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Please scrap our council.

by keithbaldry on 30 September, 2016

I am proud to be a South Hams District Councillor and I am grateful to everyone who trusts me with their vote at election time. I am now convinced that there should be a shake-up of local government in South Devon, including the abolition of our District Council. Experience elsewhere shows that provided they are […]

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We need an opposition to the government

by keithbaldry on 30 September, 2016

36 years ago I left the Labour Party to join the SDP. Sadly all these years later there is even greater need for people to take the centre left in British politics. There needs to be a real opposition to the government.

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South Hams Locality Fund

by keithbaldry on 9 August, 2016

Each year I am able to make recommendations for grants from the South Hams District Council Locality Fund. I have an allocation of £2000 to share between the 4 parishes I represent. My colleague Cllr Ian Blackler has a similar amount available.  I intend to make a decision about applications by 7 October.   Criteria […]

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South Hams Locality Fund

by keithbaldry on 9 August, 2016

Each year I am able to make recommendations for grants from the South Hams District Council Locality Fund. I have an allocation of £2000 to share between the 4 parishes I represent. My colleague Cllr Ian Blackler has a similar amount available. I intend to make a decision about applications by 7 October. Criteria  […]

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‘Affordable’ housing. Not in this area

by keithbaldry on 22 March, 2016

The government definition of ‘affordable housing’ is 80% of local rent or value.  It is a nonsense and we should stop using the term.  National Housing Federation figures for South Hams indicate that properties are unaffordable for most.  The average house price in 2014 was £331000.  The highest in the whole south west.  The average […]

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South Hams should invest in its own affordable houses

by keithbaldry on 10 January, 2016

So called ‘affordable’ housing to rent is far from affordable for those who need to live in the South Hams.  It is 80% of the average rent which is way beyond their reach.  Because of government policy Housing Association are struggling to invest in new developments.  South Hams District Council has millions of pounds in […]

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Bus Service Cuts

by keithbaldry on 11 November, 2015

Despite many objections, including from Keith Baldry, Devon County Council has gone ahead with subsidy cuts to the 94 service between Newton Ferrers and Plymouth. There are now only 2 buses a day from Newton via south Yealmpton to Plymouth. The first at 8 am and the other at 10 am. It is the elderly […]

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Cllr Julian Brazil rightly condemns the idea of right to buy for housing association tenants as being a disaster.  The loss of properties to rent he says:” bad luck for those young working families whose rents are about to go up”  “There will be less housing available at affordable rents which will in turn lead […]

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Non Tory Coalition

by keithbaldry on 8 June, 2015

The 6 non Conservatives on South Hams District Council have agreed to work together.  The group of 2 Lib Dems, 3 Greens and 1 Labour member will work together when it became obvious that the Conservative majority were intent on stifling criticism and proper scrutiny.  Keith Baldry said: “We will do our utmost to be […]

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Elected for Newton and Yealmpton

by keithbaldry on 10 May, 2015

Elected as District Councillor for Newton and Yealmpton.  Thank you. The parishes of Holbeton, Newton and Noss, Sparkwell, Yealmpton Voting figures: Keith Baldry 1762  elected   Liberal Democrat Party Ian Blackler 1537  elected   Conservative Party Suzie Cooper 1417  Conservative Party John Green 1083   Green Party

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