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Open Letter to Bude and Stratton Community Alliance

By Councillor Tony Gibbs: Open Letter to Bude and Stratton Community Alliance As a current Bude and Stratton Town Councillor and specifically the Chairman of the Communities Committee, I would like to respond to some of the points raised by the creation of the Bude-Stratton Community Alliance (BSCA) ahead of […]

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Today’s Budget highlights

I was sat in my car listening to the Budget speech by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, on my way to Wadebridge for my Covid-19 jab. This is the gist of what I heard but for the full shebang, here it all is: To be fair, the Chancellor came across as confident […]

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Can Independents change the shape of local politics?

*This article does not endorse any candidate (all are welcome to say their piece on Bude & Beyond). When Bude and Stratton Town Council held an election for Bude Ward on 12th December, the turnout was 68.8% and local vet, Tom O’Sullivan, was duly elected. 68.8% might not look like […]

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Council elections – what you need to know

From Bude & Stratton Town Council website: The Government confirmed the elections scheduled on May 6th this year will go ahead, and with lockdowns now set to ease we are encouraging everyone to think about how they wish to vote. You can vote at a polling station on the day as […]

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Ban sale of cheap polystyrene bodyboards – petition

From Devon County Council: According to the Keep Britain Tidy report, over 16,000 cheap polystyrene bodyboards are discarded on UK beaches annually. These boards often snap and become unusable within minutes of use. When discarded, polystyrene crumbles into small white polystyrene balls, threatening our natural environment. These boards are made […]

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Scott Mann update on Government progress

Scott Mann explains why he is pleased with Government progress on various issues: I was very pleased to see the Education Secretary announce a £700 million recovery package for children and young people in England – helping them to catch up on learning lost due to the pandemic and access […]

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Scott Mann sponsors Bude application to Ideas Fund

The Department of Transport Ideas Fund is part of the Restoring Your Railway Fund.  It is for proposals for projects to restore lost rail connections to communities, and is really the very early stages or checking the business case for a railway. Three local groups (Connect Bude, Bude Coastal Communities […]

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Blue Monday – don’t worry, it’s bunkum

Just realised that today is so-called ‘Blue Monday’  – rubbish weather, no cause to celebrate, our New Year’s resolutions have already failed, and the bills are rolling in, plus the small issue of a pandemic, of course. I sincerely hope those who need support are able to access it. Try […]

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Cornwall to host G7 summit

It seems hugely optimistic that we will be hosting anything here in June but the announcement has been made that Cornwall (especially Carbis Bay, to be precise) is to host the G7 Summit. Responses are mixed among the general public but Cornwall Council, Devon & Cornwall Police, and Visit Cornwall, […]

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More than 60,000 new cases of Covid in one day

For the first time, the UK has recorded more than 60,000 new cases of Coronavirus (60,916). 1.3 million people across the UK have been vaccinated including around a quarter of over 80s. Professor Whitty says the new variant is taking off all over the country. He says 1 in 50 […]

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Town Council puts out Covid rise warning

People across Cornwall are being urged to keep their guard up as cases of Covid-19 start to rise across our communities. Members of the multi-agency Local Outbreak Engagement Board, led by Cornwall Council, heard today (Friday, December 18) that the number of infections has risen again since the end of […]

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Christmas message from Scott Mann

Christmas letter from Scott Mann: I was very pleased to welcome the publishing of a proposal by the ‘Northern Route Working Group’, a team of industry experts who are seeking to fully reopen the Okehampton line. Although this project is in Devon it will be very important public transport links […]

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Have your say on the future of Bude

Bude-Stratton Town Council is partway through one of its biggest pieces of consultation to date. In a bid to improve engagement levels with the community, they are asking for you, the public, to air their views on how public money should be spent in the local area and what projects […]

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Cases drop in Cornwall and Devon, including Bude and area

That interactive map has been updated again to 7 days ending 21st November. Cornwall total cases down to 338 Devon overall down to 777 cases. Torridge down to 49 Bude & Stratton, Poundstock and Kilkhampton, Crackington & Tintagel, Launceston, Camelford and Tresmeer, and Holsworthy, Bradworthy & Welcombe – fewer than […]

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Tiering and how it will work

After lockdown 2 ends, tiering takes place. On 2 December government will lift the national restrictions across all of England and the following restrictions will be eased: the stay-at-home requirement will end non-essential retail, gyms, personal care will reopen. The wider leisure and entertainment sectors will also reopen, although to […]

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