Powerful new video: SOHS – Care Closer to Home isn’t Working

Should be required watching for everyone in Devon – made on a shoestring by campaigning group Save our Hospital Services. A starring role for Independent DCC Councillor Claire Wright – our only hope for common sense in East Devon.

Please watch NOW and pass the link to everyone and anyone, inside and outside Devon who can amplify this message.

Exmouth Royal Beacon Hotel in administration

“THE company behind one of Torbay’s best-known hotels has gone into administration. But company boss Keith Richardson said all the hotels remained open and it was ‘business as usual’. …

… The companies operate a collection of five hotels including the Grand Hotel in Torquay, The Royal Beacon Hotel in Exmouth, The Falmouth Hotel in Falmouth, The Fowey Hotel in Fowey and The Metropole Hotel in Padstow.

All have either three or four stars and are notable for their prominent seaside locations, period architecture and award-winning dining.

All five hotels will continue to trade on a business as usual basis while the administrators assess the current financial position and available options. …”


Sandy Bay caravan park looks bigger than some East Devon towns!

“The holiday park, at Sandy Bay, is holding an open day on Saturday, January 20, from 10am until 3pm, where applications will be accepted for more than 400 vacancies.

Pat Titley, talent manager at the holiday park, said staff training starts at the end of January in readiness for March 1 and the new holiday season.

Allen Main, Devon Cliffs Holiday Park assistant general manager, said last year more than 23,000 families holidayed at the attraction. …”


Plymouth and Torbay to share some strategic planning functions – so where does LEP fit in?

So where does our Local Enterprise Partnership fit in with these emerging Strategic Planning areas of Plymouth/Torbay and Greater Exeter/East Devon/Mid Devon/Teignbridge Strategic Plan?

It’s all getting very confusing! Well, except that most of the LEP Devon and Somerset plans and money end up surprisingly close to Hinkley C!

“Plymouth and Torbay councils could share some planning services under plans to be discussed later in January.

Plymouth’s cabinet will discuss an “in principle agreement” looking at sharing some planning functions with Torbay Council on 16 January.

Torbay requested the partnership after a service review by Plymouth City Council last year made a number of recommendations.

Areas which could be covered under the arrangement include strategic and local planning, environmental policy, natural infrastructure and major developments.”


Another LEP, similar to our own, has serious questions to be answered

Owl has only just come across this article from August 2017, but how interesting!

“Controversial LEP Chairman combines top jobs for himself at Board, Executive and Sub-committee levels

The roles of Chair and Chief Executive have been combined and Mark Reeve is now the Executive Chairman of the LEP, the local body allocated £150 million of public money.

In addition it appears Mr Reeve is also still chair of the LEP’s sub-committee on investment and sub-committee on agri-tech – although the LEP website remains silent on this.

As such the boss of the local funding body awarded £150 million of taxpayer funds appears to be in charge at three different levels – Board, Executive and Sub-committee levels.

This unprecedented concentration of power in someone unelected by the public is despite Mr Reeve failing to explain why his own business annual accounts for his building firm Chalcroft, had financial irregularities in the same year he became boss of the LEP. Mr Reeve personally signed the accounts which record these financial irregularities.

The decision to extend Mr Reeve’s power was proposed by John Bridge – who coincidentally will also decide on Mr Reeve’s salary as the new Executive Chairman. Mr Bridge chairs the remuneration committee which will decide how much public money to give Mr Reeve.

Any constituent who wants more information on these arrangements should contact John Bridge direct at j.bridge@cambscci.co.uk”


Update: he resigned the post in November 2017!

May’s diabetes glucose monitoring treatment not available to all on NHS

“… For two years, George has paid £96 a month for the patch, plus a one-off cost of £133 for the reader. But, like many, he can’t always afford it.
In theory, it is now available on the NHS. On November 1 last year, the FreeStyle Libre patch was added to the NHS drug tariff, meaning it can be prescribed subject to local health authority approval.

But a postcode lottery seems to be emerging. Prescribing committees have given it the green light in Wales, Greater Manchester, Cumbria and Brighton. Hampshire and London committees are believed to be deciding in the next few weeks.

However, George’s clinical commissioning group (CCG), Cambridge and Peterborough, is among those that have previously said there isn’t enough evidence the Libre is effective, and George says he hasn’t heard yet if this has changed. …”