Strategic Planning meeting to discuss Cranbrook Town Centre postponed to review amended proposals by developers

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 09/18/2020 - 10:57pm

A meeting of East Devon District Council’s Strategic Planning Committee due to take place next Wednesday (September 23) to discuss Cranbrook Town Centre has been postponed following significant changes to the original proposals by developers.

A key element of the meeting was to discuss the proposal put forward by the East Devon New Community Partners (EDNCp) who are the developers for the majority of Cranbrook and have control of the land in the town centre.

However, the proposals put forward by the EDNCp were significantly amended earlier this week. The scheduled...

Chiefs side to face Northampton Saints

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Fri, 09/18/2020 - 2:47pm

Domestic matters will be put on the back burner for a week at least for Exeter Chiefs as they focus their attentions towards Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final at home to Northampton Saints (5:30pm).

Having produced a highly impressive return to action since restart – the Devonians have won six of their seven Gallagher Premiership fixtures – Director of Rugby, Rob Baxter, is now looking for his in-form side to maintain their quest for honours on the European stage.

Only once before have the Chiefs reached this stage of the competition, on that occasion they...

University of Exeter

Exeter retains position in latest influential league ranking

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Fri, 09/18/2020 - 11:16am

The University of Exeter has retained its position amongst the best universities in the UK, according to the latest influential rankings.

The University maintained its 12th place nationally in the influential The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.

Exeter was also ranked 2nd in the South West region in the rankings, released today (September 18th2020).

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 provides students and their parents with an invaluable first reference point on the path to finding a university place. It contains full...

Kickstart Grant Scheme reopening for tourism sector applications

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 09/17/2020 - 9:07pm

The Growth Support Kickstart Team is delighted to announce that businesses operating in the tourism sector are invited to apply for the second round of the Kickstart Grant Scheme when the application window re-opens at midday on Monday (21 September).

After the initial allocation of funding, the Kickstart Team has £197,000 remaining for eligible tourism sector businesses located within the Heart of the South West LEP area which includes Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.

The application window opens on Monday (21 September) at 12pm midday. It will close on Tuesday 22...

A good time to gas about carbon monoxide safety

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 09/17/2020 - 2:13pm

Sovereign Housing Association is supporting Gas Safety Week this week by reminding residents of having an annual gas supply check by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.

Nationally, one in six homes has an unsafe gas appliance.

A danger of not having your gas appliances checked regularly is that they can leak carbon monoxide (CO). Sometimes known as the ‘silent killer’, you can’t see it, smell it or taste it, but it can be deadly. CO prevents oxygen from being absorbed by the body and can cause death in just minutes. Every year there are around 60 deaths from accidental...

SW has an above average number of smokers per capita in the UK, according to latest ONS figures

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Thu, 09/17/2020 - 2:07pm

The South West has an above average number of smokers per capita in the UK, at 14.2% − above the average in England.

The best performing area in the South West is Stroud, with 9.6% of the population smoking. The three regions of Dorset Gloucestershire with 10.1% of the population smoking is the next lowest. East Devon is the third best performer, with 10.3% of people being smokers.


% of population smoking

Regional Ranking - number of smokers per population

England Ranking - number of smokers per population (/315)

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Mike Watson, M/D – Stagecoach SW / Heather Baker,  Lead Nurse – STMG / Dr Emma Green, M/D – STMG / M

Medical group teams up with City Council and Stagecoach to ensure flu jabs are delivered safely

Authored by Glen King PR
Posted: Thu, 09/17/2020 - 12:20pm

St Thomas Medical Group (STMG) consisting of St Thomas Health Centre, Exwick Heath Centre, and Pathfinder Village Surgery, has teamed up with Exeter City Council and Stagecoach South West to provide a creative and innovative solution to safeguard their patients who are eligible for flu vaccinations; which is believed to be the first of its kind in Devon.

Established in 1969, STMG has a total of 40,000 patients including the Student Health Centre on campus at the University of Exeter. This year, as the Government widens the eligibility criteria, the GP’s will need to administer...

Rockabye Radio

Mums and Dads... Turn your speakers up, there’s a new frequency in town!

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:51am

Introducing Rockabye Radio, a boutique radio station, available online or via the app, 24/7.

Created by Music Specialists, Mike and Karen Eaves, the unique radio station is sure to get the whole household jigging. The thoughtfully curated to support the family day, from nursey rhymes during activity time, to lullabies at nap time, the programme ticks all the boxes:

Whether you are having a morning at home listening to ‘Up and About’ from 7am, you’re rocking around the kitchen table during the ‘Daytime Disco’ at 2.30pm, or doing a...

Jurassic Fibre

Jurassic Fibre introduces full fibre broadband to Honiton

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 09/16/2020 - 9:03pm

Jurassic Fibre has announced that Honiton and Taunton will be the next two areas to benefit from ultrafast full fibre broadband.

The extension of the company’s network is part of a pioneering £250 million project to deliver fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband technology to towns and villages in the South West, overlooked by other service providers.

Work has already started in Honiton, with the service due to be available to many residents and businesses from later this year. Jurassic Fibre CEO and East Devon resident Michael Maltby says:

“Honiton represents a...


RSPB calls Devon residents to hold Government to account on missed nature targets

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 09/16/2020 - 8:50pm

A major United Nations report has revealed the international community has failed to halt environmental decline over the last 10 years. Now, new analysis from the RSPB has revealed the UK’s self-assessment is overly optimistic as high environmental ambitions have not led to real progress being made.

The Global Biodiversity Outlook 5, published yesterday by the United Nations, contained no country-level breakdowns of how the UK has fared. Instead, an RSPB report ‘A Lost Decade for Nature’, has revealed our true performance.

With UK wildlife continuing to decline and vital...