Michael Taylor ready to race at Paratriathlon World Championships

Michael Taylor from Barnstaple and who studies and trains in Bristol, is set to pull on the British trisuit and compete at the World Triathlon Para Championships in Abu Dhabi on Friday 5 November.

Taylor, who races in the PTS4 classification, will take on the world’s best on Friday at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The event is based around the Yas Marina, with the route taking athletes around the marina circuit.

Having competed at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo earlier this year, Taylor will be looking to build on that experience in what will be his first world championship race...

DCE partners are leading the charge

A digital map displaying the 403 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging bays currently being delivered by Devon’s councils has been added to the Devon Climate Emergency (DCE) website.

All the bays will be delivered by December 2022. They will be for public use and spread over 168 locations throughout the county.

The delivery of a network of EV chargers is a key part of the Carbon Plan being drawn up by the DCE, a partnership of councils, public bodies, voluntary and business groups.

To ensure that Devon becomes net-zero by 2050 at the latest, emissions generated by...

Bailey Partnership pledges to be carbon-neutral by 2030

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 11/04/2021 - 6:03am

Climate conscious construction consultancy, Bailey Partnership, has pledged to become carbon-neutral and deliver all projects to “Net Zero” by 2030 – 20 years ahead of national targets - in a bid to reduce the construction industry’s carbon footprint.

Renowned as one of the biggest contributors to the UK’s carbon footprint, the construction industry is responsible for around 38% of all CO2 emissions in the UK. As a multi-disciplinary company with many facets and disciplines covering everything from architecture and building surveying to building services engineering, Bailey...

Community groups in Devon urged to apply for new £500,000 fuel poverty fund

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 11/02/2021 - 11:36pm

Western Power Distribution, the UK’s largest electricity distributor, responsible for delivering power to homes through lines and cables in Devon, is launching a £500,000 fuel poverty fund to help families heat their homes this winter.

Building on the legacy of its successful ‘In This Together’ Covid response fund, WPD is calling on local charities, councils and community groups in the South West to apply for up to £10,000 to aid their fuel poverty support activities as we enter what will be a challenging winter for many.

The fuel poverty scheme is the first phase of WPD...

Three years of Exe Estuary wildlife refuges are working

The two wildlife refuges were set-up three years ago to ask all visitors to avoid these areas at certain times of the year: all year round off Dawlish Warren and between 15th September and 31st December at Exmouth Duckpond.

The results of a three-year monitoring programme have revealed that the wildlife refuges are working and show that people have mostly complied with requests to stay out of the areas.

The results showed that the wildlife refuges significantly reduce disturbance to protected bird species on the Exe Estuary. In addition, the results indicate that the...

IoD appoints Steve Hill as South West chair

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed Steve Hill to lead its South West region.

Steve was formerly vice-chair and succeeds Muir Macdonald, following the completion of Muir’s three-year term as chair.

Steve will be the voice for South West directors, ensuring they are represented within the IoD’s influential lobbying voice. He will forge connections between directors through a calendar of regional events and professional development training.

Steve was managing director of SEA, which delivers products and services to the defence and transport markets....

Women in Investment Awards recognition for Charlotte

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 10/31/2021 - 10:17pm

A caring manager at Francis Clark Financial Planning (FCFP) has been shortlisted at the Women in Investment Awards after going the extra mile to support colleagues during the pandemic.

Charlotte Taylor-St Ruth is a finalist in the Team Leader of the Year category for small to medium firms at the prestigious event, organised by Investment Week in association with HSBC Asset Management.

Exeter-based Charlotte joined FCFP as head of client care in 2019 and is responsible for leading a team of 15 people based across seven offices, from Poole to Truro. Judges were impressed...

Robert Peston calls on Devon solicitors to aid charity campaign

ITV journalist Robert Peston is calling on solicitors in Devon to sign up to a charity campaign this November as the pandemic has left hundreds of local people waiting to write a will.

Some 49% of people in the UK do not have a will – and the coronavirus pandemic has seen a surge in demand for help from local solicitors.

The annual Will Aid campaign is helping meet the demand, but more support is needed from local firms who are receiving hundreds of enquiries from across the county.

The campaign not only helps both regular people up and down the UK communicate...

Bonfires are not an excuse to burn household rubbish, warns Environment Agency

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 10/29/2021 - 11:23pm

Bonfires are not an excuse to burn household rubbish, warns Environment Agency. The Environment Agency is asking people who are planning on having a bonfire to make sure that they only burn small amounts of paper, leaves, untreated wood and cardboard and the waste is kept securely before being burned. Only clean, non-commercial waste should be burned like paper, untreated wood and cardboard. The burning of most type of waste is illegal as it causes pollution which can harm your own health as well as your family, friends and neighbours and can carry a fine of up to £50,000. Sam Pickard of...

Aldi is donating food to charities in Devon over Christmas - here's how to apply

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 10/29/2021 - 10:16pm

Aldi is embracing the time for giving by encouraging local charities, community groups and food banks in Devon to register now to receive surplus food donations this Christmas.

As part of Aldi’s pledge to donate 10 million meals this year to families across the UK facing hunger, the supermarket has committed to donate more meals than ever to good causes over the festive period.

Christmas provides an opportunity for even more organisations to benefit from Aldi’s successful partnership with Neighbourly. The community engagement platform links businesses to food banks and...