Devon County Council

Devon to launch community testing programme

Devon County Council is working with partners to ensure that rapid ’30 minute’ community testing for people without Covid-19 symptoms will soon be available across Devon.

It follows the Government announcement on January 10 that it is expanding asymptomatic community testing across the UK.

Approximately one in three people who have coronavirus do not display symptoms....

Devon County Council, Covid-19 Fund

Devon County Council launches Covid-19 Fund to help communities

Devon County Council has launched it’s third round of COVID-19 Funding to help provide valuable funding to organisations working in communities that have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

The scheme launches this Monday (January 11, 2021) and grants of up to £700 are available.

The funding aims to help voluntary and community groups to tackle the social and economic...

Devon County Council leader's pledge on lockdown

Devon County Council stands ready to help those who are most badly affected by the latest lockdown, council leader John Hart declared today.

And he appealed to everyone in the county to abide by the rules and defeat the latest virulent strain of the virus.

Mr Hart said the arrangements that had been made during the first two lockdowns were already in place to...

New streetlighting contract will reduce carbon emissions

A ll of Devon County Council’s 79,000 streetlights will be converted to LED lights within the next two years – reducing carbon emissions by 75%.

It comes as SSE Contracting (SSEC) has been awarded the contracts to maintain the streetlights in Devon and Torbay for the next 10 years – with the aim of the contract being carbon neutral by 2030.

The company will be building on...

Car sharers advised to take precautions

Devon’s Deputy Director of Public Health has issued guidance to commuters and other car sharers as they head back to work or are out and about.

With people asked not to use public transport if possible, some are opting to share lifts to work with friends and colleagues. Young people might also be sharing lifts to places during the holiday period.

Steve Brown, Devon’s Deputy...

Devon preparing bid for next phase of Emergency Active Travel Fund

Devon County Council is preparing to submit its bid for the second round of Emergency Active Travel Funding by the end of next week (Friday 7 August).

Devon is bidding for around £1.3 million to create more permanent schemes that provide extra space for pedestrians and cyclists in order provide alternatives to public transport and to improve safety and encourage more active travel...

New moves to contain coronavirus in Devon

New measures to contain and reduce cases of coronavirus in Devon and safeguard the health of local people have been revealed.

They detail plans to provide a fast response to any future outbreaks of the virus across the county and help prevent it spreading.

The plans involve close partnership working between local organisations like health, councils, police, schools and care...

ConnectedCities invites Devon to discuss rail ambitions

Devon’s rail ambitions will be discussed at a sustainable growth event on Wednesday (20 May).

ConnectedCities has invited Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Development, and Chair of the Peninsula Rail Task Force, to talk about the Devon Metro at its online seminar.

ConnectedCities is a non-political initiative which proposes...

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...

Local Support Fund for people in financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19

Devon County Council have made available £1 million of funding for Devon Local Authorities to help those who are affected by Coronavirus and who may not be able to access funding or support from elsewhere. The aim of the funding is to address the economic vulnerability and financial hardship being felt and to help rebuild the financial resilience of those affected.

The main focus of...

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