Browsing: Exeter

Nine of Devon’s top 10 parking ticket hotspots are in Exeter, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted to the county council has revealed.  Figures show the authority raked in more than £2million from fines last year. Its traffic wardens issued 72,805 of the dreaded yellow penalty notices in in 2019 – the equivalent of 199 per day. Revenue gained as a result came to a total of £2,373,612.57, an average of £6,503.05 every 24 hours. The data, obtained through an FOI request to Devon County Council (DCC) by the Local Democracy Reporting Service, also revealed which roads motorists are most likely…

A closed Exeter sports centre has moved a step closed to being demolished and replaced with 44 homes.  The city council executive last week unanimously recommended the authority should loan its own house building company £15,643,478 for it to purchase the Clifton Hill site and progress with the scheme. Some 33 houses and 11 flats are proposed. The development would include the brownfield site of the rifle range, the derelict Clifton Hill Sports Centre, and a green wedge to its side. A golf range and ski slope would remain untouched by the scheme, as would a green space to the rear…

British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for help tracing a man they believe can help with an investigation into sexual assault on a train travelling between Exmouth and Exeter. Officers have released a CCTV image following a report of a sexual assault on a train between Digby and Sowton and Exmouth railway station. The incident happened between 5.45pm and 6.10pm on Friday, December 27. BTP officers are keen to speak identify and speak to the man from the CCTV image, because they believe he may have information that could help their investigation. A BTP spokesperson said: “A man is reported…

East Devon’s MP has told fire service chiefs that stations in Budleigh Salterton and Topsham should not close until new crewing arrangements in Exmouth are agreed. Simon Jupp met with bosses on Friday (January 17) and has vowed he ‘won’t rest’ until he is ‘satisfied’ the changes will keep his constituents safe. Under the controversial plans, Budleigh Salterton Fire Station will close and be sold – with affected crews responding from Exmouth instead. Topsham Fire Station will be relocated to the service’s HQ at Clyst St George until an on-call crew can be established at Middlemoor in Exeter. Conservative Mr…

Proposals to redevelop the Exeter Corn Exchange to more than double its capacity are set to be explored. The city council’s executive last week unanimously agreed to support the premise of and ambition to revamp the entertainment venue in Market Street. Members asked the authority’s scrutiny committee to explore potential funding sources. A major refurbishment of the standard required to uplift the audience capacity from 500 seated to around 1,000 seated and 1,350 standing spaces would cost around £30million. This could also take around five years to complete and would see the theatre close. Speaking at the meeting, Councillor Rachel…

Regular detailed inspections of Exeter bridges will be reinstated after it was revealed some structures were shut when issues could have been spotted earlier.  The city council is set to rubber-stamp spending £150,000 on the move over the next two years. Historically, the 27 bridges the authority manages were subject to periodic visual structural inspections by a suitable qualified and experienced engineer. But an Exeter City Council executive meeting last week was told that, following cuts to local authority budgets, a decision was made in 2010 to reduce these inspections to a level that means they have now effectively ceased. Now,…

Some 119 homes and 15 businesses in Exeter and Topsham – and a popular wildlife reserve – are set to receive greater protection from the risk of flooding. City councillors last week backed plans to put £200,000 towards the total £2million costs of a trio of schemes. Tuesday’s full council meeting will be asked to sign off on the proposals, which will improve the resilience of communities and unlock substantial extra funding in the form of grants from Devon County Council (DCC) and the Environment Agency. The three projects are: Northbrook Flood Defence Scheme Topsham Flood Defence Scheme Bowling Green…

Police say they have found a 15-year-old girl who had been reported missing in Exeter.  The teen, who had last been seen in the Wonford area on Friday (January 17), was located by officers in the city centre today (Sunday, January 19). The force thanked the public for its help. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said this evening (Sunday, January 19): “Missing person Kitty Pepper has been located in Exeter City Centre this afternoon. “The public are thanked for their assistance.” Long-distance coach waiting room axed from £8million new Exeter bus station

A new £8million bus station in Exeter will not include a waiting room for long-distance coach passengers.  The under-construction new transport hub is set to open in spring next year along St Sidwell’s Point – the UK’s first super energy-efficient leisure complex. Initial plans for the facility would have seen long-distance coaches use dedicated bus bays in Bampfylde Street as their drop-off and collection point. A lease for a space on the ground-floor within The Barn student accommodation nearby had been secured as a waiting room. But the Exeter City Council Leisure Complex and Bus Station Programme Board, at its…

Exeter City Council is to hire a new member of staff to help in the battle against litter louts – and will pay for it through fines dished out to offenders.  The move follows a 12-month pilot scheme last year which saw enforcement company 3GS hired by the authority to fine those who deliberately dropped rubbish or failed to clear up after their dogs. Culprits were issued with £100 fines, reduced to £75 for littering or £60 for dog fouling if paid within 14 days. The trial ran from October 2018 to September 2019 and a meeting of Exeter City Council’s…

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