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  • Caroline Voaden and Andrew George at Lib Dem Autumn Conference 2018
    Article: Sep 19, 2018

    New planning permission rules to use a house as a second home could make a radical change to South Hams towns that are being hollowed out by wealthy second home owners, said Totnes Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate Caroline Voaden.

    Supporting an amendment put forward to the Lib Dem autumn conference in Brighton by former St Ives MP Andrew George, Caroline said:

  • Petition in Totnes
    Article: Sep 3, 2018

    South Hams Liberal Democrats have delivered a petition to the leader of South Hams District Council asking for an end to the secrecy over future development plans. They request the council reveal the identity of several sites it is considering for new development.

    Over 200 people signed the petition in Totnes, Kingsbridge and online, as concerned citizens 'urging SHDC to act now to disclose and identify the proposed development sites in Totnes, Ivybridge, Kingsbridge and Salcombe which are currently being kept secret'.

  • Caroline Voaden with Vince Cable
    Article: May 21, 2018

    It was hard to miss the strength of feeling in the room about healthcare provision in Dartmouth at the packed public meeting last week. It is clear residents of the Dartmouth and the surrounding villages feel they are not being listened to by the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.

    I am appalled that the trust allowed the closure of Dartmouth Hospital to happen before a new site was operational.

  • Caroline Voaden
    Article: May 20, 2018

    Dear Dr Johnson,

    I attended the packed public meeting at St Saviours Church in Dartmouth last week where the strength of feeling of the Dartmouth community about healthcare provision in the town was hard to miss. It is clear residents of the town and surrounding villages feel they are not being listened to by the trust and I urge you to start listening.

  • Police
    Article: Apr 23, 2018

    Tories have been short changing the public by cutting police numbers in Devon & Cornwall. Home Office figures demonstrate that there are now 162 fewer uniformed crime fighters in the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.

    The official statistics show that in 2015 there were 1,727 uniformed crime fighters compared to the 1,559 today. (Source: the Mirror newspaper)

  • John Birch with affected park users
    Article: Apr 15, 2018

    A petition has been organised by Cllr John Birch, calling on South Hams District Council to remove the barrier it erected recently across the entrance to the Follaton House grounds.

    Cllr Birch says "This unsightly barrier in the grounds of a listed building has severely limited parking and access to Follaton Arboretum, which is a popular park, especially for dog walkers. The restricted access has particularly affected parents with young children in pushchairs and people who use mobility scooters. Many find it impossible to overcome the difficulties caused by the barrier and as such are denied access to the park. There is now only limited parking at the weekends and this causes difficulties for those wishing to visit Follaton Arboretum."

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