Devon News

    • Bus staff may strike

      Stagecoach bus staff are reportedly to go on strike next month. The strike could last for one day and industrial action is said to have been called as a request for more pay.

    • Weekly covid update (Friday)

      Covid figures continue to fall throughout most of Devon and remain well below the national average. In the week up to Sunday 19 September, the average rate of infection across all of Devon’s councils was 265 per 100,000 people, down from 295 the week before.

    • School covid policy ‘confusing’

      The current policy on dealing with covid in schools is “rather confusing” according to Devon’s public health director, who has asked for a review amid rising cases.

    • Universal credit impact

      The end of the temporary £20 a week uplift in universal credit payments is expected to affect 30,000 households in Devon.

    • Covid enhanced response area

      Devon’s director of public health says there is unlikely to be an extension to the current covid enhanced response area for Devon and Cornwall which ends next week.

    • Proposals to regenerate a brownfield site in Newton Abbot have been approved by councillors.

      Proposals to regenerate a brownfield site in Newton Abbot have been approved by councillors. The land at Bradley Lane, near the centre of the town, was identified and bought up by Teignbridge District Council in 2010 as a site where regeneration could take place, reportedly including up to 170 homes.

    • Solar Farm Refused Again but Councillors may Face Appeal

      Proposals for a huge solar farm in Mid Devon have again been rejected by councillors. After previously voting in July that they were ‘minded to refuse’ the scheme at Langford near Cullompton, members of the district council’s planning committee rubber-stamped their decision by seven votes to four at this week’s meeting. However, the committee was warned that the applicant may lodge an appeal against the decision.

    • DEVON/TORBAY/PLYMOUTH: Covid weekly update (Tuesday)

      Covid cases continue to fall across much of Devon, with Torridge’s case rate now the only one above the national average. Government figures for the week to Thursday 16 September show infections dropped by over a quarter in each of the Devon County Council, Torbay and Plymouth areas. Devon’s number of cases per 100,000 people now stands at 217, while the numbers in Torquay and Plymouth are 291 and 264. In comparison, the UK average is now 297.

    • Commissioner Commits to Tackling Gender Violence

      Addressing the Devon and Cornwall police and crime panel in Plymouth on Friday, Alison Hernandez responded to suggestions that tackling gender-based violence isn’t given high enough priority in her draft plan.    Unveiling her strategy for 2021-25, Commissioner Hernandez said key community priorities are breaking the cycle of violence, reducing drugs harm, tackling antisocial behaviour and improving road safety. 

    • Fostered children lend their voice to new recruitment campaign

      Devon County Council has produced three animations using the real voices of young people who now live in foster care. It’s the first time real voices of fostered teens have been used to help promote their fostering service. The council hopes it will prompt people who have thought about becoming foster parents to come forward to help fill a shortfall, and encourage others to consider it. The digital campaign features three incredible young people – Bobby, Rosie and Phill.

    • Protect you and your baby by having the vaccine

      Pregnant women are being reassured by the NHS in Devon that having the COVID-19 vaccination is the best and safest way to protect them and their baby from the serious complications that can be caused by the virus. Pregnant women with COVID-19 have a higher risk of intensive care admission than women of the same age who are not pregnant.

    • Have you or your loved ones recently used NHS 111 to get medical help? Did you get the advice and care you needed?

      Healthwatch in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay want to hear about your recent experiences of using NHS 111 to make sure that you are getting the care and support you need. NHS 111 is there to support you and direct you to the best medical care when it’s not an emergency. It’s vital that the service meets your needs and delivers high standards of care.

    • Are you eligible for help to buy healthy food?

      Boxes brimming with fruit and veg are being given away to 2,500 Devon families. Devon Public Health are running an initiative this autumn to raise awareness of the national Healthy Start scheme. Healthy Start provides eligible pregnant women and families with children under 4 with financial support for fruit and veg, pulses, cows’ milk, and infant formula, as well as free vitamins. Only about 50 per cent of those eligible in Devon are currently signed up.

    • More residents are to finally receive compensation payments, councillors told due to South Devon highway

      More residents whose homes have decreased in value because of the proximity of the South Devon Highway will finally receive compensation payments. Devon County Council’s ruling cabinet approved a £5 million fund this week, which will also go towards outstanding payments from the road’s construction, including surveys and contract commitments.

    • Speed Limit Reduction Plea as Site Visit Planned to Consider Cutting Speed at 'Death Trap'

      Further calls have been made to extend a 30 mph speed limit along a road in Newton Abbot described as a ‘death trap’. Currently the eastern entrance to the town on Shaldon Road, just past the junction with Haytor Drive to Milber service station industrial units, has a 40 mph limit before it drops to 30 nearer the town centre.

    • New Measures to Address Recruitment Crisis of Social Workers

      Devon is “struggling more than ever” to recruit social workers as the county council announced a new package of measures to help fix the crisis. The council says it has a significant shortage of social workers in key areas such as support for the most vulnerable children and families, care for disabled children, and its safeguarding hub –  hampering attempts to improve children’s services.

    • Carbon-reducing lights could be harmful to insects

      Many of Devon’s new LED streetlights will be dimmed help reduce their potential impact on insects. Devon County Council is currently rolling out LED upgrades in residential areas and says all of its 79,000 streetlights will be converted from the traditional sodium bulbs by next year.

    • Heart of the South West Better Business for All wins national award

      The Heart of the South West Better Business for All partnership (Hot SW BBFA) has won the Better Business for All award at the Office for Product Safety & Standards (OPSS) Regulatory Excellence Awards ceremony. Better Business For All is a partnership of the region’s local authorities – including Devon County Council – business groups, regulators and trading standards services.

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    What's On

    • Exeter Canal Cruise

      Reminisce as you travel through time along the oldest working ship canal in Europe with a choice of departure from Exmouth or Exeter. Sailing through two working locks and the Countess Wear swing bridge, this cruise presents the perfect opportunity to explore the historic quayside of Exeter and enjoy a spot of lunch at one of the many independent eateries.

      at Exmouth Marina
    • Exmouth Country Market - 8.30 til 11.30am

      Cooperative market selling cakes, meals, savouries, preserves, eggs, plants, crafts, vegetables and fruit. All home made and locally produced

      at The Glenorchy Hall
    • Barn Dance

      Get your boots and checked shirts ready!! Spoken presents, Exmouth's very first Barn Dance incorporating Ceilidh Band & caller, finishing with Exmouth favourite Ian Boyd singing and entertaining you all night. The town centre of Exmouth will be home to a large marquee where a whole host of events will take place over the weekend of October 1st, and this year we are launching a fun night for the whole family. Licensed bar, hot dogs, games and foot stompin fun! 6pm - Amber Fire - Ceilidh band & caller 8.30pm - Ian Boyd. Exmouth's best, entertaining you all night

      at Marquee