Saturday, 22 February 2014
Teignbridge District Council voted on the budget on Friday. It includes some very unpopular money saving measures which we believe could be avoided. The Liberal Democrat group put forward an alternative budget with the support of all the Independent group. We proposed to use a £300,000 windfall (not in the budget) to funding public toilets so they could stay open, housing services, road sweeping and free holiday parking on Saturdays to help traders. Sadly our alternative budget was rejected 19 to 21, so the cuts will go ahead. A number of Conservative councillors were conspicuous by their absence.
Posted by KRA at 07:24
Thursday, 20 February 2014
Dozens of teenagers from around the Devon, including a member of the youth parliament, attended County Hall this afternoon but were not allowed to speak by Conservatives councillors. Can you blame young people for being cynical about politics, when they get treated in this way. The council is currently consulting on plans to close 34 of its youth centre and this afternoon approved budgets reductions of almost £1m for youth services in the county. Liberal Democrat leader Councillor Alan Connett,said: “It is not a budget about Devon, it is a budget about being Conservative. Conservatives don’t like local government or public service and they are using the reduction in public expenditure as a ruse to do what they want to do.” He presented an alternative budget proposal and suggested that the county should investigate the possibility of selling County Hall in Exeter and sharing office facilities with Exeter City Council.
Posted by KRA at 15:04
Sunday, 16 February 2014
A great bunch of people gave up their Sunday to clear up the seafront at Teignmouth. On a sunny Sunday dozens of people volunteered to help with a community clear-up of Teignmouth promenade, after the recent storms were battered the town with heavy rain and gusts of up to 80mph. People of all ages brandished shovels and brooms to clear the seafront of debris and sand, with an estimated five tons of sand, shingle and stones cleared off the promenade and returned to the beach. Bricks and masonry from the damaged flowerbeds were piled up for removal by the council's contractors. Some people joined in spontaneously having not realised the event was happening. Local traders proved free refreshments to the volunteers, and promoted the event. Volunteers keen to clear the whole seafront kept going for five hours, three more than the planned two hours.
Posted by KRA at 13:41
Thursday, 6 February 2014
Thursday, 16 January 2014
One million people will take out pay-day loans, with sky-high interest. There is an alternative - Credit Unions offer low cost affordable loans. Information about the Devon credit union - Plough and Share is available at the TAAG Centre until Friday 24th January. Plough and Share service points will be open on Saturdays at 10-12.30pm in Teignmouth Library and on Wednesdays from 5-7pm at the Meadow Centre from 29th January 2014. www.ploughandshare.co.uk
Posted by KRA at 16:22
People with an income below £15,900, and receive certain benefits may qualify for a new boiler under the Energy Consumption Obligation (ECO) scheme. ECO is part of the Green Deal; the scheme places an obligation on all of the main energy providers in the UK to help reduce energy consumption and energy poverty in the United Kingdom. The scheme will close in March 2015. http://www.freeboilerdevon.co.uk/
Posted by KRA at 13:14
Homeless people in Bed and Breakfast accommodation, who faced a lonely bleak Christmas Day, instead got to tuck in to a delicious Christmas dinner instead; courtesy of Teignbridge District Council’s Housing Options team, HITS and other local charities and community groups. I drove the bus on Christmas Day picking up people for the dinner at the Alice Cross Centre, they had a great time.
Posted by KRA at 13:11