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Grayling announces new Dawlish sea wall as part of £2 billion investment in SW

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has today (15 February 2019) announced further funding of up to £80 million in the south-west to deliver a new sea wall at Dawlish, providing better protection for the railway and homes behind it.

Upgrades to the sea wall will increase its height by 2.5 metres and include wave returns to reduce the impact of waves and the likelihood of the line being closed during adverse weather. This will help ensure the serious damage and disruption seen during storms in 2014 is not repeated.

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Exeter wins significant cash boost to explore ways of regenerating land around St David's Station

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 02/14/2019 - 2:44pm

A vision to regenerate land around Exeter’s St David’s Station has won a significant boost today with the government injecting thousands of pounds into the initiative. The news comes a week after the area was featured in the Council's bold new vision to create 12,000 homes in the city over the next 20 years.

A new gateway to the city, including plans to create new homes, offices and retail in St David’s, is part of £505,000 coming to the south west for projects in Devon and Torbay.

Pete's Dragons CEO Alison Jordan (centre) with fellow suicide liaison officers Nicky Creek and Dave Lacey.

Charity helping suicide bereaved families in Devon to expand after police and county council back Crowdfunder bid

Authored by RedSoil PR
Posted: Thu, 02/14/2019 - 1:22pm

A charity helping suicide bereaved families can reach even more people in Devon after a successful Crowdfunder campaign was supported by police and the county council.

Pete’s Dragons has smashed a £3,000 target as it bids to extend into Plymouth and South Devon – where its much-needed specialist services do not exist. 

The funding will also aid the cause, which currently has a caseload of around 300 people, in continuing its work in East, Mid and North Devon.  

Dartmoor’s famous Clydesdales in race for a new home

Authored by Lucy
Posted: Thu, 02/14/2019 - 9:16am

A fundraising campaign to secure the long-term future for Dartmoor’s hugely popular Clydesdales has been launched.

Adventures Clydesdale, founded by Tim Ancrum and Aileen Ware, has for the past six years worked within the existing set-up at Brimpts Farm near Dartmeet in the middle of Dartmoor.

Their 12 horses have a world-wide reputation for providing exhilarating horse-back riding experiences on Dartmoor, and also for raising thousands of pounds for charity through their racing exploits at Exeter Racecourse and Flete Park.

Tom Jones, Robin Hogg and Dr Phil Bratby at CPRE Devon's recent housing seminar in Tavistock

CPRE Devon announces ministerial visit to address growing concerns over new housing developments in the county

Authored by Sharon Goble
Posted: Thu, 02/14/2019 - 7:44am

The Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England has announced that the Minister for Housing and Planning, Kit Malthouse MP, will be coming to Exeter next month to address growing concerns amongst local people about the scale and appropriateness of new homes developments across the county.

Eighth annual ‘Breaking into News’ competition launches

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 02/13/2019 - 9:56am

ITV News and Media Trust have launched 'Breaking Into News', a nationwide initiative, to discover the next up and coming ITV broadcast journalist and promote diversity in broadcast journalism. Now in its eighth year, ‘Breaking into News’ will once again be fronted by ITV’s award-winning news broadcaster Charlene White along with Alex Beresford for ITV West Country.

Wild Flower project set to bloom again in Exeter

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Wed, 02/13/2019 - 8:02am

Wild flowers are set to bloom across Exeter again this summer as the City Council confirmed its commitment to the Wild City project, working alongside Devon Wildlife Trust to keep our roadside verges and roundabouts looking pretty and helping save our threatened insect population.

Wild flower seeds will be sown across Exeter in March with colourful blooms expected around July.

In previous years, the blooms have been popular amongst residents and visitors alike and help provide valuable habitat for insects and other wildlife.

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Devon charity seeks volunteers to help people get active!

Authored by marketing@devonrcc.org.uk
Posted: Wed, 02/13/2019 - 7:57am

Do you enjoy staying active, particularly through outdoor pursuits? Independent charity Devon Communities Together is encouraging all active over 50s in Devon to help others in their community get active.

Queen’s Drive Space in Exmouth granted planning permission for a further three years

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 02/12/2019 - 4:23pm

Permission has been given to extend the temporary uses at Queen’s Drive Space, which means East Devon District Council can move forward with an exciting events programme for 2019

Exeter University student Niamh O'Riordan-Mitchell volunteers in the Children’s Hospice South West charity shop in Sidwell Street, Exeter. Picture: Tim Lamerton Photography

Why volunteering is so much more than just another string to your university bow

Authored by AndyCHSW
Posted: Tue, 02/12/2019 - 3:29pm
Giving something back offers more than just a feel-good factor. For university students in a new town, lending a helping hand is also a great way to make friends, learn new skills and help their CV stand out from the crowd in a busy jobs market. Volunteering can also provide a welcome break from academia and add an extra dimension to the stereotypical university experience.  

Expanding Exeter's green lungs

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Tue, 02/12/2019 - 12:59pm

Exeter’s much-loved green spaces have increased in size over recent months, with the City Council buying up 13 acres of privately owned land for the people of Exeter to enjoy for recreational purposes.

“We love green spaces,” said Cllr David Harvey, Lead Councillor for Place, “and we’re really keen to open them up for public access.”

In the last 18 months, the City Council has acquired a total of 13 acres (3.3 hectares) of land within its valley parks to allow people to enjoy Exeter’s green spaces.