Highway maintenance budgets agreed but programme could be impacted by lockdown

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...

East Devon to reopen remaining gardens in line with new Government measures on exercise during the pandemic

The seven remaining East Devon District Council gardens which have been closed since the coronavirus lockdown will reopen from tomorrow. (Wednesday May 13)

The decision has been reviewed following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday where new measures for exercise were introduced. Although the gardens will reopen, the council is reiterating that the strict social distancing...

Online Doctors warns the Devon public about buying unlicensed Covid 19 tests

ONLINE doctors Vala Health is warning the public against buying Covid 19 antibody tests, currently selling for as much as £250 which aren’t licenced in the UK and might not work.

Vala Health CEO Pete Trainor fears people are so anxious due to the Covid 19 pandemic they may not be aware the testing kits, which are supposed to tell if you have ever had the virus or not, have not been...

New National Support Service aims to support people living with sight loss during Coronavirus outbreak

Sight loss charity British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF) has announced a new service which enables them to continue to support people living with sight loss in Plymouth throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

BWBF provides a range of specially adapted audio equipment including DAB/FM radios, USB (memory stick) players, CD players and more, all designed to make it simpler...

One of the finest gardens in England launches crowdfunding campaign to save its future

The Garden House, in Buckland Monachorum, Devon, is reaching out to friends, partners and visitors to ask for their support to help it stay open for generations to come.

The Dartmoor based charity has launched a crowdfunding campaign as part of’s Pay It Forward to raise £20,000 - vital funds it needs to re-open once the COVID 19 health crisis has passed. So far, in...

Please stay where you are – the plea from tourism, councils and the police

Local government, tourism organisations including the National Parks and the police are working together to reinforce the message to stay at home and avoid tourist hot spots this coming weekend.

With sunny weather expected across most of the UK and temperatures climbing, the request is to think twice before going out, with tourist destinations out of bounds for the time being, and to...

East Devon Chairman says celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day AT HOME this bank holiday weekend

Help commemorate the end of Second World War in Europe (Victory in Europe) with a range of fun activities over the weekend of 8 to 10 May 2020

In a world without a lockdown, the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe would have been a very significant occasion – even the May bank holiday was moved to recognise this.

There would have been large...

BBC local radio stations unite to hear the stories behind race and coronavirus

As striking data reveals Coronavirus is having a disproportionate impact on Black, Asian and other ethnic minority groups, all 39 BBC local radio stations across England are joining forces in a one-hour special on Wednesday at 7pm (May 6, 2020) to explore what is being done to find out why and to hear the powerful human stories behind the figures.

Presenters Karen Gabay (BBC Radio...

Devon Air Ambulance resumes air operations

Devon Air Ambulance is today resuming air operations after the successful introduction of several innovative new aviation solutions, which means we can now provide greater protection for our patients and aircrew against Coronavirus.

A new separation screen has been installed between the front and rear sections of the aircraft, which partitions-off the pilot cockpit from the patient...

Plymouth’s community businesses can apply for emergency support from Power to Change during coronavirus crisis

Emergency support worth up to £12 million is being made available to help community businesses across England during the coronavirus crisis, Power to Change has announced.

The money is intended to ensure community businesses – which provide vital support services in local areas – can withstand the loss of trading income as a result of the lockdown.

Power to Change, the...