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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Plans for Ashburton Premier Inn shown to the public
Aug01

Plans for Ashburton Premier Inn shown to the public

Artist’s impressions Only – for illustrative purposes only Plans for an 80 bedroom Premier Inn hotel to be built in Ashburton have been unveiled to the public. The plans include a full restaurant and a car park to be built on the Dolbeare Meadow Business Park, adjacent to the A38. Planners estimate that the development would give a £2m boost to the local economy. The three-storey hotel would create around 30 new jobs, with some...

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Chagstock – The people’s favourites return
Jul26

Chagstock – The people’s favourites return

‘An annual party that evolved into a festival’ – it’s the kind of thing you hear after a teenager’s house party gets advertised on social media and a riot ensues, which incidentally, isn’t that far from the truth. To say that the weather forecast was looking unfortunate is an understatement. A weekend on the calendar that was cushioned on both sides by clear blue skies, rudely adopting the thunderstorm symbol for both days. That being...

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Dr Iain Stewart:  ‘We need to go forward as collectively as possible”
Jul20

Dr Iain Stewart: ‘We need to go forward as collectively as possible”

Dr Iain Stewart is a geologist known for BBC Science shows such as Men of Rock and How the Earth Made Us. His enthusiasm for geology and Earth Science is both infectious and unrelenting. Most of us were lucky enough to have that one teacher at school who instilled a passion for a given subject. So when the BBC decided that they would use expert presenters, Professor Stewart, Brian Cox, Neil Oliver and the likes, they made a conscious...

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Devon schools may have to close on Friday afternoons
Jul19

Devon schools may have to close on Friday afternoons

A Devon County Councillor has warned that schools in Devon could have to close on Friday afternoons due to budget shortfalls. Councillor Rob Hannaford the chairman of Devon County Council’s scrutiny committee, said he was ”convinced” that schools in Devon would join schools in other parts of the country. The Councillor warned: “The long term gross underfunding of Devon’s schools is a great scandal that needs addressing urgently to...

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