Candidate for new House of Commons speaker says it must be cleaned up of drink and drugs

“During a Press Gallery hustings for the nine Commons Speaker candidates, Sir Lindsay Hoyle said: “It’s not just drink we’ve got to catch out, there is a drug problem, and I genuinely believe that counselling and real support should be available for all staff and members.”

Source: The Waugh Zone, Huffington Post

Sale of Knowle site to PegasusLife – final numbers in

You decide whether it represents value for money (and maybe take some developer costs with big pinches of salt):

District council reveals how much developer will pay for former Sidmouth HQ – with new retirement community ‘set to be worth £50m’

Such good timing: “Decision on whether fire stations will be axed delayed until just before Christmas”

“Devon residents [and firefighters Owl adds] could get an unwanted early Christmas present in the form of cuts to their fire service.

The Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has been consulting with the public on its Safer Together programme, which looks at how fire stations, engines and crews can be best deployed for the future needs of the two counties.

Among the proposed changes include Appledore, Ashburton, Budleigh Salterton, Colyton, Kingston, Porlock, Topsham, and Woolacombe fire stations closing.

A decision on which savings proposals would be taken forward and implemented was originally due to be taken by the fire authority in early-November.

The fire service confirmed that around 3,300 surveys had been completed during the 12-week consultation window, and it also received 700 written submissions and five petitions on the subject.

The responses are now being independently analysed by the Swansea-based firm Opinion Research Services, with formal proposals coming to the fire authority on December 18, rather than November 8 as originally hoped. ….”

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/decision-whether-fire-stations-axed-3410173

Notorious ex-councillor Graham Brown died in March 2019

News has only just reached Owl (via a notice to anyone interested in making a claim against his estate in an Archant publication) that notorious ex-Councillor Graham Brown died on 16 March 2019.

As far as Owl can recall, this was not marked by East Devon Conservatives. But then, of course, he did have to resign from the party after many years loyal service to it.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9920971/If-I-cant-get-planning-nobody-will-says-Devon-councillor-and-planning-consultant.html

“Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions”

“The Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era.

New data from world-renowned researchers reveals how this cohort of state-owned and multinational firms are driving the climate emergency that threatens the future of humanity, and details how they have continued to expand their operations despite being aware of the industry’s devastating impact on the planet….”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/09/revealed-20-firms-third-carbon-emissions?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

“Seaside residents earn £1,600 less than people inland”

“Workers living in seaside areas are likely to earn on average £1,600 less per year than those living inland, BBC News analysis has found.

The research also found two-thirds of coastal areas had seen a real terms fall in wages since 2010.

The All Parliamentary Group for Coastal Communities said the findings showed seaside towns were “being left behind”.
But the government said its £200m Coastal Communities Fund was changing lives.

This week BBC News is profiling what life is like in seaside communities across the country as part of the Coastal Britain project.

The most deprived places in England are found by the sea, according to government figures…..

The issue of low pay affects coastal communities across the whole country.

BBC News has analysed income data collected by the Office for National Statistics for 632 parliamentary constituencies in Great Britain. Taking into account full and part time workers the analysis found:

In coastal constituencies, the typical (median) worker in 2018 earned £22,104 before tax

That was £1,681 less than the typical worker in a non-coastal area, who earned £23,785 before tax

When inflation was taken into account annual wages fell in two-thirds of constituencies between 2010 and 2018, a “real terms” decrease

The coastal constituencies of Wirral West and Weston-Super-Mare have seen real terms wages fall by around 25% since 2010

Mike Hill MP, chair of the all Parliamentary Group for Coastal Communities, said “for a long time coastal communities have felt forgotten”.

“Many of these areas have lost industries like shipbuilding that once provided thousands of well paid jobs,” he said.

“There’s research that shows that without major changes, by 2030 places like my own constituency of Hartlepool could see lots of young people leave coastal areas, which underlines why we need the right investment to protect the long term future of our coastal towns.”

At its party conference in September, Labour promised to build 37 offshore wind farms, which it claimed would generate more than 60,000 new well paid jobs in coastal areas. …”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-49890749