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This will be our 2nd Annual Block Party Hosted by Upna Courier and UpnaGeet ! Thanks to all the neighbors on Oakley who participated last year. Let's make this years' even better!
We will once again have live music, if someone is interested in time on the stage, contact Upna Courier... Bring out the musician in you !!
The high water bills in the South West, compared to the rest of the UK, has been one of the biggest issues in the region for the last 20 years. It is something many in Devon and Cornwall have been campaigning on all our careers. We are now within touching distance of solving this injustice.
The problem stems back to the privatisation of the water industry over two decades ago. Unlike the other utilities, water was split into regional monopolies so customers have not benefited from any price competition. Other factors created high prices; South West Water gained responsibility for the upkeep of almost a third of Britain’s coastline; it has to sustain this with only three percent of the country’s population. You then have to add the problem that the water infrastructure in the South West was far less advanced than other regions; requiring South West Water to raise even more over the years to bring the region up to standard.
Despite the obvious unfairness, the issue was not tackled by Government for a number of years. After a long campaign, we finally gained in 2008 the commission of an independent report to look into this, it published its conclusions in 2009 and finally in this year’s Budget, the Government announced its intention to resolve the problem.
The proposal is to provide £40million every year to reduce the average bill by £50 a year. All that needs to happen for the Government to adopt this proposal fully is to pass through the consultation process, which is currently underway. From there new legislation can be introduced to finalise the change. The more people who respond to the consultation, the more likely it is that the plans will be introduced.
The full consultation is here: http://www.defra.gov.uk/consult/2011/04/05/water-affordability-1104/
Devon County Council receives a government grant (called Supporting People) to support vulnerable people. This includes helping to prevent homelessness, as well as helping homeless people get off the streets and have a better future.
This grant has only been cut by around 12%, but DCC intends to cut services supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness (mostly run by local charities) by up to 40%! This is extraordinary disproportionate and against instructions by government Ministers.
Vulnerable people WILL lose their homes as a result of these cuts, which take effect in April 2011. Young people WILL be forced to stay in abusive and unsafe situations because there will be nowhere else to go. Supported housing projects helping people get back on their feet WILL be closed or dramatically cut back their services.
This will create untold human misery to people whose lives are already difficult enough.
But even if you have no heart, these cuts make no economic sense. If homeless people are deprived of housing and support, their lives will become more chaotic. Crime will go up. Antisocial behaviour will go up. Drug and alcohol misuse will go up. Mental health problems and hospitalisations will go up. A&E admissions will go up. More people will be in prison.
The list of consequences of these badly thought out plans goes on, and every one creates problems for the wider community and extra costs to the taxpayer. These cuts will COST money, lots of money, not save it.
All this will happen unless we, the voting public, make our views known. So join this cause, and let's tell DCC councillors what their voters think.
1.These are difficult times. But, as DCC's leader has said, we have to protect the most vulnerable at this time. This includes those at risk of homelessness
2.£1 spent on housing support saves over £2 in the long run through reduced crime and antisocial behaviour and improved physical and mental health
3.Central Government has only cut Devon's funding by 12%. It is grossly unfair to target homeless people with cuts of up to 40%
ADVA - Against Domestic Violence and Abuse – was set up in November 2002 to bring together the statutory and voluntary agencies within the county to tackle the problem of domestic violence. They help thousands of women and children every year escape violent and life-threatening situations.
Devon County Council proposes to cut ADVA’s budget by 100% as of April 2011.
If these cuts are endorsed, emerging victims may go unidentified and recovering victims may be left without support.
1 in 4 women will be a victim of Domestic Violence in their lifetime – many of these on a number of occasions. One incident of Domestic Violence is reported to the police every minute. (Women's Aid)
This cut will continue to make Domestic Violence a hidden crime.
Our issue includes studies into recycling in Torquay. We are setting up a pressure group to try and encourage the residents of Devon to recycle more of there waste and not just let it go into landfill sites.
If we continue to let our waste build up, it will cause a problem for future generations, as they will be forced to change their ways instantly.
We would be very interested in the local residents views on waste segregation, and any thoughts on a wider range of segregation bins. Many other areas have already successfully used a wider range of waste separation, such as splitting the waste into different bins so that it can be recycled tougher and more efficiently.
We would be very grateful if you could sign our petition and let us know your views and ideas on the subject. We have already got a small number of pressure groups and businesses to back our campaign to increase recycling in Devon.
‘LIFE-THREATENING’ plans to cut the jobs of eight full-time staff who man South Devon’s only hydraulic firefighting platform have been condemned by MPs and hoteliers as well as firefighters and their officers.
Firefighters say the round of cuts, aimed at saving the newly-formed Devon and Somerset service £1million, will put lives at risk and substantially reduce their ability to tackle major high-building incidents quickly and efficiently with its ‘Bronto’ appliance.
July 9, 2006
On the 19th of December 2003 a dear friend of mine was killed in a road traffic accident on the A38 dual carriage way between Liskeard and Menheniot.
In each witness statement it repeats that the whole road is completely unlit. I feel that this is a valid reason how my friend ended up on the wrong side of the dual carriage way as if it isn't fairly lit and you don't know the roads all that well things like this could occur time and time again.
There is alot more to the story but my main point is that if our roads were lit properly there is less chance of us losing our loved ones in a way as tragic as this.
My sister and I live in Devon and we've tried for the last 4 or so years to meet westlife or to go to a signing. However as we live virtually 200 miles away from any major city they sign or play concerts at, we have to usually pay £200+ on travel costs alone. We understand that they only sign at megastores in big cities like London and Birmingham but you are missing out on the southern fans by not coming to the Westcountry. This isn't just Devon and Cornwall this is anywhere past Reading. Anywhere past Reading is in the sticks, we are basically left out!!!
It's getting to the point where we are losing faith in the band and thinking that all you want us for is our money. We don't want to feel like this but after seeing how many fans down south are losing out we think we should be given a chance to see our idols too. After contacting many of the major record stores asking why they don't have them in the Westcountry, they then always throw it back saying it's the record companies choice where they go. So are these record companies really looking after us so called fans?
At the end of the day without us fans Westlife would not be famous and I think Westlife and Louis Walsh should think about this.
Sure their intentions are innocent. You turn 16, you get a car, and you get a system. What good is a car to a teenager if it doesn't have a stereo system? When he said "girls dig loud music" Devon spoke for most of the guys in Southern Illinois, cars & music = girls. Safety wouldn't be a concern though, would it? After all, it is only a stereo.
Unfortunately this stereo typically comes with large speakers and an amplifier, neither of which are bolted down. At an average weight of 20 pounds, this is similar to a toddler roaming freely in the vehicle. Safety should be of primary concern when teenagers are involved. Their lacking experience behind the wheel combined with loud music and unrestrained stereo equipment create disastrous consequences in the event of a collision.
Devon would have survived his impact, but he never stood a chance against the large airborne amplifier coming from the rear of the car.
Devon has been a best friend of mine for quite a few years. Over the years we have spent a lot of time together joking and laughing and just being good friends. He always knew how to make me smile, and I could always get a laugh out of him from one of my jokes. I cherish the memories that I have of Devon. With your help we can ensure that other kids won't needlessly lose their life before it has really begun.