Vehicle restrictions eased at recycling centres - but vans remain excluded for time being

Vehicle restrictions to Devon’s recycling centres, including bicycles and some vehicles with trailers, are being eased this week.

It’s all part of the phased reopening of Devon’s 19 Household Waste Recycling Centres.

From today (Tuesday June 2) visitors driving van-based people carriers with seats in the back, and cyclists - including those with cycle-towed trailers - will...

Plymouth team helps children receive free breakfasts at home as some families experience food insecurity during COVID-19 lockdown

Three quarters of a million healthy breakfasts are set for delivery to doorsteps of thousands of children across the UK, supported by the team at Amazon in Plymouth as part of an expanded partnership with Magic Breakfast

Breakfast packs containing food supplies from Arla, Heinz, Kellogg's, Morrisons, New York Bakery Co and Quaker Oats UK will be delivered for free directly to...

South West patients part of global remdesivir drugs trial for Covid-19

Plymouth researchers are thanking local patients who have taken part in a clinical trial of the antiviral drug remdesivir in the treatment of coronavirus. Remdesivir was recently approved by the NHS to treat COVID-19: the first drug to be licensed for this use in the UK .

The trial took place at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, part of a global study across North America and Europe....

Street Factory keeping the community connected during COVID crisis

Plymouth-based social collective Street Factory is delighted to have received funding from Devon Community Foundation which the team will use to keep members of its community digitally connected in this time of social distancing.

The funding/grant of £7,300 has already been used directly to purchase laptops, iPads, tutorials and mentoring on digital skills, all of which will be...

SW GPs lead the way by offering Covid-19 research opportunities to their patients thanks to new GP training

Research is being placed at the heart of GP training in the South West giving four recently qualified GPs and one GP who is still in training the opportunity to offer the Covid-19 research to their patients.

The PRINCIPLE Trial is a nationwide study into Covid-19 which is being delivered in the community. The study aims to enable researchers to rapidly evaluate different treatments...

Reminder to "think twice" before heading out

The fine weather and upcoming bank holiday weekend has seen an influx of people visiting Devon’s coast and countryside – prompting Devon County Council to remind people to “think twice” before heading out.

Some of the county’s beaches and areas of Dartmoor have been besieged by people this week, with inconsiderate parking creating issues on local roads.

In Woolacombe, in...

Pandemic offers glimpse into a carbon neutral future

Devon’s carbon emissions have reduced by almost a quarter (23 per cent) during the lockdown new data suggests.

The data has been collected on behalf of the Devon Climate Emergency Response Group (DCERG), a group of public, private and voluntary sector bodies working to make Devon carbon neutral by 2050 at the latest.

It forms part of a discussion paper ahead of Friday’s...

Saga poll shows mental health of over 70’s faring best in lockdown

A national poll commissioned by Saga has found that the mental health of the over 70’s has been the least impacted by lockdown measures when directly compared to other age groups.

The findings, published to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, might surprise many people who have expressed concern over how the over 70s are faring in the COVID-19 pandemic. While there have been marked...

East Devon plans to reopen key toilets across the district in line with new Government measures

Following the Prime Minister’s statement at the weekend relaxing some of the ‘lockdown’ restrictions, East Devon District Council have undertaken a review to see whether it would be possible to re-open any of its toilets across the district.

From Wednesday 13 May 2020 people in England have been able to spend more time outdoors and enjoy a wider range of activities for any length of...

Twelve East Devon projects benefit from rapid response fund

Twelve fantastic East Devon Coronavirus-related projects have now been funded by the Covid-19 Prompt Action Fund, a joint grants scheme from East Devon District Council and Devon County Council.

The Covid-19 Prompt Action Fund is a small grants scheme which quickly provides small grants of up to £499. Community-led Coronavirus-related projects and activities can apply for the small...