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Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall Alison Hernandez’s latest column – ‘a Chief Constable chosen by me with the help of the communities I serve’. More than a decade ago the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act abolished police authorities in favour of democratically elected Police and Crime Commissioners. Among the key responsibilities these new commissioners faced was appointing a new Chief Constable. When I was first elected in 2016 Shaun Sawyer was leading a force that had maintained among the lowest crime levels in the country. On his retirement a fortnight ago, he was the longest serving…

The UK entered lockdown on March 23 and life changed dramatically for everyone, writes Simon Jupp MP.  I’m used to regularly travelling across the East Devon constituency to meet people, businesses and community groups.  Like everyone else, I’ve had to adjust the way I work on your behalf. Throughout the last 10 weeks, I organised and took part in hundreds of online meetings from my kitchen table in Sidmouth, including my first question to the Prime Minister at PMQs. I responded to over 2,500 local businesses and residents and I am continuing to work hard to resolve ongoing cases. I…

Today’s reported death toll from Covid-19 takes the UK’s grim total to 4,313. I thought being told I had an aggressive form of cancer was the worst day of my life. Fast forward just a few weeks and I discovered that, actually, things could get worse – a lot worse. Within days of starting chemotherapy for stage 3 HER2+ inflammatory breast cancer in February, coronavirus became a real worry. Not just because my treatment was being delivered in a communal infusion centre but because I also have COPD. I braved my second round of chemo last month and, literally, counted…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR- McCarthy & Stone on its plans for 59 Extra Care apartments and an office block on land off Salterton Road, Exmouth.  Dear Madam, We wanted to respond to your recent article – ‘Give young people a future, not old people a place to go and die’ (January, 20, 2020) – and the comments from Exmouth Town Council regarding our plans to redevelop the disused, brownfield site at Salterton Road, Exmouth, with a much-needed retirement community and new high-quality offices. We recognise the provision of general needs accommodation, including that for young people is important, but it is…

Jeff Trail, a Devon County Councillor for Exmouth division, has been working to tackle potholes and reduce parking restrictions around the town and surrounding villages. Here, he shares an update on the work he and Councillor Richard Scott have been tackling on behalf of residents. Cllr Trail writes: “During the last county council elections Cllr Richard Scott and I, whilst campaigning, were informed by the majority of residents we spoke to that their main issues throughout the ward was car parking and highways issues. “I am pleased to report that the majority of potholes reported were repaired and we are…

Nigel Snowshall is a member of Exmouth Beach Rescue Club. During the summer months Nigel and the voluntary community lifeguards and lifesavers offer their services for free, helping to protect the thousands of visitors to Exmouth beach. Now with winter approaching, Nigel looks forward to spending some quieter times on Exmouth beach. Nigel writes:  “Like many, I can’t help looking forward to this time of year when the busy summer season is over and you can breathe a sigh of relief at the prospect of a few less frantic months. “Winter walks along the beach are always popular often accompanied…