Devon News

    • Regeneration projects in Exeter, Torquay and Bideford get Government cash

      More than £2.3 million of Government funding has been awarded to a partnership of councils in Devon to help deliver five local regeneration schemes to boost economic recovery. The One Public Estate programme aims to support councils to deliver initiatives which create economic growth through unlocking land for new homes and jobs; providing new opportunities to save on running costs or generating income funding; or transforming services.

    • Small rise in Covid patients in Devon - but Cornwall's hospitals still Covid free

      There has been a small increase in the number of patients in Devon in hospital following a positive Covid-19 test – but Cornwall’s hospitals are again Covid free. The latest Government figures, which give the position as of Tuesday, June 8, show that across hospital trusts in the two counties, there are only five patients currently in hospital – up from the one as of June 1.

    • Strong opposition to merging responsibility for Devon’s national parks, says council

      Any proposals to remove local responsibility for Dartmoor and Exmoor will be strongly opposed in Devon, the leader of the county council has declared. There has been considerable speculation that the Government is planning to centralise the management of Britain’s national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty in a new National Landscape Service. But Cllr John Hart, Devon County Council’s leader, has written to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, George Eustace, and Devon’s MPs urging them to keep the management local.

    • MPs left surprised by 'slicing apart' of constituencies in boundary commision proposals

      MPs from Exeter and East Devon have been left surprised by proposals that would see a major shake-up of their electoral wards. Burnthouse Lane, parts of Countess Wear, and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital are set to be moved ‘out of Exeter’ under proposals for a shake-up of England’s electoral map in 2023.

    • Bids will go in for funding for new relief road and railway station for Devon and new Town Centre for Exmouth

      Plans for a new transport hub, two relief roads, and town centre improvements for Exmouth will be put forward in a bid to get nearly £100m of Government cash. Devon County Council’s cabinet, when they met at County Hall in person on Wednesday morning, unanimously agreed with the recommendation to give approval for the council to work with the relevant district councils to submit bids to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund.

    • No Covid deaths in Devon and Cornwall in latest weekly ONS figures

      For the first time since mid-September, no deaths relating to coronavirus in both Devon and Cornwall have been recorded in the most recent weekly figures. The figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) which relate to the week of May 22 to May 28 but registered up to June 5, show that none of the 269 deaths registered in the two counties had Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate. It is the sixth week in a row where there were no deaths in a care home in the two counties, and the 11th consecutive week where the total number of Covid related deaths was in single figures.

    • Exeter University achieves global top 150 status in influential rankings

      Exeter is now ranked 149th in the prestigious QS World University Rankings 2022 – a rise of 15 places compared to last year – placing it among the very best institutions worldwide. This is the 18th year that QS has published its World University Rankings. They are based on six indicators and were compiled by considering more than 1,300 universities. 

    • Cllr Martin Wrigley calls for emergency funding to give carers in Devon a break

      This Carers Week Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Newton Abbot and Councillor for Dawlish North East is calling on the Government to provide emergency funding to give carers a break from dramatically increased caring responsibilities during the Covid pandemic:

    • Newton Abbot town centre Travelodge plans recommended for approval

      Plans for a new Travelodge hotel to be built in the heart of Newton Abbot are being recommended to get the go ahead. Teignbridge District Council’s own plans would see the Halcyon Road car park converted into a 72-bedroom hotel with a restaurant. The new hotel is the second phase of Teignbridge District Council’s masterplan for the centre of Newton Abbot, with a 25-year lease having already provisionally been agreed with Travelodge.

    • Alternative option to blanket 20mph speed limit for Newton Abbot proposed

      An alternative solution to a proposed ‘blanket 20mph speed limit’ set to be trialled in Newton Abbot has been put forward by town councillors. The Devon County Council trial is set to be carried out at some point in 2022 and will allow the testing of the full potential impact of an area-wide scheme and make the most of the opportunity to learn lessons for future schemes.

    • Calls made for meeting to determine fate of Newton Abbot's theatre

      Calls have been made for Teignbridge District Council and campaigners against the regeneration plans for the town’s cinema and theatre to sit down and meet to determine its fate.

