Anti cuts protest in Barnstaple this Friday

North Devon MP Nick Harvey. North Devon MP Nick Harvey.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
10:15 AM

North Devon MP calling on hundreds to join him for last chance to have their voices heard on Devon County Council cuts plans.

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A ‘last chance’ protest against Devon County Council cuts will take place in Barnstaple on Friday.

The protest begins at 4.30pm on The Starnd and has been organised by Nick Harvey MP and the North Devon Liberal Democrats.

“This protest is the last chance for service users of Devon’s residential care homes, day centres and youth centres to make their voices heard before their facilities are closed, and an opportunity for library users to continue their campaign against cuts,” said Mr Harvey.

“We all recognise that Devon County Council faces financial challenges, but the way they have gone about these closures is just shocking - refusing to let members of the public speak, trying to get away with a sham scrutiny process at County Hall and devolving democratic decisions to be made by just one person.

“I am inviting everyone in North Devon who is concerned about these savage cuts to come and demonstrate their opposition with one voice.”

* Will your group be attending the cuts protest this Friday? Let us know about it and your views by emailing newsdesk@northdevongazette.co.uk

3 comments

  • Seems some slashes were lost?

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    Barnstapaul

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • I agree with Mr.Young but Nick Harvey won't! So there's some more localised suggestions: If the main argument for closure of all centres is under utilisation by over 60%, then a concerted effort to increase numbers should have been undertaken long before 60% was reached. Delaying any decision by 612 months and actively advising and encouraging all GP practices to promote local day care centres to all relevant patients and their relativescarers. Also in this time the beginnings of economic recovery might be confirmed and reprieve fully justified Also time under utilisation of the full facilities of the centres should be considered. Weekends could provide a location for small receptions involving disabledelderly or sitting service for same. Similarly the wheelchair friendly council buses could be hired privately for family day trips, also giving the drivers a change of scenery at the weekends. During the evenings; social clubs, scouts, indoor activities and the buses again for private hire to transport families with disabledelderly to theatre cinema, bowling and rural pubs and restaurants. I would further like to question the way DCC has considered the cuts to care services. Has it considered motion sensors on street lighting? Reductions or cuts to the other services it provides only cause a degree of inconvenience but just the thought of reduction or closure of dayresidential care has caused great anger and anxiety and has reduced some people to tears. DCC should not just look at the short term financial savings. Nor should they assume everybody wants change and the opportunity to arrange their own care and activities. Many users are quite happy with the way things are and they might just be happy to pay an additional fee for their day care! It’s up to DCC to maximise, starting with 100% occupancy, the considerable investment in buildings and equipment; the training of dedicated staff and the trust of the users already existing in it’s dayresidential centres, which historically it decided was best for the community.

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    Barnstapaul

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • I am on both sides of the fence - cuts do need to be made, but they are being made in the WRONG areas. Here are some common sense suggestions: - Stop foreign aid - Stop giving money away to Brussels - Stop ALL welfare payments to people from abroad - Stop all these high pay packets for local and national managers and executives - No NHS treatment for people from abroad UNTIL they have paid National Insurance and other due taxes for at least 2 years I can go on, but then I would sound like a politician, only with *common-sense*!!!

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    Brendan Young

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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