillors being offered two tickets each for the event! It staggering that […]

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Saving Devon’s threatened ‘Lollipop’ school crossing patrols from the financial axe should be a top priority in the county council budget, say Liberal Democrat councillors campaigning to protect the service. Set against overall budget cuts totalling £34 million, due mainly to a huge fall in Government support for Devon, saving all the school crossing patrols […]

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Invictus

by davidcox on 25 September, 2015

In the film Invictus there is a scene at the beginning, the morning after Nelson Mandela was elected at President. The local newspaper printed a headline “He may have won an election, but can he run a country?”. The body guard made a comment about the media being on Mandalas’ back on the first day […]

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A tiny boy is washed up dead on a beach and it transforms global politics. With that click of a shutter lense, no tub-thumping politician or nationalist newspaper can any longer dismiss desperate refugees as mere flotsam, floating on a tide far from home. We all shed a tear, and this time we don’t move […]

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Top accountants Grant Thornton have been asked to investigate Devon County Council’s failure to award a contract for the rollout of superfast broadband across the county. The plug was pulled at the 11th hour by Devon, along with its partner Somerset County Council, because they say they could not reach agreement with British Telecom. Grant […]

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TEIGN ESTUARY TRAIL

by davidcox on 4 August, 2015

Whilst the latest announcement from Devon County Council seems encouraging, it’s only when you read the detail that you realise it isn’t as good as it sounds. It’s prioritising a link between Teignmouth and Dawlish, which whilst welcome isn’t really the Teign Estuary Trail. I’m concerned this is a bit of a distraction from the […]

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A meeting of Teignmouth Town Council’s Finance & General Purposes Committee will be held at Bitton House on Tuesday, 7th July 2015 at 6.30pm to discuss the following items as set out below A G E N D A 1. Apologies 2. Public Participation a. Electors may speak for three minutes on any item on […]

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On Wednesday Dawlish Town Council passed a motion calling on Teignbridge to re-think compulsory purchase (CPO) of Warren Farm. From the agenda: 15. Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space at Warren Farm – To consider the following motion proposed by Councillor Martin Wrigley (Lib Dem): ‘Dawlish Town Council has no confidence in the timely delivery of […]

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