Browsing: East Devon

A flood warning has been issued by the Environment Agency (EA) for the River Clyst as Sunday’s scattered showers swell already high water. The EA is urging people to take care near flooded stretches around the River Clyst, saying further rain could affect low-lying areas or roads. A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said conditions were being monitored: “The weather forecast is for scattered showers on Sunday “As river levels are already high, further rain may result in flooding to low lying land and roads. “It is likely that river levels will remain high over this time. “Take care near…

A donation of high-visibility vests by a housing developer to Cranbrook pupils means a safer walk to school. Taylor Wimpey gave the hi-viz vests to St Martin’s Primary and Nursery School to encourage youngsters and their parents to leave the car at home. It’s really important to us that our pupils are happy and engaged when they arrive at school and walking is a great way for them to start the day…The developer’s give-away coincides with International Walk to School month, and is in support of UK charity Living Streets, which aims to encourage families to leave the car at…

Schoolchildren from East Devon and Exeter joined climate experts to debate how best to reduce carbon emissions in the county. Pupils from Exmouth, Sidmouth and the city were among 100 youngsters to take part in the Devon Youth Climate Forum at County Hall. The Devon Youth Parliament-hosted event was one of a series of opportunities that young people aged from 11 to 16 will have to contribute to the Devon Carbon Plan. The children were asked to explore ways to reduce emissions in the county and to identify the barriers to putting those ideas into practice. They worked with Devon County…

A new model of support is being implemented across Devon to ensure people with autism have timely access to health and care help to meet their needs. Devon County Council (DCC) and the Devon Partnership Trust have developed a ‘blue light’ protocol. It brings together a group of health and social care professionals to proactively support people in the community, where possible, to avoid a hospital admission. Questions were asked as to how many people in Devon were affected by a report recently released into the care of a teenager with autism who was ‘locked in a mental health unit in solitary confinement’.…

Residents will be able to sell renewable energy to each other under the new Local Electricity Bill, a meeting of Devon County Council (DCC) was told.  If enacted by Parliament, the legislation could cut out utility companies and enable communities to become registered suppliers. December’s DCC meeting heard how it would give generators of electricity the right to become local suppliers and sell their energy to other local people. Cllr Yvonne Atkinson had asked for a report on the Local Electricity Bill and whether it was something that the authority was willing to support. She said: “If made law, it…

A transport expert has warned that a ‘cultural shift’ in attitudes is needed if Devon is to become a carbon neutral county. Nik Bowyer is a member of the Net-Zero Taskforce and is chairman of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation in the South West. The institute represents those who plan, design, build and manage transport and transport infrastructure in Devon and across the UK. Nik says one of the main challenges of decarbonising Devon is the emphasis that planners and society as a whole have placed on road transport over the past 60 years. Cities have been designed…

The Conservatives have added to their general election victory by holding onto a Topsham seat on Exeter City Council. Tory Keith Sparkes secured more than 2,000 votes in a by-election that was held on the same day as the national vote, leading to an unusually high turnout of 74 per cent. It was triggered by the resignation of Conservative Catherine Pierce, who was first elected to the council in 2018. The Tories comfortably held the seat with Mr Sparkes getting 42.5 per cent of the vote. Ivan Jordan for Labour finished second with 31 per cent of the vote, while…

Inflation-busting increases in spending on vital services are being planned by Devon County Council – despite not being certain how much money they will get from Central Government next year. The authority’s ruling Cabinet on Wednesday agreed a draft budget which will see a rise of 6.4 per cent in spending on children’s services, adult care and roads across the county. I am writing to all our MPs to congratulate them on their election and wish them every success in representing this wonderful county. I will also be arranging to meet them to talk about what Devon County Council does…

Conservative Simon Jupp has been elected as East Devon MP – overcoming a challenge from Independent Claire Wright with a majority of more than 6,700. The victory means the Tories have held on to a parliamentary seat that has been in the party’s hands for more than 150 years. Mr Jupp, aged 34, secured 32,577 votes – a majority of 6,708. He succeeds fellow Tory Sir Hugo Swire, who had represented East Devon in Parliament for 18 years before announcing his decision to stand down in September. Accepting his victory, Mr Jupp said: “Thank you East Devon, I won’t let…

Conservative Neil Parish has held onto the parliamentary seat in the Honiton and Tiverton constituency. Mr Parish, who has represented the area as its MP since 2010, secured more than 60 per cent of the vote with a majority of 24,239. He received  35,893 votes. Liz Pole, of Labour, finished second with 11,654 votes. General Election 2019 result – Honiton and Tiverton Neil Parish (Conservative) – 35,893 Liz Pole (Labour) – 11,654 John Timperley (Liberal Democrat) – 8,807 Colin Reed (Green Party) – 2,291 Margaret Dennis (UKIP) – 968 The turnout in the Honiton and Tiverton constituency, which included Seaton…

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