West Devon Council invites residents’ views
Jan17

West Devon Council invites residents’ views

Following its inception in May of last year, when a climate change and biodiversity emergency was declared, steps have now been agreed by the Council of Members of West Devon. It aims to be a carbon neutral organisation by 2030. The Council’s ‘Climate Change and Biodiversity Working Group’ has been working through ideas to produce a plan that will enable them to tackle the challenge in the most logical way. They acknowledge that this...

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The Big Picture
Jan17

The Big Picture

A stunning photgraph sent in by Beth Spence of the walk around the river Teign.

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Cathedral Yard fire reviewed
Jan11

Cathedral Yard fire reviewed

The National Fire Chief’s Council (NFCC) has released its review on the Cathedral Yard fire that took place on 28th October 2016, over three years ago. Due to the swift actions of staff at the hotel, no one was killed or injured. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service stated firmly that it was ‘very sad to see the loss of the Royal Clarence Hotel’. From the outset of the rescue, the firefighters faced unsafe conditions when a wall...

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Ashburton fire station set to be saved
Jan10

Ashburton fire station set to be saved

After the meeting to discuss the future of Devon’s fire stations was delayed, members of the Fire Authority met on 10th January to hear the recommendations from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS). It currently appears that Ashburton Fire Station, our most moorland-central station, is to be saved from the axe. During a public consultation exercise held last year which was made up of 27 drop-in sessions, the service...

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Funding for farmers confirmed
Jan10

Funding for farmers confirmed

Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid recently confirmed the government’s plan to support UK farmers and rural communities by announcing nearly £3 billion of funding. The money will be used to help farmers through the Brexit transition period once the UK has left the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Direct Payments scheme, which supports farmers across Europe with subsidies. This will be replaced by a new system based on public...

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