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At a South Hams Scrutiny Committee Keith Baldry proposed: ‘The Results of the consultation indicate that South Hams residents and the parish and town councils that represent them are opposed to the merger. This panel therefore recommends to Full Council not to proceed with the merger’. The motion was defeated, despite 86% of those who […]

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South Hams Jilted

by keithbaldry on 8 November, 2017

Great Headline in the Ivybridge Gazette. “South Hams Jilted at the Altar by West Devon”. This follows the bizarre decisions by South Hams Conservative majority to vote in favour of a merger with West Devon and a few minutes later for West Devon Council to vote against the merger. South Hams council tax payers would […]

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Please Oppose the merger of South Hams with West Devon

by keithbaldry on 28 August, 2017

South Hams District Council is conducting a ‘consultation’ on merging with West Devon.  This will mean a huge increase in South Hams council tax and taking on the servicing of West Devon’s debts.  South Hams has no debt to service. I can see no advantage for South Hams residents.  I am a South Hams councillor […]

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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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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 1 September.   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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