Cllr. Ian Roome writes:
“I’m a Lib Dem councillor in Barnstaple and, like most Lib Dem councillors, I help a lot of people when they have problems with schools, housing, healthcare and so on. Last week, I was approached by a healthcare professional who works at the hospital. I’ll call her Helen, (not her real name). She’s from eastern Europe, and was recruited by the NHS three years ago to come and work as a nurse in the UK. Helen has built up a network of friends in North Devon and, until June last year, thought of Barnstaple as her home.
"Since the Brexit vote, that has all changed. She doesn’t know what the future holds for her and came to me for advice (she is planning to make arrangements to go to Canada as one of her options.)Read more
Ian Roome, Lib Dem councillor in Barnstaple and a governor at Pilton School writes:
"As a school governor and parent, I know at first-hand what the year on year cuts to school budgets mean for teachers and students. Even the government has accepted that their austerity has gone too far and have now promised a small extra amount to schools. But the message hasn’t got through to Tory controlled Devon County Council. At their meeting in June, they slashed budgets by £33 per pupil – that means nearly £50,000 for Pilton schools, the equivalent of two teachers’ salaries.Read more
Liberal Democrat Cllrs Ian Roome and Joy Cann are really pleased that Yeo Valley Community Woodland in Barnstaple has retained its Green Flag status, as one of the UKs best green spaces.
The park is among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award this year. This international award is a sign that the parks boast the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities.Read more
Liberal Democrat County and District Councillor Brian Greenslade talks to Joel Cooper of the North Devon Journal about the history of the North Devon Link Road, its dangers, and why he has been campaigning for more than 30 years to make the road safer.
North Devon County Councillor Brian Greenslade says he is deeply upset by the two tragic accidents on the North Devon Link Rd on the stretch from South Molton to the West Buckland turning. The accidents took place on Sunday and Monday (30th and 31st July).
He said “it is deeply upsetting that two tragic accidents have taken place so close to each other within the space of two days. Ours thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends caught up in the accidents. We think particularly about the Mother and two children who have been killed on Monday.Read more
Barnstaple Lib Dem County Councillor Brian Greenslade said “I am very disappointed for our schools who already get funded at £290 per pupil less than average from government. The Conservative majority at County Hall made this worse by then cutting a further £33 per pupil from school budgets this year.
North Devon Schools lost £409,000 this year because of this local decision.Read more
Following the publication of a press release from North Devon District Council, Councillor Brian Greenslade (Barnstaple - Pilton Ward) has accused the Tory run executive of gagging councillors, as well a wasting £25,000 on unnecessary consultants.
Comments made by Cllr Greenslade and fellow Lib Dem ward councillor Mair Manuel had not been included in the statement as the views expressed did not support those of the executive.Read more
Earlier this year Conservative controlled Devon County Council cut school budgets by £33 per pupil in 2017/18. This cut comes on top of the significant underfunding Devon Schools get from the Government.
Subsequent to this decision the financial out-turn for 2016/17, reported in June, showed that the County Council had added £15M to earmarked reserves which included reserves where no spending had taken place in year.
Following this revelation Lib Dem County Councillors are going to try again to compensate schools for the loss of £33 per pupil at the upcoming County Council meeting on July 20th by way of a notice of motion tabled by senior Lib Dem County Councillor Brian Greenslade.Read more
The report, Journal 15th June, "Labour Share of the vote hits new heights" is not factual.
Since the North Devon constituency was created in 1950 Labour have polled greater vote shares in general elections in 1950, 1951, 1955, 1966, Oct 1974 than the 12.7% they got on June 8th. Incidentally at the one election Labour came second in North Devon the Conservatives enjoyed their largest majority ever.Read more
The reports, Journal 15th June, of statements made by the North Devon MP about improving the Link Rd (NDL) again display his attempts to take credit for work done prior to his election in 2015.
Let me refresh his memory...Read more