Exeter to Manchester flights rescued
Mar23

Exeter to Manchester flights rescued

After the collapse of Flybe recently, concerns were raised as to the loss of the South West’s connectivity to the rest of the country and beyond. It has now been announced that regional airline Blue Islands has rescued flight routes from Exeter to Manchester and will be operating multiple daily flights. Rob Veron, CEO of Blue Islands commented: “We understand the importance of regional connectivity, with 120,000 passengers flying...

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Miniature  Pony Centre  to re-open
Feb22

Miniature Pony Centre to re-open

Dartmoor’s Miniature Pony Centre, which closed at the end of last season has announced that they have found a buyer for the attraction and it will open its gates again. A very welcome Facebook post read: ‘We are super delighted to have saved The Miniature Pony centre from closure. ⁠ ⁠ ‘We have been incredibly lucky to find a new buyer for the centre so late in the season!⁠ ⁠ ‘Our doors to the public will be opening a little later than...

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Premier Inn submits amended designs for Ashburton hotel
Feb13

Premier Inn submits amended designs for Ashburton hotel

Premier Inn has submitted amended designs for its proposed £5.2 million hotel in Ashburton. The new designs reflect feedback from Dartmoor National Park Authority and are the result of discussions between the Authority’s planning officers and Premier Inn following the deferral of the planning application by Dartmoor National Park Authority’s Development Control Committee in October last year. The proposals for a new 80-bedroom Premier...

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Whiddon Down farm shop faces more opposition
Jan24

Whiddon Down farm shop faces more opposition

The application to build a farm shop and café at Whiddon Down has once again been put on hold. The original application was made in December 2018 and although Dartmoor National Park, whose boundary lies just 250 metres away, had no objection, there was considerable opposition from locals and the parish councils of Drewsteignton and Hittisleigh. Ward Member Cllr Paul Ridgers of Drewsteignton Parish Council stated: “My reasons for...

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Lloyds Banking Group announces lending commitment for South West businesses
Jan10

Lloyds Banking Group announces lending commitment for South West businesses

Jeremy Hayward, Lloyds Banking Group Ambassador for the South West As part of Lloyds Banking Group’s national pledge to lend up to £18 billion to UK businesses in 2020, the Group expects to support South West firms with up to £1.5 billion of lending this year, highlighting its commitment to be by the side of British business whatever the future brings. The Group’s support for UK businesses is an integral part of the Group’s current...

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Devon’s last stand in the fight for ‘local’ radio
Aug14

Devon’s last stand in the fight for ‘local’ radio

Your local radio station may not be all it seems. There is a good chance that the regional version of the radio station you listen to, may have quietly packed their bags and moved hundreds of miles away. Almost all local commercial radio stations are now being produced a considerable distance from their listenership. With companies like Global (who own stations such as Heart, Smooth, Classic and Capital FM) who decided that they would...

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