Local News

Devon leader plans council tax freeze

The leader of Devon County Council wants to freeze the authority's council tax for the third year running.John Hart, leader of the Conservative-run authority, said he was to propose the freeze at the authority's budget meeting on 21 February.

Two Cabinet Ministers to visit South Devon

Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Justice will visit Totnes on Thursday 31st January.Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development will be at Dartmouth Golf and Country Club on Saturday 2nd February from 12noon.Dr Sarah Wollaston, our MP will be at both events.

New PCC says communities must 'play their part' in tackling crime

Towns and villages across the Westcountry are to be deputised in the battle against crime and anti-social behaviour, the new police and crime commissioner (PCC) has revealed.Tony Hogg challenged communities to lead the fight with a promise to champion restorative justice and hand more power to locals – by tapping into the "energy" of charities and voluntary groups.

Tragedy of homeless death toll

A CONCERTED effort is being made to end the trail of despair that has seen three homeless people die on the streets of Totnes this year.
MP Sarah Wollaston described the toll as a great tragedy and a senior South Hams councillor called the deaths ‘very sad’ – but with the worst of the winter still ahead, there are thought to be up to 17 people sleeping rough in the town each night.
Now, a crisis meeting has been held at Follaton House, Totnes, to see what extra help can be given to the homeless.

Guy Watson named Britain's farmer of year

 GUY Watson has been named as Britain's Farmer of the Year. The Riverford founder won the award at the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham. 

Chief Constable Recruitment

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is seeking to appoint a new Chief Constable. The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner covers the largest geographical police area in England, extending 180 miles from the Dorset and Somerset borders in the east to the Isles of Scilly in the west. Our policing area presents very different challenges – large cities of Exeter and Plymouth, the longest coastline in England, a vast rural population and a significant number of summer visitors due to a buoyant tourism industry. Effective policing needs to be delivered against a backdrop of reducing budgets, an increase in the volume and complexity of demands and a changing police landscape.

Council leader hits the road

RESIDENTS of South Devon can tell council leader John Hart what they want done to improve local life.The leader of Devon County Council is visiting 18 market and coastal towns in a fresh round of roadshows.

South Hams Council numbers to fall

The independent Boundary Commission is reviewing the number of councillors who run South Hams District Council to cater for changes in the population of its wards.

Tories choose Navy man for commissioner bid

An experienced former military commander has been selected as the Conservative candidate for Devon and Cornwall's first ever police and crime commissioner election in November.The party held three open "primaries" – at which anyone was free to register and vote – culminating in Saturday's meeting in Plymouth.