Funding for Tomlin Hall

Image of Tomlin Hall - Bickington's village hall.Cllr. Helen Walker writes:

"£20,450 in S106 funding from developers has been allocated to the project to renovate Tomlin Hall, following a survey by Fremington Parish Council, which identified the facilities in the hall as being in need of modernisation. 

The funding, from the Woolmers Farm development, will be used to improve the kitchen area and provide new plumbing and heating in the hall. 

As Bickington's district councillors, we are all delighted to see Tomlin Hall receiving the funding it needs and deserves. Bickington is already a great place to live, and improving Tomlin Hall, to provide a shared community meeting space, will only make it better." 


Sign-up for Speed Watch

Graphic showing speed blurred car drivin along Lyddicleave.With traffic through Bickington in the mornings often at a stand-still, drivers resort to using roads like Lyddicleave and Ellerslie Road as rat runs, speeding along the residential streets. 

It's time that stopped, so as district councillors we have secured a commitment from Devon and Cornwall Police to provide community Speed Watch training for residents. 

The training qualifies anyone taking part to operate speed monitoring equipment and then use it to gather evidence to stop speeding drivers in their tracks. 

The training takes a few hours to complete, and could make a huge contribution to make our roads safer. 

If you'd like to take part in the scheme, please get in touch: 

Joy Cann: joy.cann@northdevon.gov.uk

Helen Walker: helen.walker@northdevon.gov.uk

Will Topps: will.topps@northdevon.gov.uk


Fire Service Update

Councillor Ian Roome writes:

Cllr. Ian Roome taking part in a training exercise at Barnstaple Fire Station."Our local fire crews in Barnstaple play a vial role in not only reacting to fires but many other incidents.

I am so glad that after all the lobbying in late 2019 and early 2020 that we will have Barnstaple station manned day and night.

I was very privileged to be shown around and to take part in a training session.

I will continue to monitor the situation.


General Election Statement

This has been a disappointing result for the Liberal Democrats. The agreement between the Brexit Party and Conservatives made this a difficult night for the party.

Nationally this became the Brexit election.

But locally, we can hold our heads high knowing we ran a positive campaign offering the people of North Devon the fair deal they deserve. We thank our immense number of new members, first time Liberal Democrat voters and dedicated campaign team.

It is clear that the North Devon Conservatives have clung on to a National message to ‘Get Brexit Done’. We know that it won’t be long before people look much closer to home in unveiling the deep inequality in this country and indeed in North Devon.

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North Devon NHS must see the funding it needs

Alex White at NDGH A&E ambulance park“A situation where the most vulnerable and fragile patients have to wait almost a day to be admitted is not acceptable. It’s about time our NHS was funded properly,” says Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for North Devon, Alex White.

The Lib Dems are the only party with a sensible and realistic plan to invest in the NHS, particularly front-line staffing and mental health services, by raising £6bn through just 1% increase to income tax.

Show your support for the North Devon Liberal Democrats with a Lib Dem poster.


Lib Dems will reverse school cuts in North Devon

air Funding for our schools in North DevonThe Liberal Democrats have announced that they will spend £10 billion a year more on schools and hire 20,000 more teachers by the end of the next Parliament.

Figures from the National Education Union show that next year (2020/21), schools in North Devon will have seen their budgets cut by £3,345,403 in real terms since 2015, once increasing pupil numbers are taken into account.

This is equivalent to a cut of £250 per pupil. Across the constituency, 28% of schools have seen their spending power cut since 2015.

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North Devon Lib Dems select Alex White

Alex White with supporters at candidate selection hustingsNorth Devon Liberal Democrats have elected their Parliamentary Candidate for the forthcoming 2019 General Election.  At a packed meeting on Friday 1st November members of the local party selected Alex White as the person who will take the seat back from the Tories and build a brighter future for the people of North Devon.

Lib Dems are backing Alex because he's not afraid to get stuck into challenging issues facing the community.

Originally from Chulmleigh, Alex returned home to North Devon after graduating in Law (European Law & German) - to become a County Court Advocate and Trainee Solicitor.

Alex worked on UNICEF anti-aids campaign in Jamaica, is a professionally qualified LTA Tennis Coach, and has volunteered with both the Exeter Deaf School and Children’s Rights Alliance England.

Whether tackling difficult legal cases, campaigning to protect the environment, or speaking up for children and families, we believe he’s a born community campaigner - enthusiastic to tackle the mess the Conservatives keep making.

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Climate Action Planning

Lib Dem councillors and supporters attending Climate Change discussion.Lib Dem District and Parish councillors came from all over North Devon on Saturday to share ideas on how to tackle the climate emergency.

The event was put on by 361 Community Energy -  a not for profit social enterprise based in North Devon. Their aims are to promote energy saving and renewable energy in our local area. www.361energy.org @361Energy

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Barnstaple Town Council signs up to fight against hate crime

Barnstaple Town Councillor Syed Jusef successfully brought forward a motion for the Town Council to adopt a zero tolerance policy in regards to hate crime.

Hate crime within North Devon has increased by 11% with many incidents going unreported. The North Devon Liberal Democrats fundamentally believe that no one should be targeted because of their race, religion or sexual orientation. That is why it is hugely significant for Barnstaple Town Council to condemn such actions. The zero tolerance policy reassures those within the community that they are a valued and respected member. 

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Mayor attends Royal Marine Commando Passing Out Parade

Mayor Cllr Alan Rennles at Kig's Squad Passing Out Parade, Royal Marine Commando Training CentreCllr Alan Rennles, Mayor of Barnstaple, was delighted to attend the King's Squad Passing out Parade at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM), Lympstone.

Cllr Rennles, a former Royal Marine himself, was guest of honour at the parade and beret presentation and said:

"We recognise the vital role the UK’s armed forces play in the defence of the nation and we are fighting to address the critical skills shortage and strengthen our armed forces."

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