The Barnstaple Town Council by-election held on 14th September resulted in the Liberal Democrats holding the seat. Lib Dems welcome Julian Williams as a representative of Central Ward.
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Commenting on the result, Barnstaple County and District Councillor Brian Greenstreet said
"Compared to the previous Central Ward by election on June 8th Labour fell from second place to third place so the Labour advance in North Devon has been blunted."
Sir Nick Harvey, President of North Devon Liberal Democrats has been appointed interim Chief Executive of the Lib Dems national party.
Nick was formerly MP for North Devon and was Minister of State for the Armed Forces in the coalition government. Prior to becoming an MP Nick worked in the City, gaining wide-ranging experience in PR, human resources, management and delivering change.
Nick says of his appointment:Read more
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