Browsing: Exeter

An extra £2million needs to be splashed on repairs and refurbishment at the fire-hit Riverside Leisure Centre in Exeter.  City council chiefs are also being asked to approve spending a six-figure to progress plans for a ‘community sports village’ and new swimming pool at Exeter Arena. Both matters will be considered by the authority’s executive next week. The pool and health suite at the Riverside, in Cowick Street, have been shut since a blaze broke out in February 2017. Councillors have been told a final, costed and timed programme of refurbishment is still being developed. A report to the executive…

A multi-storey car park in Exeter ‘at risk of collapse’ and blighted by antisocial behaviour needs a £3.9milion cash injection, city councillors have been warned.  The top four decks of the 355-space Cathedral and Quay facility were shut after structural defects were discovered earlier this year. Fixing the problems will cost £1.5million – while a further £2.4million also needs to be splashed on refurbishing the site. If water is permitted to continue to enter the structure, more reinforcement will corrode…when loading exceeds remaining structural capability, collapse is likely to occur… Councillors have also been told the car park is deemed ‘unsafe…

Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) looks set to return sacred indigenous artefacts to the descendants of a 19th century tribal chief in Canada.   City council bosses are poised to relinquish and repatriate the regalia back across the Atlantic to the Blackfoot Nation, also known as the Siksika. The haul includes a buckskin shirt and leggings, a dee-hide necklace strung with grizzly bear claws, a hardwood bow and arrow, a knife with feather bundle, two beaded bags and a pair of horsewhips. The returning of this regalia will contribute to healing and reconciliation and the Great Chief’s spirit can rest easy -…

Plans to replace Exeter’s ambulance station with a five-story block of student flats have been revised – so the general public can live there as well.  Proposals for the Gladstone Road site have been amended so the mooted 154-bedspace development can offer ‘co-living’ accommodation. The Watkin Jones Group had initially put forward proposals for student flats in October last year, but has now altered these. Co-living would see accommodation available for anyone to rent – alongside those who are at university. Exeter City Council leader Phil Bialyk has gone on record as saying that new student flats should include accommodation…

Police in Devon and Cornwall says it is ‘not reasonable’ to drive miles to beauty spots to exercise if you can set off from home. Police said discussions on what the new coronavirus stay-at-home lockdown laws allowed took into account if a person’s actions were considered reasonable or not. Devon and Cornwall Police said, so far, officers had not had to use any enforcement and would only do so ‘as a last resort’. The force said officers would use their own judgement on each individual case to decide if someone was complying. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “There…

An Exeter sports bar is seeking permission to serve booze for longer and to revamp its layout. Allstars, in Sidwell Street, has asked the city council to vary the conditions of its premises licence. It also wants to add a bar and an external seating area on its second floor. If given the go-ahead, the sports bar will be able to sell alcohol and provide regulated entertainment from 8am from Mondays to Thursday and on Sundays. It currently has permission to do so from 10am. It also wants to vary the end time for the sale of alcohol and provision of regulated…

Council staff in Devon have been abused and accused of spreading coronavirus while supporting vulnerable people, the leader of the county authority has revealed.  John Hart says that hundreds of workers  are operating as ‘another emergency service’ during the virus crisis. “I couldn’t be more proud of the way staff have responded to the crisis in so many different ways over the past few weeks,” he said. We will not tolerate this type of behaviour and we will not hesitate to support the police in prosecuting them – Cllr John Hart “We are in direct contact with the police over…

Exe Estuary chiefs want to spend £95,000 on revamping their Exmouth HQ to boost working conditions.  Exeter Port Authority has asked the city council to release the estimated funding to upgrade its Trinity Buoy Store base in Camperdown Terrace. The revamp would provide a fit-for-purpose office and ancillary accommodation for the Harbour Master and Waterways service. It would also see the entire roof of the building replaced. Exeter Port Authority – responsible for the Exe Estuary, Exeter Canal and Quay –  is run by the city council. In a report on the issue, city surveyor Michael Carson says: “This grade-two listed asset…

The owner of a garden centre in Exeter has ripped up an ‘unfair’ prohibition notice served for falling foul of coronavirus lockdown laws – calling the letter ‘rubbish’. Plants Galore, in Topsham Road, near Countess Wear, Exeter, became one of the first business in the UK to be served notice of an offence under new Health Protection regulations. These came into law last week to protect the public from the virus and include a ban on the sale of ‘non-essential’ items. Plants Galore was immediately told to stop selling plants, seeds, bulbs and other garden items. But owner Tony Joyner…

Council chiefs are set to decide on whether to spend £250,000 replacing the roof at an entertainment venue in the centre of Exeter.  The six-figure sum could be splashed on the Exeter Corn Exchange after a survey highlighted areas of damage and decline atop the building in Market Street. In a report to the city council’s executive, director David Bartram recommends members give the scheme the go-ahead. The risks of not proceeding are potential for the roof leaks to increase, further deterioration of the asset, events having to be cancelled and loss of income… He adds: “Undertaking this roof covering replacement…

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