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Cyclists in serious collision in Devon

At 10.29am on Thursday 7th February 2019, two cyclists were riding along High Street, Budleigh Salterton, when there was an incident involving a Silver Volvo V50 Estate. The vehicle had been following behind the cyclists. The Volvo overtook the cyclists, resulting in one of the riders colliding with the car. The cyclist fell from his […]

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Tamar Bridge tolls to rise?

Future funding of the Tamar Bridge and the Torpoint Ferry was discussed at today’s Cabinet meeting of Cornwall Council. Toll prices on the bridge and the ferry, which are jointly owned by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council, have not risen since 2010. Under the terms of the Tamar Bridge […]

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Devon Council combats loneliness

From Devon County Council: Nearly one in every five people aged over 75 in the UK go three months or longer with no one to share a meal with, according to analysis by Bournemouth University’s Ageing and Dementia Research Centre. That’s one in five people this Christmas with no company […]

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Storm Callum wreaks havoc in the south west

It is not cold outside but it sure is windy as my morning dog walk advised. It seems the south of our area is particularly vulnerable. This comes from Devon County Council’s website: Devon County Council is urging people across the county and particularly in the south-west of Devon and […]

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Yet more roadworks on A39 N Devon Fairy Cross

The last time roadworks occurred on a nearby stretch of the A39, I followed diversion signs and met an oncoming lorry on a single track country lane, concerned I might struggle to get out of the muddy mess I was forced into. So, we are no doubt all thrilled to know […]

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N Devon man jailed for making bombs

From Devon & Cornwall Police: A 56-year-old man who turned his north Devon home into a bomb-making factory through his love of chemistry was jailed for 40 months today [17 September]. See the video of the controlled detonation here. A total of 17 homemade improvised explosive devices [IEDs] and more than […]

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Devon Council to phase out single-use plastics

From the Devon CC website: Devon County Council will phase out its use of the most polluting single-use plastic products within two years. Members of the Council’s Cabinet voted unanimously to support the move, which is part of a new action plan to help cut the amount of single-use plastic waste in Devon. […]

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Route 39 to be Atlantic Academy?

A letter has gone out to parents confirming a change of name from Route 39 Academy to Atlantic Academy. The North Devon school has been stricken by problems almost since its inception, with planning issues (the new school for 700 pupils is sited in the North Devon AONB which angered […]

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Blue flag Devon at Westward Ho!

This year environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is presenting 190 awards to England’s very best beaches, including 65 international Blue Flags and 125 Seaside Awards (eight more than last year), with 42 beaches achieving both awards. This includes awards to Torridge District Council’s Westward Ho! beach. Westward Ho! joins the […]

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North Devon Link Road gets upgrade funding

From Devon County Council: A multi-million upgrade of the North Devon Link Road has received £83 million of government funding, it’s been announced today (Thursday 17 May). Devon County Council’s bid for Local Majors Funding to improve the A361 has successfully won the backing of Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. The […]

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Check out Rosemoor

It’s been a while but today I visited Rosemoor in the sunshine, where there is also a Bonsai exhibition. My limited knowledge of Bonsai seemed to lead to some dismay, but this wasn’t Gardener’s Question Time, just a trip to my nearest RHS gardens. Unfortunately, I don’t know a biennial […]

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A reminder from Devon CC to drive slowly around horses

The British Horse Society (BHS) has released figures highlighting a rise in incidents between horses and vehicles in Devon – we write about this in April and will continue to spread the word. Devon County Council says: Between the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 years, incidents in Devon rose from 7 to […]

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Devon roads likely to remain problematic into tomorrow

From Devon County Council: Large parts of the major road network are passable and improving, but disruption to travel should be expected throughout the day (Monday) and into tomorrow (Tuesday 20). Devon’s main routes are improving, but minor roads, especially on high ground, will remain impassable today. Council contractors have […]

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Devon council tax rise to fund roads, elderly and vulnerable

From Devon Council’s website: Councillors in Devon are planning a council tax rise of nearly five percent to fund a big boost in spending on the elderly, the vulnerable and the county’s roads. To be fair, many roads are a disgrace, with poor drainage unravelling the patching up work that […]

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Update on those A39 roadworks in Devon – 3 whole weeks ot it!

It’s all about drainage! Work will take place on the A39 west of Bucks Cross to Dowland Cross between 19 February and 7 March 2018. I thought it was 2 weeks but it is actually 3! The road will be closed 24hrs a day during this period with a signed […]

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