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Unwelcome surprise for the New Year

by davidcox on 13 December, 2017

An unwelcome surprise for the new year is a detailed planning application for 255 houses west of Higher Exeter Road (Planning Application 17/024880/MAJ) I strongly opposed and moved refusal of the outline application for Higher Exeter Road at the Teignbridge planning committee on 29th July 2014 to grant outline planning permission (14/00447/MAJ), the vote was […]

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Spelling Out Success

by davidcox on 9 December, 2017

The Beach clean team are celebrating the ‘excellent’ rating awarded to Teignmouth bathing waters by the Environment Agency. Well done to Alison Eden getting the town council to commit to high standards a year ago, keeping the momentum to make sure our beaches are amongst the cleanest in Europe.

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Dystopian Town

by davidcox on 2 November, 2017

DevonLive has done a great dis-service to Teignmouth, they have cobbled together a story from social media chit chat and it would appear taken quotes from an article in the Teignmouth Post written by a journalist who was actually at the meeting. Instead DevonLive created a tabloid-style story of a dystopian town under siege from […]

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Change in Law

by davidcox on 2 November, 2017

After theft of funeral collections, Teignmouth Town Council agrees to write to MP and Speaker of House of Commons for change in Law. Supporting Jane Kelly’s call for Undertakers to be regulated like charities.

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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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