The BIG FIX is back!

The BIG FIX, returns next month and it has one aim - to fix and breathe new life into as many broken things as possible.

The BIG FIX is an annual event led by Devon County Council, and returns after a two year break on Saturday May 14.

Skilled menders, fixers, tinkerers and tailors from all over the country will give their time and expertise for free to help fix items that might have otherwise been thrown away.

Anything from broken clocks, jewellery, clothing and textiles or gardening equipment to broken electronics can be brought for repair.


Mears wins Exeter Repairs and Maintenance bid

Mears strengthens position in South-West with Exeter Repairs and Maintenance bid

Authored by archana.nair
Posted: Thu, 10/22/2020 - 11:22am

Mears is pleased to announce that from 01 December 2020, we have been appointed to be Exeter City Council’s partner to deliver the new Integrated Asset Management contract which supersedes the current repairs response and void refurbishment contract.

This will build on the strong relationship we have established over the last 10 years which saw us repair over 6000 properties. As this builds on a fantastic grounding between Mears and the council we are confident that we can get straight down to work to deliver and support the Exeter communities where we are lucky to work.


Highway maintenance budgets agreed but programme could be impacted by lockdown

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 05/13/2020 - 3:41pm

The coronavirus lockdown and its after-effects are likely to impact on the delivery of the County Council’s highway maintenance schemes this year, councillors heard today (Wednesday 13 May).

The caution comes as Devon County Council’s Cabinet set out the authority’s capital and revenue budgets for highway maintenance for the current financial year.

The lockdown prompted many contractors, suppliers, quarries and material manufacturers to temporarily close, and by the end of March most highways work was limited to essential safety work. Some schemes from last year have had...

Highway repairs keeping roads safe for key workers

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 03/27/2020 - 11:21am

Highways teams are continuing to deliver essential safety repairs on Devon’s roads in order to maintain the local network for key workers. Devon County Council has temporarily suspended planned maintenance work in order to focus on the repair of critical infrastructure. Highway maintenance workers have been classified by the Government as key to delivering essential service during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic as they play a critical role in keeping roads safe for emergency services and other key workers, as well as the delivery of food and supplies. Devon Highways is asking for...

The Big Fix goes nationwide!

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 02/05/2020 - 11:54am

UK residents can find inspiration on how to breathe new life into their broken possessions at what promises to be the largest repair event of its kind ever held.

The Big Fix 2020 will see 75 repair cafes from around the UK join forces and run simultaneous events on Saturday February 15.

In an event being co-ordinated by Devon County Council, hundreds of volunteer fixers will donate their Saturday fixing anything and everything from clothes, electrical items and furniture to toys, mechanical items and leather goods, all for just a small donation.

In Devon alone there...

Save your broken possessions this Christmas for UK's largest-ever repair café

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 12/31/2019 - 11:42am

Devon’s residents are being urged to hang on to their broken possessions over the Christmas holidays so they can be fixed at what promises will be the largest repair café ever held.

The Big Fix 2020 will be held on Saturday February 15, and will see up to 109 repair cafes across the UK being held simultaneously.

The national event is being coordinated by Devon County Council and follows the success of The Big Fix last year when volunteers broke the record for the number of items repaired at a single repair café.

Both events are examples of Devon County Council’s...

Overnight repairs planned at Shaldon Bridge in January

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 12/27/2019 - 10:14pm

Ongoing repairs to Shaldon Bridge are expected to be completed during a final overnight closure planned early in the New Year. The bridge is due to be closed from 11:30pm on Wednesday 8 January to carry out the repairs to the structure. The bridge is scheduled to re-open by 7am the following morning (Thursday 9 January). The scheme is repairing holes in the concrete foundations of two bridge piers. Concrete will be poured into the foundations during the overnight closure, with final preparations being carried out after the Christmas break. The work will protect the concrete piles and...

Overnight resurfacing and repairs planned for Exe Bridges

Exe Bridges will undergo essential repairs and maintenance during overnight work in March and April. Work to reconstruct and resurface the two bridges will start on the evening of Monday 4 March and is expected to take around seven weeks. Most of the work will be carried out from 6:30pm to 7am, although some daytime work will be needed on occasions. The existing road surface is in need of reconstruction. The scheme will also involve re-waterproofing the North and South bridges and repairs will be carried out to defective manhole covers, kerbs and gullies. Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon...

Work to start on repairing Exeter river bank

Work to strengthen a section of river bank in Exeter which was subjected to erosion before Christmas, is to be carried out over the next few weeks.

Exeter City Council has confirmed that work on the banks of the River Exe at Duck’s Marsh Meadow will start on Wednesday (23 January) and take around three weeks to complete.

In late December, a small section of land close to St James Weir collapsed, taking with it a newly installed park bench. The bench is to be replaced by the Council, further back from its original location.

Since the original erosion, the land has...

Can you fix it? Yes you can!

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 05/12/2018 - 12:13pm

Communities across Devon can have their broken electrical items and gadgets fixed free of charge this summer at a series of community repair events held by Recycle Devon.

From Thursday 17 May to Friday 21 September. Recycle Devon will be visiting a number of Devon’s libraries to offer a free electrical repair service.

At these special REPAIR IT events, members of the public will be able to bring along any broken household electrical items, including computers, to be fixed by a team of expert menders at no cost.

The ‘REPAIR IT’ events are part of a countywide...