Bouyant trade at Dartmoor Pony sales
Oct18

Bouyant trade at Dartmoor Pony sales

The Dartmoor Pony sales took place last week with large crowds of people and buyers from as far away as Northern Ireland and Cumbria, Durham, Yorkshire and Lancashire in the north and Norfolk in the east, as well as more local buyers. Auctioneers Rendells said they enjoyed a more buoyant trade than had been seen for some years with a high proportion of the 258 ponies sold at an average price of £88, although a number of colts failed...

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Green and pleasant land
Oct18

Green and pleasant land

I had a number of things to do last weekend and so found myself driving around Dartmoor and Torbay. Working for the newspaper, we quite often hear of proposed housing developments and how the locals are generally always against them. I was, therefore, really quite surprised to see so much building going on, much of it housing. There have been various statements made over the past year on how certain council and government reviews into...

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State of Nature report is damning
Oct18

State of Nature report is damning

kingfisher by Shantanu Kuveskar With many species lost and others on the brink of decline, we will have to change the way we live, eat, and farm this land. The warnings are clear in the latest State of Nature 2019 report published last week. 70 organisations took part to produce the report which is a damning document on how human impacts are changing this country’s wildlife. Sir David Attenborough has called for tough planning laws to...

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Astor statue closer to becoming reality
Oct18

Astor statue closer to becoming reality

After a long campaign led by former television presenter Alexis Bowater, the first statue of the first woman in Parliament has been crafted at a factory in Limehouse before it gets erected in the constituency which she served. Nancy Astor was the first female MP to take a seat in Westminster in 1919 as the representative for Plymouth Sutton. A century on, the bronze Nancy is a result of a £125,000 crowdfunding project. The honour of...

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“We can be flexible on the design” – says Premier Inn
Oct10

“We can be flexible on the design” – says Premier Inn

Premier Inn’s proposals for investing £5.2 million in a new hotel in Ashburton which will create 30 new jobs and bring a major boost to the National Park and its economy are heading to Dartmoor National Park Authority’s Development Control Committee today (4th October) with Whitbread saying: “We can be flexible on the design”. The proposals for a new 80-bedroom Premier Inn hotel at Dolbeare Business Park were submitted earlier this...

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