Browsing: Exeter

Wider footways and a one-way system for traffic could be introduced in Queen Street, Exeter, in a bid to boost social distancing.  The proposed temporary measures have been unveiled after concern was raised over insufficient space for pedestrians amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Particular worry was expressed around the number of students attending Exeter College, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark. The area attracts more than 6,000 pedestrians daily. Devon County Council (DCC) is now exploring emergency road layouts to free up space for effective social distancing to take place. Proposals include reallocating some space from the existing carriageway in…

Devon’s roads are being monitored 24 hours a day from a new control centre in Exeter. County council highways bosses have relocated the hub to Sowton as part of their preparations for winter. The Network Operations Control Centre allows an eye to be kept on parts of the network remotely using CCTV, weather information, traffic and congestion data. It can also control a range of Intelligent Transport Systems like variable message signs. The centre also incorporates response and support teams responsible for responding to safety issues on the roads and managing traffic signals and street lighting. Watchkeepers monitor the county’s…

MPs and council chiefs have reacted with disappointment that East Devon and Exeter will be placed into Tier 2 of Covid-19 restrictions when the national lockdown ends next week.   All of Devon will enter the ‘High Alert’ second-strictest set of rules from next Wednesday (December 2). Health Secretary Matt Hancock said today (Thursday) that case rates in the county are 121 for every 100,000 people, but are higher in Exeter, Plymouth and Torbay. It must be said that it is deeply distressing for Devon to be marooned in Tier 2 – East Devon District Council leader Paul Arnott He added…

Exeter Nightingale Hospital will begin treating coronavirus patients from today (Thursday, November 26). Patients with Covid-19 are expected to be transferred from the Royal Devon and Exeter (RD&E) Hospital later today, and moved into the purpose-built open-plan ward at Sowton. The Exeter Nightingale Hospital had been on standby for coronavirus patients since its completions in July, and was being used as a centre for cancer scans and tests to help tackle a wait list backlog from the first lockdown, when treatments were delayed or stopped. The NHS said the city’s 116-bed Nightingale Hospital would begin accepting patients because the RD&E…

Legendary Exeter Chiefs fly-half Gareth Steenson is set to be honoured with the freedom of the city. Council bosses are to discuss awarding the player the prestigious accolade in recognition of his years of service to the club, the sport and the area. Steenson who joined the Chiefs from the Cornish Pirates in 2008, has made 311 appearances for the Sandy Park side, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark. He is their all-time leading points scorer and has won two Premiership titles, a Champions Cup, LV=Cup and the Anglo-Welsh Cup. The 36-year-old announced his retirement earlier this month following the…

Exeter and Exmouth have been revealed as Devon’s top two parking ticket hot-spots – but there has been a dramatic drop in the number of fines dished out.  The coronavirus pandemic has seen the quantity of penalty notices issued across the county fall by 40 per cent this year. April’s total was just 10 per cent of the corresponding month in 2019 and May’s was 30 per cent. Every month of the pandemic up to October has seen significantly fewer tickets issued this year when compared to the previous 12 months. On-street parking enforcement on most roads in Devon was…

Two coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded in East Devon in the latest weekly statistics – with a single fatality in Exeter. Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures published on Tuesday (November 24) showed the seven-day toll of 24 across Devon and Cornwall is the region’s highest since mid-May. They relate to deaths which occurred in the week of November 7 – 13 and were registered up to November 21. Exeter had previously gone five-and-a-half months without recording a Covid-related fatality. Its single death, and the two in East Devon, happened in hospital. There were seven in Torbay, two in Plymouth, three…

Exeter Airport could land a cash lifeline of up to £8million after East Devon MP Simon Jupp called for government help to safeguard its future. The transport hub has seen year-on-year passenger numbers plummet in 2020 after being rocked by the coronavirus pandemic and the collapse of Flybe. I raised my concerns with the Prime Minister and Chancellor after passenger numbers at Exeter Airport dropped by 95 per cent and they recognised the need to support our airport – East Devon MP Simon JuppBut now regional airports in England will be able to apply for dedicated financial support from January.…

I’m a Celebrity…Get Me ‘Hat’ of Here! A countryside clothing business based in Exeter was the one-stop shop for television producers kitting out the latest stars of the ITV show. The Farmers Friend, in Cowick Street,  St Thomas, Exeter, has supplied wax hats to the 2020 contestants of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! The hats have been seen on the set of the 2020 show, filmed in North Wales at Gwyrch Castle, worn by long-distance runner and Olympian Mo Farah, television presenter Vernon Kay, Strictly dancer AJ Pritchard, Coronation Street actress Beverley Callard, EastEnders actor Shane Ritchie and…

A virtual meeting of Topsham Rotary Club has raised enough cash to globally vaccinate more than 1,500 children against polio. The group’s latest meeting included a talk by End Polio Now speaker Roger Byrom, as members continued in their global quest to raise vaccination funds to eradicate the life-threatening disease. Topsham Rotary Club raised £300, enough to vaccinate 1,500 children, which will be match-funded The Bill Gates Foundation, adding in a further £600, taking the total to £900 – funding 4,500 vaccinations. Bruce de Saram, Topsham Rotary Club chairman, thanked all who donated to the vaccination fund through the JustGiving…

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