May 4th, 2013 by keithbaldry
Keith Baldry asked South Hams why they have decided not to use an apostrophe in street sign names. He reminded councillors that nearby authority Mid Devon reversed a similar decision earlier this year because of public criticism. Cllr. Baldry says he regrets the failure to use basic English grammer rules in names such as Gardeners’ Lane. The Executive member for Planning said he would think about it.
February 26th, 2013 by keithbaldry
Totnes Times 20 Feb 2013: A three and a half increase council tax rise for South Hams residents has been overwhelmingly approved by district councillors…..But Cllr Keith Baldry told members: ‘Oh dear, you just don’t get it, do you? What a wonderful St. Valentine’s Day present you’ve given to the people of South Hams,asking them to dig even deeper into their pockets’ The majority of councillors had voted themselves a pay increase in December and were now aking council tax payers to pay for it.
December 31st, 2012 by keithbaldry
South Hams councillors have voted themselves a 1% increase in their allowances. Cllr Keith Baldry spoke and voted against the increase.
South Hams Gazette reported 21 December: Liberal Deomcrat councillor Keith Baldry condemned the any increase at all as a very bad example. He said tha local people were looking at changes to the benefits system while others were not getting any kind of pay increase at all. ‘We should continue to freeze the allowances’ he said.
South Hams Gazette 1 February: Councillor Keith Baldry objected to the incease [in council tax of 3.5%] as councillors had votedthemselves a 1% rise in December. He described the council tax rise as ‘morally wrong’.
November 28th, 2012 by keithbaldry
Not so many years ago it was unimaginable that Foodbanks would be needed in the UK. As for being needed in a village like Yealmpton, there surely could be no possibility. But a group including Keith Baldry are developing the idea. Hunger is not only a Third World problem. It is apparent that the state cannot pick up a crisis straight away. There is a delay before benefits and other help can be put in place. That is where Foodbanks are needed. Short term food is provided to meet the crisis until the official help arrives. There are no self- referrals. Referrals come from a wide range of agencies and organisations.
The idea is that the main Foodbank will be in Ivybridge. There would be a collection point for contributions in Yealmpton. The distribution method to Yealmpton families has yet to be agreed. It may be at a central point or delivered to those in need.
What do people think? Contact Keith Baldry with your comments.
November 27th, 2012 by keithbaldry
Further flooding of Yealmpton [see earlier July post about floods]. Last week end was not as serious as previously and only a few homes were flooded. This time the problem was not the river coming over its banks. It was the continuous and at times heavy rain on to already saturated fields. Some drains were blocked by autumn leaves and small branches. The off flow from the roads created floods. Sand bags proved helpful. They are available from South Hams DC depots. Keith Baldry is working to create a system to supply bags to those unable to collect.
October 22nd, 2012 by keithbaldry
The majority Conservative Group on South Hams Council have won a vote to reduce the size of the Council from 40 to 30 members. As we are told the change will not save any money it is difficult to understand the reason for the change. Keith Baldry argued that the change was against the interest of people and contrary to the spirit of localism. After the change each councillor will have to represent more people and to cover a larger geographical area. For example in the case of Yealmpton, for which Keith is ward councillor, he only has the one parish in his ward. After the reduction Yealmpton will be joined with at least one other parish. The increased responsibility will discourage working age people from seeking election.
Opposition parties gave the Conservative majority group a chance to change its mind at the May 2013 meeting. Yet again they majority group voted for larger District Council wards. Why?
Why do the Conservatives want the change? Could it be that they will get increased allowances? Or is it easier for their leadership to control fewer back benchers?