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  • housing in countryside
    Article: Oct 21, 2020
    By Julian Brazil

    The average house price is more than 11 times the average income in the South Hams. If we want young working families to remain here something has to change, writes Julian Brazil, Chair of the Development Management Committee at South Hams District Council.

    Our local infrastructure already struggles to cope with the extra pressure of new development. And housing numbers are imposed on us from central government. The latest white paper on planning was an opportunity for change. What a missed opportunity! Far from solving the issues we face; it just amplifies the problems.

  • Covid 19
    Article: Sep 21, 2020
    The Liberal Democrats are calling for an extension of the Government's furlough scheme until the jobs market is "ready to bounce back" in the wake of "staggering job losses" across the country.
    With 6.1% of people now relying on Universal Credit in Totnes constituency, the Party claims that extending furlough would help "stop this crisis getting even worse" and protect jobs for the future.
    Despite the Chancellor promising last month to do "whatever it takes" to support households and businesses through the worst of the coronavirus outbreak, the Government has so far failed to agree a plan beyond the end of the furlough scheme on October 31st.
    The Liberal Democrats have also warned some of the worst hit are the country's self-employed workers, three million of whom are still not covered by support. The Party has called for support to be extended and urged the public to join its campaign to protect jobs.
    Alan Kerr, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for South Hams Lib Dems said:
    "With so many families in crisis, the Government should be doing everything in its power to protect jobs in Totnes and right across the country.
    "The fact that 2,855 people are now relying on Universal Credit in Totnes shows exactly why the Chancellor must extend the furlough scheme, at least until the middle of next year.
    "Ministers need to act now to stop this crisis getting even worse and extend financial support for the millions of people currently excluded from Government assistance."
    Christine Jardine MP, Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesperson, added:
    "We are seeing staggering job losses, even with the furlough scheme in place.
    "People have a right to expect that their Government will stand by them in exactly the way that Rishi Sunak promised when he said he would "do whatever it takes."
    "The Liberal Democrats' are clear that the Government must extend the furlough scheme until the jobs market is ready to bounce back."
  • Register for Conference
    Article: Sep 18, 2020

    Hopefully lots of you have already signed up for conference at the end of the month but for those who haven't yet, this article,detailing why this will be a great conference for first timers may be of interest.

    Our first ever full online conference is set to be one of our biggest ever. With a more accessible, affordable, and flexible conference, more members than ever will be able to have their say and vote on some of the fantastic policy motions coming up at Autumn Conference. You can view a full list of the motions that are going to be debated here.

  • Susie Jackson
    Article: Sep 1, 2020

    Meet your Councillors: Cllr Susie Jackson for the Kingsbridge Ward

    I have lived and worked in Devon for 40 years, 14 of those in the South Hams. I work as an Occupational therapist at Torbay Hospital and my role with the NHS has made me aware of the lack of affordable housing in the area. I hope to meet many of you over the next few years. I will listen carefully to what is important to you. I passionately believe in the power of local communities and I want to help create thriving, sustainable and safe towns to live in. I will work hard to promote a culture of openness and transparency, ending the Conservative 'closed shop' approach.

    Contact Susie

    Email susiejackson005@gmail.com

    Tel 01548 511628

  • Parking at Lumsdale (Paul Cruise)
    Article: Aug 28, 2020
    South Hams District Council is conducting a review of how its parking permits work.The consultation runs until Friday 11 September.
    Cllr Keith Baldry, Executive Member for Environment at South Hams District Council, said:
    "We have decided to conduct a thorough review of our permits across the District so we can hear what residents and visitors want. We want to have a fair and consistent approach to our permit parking but we need to know what you, our residents and visitors, think about it first.
  • Ed Davey
    Article: Aug 28, 2020

    Hopefully you all managed to vote in the recent leadership election. We are glad that we now have a permanent leader in Ed Davey and hope that he can now concentrate on taking the party forward. We know there is national ground to recover and look forward to seeing the party energy revitalised. We were glad to hear that Ed will be launching a national listening programme so voters can tell us what matters to them. Congratulations to Ed!

  • Julian Brazil
    Article: Aug 28, 2020

    I live in the village of East Prawle. My Councillor area covers the Parishes between Kingsbridge and Dartmouth. The duties of a councillor are very varied. They can be rewarding, frustrating, humbling and challenging - usually a mixture of all four. It is very enjoyable. I studied Zoology at Bristol University and am a former science teacher. I now do the accounts for a number of local businesses. My main areas of interest are health, education and the environment (former chair of the Green Lib Dems.) I play cricket for the village, and darts and euchre for the Pigs Nose Inn.

  • Dan Thomas
    Article: Aug 25, 2020

    I was born at Freedom Fields in Plymouth and have lived largely in Yealmpton throughout my life. I spent 10 years working for Plymouth Argyle in Hospitality and Operations Management before becoming the club's General Manager until administration. I then retrained as a primary teacher and have taught in a variety of schools across the district as well as in Plymouth, latterly as a supply teacher, so as to balance work with council duties.