Central Devon Liberal Democrats

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  • Cllr John Nutley outside Lloyds Bank
    Article: Aug 31, 2016

    Lib Dem Councillor John Nutley leads fight against closure of the last bank in town.

    Ashburton mayor Councillor John Nutley has joined local residents in taking issue with the decision of Lloyds bank to close their Ashburton Branch.

    Cllr. Nutley has expressed dismay at the decision saying: "Lloyds has given no consideration for the businesses, the community and the elderly people who live in the town and use the bank and how this will affect them.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2016

    In a report to Devon County Council cabinet on 13 July, Conservative councillors agreed to remove the current automatic entitlement to transport for post-16 students.

    Alan King, business manager at Okehampton College, has told the council that the new policy could lead to existing school buses running with empty seats that sixth formers could be using. He added:" On the point that parents can provide or arrange lifts for their post-16 child, can we ask if this is a serious option or simply an alternative suggestion someone at County Hall thought of? It is true that most of our families do have access to a private car but for the majority it is one car per household and this is used for the main breadwinner to get to travel to work".

  • Bob Wright and Frank lEtch in ST SAviours CAr Park
    Article: Jul 4, 2016

    Local Tory Councillors representing areas surrounding the town have voted to double St Saviours car park charges.

    Shoppers needing to park for a short time at St Saviours car park will now be forced to pay £2 for a full day's parking they do not need thanks to Local Conservative councillors who decided to vote on party lines and support doubling of the charge which was opposed by the Lib Dems.

  • 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.