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'Garden Tax' condemned

Plans to introduce a £35 charge to dispose of garden waste have been condemned by Liberal Democrats in Teignbridge. The Council will introduce the charge from next year. Lib Dems fear it may lead to more fly tipping and have launched a petition opposing the plan.

Could garden waste prove costly in Teignbridge? Credit: Paul Mayall/DPA/Press Association Images

Campaigners fight housing plans for Cornwall

Plans to build almost 50,000 new homes in Cornwall have been branded 'an invasion of the countryside' by conservationists.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England says that number is the equivalent of building 10 towns the size of Liskeard.

Cornwall Council says there are already 28,000 people on its growing housing register.

Kathy Wardle reports:

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Rural campaigners blast Cornwall building schemes.

Campaigners say The Duchy is the fastest growing part of Britain for housebuilding Credit: ITV Westcountry

Plans to build more than 45,000 new homes in Cornwall by 2030 have been described by rural campaigners as an invasion of the countryside.

CPRE Cornwall says the speed of the building work, which is the size of five Truros, does not stem from local need. It says housing growth in the Duchy is faster than anywhere else in the UK.

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Badger cull protestors gather at High Court

Badger cull protestors outside the High Court today Credit: ITV News West Country

Campaigners have gathered outside the High Court in London today for another hearing about the Government's badger cull.

The Badger Trust is seeking a ruling that there has been a failure to install an independent panel of experts to monitor this year's pilot culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset. The culls are taking place to try to stop the spread of TB in cattle.

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Taunton Deane Borough Council to move to County Hall

Taunton Deane Borough Council has finally voted to move to Somerset County Hall, one month after a similar proposal was narrowly rejected.

A sign outside the Council's current premises. Credit: ITV News

The council says it costs £650,000 a year to occupy the ageing Deane House off Station Road in Taunton. Its report also found that creating a public sector 'one-stop-shop' together with the County Council would make life easier for service users.

Discussions will now start with the County Council about how best to facilitate the move.

Transport Minister visiting Dawlish today

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP. Credit: PA

Transport Minister Patrick McCloughin MP will be at Dawlish train station today to see the see work done to repair the track. More than 300 people help rebuild it after part of it was destroyed in the winter storms earlier this year. A long-term solution to protect the mainline is still being decided.

Communities Minister visits Devon and Cornwall

The Government's new Communities Minister is in the South West later. Penny Mordaunt MP will visit shop owners in Liskeard who have benefitted from the Portas Pilot initiative. She will then head to Plymouth's West End and waterfront to see how funding from the Coastal Communities Scheme has been spent.

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