Browsing: Exeter

Police are appealing for witnesses after a Porsche crashed on the M5 – causing ‘extensive’ damage and leaving the motorway shut for a ‘lengthy’ spell.  The car’s driver was taken to hospital following the crash on the Exeter-bound carriageway at Junction 28 near Cullompton at around 9pm on Thursday, August 11. ‘Extensive damage’ to the road meant ‘significant’ diversions were put in place. Devon and Cornwall Police would like to thank the public for their patience during a lengthy road closure…A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “We are appealing for witnesses following a collision that occurred on the M5…

Police are working to identify a seriously injured cyclist who was airlifted to hospital after a bicycle and car crashed in Exeter. Officers said a man – thought to be in his 50s – is in a critical condition after the white Carrera drop handlebar bike he was riding collided with a silver Vauxhall Corsa shortly before 6.30pm at the junction of Okehampton Road and Exwick Road, Exeter, on Thursday, August 4. Devon and Cornwall Police said the 19-year-old driver of the car, who was uninjured, was arrested at the scene and taken to Exeter police station. He has since…

Birthday celebrations will be held in East Devon this month to mark the 30th anniversary of the Devon Air Ambulance (DAA). The lifesaving service is gearing up to hold a family-friendly anniversary event at Darts Farm, Clyst St George, in East Devon, on Saturday August 13, 10am until 4pm. All are welcome and there is no need to book. Visitors are invited to take tour of the helicopter, which will be operating from the site for the day, and speak to the pilot and operational crew. And there will be a chance to see close-up one of the charity’s Volvo…

A ‘derelict and deteriorating’ historic building in Exeter can become a 64-bed care home after plans were approved by the city council. The former Honeylands Children’s Centre in Pinhoe Road operated until 2012 – when it became surplus to requirements by the NHS – and has since fallen into disrepair. Work will see the Grade II listed main building, dating back to the 17th century, will be retained, writes Local Democracy Reporter Ollie Heptinstall. Existing extensions will be demolished to make way for two new connecting wings. There will also be new vehicle access from Pinhoe Road with a loop…

A development of 184 new homes – 64 affordable – will be built next to IKEA in Exeter, writes local democracy reporter Ollie Heptinstall. Exeter City Council’s planning committee this week approved the Bovis Homes application for land between the Swedish store’s car park and the nearby railway line. The go-ahead comes after a previous plan for the site was rejected, with the decision being upheld at appeal. A revised layout was then submitted which reduced the number of houses. A third of the properties will be classed as ‘affordable’ – typically defined as up to 80 per cent of…

Affordable homes being built at an eco-friendly development in East Devon will have solar panels and air source heat pumps. Burrington Estates recently secured planning permission to build 34 ‘sustainable’ new homes at Winslade Park, in Clyst St Mary, East Devon, including four affordable two and three-bedroom properties. The developer said the new homes – including the affordable properties – will have air source heat pumps for hot water, underfloor heating, and solar panels ‘as standard’. Eco-friendly additions across the development include electric car charging points, bee bricks, bat boxes and bird boxes. And ten trees for each new home…

A five-day line closure between Axminster, Honiton and Pinhoe in September has been announced by Network Rail so that £5million of ‘delay-busting’ schemes can take place. They include landslip prevention work at Honiton Tunnel – described as ‘one of the most at-risk sites in the south of England’. The stretch of the West of England Line affected also passes through Cranbrook, Whimple and Feniton. Tunnel upgrades and anti-flood work will be carried out between Monday, September 19, and Friday September 23, with the closure allowing workers uninterrupted access to the railway. We recognise the decision to close the line for…

Devon County Council’s (DCC) new chief executive will be net around £200,000 a year after the authority backed a pay rise for the role. Members agreed the new terms and conditions last week as part of the process to replace outgoing Dr Phil Norrey who is retiring from the job after 16 years. Mr Norreyis entitled to around £175,000 a year but earns just over £160,000 after taking a reduced salary and declining pay rises for a several years. A report to councillors concluded a rate of ‘circa £200,000 would be required to attract a permanent new CEO, writes Local…

The site of the former bus station in Exeter can become a ‘major asset’ once demolition work is complete, according to the leader of the city council. Representatives last week rubber-stamped the £900,000 flattening of the old transport hub, writes Local Democracy Reporter Ollie Heptinstall. Work has finished on a replacement bus station and the adjoining St Sidwell’s Point leisure centre. We’ve got an opportunity to bring forward something that could be imaginative for the community…The plot forms part of the ‘CityPoint’ regeneration proposals agreed in 2019 to redevelop the wider area including parts of Paris Street and Sidwell Street.…

Devon’s newest railway station at Marsh Barton, in Exeter, is taking shape as work continues at pace this summer. The two-platform transport hub is on track to open this winter and will be served by hourly Great Western Railway (GWR) services between Paignton and Exmouth. It is located on the eastern edge of Marsh Barton, near the Energy from Waste plant, and is being developed by GRAHAM on behalf of Devon County Council (DCC). The development of the railway station at Marsh Barton is a hugely important piece of infrastructure… A pedestrian and cycle overbridge was lifted into place in…

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