Devon ready for winter

With temperatures tumbling this week, Devon is prepared and ready to cope with the challenges of winter on the county’s roads.

Road surface temperatures are forecast to drop below -2C in some parts of Devon tonight and gritters will be out on all of the county’s primary salting routes from 6pm this evening.

The County Council is starting the season with its gritting depots...

LadBaby urges Plymouth shoppers to support Tesco Food Collection

Triple Christmas chart-topper and social media star LadBaby has launched this year’s Tesco Food Collection, urging shoppers Plymouth to donate at their local store. The LadBaby family’s charity singles have reached Christmas No.1 for the past three years. They are only the third act in UK history – after The Beatles and Spice Girls – to have three consecutive number ones. Ladbaby, aka Mark...

Rural householders aged 75+ urged to sign up to Cold Weather Priority Scheme

Trade body, the UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA) is urging more oil heated households in Devon aged 75 and over to sign up to its Cold Weather Priority scheme this winter, in a bid to help prevent excess winter deaths.

Originally launched in 2017, the Cold Weather Priority scheme is industry-led and has the full support of the Department for Business, Energy and...

Buckland Abbey

Enjoy safe space, fresh air and a Peter Rabbit garden adventure at Buckland Abbey

Anyone faithful to the traditional nineteenth-century Beatrix Potter storybooks will love the Peter Rabbit™ winter activity trail that has opened in the gardens of Buckland Abbey near Plymouth.

The adventure trail at Buckland Abbey has been inspired by Beatrix Potter’s iconic tales. With a sprinkle of festive magic, Peter Rabbit fans step through Buckland’s Kitchen Garden gate...

‘Make the right call’ this winter

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is urging people to ‘Make the right call’ this winter by only calling 999 for life-threatening emergencies.

The Trust is expecting a significant increase in 999 calls over the Christmas period and beyond, due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic alongside normal winter pressures.

It expects to deal with...

RSPCA received more than 60 abandonment reports in Devon last winter

The charity saw more than 50 animals a day reported abandoned last Christmas and is braced for more this winter after pet ownership surged this year

The RSPCA received more than 4,600 reports of abandoned animals across England and Wales last winter* and is worried a surge in pet ownership could result in more unwanted animals this year.

Last winter, the charity received 4,...

Forecast of wintry showers could make travelling conditions challenging

Wintry showers could make conditions on Devon’s roads hazardous overnight and into tomorrow morning, Devon County Council is warning.

While most of the county is likely to see rain and hail showers over the next 24 hours, up to 3.5cm of snow is forecast for higher ground such as Dartmoor, with less expected on Exmoor and the Blackdown Hills.

Devon County Council’s fleet of...

4 outdoor activities you can enjoy in Devon over winter

Why wait until the summer to get out and explore? We all know that January is a time to make a change for the upcoming year, but let’s face it does anyone actually stick to this?

Don’t be that person, if you have set yourself the goal of getting outside more in 2020, start now and enjoy some of the many outdoor activities that await you, who says you can only do these activities in...

Avoid flu – book your child’s vaccination appointment

Amid warnings that new cases of flu could peak over the busy Christmas period, the parents of a nine-year-old boy from Devon who died from the illness in January last year, are calling on parents to vaccinate their children.

The request follows the release of data from Public Health England (PHE), showing that GP consultations across the country for Influenza-like illness have risen...

Devon's winter teams prepared

Devon County Council’s winter service teams are prepared and ready if they are called into action over the Christmas holidays and throughout the rest of the winter season.

The authority has upgraded six gritters to replace older vehicles in its winter fleet of 37 frontline gritters.

So far this winter, around 3,000 tonnes of salt have been used on Devon’s roads. The Council...