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  • Oak Sapling
    Article: Feb 12, 2021

    Teignbridge District Council has unveiled ambitious proposals to address its own and residents' carbon footprint. The Council's Climate Change Officer appointed early in 2020 has made rapid progress on several projects, to ensure progress to meet our District's 2025 net zero target.

    Proposals for the Council's own buildings include installation of low carbon air-source heat pumps, solar PV, energy storage, building energy management system and building fabric upgrades, including Broadmeadow, Newton Abbot Leisure Centres and Forde House. It is hoped that government grants will fund the majority of these improvements.

  • Michael Mitchell Exeter
    Article: Feb 9, 2021

    The intention of the Tory government to proceed with local and PCC elections on 6th May during the current pandemic has been sharply criticised by Exeter City Councillor Michael Mitchell who is also Chair of Exeter Liberal Democrats, as a threat to local democracy.

    The regulations currently in place prevent local campaigning, party volunteers delivering leaflets and the ability of candidates to meet voters.

  • Martin Wrigley
    Article: Feb 5, 2021

    The first modern homes for local families in 30 years are being built by Lib Dem Teignbridge District Council.

    Work is starting on the first homes directly funded by the council in three decades. Councillor Martin Wrigley, responsible for housing at Teignbridge council, is driving forward plans for new genuinely affordable homes locally.

  • Oak Sapling
    Article: Feb 5, 2021

    Lib Dem Teignbridge District Council have boosted their work on climate change and environment by planting trees and greening refuse lorries.

    At least 4,500 trees will be planted by Lib Dem run Teignbridge Council to help the environment and count towards trees lost to Ash die-back. The council has also cut back on the use of chemical weed-killer which is now used mainly for noxious weeds.

  • Covid 5th Feb
    Article: Feb 5, 2021

    Overall, Covid cases are down 22.8% in the South Hams, according to the most recent Government data, and this welcome trend downward manifests in most areas.

    However four areas are still showing an increase in Covid cases:

    Totnes (up 111%)

    Loddiswell and Dartington (up 100%)

    Dartmouth (up 37.5%)

    Kingsbridge (up 25%)

  • Julian
    Article: Feb 5, 2021

    Covid measures have made it difficult for councillors to get out and about and keep up to date with how their constituents are doing and what their concerns are.
    Lib Dem District and County Councillor, Julian Brazil, is hitting the phones every day instead, in an effort to reach out to local residents and find out how they are getting on with the latest situation. "It's been very positive" he reports. "Most people are coping well - if a bit fed up with the weather. A number of people have had their first vaccine and that seems to be going smoothly". Councillor Brazil, is reassured by how family and friends are helping the more vulnerable, and concludes "We're very lucky to live in such a special area not just the beautiful landscape but also the real sense of community".

  • Maraphone
    Article: Feb 2, 2021

    May's County Council elections are looming and we are looking for vounteers to help phone voters this weekend.

    Have you got some free time on Saturday to help with the Lib Dem "Maraphone"?

    Sign up at the link below:

    https://www.libdems.org.uk/1105927/south_hams_maraphone_-_3pm

  • housing in countryside
    Article: Feb 2, 2021

    High rates of second home ownership have an adverse effect on rural communities. They leave small towns and villages like ghost towns outside of weekends and holidays, and push up house prices beyond the means of local residents.

    Led by Cllr Julian Brazil, the Lib Dem group at SHDC are calling for the Government to allow councils to take measures to reduce second home ownership.

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