TOWN COUNCIL PLAN TO GET HOSPITAL DESIGNATED AS A COMMUNITY ASSET
Nov16

TOWN COUNCIL PLAN TO GET HOSPITAL DESIGNATED AS A COMMUNITY ASSET

Okehampton Councillors have voted in favour of registering the town’s hospital as an Asset of Community Value, in order to secure its future. The proposal to apply for the official designation was put forward by Okehampton Mayor, Jan Goffey. It would mean that the council would be notified in advance if there was an attempt to sell-off the site by the owners, PropCo (the National Health Service Property Services Ltd). It would also...

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Pressure to  restore Dartmoor Rail link
Nov02

Pressure to restore Dartmoor Rail link

The Transport Secretary is under renewed pressure to reopen an alternative rail link for the South West peninsula through Okehampton and Tavistock. Campaigners are calling on Chris Grayling MP to reverse some of the cuts made to the smaller railway line across the country, including the line between Plymouth and Okehampton. The line would provide a much needed back-up to the storm-hit main line through Dawlish and would give a huge...

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Councillors reject merger plan
Nov02

Councillors reject merger plan

Plans to merge West Devon District Council with South Hams District Council have been thrown up into the air after the former voted against the merger.  West Devon councillors voted 18 to 13 against the plans to form a single district council to cover the two regions.  This vote comes after a public consultation into the plans saw 55.46% of residents in West Devon and 85.98% of those in the South Hams vote against the proposals. The...

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Devon needs better rail links 
Nov02

Devon needs better rail links 

Last month, I made the rather strange decision of putting myself through the Devon Coast to Coast cycle ride – a route of 102 miles from Ilfracombe to Plymouth. I know, I know – I must be mad. Halfway through, other than thinking about whether it would be a heart attack or a stroke that would get me first, I realised just how poor our Devon railway links really are. After cycling out of Ilfracombe and past Barnstaple, it struck me...

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Castle Drogo energy system restored
Nov02

Castle Drogo energy system restored

The National Trust has restored a 100-year-old renewable energy system at Castle Drogo, near Drewsteignton, thanks to public support. The hydropower system, which was originally designed in the early 1900s by the celebrated architect Edwin Lutyens, has been carefully restored over the past ten months, including both original turbines. It was switched on on Friday, October 20, and will be supplying green energy to the estate.  Julius...

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