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  • Article: Sep 6, 2016

    How many homes will be "affordable" for ex-service personnel in MODs land sell off?

    The Ministry of Defence is under fire from housing campaigners and councillors after it announced it was to sell off 13 of its sites for housing. The sites that include Stonehouse Barracks in Plymouth will raise £225 million for the Government and create up to 17,000 new homes.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2016


    Robert Vint, Devon's only Green county councillor, has joined the Liberal Democrats.

    Cllr Vint, who represents the Totnes area on Devon County Council, said he had left the Greens to join the Liberal Democrats because he shared their aims and aspirations for the future of Totnes, South Hams and Devon.

  • Article: Jul 13, 2016

    Devon's 16 year olds are being told they will have to prove they need help to get to sixth form or vocational college under new rules imposed by Devon County Council.

    Anguished parents and colleges across the county have urged the county council to think again because of the feared impact of the change on discouraging youngsters from getting the best education they can locally.

  • Article: Mar 9, 2016

    Devon's high quality brick paved high streets could be a thing of the past if County Engineers have their way. Devon highways department is looking to save money by not repairing the paving but rather to cover it in tarmac. The proposals would see Courtenay Street in Newton Abbot and Bank Street in Teignmouth change from "a coloured textured highway to a boring sea of black tarmac" according to some members on the committee.

  • Cllrs Connett & Dewhirst at the Avenue with School Crossing Patrol
    Article: Nov 10, 2015
    By Martin Wrigley


    Liberal Democrat councillors have "called in" a decision by Devon County Council challenging plans to completely remove the School Crossing Patrol Service in Devon.

    The Conservative run county council held a consultation just two months ago, in September, which would result in the complete closure of the School Crossing service in order to save £250,000.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2015
    By Richard Younger-Ross

    7200 families in the Newton Abbot Constituency will lose out under Conservative plans to cut tax credits.

    Figures produced by the House of Commons Library show over three million low-income working families currently in receipt of tax credits will see their entitlement reduced, as part of the Government's proposals.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2015

    Government plans which could put the county's fire and rescue service under the direct control of the Police and Crime Commissioner must be challenged, say Devon's Liberal Democrats.

    New proposals from the Government would allow politically elected Police and Crime Commissioners to take over fire authorities or place their own representative on the existing fire authority.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2015

    An underspend on the Devon County Council's Highways budget should be used to clear some of the weeds on our roads according to Teignmouth's County Councillor, Richard Younger-Ross.

    The council reported an underspend on Highways and Transport of £915,000 at its Cabinet meeting. Mr Younger-Ross told the Council's Cabinet that whilst the Council may wish to use all of this to balance an overspend on Children's services, at least a small part should be used to clear some of the weeds growing on our roads and paths.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2015

    Angry residents across Teignbridge are calling for Conservative run Devon County Council to rescind their decision to cease to cut grass verges other than in places where visibility requires it. They are also incensed at new charges for some green waste being brought in by the Conservatives at local Recycling Centres - moves which are being strongly opposed by local Liberal Democrats.

  • Article: Mar 24, 2015
    By Richard Younger Ross

    Teignbridge's former MP Richard Younger-Ross has welcomed news that FGW have had their franchise extended and will now bring forward new trains for the South West.

    "This is long overdue news, the muddle over the franchise has delayed investment in new rolling stock. At last the Department of Transport has got its act together.