Central Devon Liberal Democrats

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  • John Downes and Nick Way near the site of the proposed Cycle Path
    Article: Jul 4, 2016

    A proposal by John Downes and Nick Way to upgrade the pathway inside the new development running parallel to the busy A377 Exeter road has met with the approval of several Community Groups. Nick Way said "If agreed by the developer, it is likely to be included as part of the Exeter to Crediton path we have long campaigned for" while John Downes added "It will also link with the existing cycle path on Wellpark Hill. We have met with the planners who have agreed to put our idea to the developers". Nick arranged a meeting at Crediton Council offices to enable members of the Boniface Cycle Trail Group to put their ideas to planners for an Exeter to Crediton Cycle and Walking Path.

  • Local Lib Dems Nick Way, Bob Wright, Frank Letch and John Downes near the Haywards School crossing on the busy A377.
    Article: Jul 4, 2016

    The threat to cut School Crossing Patrols has been lifted across Devon. The Conservatives on Devon County Council at a recent meeting voted to scrap the County funded men and women who ensure our children cross busy roads safely. Even a last ditch attempt for common sense was rejected by the Tory Council leader when it was proposed by the Lib Dems to urgently thrash out an agreement to save this important service.

  • Article: May 24, 2016

    One in four Devon children referred for mental health treatment is waiting longer than the Government's 18 week target, information uncovered by the County's Liberal Democrats reveals.

    In total, 157 children and young people across the Devon County Council area are waiting longer than they should for treatment, with a further 479 still waiting within the 18 week limit.

  • Article: Mar 3, 2016

    The Tory U-turn which has saved Devon's school 'lollipop' crossing patrols has been welcomed by the county's Liberal Democrats who campaigned vigorously against the cuts.

    And they are asking questions about how the ruling Conservatives, who forced through the unpopular measure, will pay to keep the crossing patrols when just 13 days ago they argued there was no money to fund the service.

  • Round the bend at Williams Gate
    Article: Dec 21, 2015

    The forthcoming 13 week road closure of the B3344 at Bradley Bends between Bovey Tracey and Chudleigh Knighton has infuriated local residents (see attached picture).

    Local Lib Dem Campaigner Sally Morgan writing in the Mid-Devon Advertiser states that many local residents share her frustration with Bovis Homes over the issue.

  • Delegates at Regional Conference
    Article: Nov 20, 2015

    Over 200 Lib Dems attended the South West Regional Conference held in Exeter on November 14th & 15th.

    Lord 'Paddy' Ashdown gave an inspirational speech in which he warned that we should at all costs avoid becoming isolationist 'Little Englanders' the cause espoused by UKIP and elements of the Conservative Party. Whether we like it or not we live in a global world in which business and the economy is highly competitive. The Risks of Britain leaving the EU are enormous especially as it could lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom as Scotland would almost certainly opt to remain in the EU. In view of the growing external security threats the need for a coordinated international approach was more pressing than ever and 'going it alone' was no longer an option.

  • Devon Lib Dem Councillors with Lollipop Lady
    Article: Nov 13, 2015

    Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson Alex White is somewhat bemused by David Cameron's complaints to Conservative controlled Oxford County Council about the cuts in the Council Services.

    In a letter to the leader of Oxfordshire County Council Cameron wrote that that he was "disappointed" by the council's proposals "to make significant cuts to frontline services" apparently unaware that the cuts are a result of his own government's austerity measures.

  • Article: Aug 24, 2015

    "Food banks can expect to be busy this winter, as Tory cuts on welfare start to bite," Central Devon Lib Dem Chairman Councillor John Nutley told a meeting of Lib Dems in Bovey Tracey on Wednesday night. Councillor Nutley, who helps in a Food Bank in Ashburton, warned that as the Chancellor's policies take effect, more and more people will be visiting the Food Banks.

  • Article: Aug 20, 2015

    Figures released by the Department for Health shows the Conservative Government is planning a £3.1 million cut to the public health budget in Devon. The budget pays to help improve people's health so there is less pressure on the NHS.

    Work undertaken by public health budgets include encouraging people to exercise more, give up smoking, drink less, come off drugs and drink and avoid sexually transmitted diseases.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2015

    "After five years of coalition government with the Conservatives, the Lib Dem profile has possibly become a bit blurred," John Farrand-Rogers told a meeting of Lib Dems in Christow last week.

    "For five years, Liberal Democrat spokesmen presented the policies of the Coalition Government, while Lib Dem policies tended to fade into the background. Many Lib Dems cringed whenever Danny Alexander appeared in the media to defend yet another unworkable Tory policy that had been foisted onto the Coalition. In contrast, Mr. Cameron pushed Conservative policies forward whenever the opportunity arose. "