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Temporary Accommodation to assist Homeless Families unveiled in Bideford

Councillors were invited to look around a newly renovated property in Bideford this week, that has been updated and modernised to support Homeless Families who require temporary accommodation. The property was purchased by the Council for general use to provide better, more cost effective and flexible short-term options for the […]

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Parents can help researchers by having their say on school shutdowns

Parents can have their say on how their families are coping with the upheaval of school closures as part of a major new research project set up to track the impact of coronavirus. A new survey allows people around the country to share their experiences and concerns, as well as […]

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Fly-tipper gets his reward!

A Plymouth man who fled to Ireland after committing a year-long fly-tipping spree has been jailed. Martin McDonagh, 26, was called ‘Plymouth’s worst fly-tipper’ by the press for dumping rubbish collected from people’s homes in the countryside. He caught a ferry to Ireland 9 days before he was due in […]

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Devon encouraging more people to become registered childminders

From DEevon County Council: Devon County Council is encouraging more people to become childminders, following a Council report that identified a decrease in numbers across the county. The Annual Childcare Sufficiency Report 2018-2019 identified a decrease of 9.5% in 2019. Childminders offer a vital, flexible service, especially in rural areas and […]

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Recycling levels soar to 51% in Torridge thanks to resident recyclers

In June 2018 Torridge District Council embarked on a major change to its waste and recycling collections with the introduction of fortnightly black bag collections. At the same time, the Council extended and improved kerbside recycling collections, including food waste from all households, and the extension of an optional green […]

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Goodnight Mr Tom – Holsworthy Amateur Theatrical Society

By Helen Shingler:   HATS recently concluded a very successful 6 night run (split over two weeks) of the wonderful ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’.  The play was originally published as a children’s book in the early 1980’s by the author Michelle Magorian and has won several awards. It is the story […]

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Should we ban vehicles outside school gates?

Nearly two thirds (63%) of teachers would support a ban on motor vehicles outside the school gates during school drop off and pick up times, new figures reveal, as 29 schools in Devon start the annual Big Pedal challenge to walk, scoot or cycle their journeys. Obviously, some won’t be able […]

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Campaign to deal with street begging in Barnstaple

North Devon and Torridge Community Safety Partnership (CSP) is launching a new campaign to deal with street begging in Barnstaple. The aim of Spare Change or Real Change is to change the way we approach people who we see begging in order to provide a long-term solution to their situation. […]

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Torridge Council Tax rise info

Against a backdrop of ongoing grant reductions from central government Torridge Councillors  voted to increase Council Tax on an average Band D property by £5 for 2019/20; the equivalent of 10p per week, although most Torridge residents will pay less than this. This move mirrors similar increases from other Councils […]

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