The South Devon Alliance (SDA) has the aim of creating a functioning and transparent democracy in Teignbridge. The group was formed by the passionate and articulate campaigners who were convincingly elected in 2019 as Newton Says No, a group formed in opposition to over-development of Teignbridge.
Prior to the 2019 the Lib Dem Leader made a promise to ‘do everything within the law to stop NA3’, the most controversial of TDC’s housing developments. The Lib Dems have done nothing to challenge national housing targets and all they did on NA3 is cancel the masterplan that would have put in place all the environmental protections. In February 2023 trees were cut down on NA3 when NO PLANNING PERMISSION was in place. Even Plymouth City Council get planning permission for their environmental genocide!!
#savethealex - The current SDA councillors at Teignbridge Cllrs Daws, Mullone and Bradford actively campaigned and voted against the Lib Dem plan demolish the interior of The Alexandra Theatre. They engaged with The Theatres Trust, who lobbied TDC to change their demolition plans.
Cllr Mullone and Bradford consulted with Newton Abbot’s Queen’s Street traders and found 90% were against the Lib Dems proposed changes to their trading environment.
Cllr Daws set up The Alexandra Theatre Newton Abbot - Community Benefit Society with five founding directors where they put forward alternative plans for the doomed theatre. The Lib Dems now (astonishingly) claim to have ‘saved the Alex’, all by themselves, from themselves?!?! Truth being their demolition project has stalled, due to their poor planning and the £9.2m Future High Street Fund grant now hangs by a thread
And shockingly, the Local Government Ombudsman recently censured TDC for failing to follow the law, breaching the human rights at and ‘systemic’ failings after stating, ‘Local councillors have a key role in scrutinising their authorities’ actions and have an enhanced right of free speech to ask what might at times appear to be uncomfortable questions.’