November 14th, 2013 by keithbaldry
At the November South Hams Scrutiny Panel meeting, Keith Baldry presented a paper on the health risks of closing public lavatories. He was congratulated on the research he has done. The committee decided by 4 votes to 3 that it was not the right time to recommend that South Hams Executive abandons plans to close lavatories. The committee want to look again in January.
After the meeting Keith said: “I am of course disappointed by the decision. Our Victorian ancestors saw the availability of public lavatories as the civilised thing to do. I felt that the evidence I presented on health concerns was very strong. The amount of money the council will save is relatively small. The potential risks to health are great. I will fight on”.
September 30th, 2013 by keithbaldry
South Hams District Council is proposing winter closure of a number of public conveniences. At the September Council meeting Keith Baldry quizzed the Executive Member about whether he had taken into account possible health risks. The Executive member said there were none. Keith Baldry argued there was a risk. He quoted Age UK: “Lack of public toilets is a significant contributor in the isolation of older people…” Keith also drew attention to the expert opinion of Marion Shoard, writer on Ageing. “Many people’s route around is dictated by the presence – or a absence- of lavatories”. “Changes to the kidneys mean that we all need to urinate more frequently as we grow older”.
After the meeting Keith added: “The more public lavatories we close, the less civilised we become as a country. The winter closure of lavatories is giving a message that parts of the South Hams do not welcome visitors all the year round, especially older people”.
August 7th, 2013 by keithbaldry
The car park on Market Street is owned by South Hams District Council. It is free and encourages people to park and shop in the village. The Executive Committee of South Hams Council at its meeting on 18 July approved for Yealmpton car park:
“8.4 It is recommended that the area be added to the Parking Order, so that effective management may be undertaken, and that consideration is given to generating income from this car park, by a Pay & Display scheme or alternative.”
How stupid. As you would expect I pointed out to the Executive that this is a small car park with 15 spaces.? I told them that I could not see how it would be worth the capital cost of installing parking meters and then collecting the money and monitoring the car park.? I stressed that all that would happen is that people would park on neighbouring roads free of charge. It might have been expected for the Executive to have checked this out before their meeting.
Together with Yealmpton Parish Council I am calling for an urgent meeting with SHDC.
June 2nd, 2013 by keithbaldry
In his response to the Boundary Commission consultation on changes South Hams District wards, Keith Baldry has slammed the Commission for ignoring local opinion. He said views of most people were ignored on the number of councillors. He said no wonder people regard the consultation as a sham. He told the Commission: “the vast majority of replies …including nearly all parish councils were for the size to remain at 40. The replies were from people who could be said to know best what their localities need”. He said that the Commission only had a “shallow” explanation for changing the number of councillors to 30. Keith Baldry told the Commissioners that he regarded this as “arrogant and implies that you at the centre know best”.
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.