Devon

Rapid test centre opens in Tiverton this Saturday

Devon's third community testing centre, offering rapid coronavirus tests that provide results within the hour, opens in Tiverton on Saturday and is now taking bookings.

It's in the car park of Tiverton's Exe Valley Leisure Centre in Bolham Road, Tiverton, Mid Devon, and will be open from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week with extended hours 7am to 7pm Mondays and Thursdays.

It...

Recycle Devon launches new Girlguiding badge

Devon’s Guides, Rangers, Brownies and Rainbows now have the chance to be recognised for helping to protect the environment with the launch of the new Recycle Devon badge.

The new badge aims to encourage groups across Devon to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. It follows the successful launch of the same badge for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in 2019.

There are 3768 girls and young...

Bigger, better Sidmouth sea defence plans back on table after changes to funding eligibility

A new bigger, and better Sidmouth sea defence scheme is now back on the table after recent changes to the eligibility for funding from various bodies.

This excellent news from East Devon District Council (EDDC) was revealed in a public meeting with the Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan Project Advisory Group on Thursday, February 24.

The additional funding eligibility...

Kentisbury Ford gets ultrafast broadband

A small village in the heart of North Devon is at the forefront of the digital revolution which is set to sweep across the region. Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) and Airband have today announced that Airband’s ultrafast fibre network in Devon is live in Kentisbury Ford, thanks to the CDS Fibre Extension Programme. Homes and businesses in Kentisbury Ford are now able to enjoy some of the...

Cautious welcome to PM's roadmap

The Prime Minister's announcement to the House of Commons this afternoon has been met with a cautious welcome by Devon's Director of Public Health, and Devon County Council’s Leader and Cabinet Member responsible for schools.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a series of steps, a roadmap, to Ministers today (Monday 22 February), in which he sets out the principles of transition...

Three Devon companies in final for national business award

Three Devon businesses are preparing to battle it out against companies from across the UK ahead of the Amazon backed Rural Business Awards final, which will take place on Thursday 25th February 2021.

The companies are:

  • Centre-Space from Tiverton (Best Rural Social Enterprise, Charity or Community Project category).
  • Natural Design Studio from Cullompton (The
  • ...

Coronavirus vaccination programme in Devon expands to next groups

Tens of thousands more people across Devon are being contacted from this week, inviting them to make an appointment for their first coronavirus vaccination, as the programme enters a new phase.

People aged 65 and over and those who are clinically vulnerable (JCVI priority groups 5 and 6), together with an expanded group of clinically extremely vulnerable people, are now in line to...

Lidl

Lidl store in Plymstock reveals brand new look

Lidl GB has confirmed that after a short closure, its supermarket on Horn Cross Road in Plymstock will reopen and reveal its brand-new modernisation for the first time on 25th February 2021.

The store opening times will be between 8am - 10pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am – 4pm on Sunday, delivering Lidl’s offering of fresh, quality and great value produce to the local community. The...

New homes in the East Devon town of Cranbrook

Devon is building a third more houses than it has to according to government figures, says countryside charity

Devon’s Local Planning Authorities - with the exception of Torbay - have over-delivered on housing for the last five years, according to the government’s own figures.

Devon CPRE’s analysis of the 2020 Housing Delivery Test shows the county as a whole has delivered 30% more new homes than it was required to over a five-year period, in effect building 6,332 more houses than it had to....

Heavy rain expected - road users are being asked to travel with care this weekend

Road users are being asked to travel with care this weekend as rain is forecast and flooding likely in several areas.

A Yellow Weather Warning is in place with heavy rain expected intermittently from mid-morning Friday 18 February to midday Sunday 20 February.

Over the three days many areas will see between 10-20mm of rainfall, with as much as 150mm falling over the three...

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