Devon County Council

Drainage improvements planned in Newton Tracey

Essential drainage replacement work will start on the B3232 in Newton Tracey in North Devon next month (July).

Drainage pipes beneath a near 2km section of the road need to be upgraded after survey work found extensive collapses and joint issues.

A repair scheme will get underway from Monday 1 July and is expected to take around seven weeks. Teams will be working extended...

Motorists urged to slow down on Brixton Road Station Bridge

Devon County Council is calling on road users to adhere to the new speed limit which has been introduced on Brixton Road Station Bridge near Elburton. As part of temporary safety measures the road layout has been narrowed and the speed limit has been reduced from 40mph to 30mph. These new restrictions are successfully preventing HGVs from crossing the bridge at the same time and reducing...

Pedestrian crossing will improve safety for Deaf Academy students in Exmouth

A new pedestrian crossing will be constructed at Douglas Avenue in Exmouth to support students at the Deaf Academy. The East Devon Highways and Traffic Orders Committee (HATOC) recently approved the £100,000 puffin crossing scheme, which is due to be built during the school summer holidays. The crossing will be located close to the main entrance of the school to make it safer and easier for...

Marland School congratulated for 'outstanding' Ofsted

Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for services that support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, (SEND), Councillor Lois Samuel, has congratulated Marland School for achieving an ‘outstanding’ grade following a recent Ofsted inspection.

Marland School, in Torrington, is part of a foundation trust of other special schools and provides...

Boost to Grand Western Canal visitor experience

Visitors to the Grand Western Canal Country Park now have a range of new facilities available to them to help make the most of a trip to this charming waterway in mid Devon.

The Canal Visitor Centre now features two new video display screens, each playing a choice of several short film clips, including some spectacular birds-eye drone footage of the Canal Basin and horse-drawn barge...

Walking Bus is driving change at West Croft School

West Croft School in Bideford has launched its second Walking Bus route with the help of Devon County Council.

A Walking Bus is a safe and fun way for groups of children to walk to school together, accompanied by adult volunteers who receive road safety training and insurance cover from the County Council.

As with a normal bus, the Walking Bus follows a fixed route picking...

Councils to receive additional funds to support households struggling with higher energy and food costs

Citizens Advice is reporting that average energy costs are as high as last winter for many households , and that despite energy prices falling this month, around 5.3 million people are currently living in households in debt to their energy supplier.

So, it's welcome news that Devon County Council has confirmed that it's been allocated a little over £5 million from the government to...

New programme aims to boost job prospects for care experienced young people

A pioneering new programme has been launched to improve career opportunities for care experienced young people in Devon.

Devon County Council and Exeter College have worked in partnership to develop the PACE (Positive About Care Experienced) programme with the aim of creating a ground-breaking business network dedicated to working with young people who are, or have been, in the care...

Upgraded coastal defences for Seaton one step closer

Plans are developing for a coastal protection scheme in Seaton that will better protect 41 homes, businesses, and the town’s coastline from erosion.

Construction is planned to begin in 2025. The scheme will involve improving a 400-metre length of existing rock armour along the foot of the cliffs at Seaton Hole Beach, and repairing the existing Check House seawall.

More than...

Pioneering road scheme relocates 2,000 trees

Around 2,000 trees have been relocated as part of Devon County Council’s pioneering efforts to make the A382 link road development near Newton Abbot the UK’s first “carbon negative” highway.

A field near the road has been transformed into a temporary nursery to house the trees ahead of the start of construction work.

The A382 improvement scheme is one of seven projects...