It was an absolute joy to catch up with local cliff rescue heroes Ian Pedrick and Richard Clarkson as they await the outcome of their appeal after being dismissed for acting as good Samaritans. They are courageous volunteer coastguards with nearly 60 years' experience between them who should be immediately reinstated and who frankly deserve medals. It is totally unacceptable that such a long stretch of the South Devon coast has been left with reduced protection at the busiest time of year.
What is so striking about cliff rescue volunteering is the dangerous and often harrowing nature of their call outs which is matched only by the compassion and courage of those like Ian and Richard who put their own lives on the line.
Thank you to the Friends of Hope Cove Harbour Committee for showing me the damage to the vital breakwater which protects this wonderful community and to the Environment Agency for help with ongoing analysis. I am looking forward to seeing the plans and supporting the campaign
Thank you to Acting Inspector Tom Blanchard for meeting to discuss drugs and policing, local issues, the impact of county lines and their targeting of vulnerable people
In Totnes today, many community groups got together to discuss the Climate Emergency. Thank you to everyone who attended and to the speakers for their insight and discussion into what happens next.
I was Britannia Royal Naval College today to celebrate the centenary of the Wilton Memorial Trust, a charity that offers sheltered accommodation and retirement homes for the elderly.
I met with the Torbay Samaritans today, where they have had extensive alterations in order to improve the conditions for this wonderful bunch of volunteers. The volunteers are there for everyone and anyone in the toughest of times. Find out more about joining and how you can help.
Thank you to all the carers who came to Totnes today to discuss their experiences . The next Prime Minister must focus on resolving the crisis in social care.
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It was an honour to join Brixham in remembering all who fought and those who gave their lives for our freedom on D-Day
Thank you Louise and the NFU southwest for hosting a wonderful farm visit today to discuss current issues for farming and the environment.
I know how frustrating poor broadband can be for those in rural communities and I am glad that Connecting Devon and Somerset are working constructively with locals to find a solution. I visited Lower Combe to celebrate the success of the CDS Challenge Fund pilot scheme where the CDS team has worked with the community to explore creative solutions to deliver to the hardest to reach, Out of Programme communities. Hopefully the Challenge Fund scheme will be developed over the summer in order for other communities to benefit with a good broadband coverage.
Today I was in Brixham to visit Brixham Trawlers Makers for a discussion on the marine environment and in particular the campaign to reduce marine pollution including plastics and old fishing gear. I have always been supportive of protecting our seas and it was great to catch up with local lead for Fishing for Litter and hear about the incredible work from the team of volunteers working alongside the local industry to clean up our seas. Both the industry and volunteers now need more space to sort and recycle the marine debris that is being brought ashore by fishing boats rather than returned to the sea.
I met with PC Martin Beck to discuss how the Police Force deals with rural and wildlife crime in a partnership approach supporting nighbourhood officers
Lovely to be in Totnes during recess, our bustling street looks fantastic in the afternoon sun!
A huge thanks to the surgical teams at Torbay hospital. Thank you for inviting me to visit to see the building work underway and to hear about the great teamwork alongside daycase theatres.
It was lovely to be in Paignton today meeting Indiana from the fabulous Lions Monocle and catching up with Pat and Liz to discuss the Select Committee's Report on Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities and the future of seaside towns. and supporting the Future High Streets Fund
Play Torbay do amazing work for children locally and it was good to catch up with their team to follow up on progress after the visit I arranged from the Children's Commissioner, Anne Longfield. I was glad to hear that their funding is now far more secure and that their Easter Play Activities Programme is now here, with lots of activities for children and young people of all ages. Playground activities are free to anyone who would like to join in. There are three playgrounds: Wildfox in Paignton, Indigos in Brixham and Fort Apache in Torquay.
If your child needs the support of their Play Inclusion Team for any of the activities, do contact Play Torbay as soon as possible: please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01803 850157. They have team of highly trained workers skilled in playwork and youth work who are able to support young people on a one-to-one basis. You can also view the programme on their website. I will continue to press for children's play and activity to be supported as I think it is a vital part of improving mental and physical health for all our children.
It was great to be at the Brixham Fish Market today to thank the team organising and installing their new rooftop solar panels. The system is a 420 panel, 120Kw system that will take full advantage of fish market's location and will contribute each year to removing approximately 132,720 pounds of Carbon from the atmosphere, equivalent to the carbon absorbing ability of 687 mature trees and enough green energy to offset a significant part of the running of the high refrigeration needs of our port.
It was great to pop along to the fabulous Totnes Cinema on International Women's Day ahead of their screening of Totnes Women's Voices, of which I took part. In the film you hear local women and girls from age 3 to 92 give their views on politics and voting, how life has changed and what they feel still needs to change.
Today at the vibrant Totnes Market, the Citizens Advice Bureau had a stall to raise funds for the CAB. Although their stall will not be weekly event, there may be opportunities to buy their delicious cakes later in the year! The CAB is a charity that provides independent advice on debt, benefits, housing, family and relationship, consumer and health issues. The local CAB office can be found at Follaton House
Thank you to Totnes Progressive School for inviting me to visit. Pupils have presented me with a petition to forward to the Minister to make all the shops in Totnes use recyclable/recycled shopping bags.
Thank you to Cecilia, Suzi and all at BATS for a wonderful and moving Armistice commemoration. Thank you also to veteran and historian, Robbie Robinson for lighting our Beacon For Brixham.
I was honoured to join Dartmouth Remembrance Parade and Service this morning to remember all who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.