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The wilfull + unecessary defacing of beautiful countryside

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Cllr Gordon Hook re-elected

Posted by Micro Update Ltd on June 5, 2009

Gordon Hook retained his Devon County Council seat at yesterdays election. Congratulations.

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A Councillor speaks up for NEWTON ABBOT

Posted by Micro Update Ltd on February 17, 2008

Another nail in the coffin

Cllr Geraldine Gaskell, Newton Abbot Town Council and Bradley Ward, writes:

             What has happened to Newton Abbot?

I have lived here since 1966, that is 42 years, and in that time I have seen councils come and go and each one leave its mark on the town and not once for the good of the town. We had shops galore, multi nationals, independent businesses, a market that was a real crowd-puller, and what happens?

A council, in its infinite wisdom and in the name of progress, tears the heart out of the town and, over the years, our shops large and small disappear, never to be seen again.

In order to regenerate the town we allow Asda in – well, what happened? Nothing. Has it helped to regenerate business? No. And our dear district councillors – and of the 48 councillors, nine from Newton Abbot – guess what, in their infinite wisdom they decide on the fate of the town.

We will end up with three amusement arcades, 12 charity shops, 21 pubs, several boarded up shops, and now, guess what, to really boost the town a drop-in centre for kids with problems right between several pubs and an amusement arcade. You know, Teignbridge Council has played a blinder – yet another pub and, to cap it all, this drop-in centre. All I can say is these youngsters will find themselves blamed for everything, rightly or wrongly, and they don’t need that. They want somewhere quiet, secluded, away from town and its temptations. Who remembers the bail hostel in Devon Square? Thought so, need I say more?

Town and parish councils should have a bigger say on planning issues relating to developments within their own boundaries and I don’t just mean housing but retail and industry. It appears that districts, made up of councillors who don’t live in or even near the areas, can decide on what is best.  Yes, in their opinion, maybe, but what about the people who live in those places, who know those towns and villages and what they want?

No, Teignbridge. Once again you have managed to bang another nail in the coffin of Newton Abbot. Hands up all those who remember Madge Mellor’s meat pies and fruit tarts, and the Belfry. Oh yes, Woolworth’s, Dingles, Laws & Wareham’s, Home & Colonial – shall I go on?

When will we learn?

Ed: this Councillor has a very valid point. If the ‘deciding people’ for permitting The Blot to be as and where it is, had to live with it daily then it would not be there. Wards that are to be affected MUST have representation of local people – not Officers/Councillors who do not even live in the area and actually have to live with the consequences of their decisions. Good on you Councillor Gaskell!!

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When will Councils LISTEN???

Posted by Micro Update Ltd on February 2, 2008

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Posted by Micro Update Ltd on October 19, 2007

Dear Sirs,

I have received a number of e-mails concerning your complaints about CLS from Councillor Hook. I am away from the office until next Wednesday 24th October when I will respond in full.

If in my absence you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Richard Cox.

David Eaton
Environmental Control Team Leader

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GRANT OF CONDITIONAL PLANNING PERMISSION

Posted by Micro Update Ltd on November 13, 2006

To read a copy of the Planning Permission document, outlining conditions for approval select this link: GRANT OF CONDITIONAL PLANNING PERMISSION——————————————————————————–

Oh dear, Oh dear, Oh dear……
Remarks by a Councillor during the debate on TheBlot (CLS) extension application 13Nov06:

1) “From the way some Councillors have been speaking opposing the application, it would appear there is an election looming”. (Ed. Please stick your ‘party politics’ games where the sun doesn’t shine, and get on with the job of serving the taxpayers interests for which you were elected).

2) “We can’t turn this application down, because it would send out a poor message to potential investors in Teignbridge.” (Ed. if that means loosing investors who are prepared to desecrate our environment with the aid of the Council – then so be it. Or could it be sour grapes that your lounge does not overlook an eyesore such as TheBlot?)

3) And this really is the star! “The residents don’t HAVE to look at the laundry!” (Ed. a remarkable insight and appraisal of the problem and its history, by a councillor responsible for planning decisions – thanks be that we don’t have more Blots!)

And who is he? Councillor H. Clemens, Now Vice Chairman of the Planning Committee – no less!!!! Heaven help us all. (Jan2008 Ed.)
Conservative Councillor for where??………… DAWLISH !! Q.E.D.

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