Abbeyfield care homes in Budleigh and Axminster under threat of closure

Owl says: The tip of a very big iceberg … with the Titanic speeding towards it.

“Devastated residents and families of those living at a care home which is under threat of closure fear it could result in the deaths of those who are very old and vulnerable.

Long-established Abbeyfield Shandford in Budleigh Salterton provides nursing and personal care for 28 people, and of those five are aged 100 or over. It employs 35 staff.

In January it first announced it was reviewing the service and then stated it would continue to be provided.

However, in September it began a consultation into the future of the home which will run until November.

Abbeyfield Society, who own the home, have said it will carefully consider all submissions from residents, relatives and staff before a final decision is made.

It has confirmed if a decision is made to close the home in Station Road, no residents will be expected to leave until January 2020 at the earliest.

The consultation has resulted in a petition being launched which has already been signed by hundreds of local residents. …

… “Abbeyfield have made out it’s a failing care home and needs huge upgrading and expenditure, but it doesn’t. The last inspection by the Care Quality Commission was this year and it was rated good.” …

[Abbeyfield spokesperson said] “In the case of Shandford, we carefully considered a number of factors, including whether the increasingly complex needs of residents can continue to be well served in a building which requires significant renovations to bring in it line with best-practice standards. …

“”This situation is further compounded by the long-term recruitment challenges we have faced, meaning that we have often relied on agency staff – despite the best efforts of the local management team. This not only places significant further financial pressures on the home at a time when the wider funding of social care is under strain, but also means we cannot always provide the continuity of care that residents deserve. …”

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/deaths-feared-care-home-closed-3438701

The Seaton cycle path – a DCC officer responds

Owl has received information from an interested organisation that:

“Devon County Council is proceeding with compulsory purchase of land for the Seaton to Axminster cycle project.”

Ok – but there is still no National Cycle Path AND discussing compulsory purchase of the land between Seaton and Axminster has been going on (at length) since AT LEAST 2011:

https://democracy.devon.gov.uk/Data/Development%20Management%20Committee/20110907/Agenda/pdf-PTE-11-20.pdf

with, so far, no progress whatsoever.

DevonLive really has it in for the county it gets its tourism advertising from …

Hot on the heels of a sensationalist article about Axminster being called “Crackminster” on the flimsiest of evidence comes another article on horrible things people say (or rather one person about each town) says about 9 Devon towns – including Sidmouth and (again) Axminster:

https://www.devonlive.com/whats-on/whats-on-news/nine-devon-towns-been-ripped-3263833?fbclid=IwAR0mzaKai8YQCjAM7SkPfWexYM2YL_Un5hzWLj5bY2JoaIlN6Y8k6uk05rQ

Seems like DevonLive is re-inventing itself as the Daily Fail of the south-west!

Does Axminster Tory Ian Hall want to be the next Police and Crime Commissioner – or more?

Image from DevonLive article cited below:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/how-perfect-devon-town-gained-3267664

Ian Hall (EDDC and DCC councillor for Axminster) has got himself in the news a lot recently with many, many press releases.

He wants all councillors to have (minimal) Disclosure and Barring Service checks at their own expense (even though the council’s officers say it is unnecessary and pointless).

Now, in an article that labels Axminster as “Crackminster” he declares himself an expert in “county lines” drug supply to the town. And disses “incomers” blaming them (and other feckless residents) for the town’s problems.

Rather than look at his town’s problems caused by Tory austerity (closed shops, closed sixth form at the school, closed factory (at which he once worked), large clone estates at every corner with no new facilities, closed community hospital beds, part-time police coverage … all the indications of deprivation and inequality .. . Who does he blame? He he blames the incomers that his party encouraged with its current and future overdevelopment and people who, he says, lack the community ethic and are workshy:

… “Axminster is a wonderful friendly town,” he says. “There is a tipping balance and it only takes one or two coming into the local area to tip the balance. But if they are coming here and adding something to the community I am all for it.” …

… [Ian Hall] says the town needs people who are prepared to work and buy into the community ethic and doesn’t have much time for those that don’t. …”

The article goes on:

“… House prices in Axminster tend to be higher than across the border but wages lower. Ian now travels to Chard in Somerset every day to work, making components for vacuum cleaners. A trip of just 14 minutes. … “

Smacks of ideas well above his party’s reduced police force and closed police stations to Owl. If house prices are high and wages low – who is to blame? Not the incomers who seem to be able to afford the houses with the loans given to them by his party, and who presumably also go to Chard and Exeter to work.

Oh, AND he’s on the town’s Regeneration Board, so he can do something about all these things!

Suddenly, he”s popping up everywhere and has (mainstream, very, very Tory or further right) ideas about everything are everywhere.

So – Police Commissioner? Next Leader of EDDC or DCC? Run against Neil Parish? Ruler of the Universe?

Whatever it is, if dissing his own town and blaming it on lack of community spirit and idleness of some of its residents will get him there – that will be fine, it seems.

Bovis can’t build footpath on Axminster estate “because there are tree roots in the way”

Owl says: so who designed this then, knowing the problem? Amd which planner didn’t spot it?

“Residents on a new Axminster housing estate say the lack of a pavement outside their homes is putting lives at risk.

They say mums with pushchairs and wheelchair users are being forced to cross a busy road used not only by residents but also heavy construction traffic.

Brian and Barbara White claim plans for the Cloakham Lawns estate, off Chard Road, showed a pavement outside their home at Cloakham Drive.

But council officials say what they deemed to be a footpath was, in fact, only a ‘service margin’.

And they say building a permanent pavement there would harm the roots of a tree on the adjoining open green space.

Mrs White said the situation was ‘an absolute nightmare’, with pram and wheelchair users having to cross the road to the pavement on the other side and then cross back again further down the estate to return to the right side.

“Our road is busy with normal traffic plus heavy lorries, diggers, bulldozers and forklifts. Bovis Homes will be building here for years. There is plenty of room to continue the pavement all the way on this side of the road.”

Mr White added: “There is going to be an accident before long. People are putting their lives at risk.”

Bovis Homes has recently put down a temporary footpath outside the houses but says it cannot build a permanent pavement because of the nearby tree.

A spokesman told the Herald: “The tree is a hybrid lime, which is a category-A tree and is protected by a tree protection order (TPO) and also by a root protection area (RPA).

“RPAs are designed to protect the trees’ root systems and provide sufficient rooting environment to allow the trees to continue to thrive.

“The RPAs prohibit groundwork, construction, development or storage activity within the designated area. The highway proposals obviously had to take that into account.

“The temporary footpath is in place while there is construction work going on, and this hasn’t required the more robust foundation work that a permanent footpath would, which would adversely impact the RPA.”

https://www.midweekherald.co.uk/news/axminster-residents-say-mums-with-pushchairs-are-forced-to-cross-a-busy-road-1-6188464