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  • Candidates
    Article: Jan 28, 2019
    By Charlotte Power

    The South Hams Liberal Democrats have taken their first step in assembling a full house of candidates for the upcoming May district council elections and prioritising the policy areas around which they intend to campaign.

    The local Lib Dems have so far announced a total of 14 candidates for seats across the districts.

  • Charlotte Power
    Article: Jan 26, 2019

    Many of you will have started receiving emails and calls to action from our new Party Organiser, Charlotte Power. Charlotte took on the role in December and is based in the Totnes Constituency office at 43 Fore Street three days a week. She has been getting to grips with organising our existing Councillors and our host of new candidates standing in the District Council elections in May.

  • Commercial property in London
    Article: Oct 19, 2018
    By John Birch

    According to data from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, councils have invested £4bn in land and buildings in the financial year up to March 2018, an 43% increase from 2016/17. The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy has raised concerns over these figures.
    CIPA has released a statement suggesting that local authorities were investing disproportionately to their resources, which is contrary to the requirements of the CIPFA's Prudential Code and Treasury Management code.

  • Maudlin Road, Totnes
    Article: Oct 15, 2018
    By John Birch

    Was it as a result of losing the legal battle over its High Street scheme that went to the Court of Appeal in April 2016? Some say it cost Devon County Council over £100,000 in legal fees. As a result of this does the County hold a grudge against the people of Totnes? Let's hope this is not the case.

  • Hemerdon mine
    Article: Oct 14, 2018

    South Hams District Council opposition leader Keith Baldry has called on Devon and South Hams councils to support all those whose jobs are now at risk following the closure of the Wolf Minerals tungsten mine near Sparkwell.

    "I am very sad for all the estimated 250 people who are losing their jobs," said councillor Keith Baldry after news broke that Australian firm Wolf Minerals (UK) had gone into voluntary administration.

  • Lee Mill
    Article: Oct 14, 2018

    South Hams planners want to agree another 110 dwellings in Lee Mill. At the planning committee Keith Baldry spoke strongly against.

    He pointed out that the village could not cope with this many new people. He told the committee that there is no school, no Post Office, no meeting place, and no doctors. There is no local need for these houses.

  • Berry Pomeroy
    Article: Oct 14, 2018
    By John Birch

    The Joint Local Plan inspectors have ruled that proposed housing development sites in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Beauty should be deleted from the draft JLP that has recently been the subject of public examination.

    The South Devon AONB covers an area of 130 square miles and extends from Berry Head in Brixham to Jennycliff near Plymouth and includes land either side of the River Dart running from Dartmouth to the edge of Totnes. It does not include Totnes Town.

  • Petition: Aug 2, 2018

    Hundreds have already signed, add your name now!

    The Tories on South Hams District Council have recently voted to spend £150,000 of your money on consultants to advise them on development plans for Totnes, Ivybridge, Kingsbridge and Salcombe. But they want to keep these plans secret. The Lib Dems strongly oppose this. We urge you to sign our petition and call on South Hams District Council to act now to disclose and identify the proposed development sites.