    • Devon Covid rates are falling in contrast to England's rise

      Coronavirus infection rates in Devon are falling and are currently lower than when England moved into step 2 of the roadmap out of lockdown. Nationally, the number of new cases is increasing, with a 34.7 per cent week-on-week rise, but Devon is not seeing the same trends. In the same period, infection rates in Devon are down 14.8 per cent to a current rate of 8.6/100,000 – which will fall further in upcoming days – with the infection rates below the 9.1/100,000 when step 2 occurred on April 12.

    • Work on Newton Abbot link road needed for 1,000 plus homes scheme begins

      Work has started on the first phase of a new vital link road on the outskirts of Newton Abbot which is needed to enable a housing development of more than 1,000 homes to come forward. The £4.5m scheme, which will enable developments planned for the Houghton Barton area, forms the first part of the road which will eventually link the A382 at Forches Cross to the A383 at Hele Park.

    • Stagecoach appoints new Operations Director to manage South West bus routes.

      Katie Wagstaff to join their senior management team. Katie began her career as a graduate trainee at Stagecoach South in 2014 and has since worked in various management roles within the Stagecoach London business and was previously Operations Manager for Basingstoke. She will be responsible for the South West operations which includes 917 drivers and 348 buses and coaches spanning over 111 routes and over 16 million miles a year. She replaces Paul Clark, who left at the end of May 2021 to take a new opportunity at First Bus in Glasgow.

    • Devon to bid for Government cash for new railway station, cycle trail and road schemes

      A new railway station, a new cycle trail, and three long-awaited highways schemes are to be put forward in a bid to get nearly £100m of Government cash. Devon County Council’s cabinet, when they meet next Wednesday, are recommended to give approval for the council to work with the relevant district councils to submit bids to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund.

    • Police Appeal After Woman assaulted on bus in Torquay

      We are appealing for witnesses to an incident in which a woman was sexually assaulted on a bus in Torquay on Tuesday 25 May. A woman aged in her 20s reported she was approached by a man on the number 31 Stagecoach bus travelling between Torquay town centre and Watcombe between 5.30pm and 6pm.

    • Pandemic recovery and climate change action among priorities for re-elected Devon leader Cllr John Hart

      Devon County Council leader Cllr John Hart has refreshed his ruling cabinet following last month’s election  victory as he starts an historic fourth term in charge. Cllr Hart, who represents Bickleigh and Wembury, was re-elected leader of the council at Thursday’s annual meeting. The Conservative will retain responsibility for policy, property and corporate matters and will chair the cabinet, and said that he is looking forward to the challenge of focusing on recovery after the pandemic.

    • Local Plan sites 'best of a bad bunch' with council looking for 'least damaging' options

      Teignbridge residents are being urged to have their say to help the council find the ‘least damaging’ and ‘best of a bad bunch’ sites for thousands of new homes across the district. There have been more than 100 sites which have been identified as places where future housing provision could be provided as part of the Teignbridge Local Plan that will run until 2040.

    • New Teignbridge chairman retires from day job to take up the post

      Teignbridge District Council’s new chairman has retired from his work in the financial services industry to take up his new role. Cllr Colin Parker, Liberal Democrat councillor for the Buckland and Milber ward, was elected as the new council chairman at Friday’s annual meeting. A town councillor since 2007, district councillor since 2011, and former Mayor of Newton Abbot, Cllr Parker has spent much of his life in the financial services industry but it was announced he will retire from that this week in order to represent the council in this new role.

    • Eco-warriors hold silent vigil to protest lack of action on climate change

      Eco-warriors protesting against Devon County Council’s ‘lack of action’ since declaring a Climate and Ecological Emergency two years ago gathered on the steps outside County Hall ahead of Thursday’s annual meeting. The group arrived at 1pm for silent vigil and held up placards reflecting their reactions to the climate and ecological emergencies, such as ‘scared’, ‘angry’, ‘worried’, ‘livid’, ’perplexed’, etc,  and a banner questioning what has actually been done over the two years.

    • Homes plan for very edge of Exeter refused due to damage to landscape character

      Plans for 80 homes to be built right on the edge of Exeter at Redhills have been refused due to the harmful impact they would have on the landscape character of the area. ALD Development’s proposals for the site located beyond the built up urban area of Exwick to the south of it, on land to the east of Redhills, went before Exeter City Council’s planning committee on Thursday night.

