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  • The site of the proposed 68-bed care home
    Article: Jan 15, 2018

    A planning application has bee n submitted for a 68 bed Care Home on the vacant plot of land near to the Rowing Club. The application reference number is 4165/17/FUL and full details are available on the SHDC website.

    If you have any comments then they need to be in by 26 January 2018.

    The application states that it is to be a 3/4 storey building and will provide employment for 68 full-time employees.

  • Article: Jan 8, 2018

    SHDC says that from Wednesday January 10th all three public toilets in Totnes are to be reopened. They will be open from 8.00am to 5.00pm on Monday to Friday.

    SHDC also says the toilets will be "open for markets at weekends and special events". As there is a market every Saturday they haven't made it clear if all three toilets will be open or just the one at the Civic Square.

  • Article: Jan 6, 2018

    SHDC Executive is refusing to listen to the views of community representatives from Totnes over the issue of the public toilets which have been closed since before Christmas.

    Lib Dem Councillor John Birch organised a delegation of local representatives to meet Executive Members and officers of SHDC before their meeting on Monday afternoon, at which they will decide the future of the Totnes toilets.

  • Totnes loo
    Article: Dec 22, 2017

    The Conservative administration at SHDC closed all the public toilets in Totnes on Friday 22 December, just when the town was full of Christmas shoppers.They promised to keep the toilets open in the Civic Square for the Christmas shopping period yet it was closed on Friday afternoon along with the other public loos.

    Councillor John Birch tried repeatedly to contact leading Conservative councillors and SHDC officers to get an assurance that they would keep to their promise to keep the loos open in the Civic Square on Saturday and Sunday when the town will be full of Christmas shoppers, but got no reply.

    "I have also asked them to attend meetings in Totnes to explain their thinking behind the closures. They have either refused or failed to respond. I have asked them to tell us when they intend to open the toilets after Christmas. Again no response," said Birch.

    "This is shocking and irresponsible behaviour on the part of the Tory administration at SHDC. For a better and more fairer South Hams I just hope this dreadful Conservative administration is thrown out at the next SHDC elections. The District deserves better."

  • Article: Dec 18, 2017

    A merger between South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council was scuppered after WDBC suddenly pulled out at the last minute, despite support from the Tory-led South Hams Council.

    Even though 37 out of 45 parish and town councils said "No" to the merger, Conservative councillors on SHDC wanted to push through the merger with its cash-strapped counterpart.

  • Article: Dec 7, 2017

    Devon, Cornwall and Western Counties Lib Dems have called on Lib Dem MPs to lobby the government to suspend the right to buy legislation for at least five years in order to retain as much social housing as possible.

    They've also called on the government to allow local authorities to borrow to invest in social housing - something they are not currently allowed to do.

  • Proposal image
    Article: Sep 9, 2017

    The Conservative-run South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council want to merge.

    They are jointly promoting this merger, giving an expected shortfall in income as the principal reason.

    However, the proposed merger has disadvantages for the residents of the South Hams.

    Here are the key issue we want to draw to your attention:

  • School sign
    Petition: Apr 13, 2017

    The Conservatives running Devon County Council voted earlier this year to cut funding to Devon's schools by £2.2 million. That is a £33 cut for every child.

    This cut comes on top of other cuts planned by the Conservative Government.

    At the moment the Government pays schools in Devon £290 a year LESS for each child than the national average. It has announced a new 'Fairer Funding' plan, which means that around 200 schools in Devon will actually have their budget cut, while other schools will get a bit more.