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Thousands more coronavirus jabs to be given every week in Devon

Thousands more coronavirus jabs to be given every week in Devon as venues become NHS Vaccination Centres

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Tue, 01/26/2021 - 11:05am

Two landmark venues in Devon are opening as NHS Vaccination Centres today (26 January), ready to vaccinate tens of thousands of local people in coming weeks.

The Mayflower Grandstand at Plymouth Argyle Football Club’s Home Park Stadium, and exhibition and event venue Westpoint Exeter will be offering their first booked appointments to people in priority groups from Tuesday.

The two sites in Devon are among six launching across the South West today, bringing the national total to 50.

The Home Park and Westpoint Exeter sites mean thousands more vaccinations will...

Consultation underway on electricity substation proposals

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 01/25/2021 - 5:20pm

A public consultation is underway on proposals for an electricity substation to support development to the south west of Exeter.

Devon County Council has identified three potential sites to the south west of Exeter, and people are being asked for their views on these options, and any others, ahead of a planning application being submitted later in the year.

The substation is another essential element of the £55 million infrastructure needed to enable the development of 2,500 homes and employment in the area. Western Power Distribution, which is responsible for the...

Stay Positive Exeter

‘Stay Positive Exeter’ campaign supporting mental wellbeing in ‘lockdown’

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sun, 01/24/2021 - 7:36pm

People are being encouraged to stay positive during ‘lockdown’ and share their tips for keeping upbeat as part of a new social media campaign.

‘Stay Positive Exeter’ has been launched by the City Council to help people through these difficult times.

People are being asked to post a picture of themselves on Facebook holding a piece of paper containing the words #staypositiveexeter along with something they are doing to stay positive during this challenging period.

It could be something really simple like #staypositiveexeter:

  • Enjoying the
  • ...
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Devon preparing for an icy Monday morning

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 01/24/2021 - 3:16pm

Snow showers and freezing conditions swept across Devon in the early hours of this morning and Devon County Council is warning of a significant risk of ice on Devon’s roads, particularly into tomorrow (Monday 25 January) morning.

Devon’s fleet of gritters have been working around the clock to treat the County Council’s salting network, but the authority is urging people to avoid all but essential travel.

Gritting will continue throughout today ahead of an anticipated drop in road surface temperatures to as low as -8C across Devon overnight tonight. Conditions are...

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Devon to open two mass vaccination centres next week

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Fri, 01/22/2021 - 9:07pm

The NHS in Devon is making final preparations ready to welcome the first patients to two new large-scale vaccination centres from 26 January.

The Mayflower Grandstand at Plymouth Argyle Football Club’s Home Park Stadium, and exhibition and event venue Westpoint Exeter will be hosting their first booked appointments to people aged 80 and above from next Tuesday.

The Home Park and Westpoint Exeter sites mean thousands more vaccinations will be given every week in Devon and provide local people have a wider choice of options when they receive their invitation for an...

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Devon's Snow Wardens on standby as they mark 10th anniversary

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Fri, 01/22/2021 - 5:02pm

With Devon’s Snow Wardens prepared to spring into action this weekend, they will also be marking the 10th anniversary of the volunteer scheme this year.

The scheme has gone from strength to strength since it was launched by Devon County Council in 2011 , and around 325 towns and parishes in the county currently have snow wardens.

In the event of a prolonged cold spell, the volunteers grit their priority roads and clear snow as part of their community’s self-help plans. Among the first snow wardens to sign up were the parishes of Dunkeswell, Rattery and Uplyme, and 10...

Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust

Charity’s urgent plea to help protect the future of Dartmoor’s iconic ponies

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 01/22/2021 - 4:46pm

Dartmoor has become a draw for thousands seeking outdoors spaces for their health and well-being during the pandemic, with the much-loved iconic Dartmoor pony a huge draw. But a leading charity has warned their future is at risk unless additional funding is found.

The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust (DPHT) is a charity which works to protect the future of true Dartmoor ponies in their natural, native environment. It carries out important conservation projects within 450 hectares holding it manages at Bellever, in the heart of Dartmoor, an area very popular with visitors, where a...

Snow warning on Devon roads

Devon preparing for snow

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 01/22/2021 - 4:45pm

Devon is preparing for the possibility of widespread snow showers on Sunday morning (24 January).

Gritters will be carrying out multiple treatments overnight tonight as freezing temperatures and the risk of icy conditions and wintry showers continue into the weekend.

The County Council’s teams will be treating around 2,000 miles of roads on Devon’s primary and secondary salting network from around 7am tomorrow morning, ahead of a band of snow which is forecast to bring around 5cm of snow from the early hours of Sunday.

Road surface temperatures will again be low...

Exeter Airpark

Road improvement works start at Exeter Airport Lane to boost East Devon’s economic recovery

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 01/21/2021 - 10:03pm

This week, work has started on road improvements for enhanced access at Exeter Airport via Long Lane.

The new access will help to boost economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, support new employment and provide opportunities for clean and inclusive growth.

The enhancements to Long Lane will unlock development of the new 19 acre AirPark site in the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone which is expected to create around 1,000 jobs.

Valued at £3.7 million, the scheme will also facilitate a bus loop and cycleway, substantially improving access to the new...

Inform Direct

Devon hits record high for new company formations despite challenging year for business

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 01/21/2021 - 9:28pm

Latest figures show that more new businesses were established in Devon during 2020 than in any previous year – hitting a new record high for the third year in a row.

Despite the considerable economic challenges posed by the Coronavirus pandemic, 7,174 new companies were registered in the county compared to 6,196 during 2019, representing an increase of 15.8%.

This brings the total number of registered companies in Devon to 57,278, up from 53,264 at the end of 2019, which equates to 7.5% growth.

The statistics are taken from the Inform Direct Review of Company...

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