    • Plans that could see an extra 1,250 bedrooms in student flats to be built on the University of Exeter campus have been given the go ahead.

      Plans that could see an extra 1,250 bedrooms in student flats to be built on the University of Exeter campus have been given the go ahead. The university’s plans for the development of the Clydesdale, Nash and Birks Grange Village Halls of Residence site off Stocker Road, which could deliver an additional 1,250 bedrooms, were overwhelmingly supported by Exeter City Council’s planning committee on Thursday night. Councillors agreed with the recommendation of approval that planning officers had suggested, saying that purpose built accommodation on the University’s own campus was the best way t

    • Summer Campaign To Increase Online Reporting

      Devon & Cornwall Police are launching a new summer-long campaign this week to help reduce demand on their 101 non-emergency number. The new campaign – whichever way you choose to contact us, #ItsPersonal, aims to  educate visitors to the area about the different ways to contact the police and explain that every contact the Force receives about a policing issue is answered by a member of the team, whether it’s online or by phone.

    • Dog theft Prevention, Devon Force lead for dog theft appointed by Devon & Cornwall Police

      Devon & Cornwall Police are paving the way in the region by appointing a dedicated dog theft lead. Chief Inspector Rob Curtis has been assigned to help tackle this rising crime. Dog theft stories circulating on social media and in the news has led to growing concern amongst owners both locally and nationally. Chief Inspector Rob Curtis wants to reassure people that Devon & Cornwall Police take dog theft very seriously. He said: “The theft of a beloved pet causes major distress to the owners, and although dog theft is very rare, we want people to be aware and to take safe precautions to help

    • No known cases of the new ‘Indian’ Covid variant within Devon

      There are no known cases of the Indian variant of coronavirus in Devon at the moment, the county council has said. The new variant, which was first identified in India, is thought to spread more easily between people, and the current vaccines are still effective against it. Currently those cases are highest in council areas of Bedford, Blackburn with Darwen, Bolton, Burnley, Kirklees, Leicester, London Borough of Hounslow, and North Tyneside. In those areas, public health leads and the local NHS are boosting testing and vaccinations, and supporting people to self-isolate.

    • Families on free school meals across Devon rise 15 per cent in six months

      Families of children currently receiving free school meals across Devon will automatically be sent supermarket vouchers to help them buy food over the half-term break. Almost 17,000 food vouchers worth over a quarter of a million pounds are being distributed to families this half-term as Devon County Council continues to combat holiday hunger. The vouchers – worth £15 a week for each child – can be redeemed in major supermarkets across Devon, and will replace the meals their children would have had in school.


    Tide Times

    Today's Weather

    • Exmouth

      Sunny intervals

      High: 24°C | Low: 10°C

    • Sidmouth

      Sunny intervals

      High: 24°C | Low: 12°C

    • Exeter

      Sunny intervals

      High: 24°C | Low: 10°C

    • Dawlish

      Sunny intervals

      High: 24°C | Low: 12°C

    What's On

    • Exmouth Stroke Survivors Club 10.30am - Exmouth Pavilion Gardens

      Let us show you how meeting other stroke survivors can benefit your life. Meeting other stroke survivors helps many people overcome the fears of a stroke.

      at Seafront Gardens
    • Active Minds - Dementia & Memory Loss Group 10.30 til 12.30 & 1.30 til 4pm

      Do you know someone with dementia or memory loss in East Devon? Active Minds group sessions offer fun and stimulating activities for brain health and wellbeing. At Budleigh Hub every Wednesday & Friday (10am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4pm). Groups of around 5 people 2.5 hour sessions Enjoyable, interesting and stimulating activities Maximises your brain health and well being Perfect for making new friends Transport available Offers respite for carers Run by Atlas Care dementia specialists Book a FREE taster session now. For more info visit our website or call: 01626 774 799

      at Health And Wellbeing Community Hub
    • Summer BBQ Cruise

      New for 2021, this relaxing evening cruise is the perfect opportunity for a much needed get together with friends and family, to celebrate the return to a bit of ‘normality’! Spend a summers evening on the water with a delicious, locally sourced BBQ whilst listening to stunning live background music – the perfect way to unwind and enjoy time with your nearest and dearest, whilst taking in the breath-taking views.

      at Exmouth Marina