Sajid Javid launches Devon’s manifesto

The Local Government Secretary praised Devon County Council for its hard work improving transport, broadband, boosting the economy and helping prevent flooding during a visit to Exeter today.

Sajid Javid was in the city to officially launch Devon Conservative’s manifesto ahead of the local elections on May 4.

He was shown vital flood defence work funded by the Council to reduce the risk of flooding to more than 3,200 homes and businesses in the city – currently in its second phase.

The Communities and Local Government Secretary said: “People in Devon have the chance to support the hard work of the team that has been running their services effectively and efficiently, allowing them to build on the progress made so far.

“Both the Council and the Government contributed to funding this essential flood prevention work to protect communities at risk from the devastation of flooding. The South Devon Link Road is another vital project which is delivering a boost to the South Devon economy thanks to the investment and foresight of the Council.”

Councillor John Hart, leader of Devon County Council, said: “The South Devon Link Road, Crediton by-pass, new railway stations at Newcourt and Cranbrook are just a few examples of what we’ve achieved over the last eight years to improve the economy, businesses and life for residents in Devon.

“We’ve streamlined and reduced bureaucracy, reducing the running costs of the Council, invested £1 billion in infrastructure – roads, schools and other projects.

“Over the next four years we have an ambitious programme and we ask for the support of people in Devon so we can continue this good work.”