Gordon Hook

Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Newton Abbot South and District Councillor for Buckland and Milber Learn more

Can You Help Clean Up Your Area?

by gordonhook on 20 April, 2018

I know the council should do it, and yes I know we all pay Council Tax to have it done…..but it’s not getting done, so some of us have been organising regular “clean ups”, and would like to invite you to join us! This can mean picking up litter in badly littered areas, it can […]

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DEVON’s LABOUR Cllrs. “Want more Money”

by gordonhook on 19 April, 2018

An item on a committee agenda at County this week related to the “pay” cllrs. receive. A proposal is being considered to up the Devon County Councillors Allowance to approx. £12,500 plus travel costs. ( and a free lunch on Full Council day’s if you accept it…which incidentally I never have) The Labour councillors seem […]

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Good Day for Democracy at Teignbridge

by gordonhook on 10 April, 2018

Yesterday proved a good day for democracy at Teignbridge Council. An agenda item for the Overview and Scrutiny Committee proposed that the Conservative Councillor responsible for Car Parking should Chair the committee which will scrutinise the efficiency and working practices of the councils car parks! This meant that a member of the ruling Conservative administration […]

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Local Plan Review. More info.

by gordonhook on 9 April, 2018

The Local Plan consultation runs from Monday 21st May 9am til 5pm on Monday 16th July. The document will be available in most local libraries ( certainly Passmore Edwards) but will also be on line at www.teignbridge.gov.uk/localplanreview. All comments about the consultation must be in writing , which can be done through the completion of […]

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No names or specific details, as I don’t (yet) have the consent to do so, but this story takes the proverbial biscuit. A local resident has offered to repair the pavement outside his home at a personal cost in excess of £1300, because Devon County Council won’t do it. He has gone out of his […]

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All planning is dictated by the local authorities Local Plan. This document guides decision making and in conjunction with the NPPF is the “bible” for planners, residents and developers alike. ie a very important document, and always controversial. The Teignbridge Local Plan for the period 2020 – 2040 is about to be reviewed and I […]

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Laundry Chimney Re Paint Error

by gordonhook on 6 April, 2018

Some years ago now, the laundry ( then known as CLS) in Kingskerswell Road, Decoy was the subject of numerous complaints from residents re noise; colour of building; traffic etc. After lengthy negotiations with all concerned a much improved relationship between the laundry and residents ( mainly from Aller) emerged, and problems have been sorted […]

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PENN INN NEEDS YOU NEXT THURSDAY (12/04) 2pm

by gordonhook on 5 April, 2018

Some good work has gone into the Penn Inn roundabout in the last couple of weeks and progress is being made. Volunteers have undertaken some really good preparatory work, and they are to be applauded, BUT NEXT THURSDAY (12 MARCH) is a critically important day. We need volunteers (ideally with forks…or spades… ) to dig […]

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This Is Not Victorian England.

by gordonhook on 3 April, 2018

A staggeringly depressing news item today reports children going to school hungry, poorly clothed with holes in their shoes. The BMA state that A&E waiting lists will remain high throughout the summer. The Government mouths platitudes about how they have increased budgets, but know full well it isn’t enough and do nothing to correct the […]

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Newton Abbot – Exeter Rail Line: The Future…

by gordonhook on 3 April, 2018

The long term future of the Newton Abbot to Exeter rail line is of critical importance to the economy of the south west, and most certainly to the immediate area it serves. Local Devon County Councillors attended a briefing from Network Rails Julie Gregory last week. Numerous questions were asked, including one from yours truly. […]

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