Have Your Say on Train Timetable Consultation!

South Western Railway has embarked on a major review of the train timetable which will specifically affect train users in Feniton.

The new timetable is to take effect in December 2018 and, according to South Western Railway, will address the concerns of the many customers who have requested more trains at peak times and more Sunday services.

Feniton station

The consultation documentation is available here https://www.southwesternrailway.com/contact-and-help/timetable-consultation. The timetable which relates to Feniton is ‘Table 160 West of England’.

Comments on the proposed changes should be emailed to timetable.feedback@swrailway.com

If you’re a regular train user, be it for commuting to work or leisure, it’s vital to have your say to ensure that we get an improved service for Feniton.

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Vigil at Honiton Community Hospital

This morning I attended a vigil outside Honiton Community Hospital. It was called to mark the end of inpatient care in the town. It was a sad day, as it now means that there are no inpatient beds in the hospitals in Seaton, Axminster, Honiton and Ottery St Mary.

I wasn’t sure what to expect … it’s a Bank Holiday and the weather was glorious … so I half expected to be there with just a handful of people.

I was wrong.

HonitonHospitalPeopleThe event had been organised by Honiton Patients’ Action Group … a well-organised and furious bunch of people.

A group of about 50 turned up, armed to the teeth with placards, happy to vent their feelings to the local press about the parlous state of future community health provision.HonitonHospitalPlacards

Among those present this morning was Cllr Martin Shaw (county councillor for Seaton and Colyton) who spoke about his grave concerns for health provision. He had also addressed Devon County Council’s Scrutiny Committee meeting in July (https://seatonmatters.org/2017/07/26/the-health-scrutiny-committee-which-didnt-scrutinise/).

The decision to close the inpatient beds in Honiton had not been the subject of public consultation, so those present felt that this was sufficient cause for Devon County Council’s Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee to refer the decision to close the hospital beds to the Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt. In turn, he would have had to refer the decision to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (which describes itself as ‘the independent expert on NHS service change’).

Had that decision been made at their July meeting (https://devoncc.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/293466), those present at the vigil today would probably have still been worried about their future health care, but at least they would have felt that every avenue open to them had been explored.

Instead they were denied this last opportunity by political shenanigans of epic proportion.

I watched the webcast of the July meeting of DCC Health Scrutiny Committee (http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/conduct-committee-members-investigated-devon-312213) and was frankly appalled at the charade being played out before my eyes.

Questions have been raised about how the meeting was conducted and the Standards Committee at DCC meets tomorrow to decide if the complaints are well founded.

Meanwhile, members of East Devon District Council have expressed dismay about the way an almost unanimous vote on a Motion expressing real concern about the conduct of the Clinical Commissioning Group was ignored and have called an Extra Ordinary Meeting of full Council to discuss a Motion of No Confidence in the leader, Cllr Paul Diviani, who sat on Devon County Council’s Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee as a representative of the leaders of all the district councils in Devon.

Cllr Diviani effectively voted against referring the decision to close inpatients beds in Honiton to the Secretary of State and later admitted under robust questioning that he had not canvassed the views of the other leaders.

The Extra Ordinary Council meeting will be held on Wednesday 13 September at EDDC’s headquarters at the Knowle, Sidmouth, starting at 6 p.m.


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Engineering Works – Feniton Level Crossing Road repairs

Essential works to Feniton level crossing are to be undertaken on

30 July 2017 at 00.05 to 07.45

The works will involve repairs to the level crossing surface, requiring tarmac to be broken out using pneumatic breakers and disc cutting equipment.

Network Rail logoI think we can expect a sleepless night!!



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