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  • COPPLESTONE Parish Council Chairman Stuart Penny has brought the village’s local Member of Parliament up to speed on a road safety project that is being undertaken by the parish council. Cllr Penny explained that there were significant risks to pedestrians by heavy and often fast-moving traffic when walking along the main road between where the pavement ends at the Coleford Lane junction and th.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride and OkeRail Forum Chairman Mike Davies met at Sampford Courtenay station recently to discuss the importance of the stop when plans for the new Okehampton to Exeter passenger rail service are finalised. At present, tens of thousands of residents in West Devon either have to drive to Crediton, Exeter or Plymouth to catch the train, but this is set to change with the in.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride met with Bovey Tracey Hospital League of Friends Chairman Avril Kerswell recently to discuss healthcare provision in the town. At the top of the agenda was the possibility of the South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group using several rooms at the new Community Centre in Bovey Centre when it is finished. This idea was also discussed at a meeting with local .... Read more...


  • TEIGNBRIDGE District Councillor Mike Jeffery brought Central Devon MP Mel Stride to Moretonhampstead to show him a potential site for up to 32 new homes in the town at Forder Farm. Cllr Jeffery, who represents Moorland Ward, spoke about the challenge of building homes within Dartmoor National Park and explained that the site will be a 50/50 mix of market value homes and affordable homes. &.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride visited Moretonhampstead Hospital on Friday (08/10/18) to meet with North East Dartmoor Care (NEDCare). The not-for-profit organisation, which provides a range of support and personal care to people in the North East Dartmoor area, moved into their new offices in the hospital on 1st September. 


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  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride was in Crediton today (05/10/18) to meet with the Federation of Small Businesses. Among the attendees were Development Manager for Devon Sue Wilkinson, Area lead Mick Green, former FSB branch Chairman Jerry Allen and FSB member Caroline Davis. Issues discussed included small business confidence as the UK prepares to leave the European Union and the need to address st.... Read more...


  • BOVEY TRACEY Town Councillors Martyn Evans and Avril Kerswell raised the issue of vandalism and anti-social behaviour with the town’s Member of Parliament today (05/10/18). Cllr Evans told Central Devon MP Mel Stride that residents have complained on social media about the abusive behaviour of a minority of young people while walking their dogs in Mill Marsh Park and that the old hospital build.... Read more...


  • ASHBURTON AND BUCKFASTLEIGH HOSPITAL League of Friends Chairman Sarah Parker-Khan caught up with Central Devon MP Mel Stride today (05/10/18) in Ashburton to brief him on the recent expansion of services at the hospital. The discussion followed a positive meeting that the South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group held a fortnight ago with local stakeholders.


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  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has cited the current high price of oil and the need to support small businesses and low-income families as three of the main reasons behind the Government’s decision to freeze fuel duty for the ninth year in a row. HM Treasury, in which Mr Stride serves as a minister, had previously considered whether the time was right to end the freeze to raise an additional £800m.... Read more...


  • OKERAIL Chairman Mike Davies, Devon County Councillor Kevin Ball and Central Devon MP Mel Stride met with Transport Minister Jo Johnson today (01/10/18) to discuss progress with plans for a regular passenger rail service between Okehampton and Exeter via Crediton. Mr Stride, who organised the meeting said he wanted to “keep up the momentum” of the campaign and avoid any unnecessary delays. .... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride is promoting the NHS and Public Health England (PHE) Stoptober campaign which encourages smokers to kick the habit. A former smoker himself, who gave up many years ago, Mr Stride was involved in the campaign for plain cigarette packaging before it became law in 2017. Statistics show that if someone can give up smoking for 28 days they are 5 times as likely to give up.... Read more...


  • PARENTS taking advantage of the government’s 30 hours of free childcare provision for three and four-year-olds have found their finances have improved and their children are better prepared to start school. This is according to new research published by the Department for Education one year on from the launch of the 30 hours childcare scheme which surveyed more than 3,000 parents enrolled in th.... Read more...






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