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An Exeter polling station reported a spike in visitors on Thursday when a hedgehog turned up unexpectedly during voting hours. The hedgehog climbed steps of the Sea Cadets premises, in Haven Banks, walked past a teller and visited the ladies’ loo and kitchen while the public voted in the General Election. He casually strolled in and members of the public were very intrigued with him and took lots of pictures… Exeter City Council, which manned 51 polling stations across the city, said the hedgehog was rescued by a member of the public. Poll Clerk Maggie Keenan said the prickly visitor…

A litter-picking teenage duo on a mission to rid Exeter’s streets of cigarette butts collected more than 1,600 of the discarded items in just 90 minutes. Community-conscious Clyst Vale Community College pupils Daisy Norris and Jack Eynon are cleaning up after smokers in a fundraising bid to boost the environment. They hope their good deeds in high-vis jackets will net them sponsorship to head off on a once-in-a-lifetime volunteer expedition to Central America. We want to help clean up our city and draw attention to this harmful pollutant…Daisy and Jack’s first clean-up in Heavtiree saw them scoop 1,609 butts in…

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 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 Atkinson Secure Children’s Home in Exeter has received a glowing report from Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).    Government inspectors said that each child at the Beacon Heath unit feels ‘safe and secure’ and receives ‘good-quality individualised care’. The Devon County Council-managed home specialises in the welfare of children aged from 10 to 17 who are likely to either abscond, suffer significant harm or injure themselves or others. A team of Ofsted and CQC inspectors visited the home last month, and rated educational outcomes, safeguarding, leadership and the progress of the children as ‘good.’ They said that…

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…

Labour candidate Ben Bradshaw has been re-elected as the MP for Exeter – securing more than 53 per cent of votes in the city. Mr Bradshaw beat Conservative John Gray by 10,403 votes – 5,714 less than his majority at the 2017 election. The long-standing Exeter MP of more than 22 years netted 29,882 votes. Joe Levy, of the Green Party, came third and the Brexit Party’s Leslie Willis came fourth. More than 56,000 people, 68.5 per cent of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.…

Proposals for a flagship health and wellbeing hub to replace the existing Wonford Sports and Community Centre in Exeter have been backed.  City councillors last night (Tuesday) unanimously recommended supported officers creating an outline business case for the scheme. It is set to include a new sports centre, an exercise space, community kitchen facilities, the relocation of the Wonford Green GP Practice,  and playing pitches. The move will also see Wonford Village included in the Liveable Exeter Garden City Programme. It would also result in improvements to the Wonford playing pitches utilising developers’ cash set aside for this purpose. Councillor…

Plans for a £2.2million ‘park-and-change’ site near Exeter Science Park have been given the go-ahead. Devon County Council’s (DCC) cabinet today (Wednesday, December 11) approved the construction of the 300-bay facility in a bid to ease congestion on the A30 Honiton Road and Moor Lane roundabout. Work on the scheme is now set to start in February. It will also feature six charging points for electric vehicles, six electric bikes available to hire, and cycle lockers to securely store 20 bicycles for commuters. DCC hopes the site will enable drivers to park on the edge of Exeter and then switch to…

Five children were permanently excluded from schools in Devon for possession of an offensive weapon last year. The figure was revealed at last Thursday’s Devon County Council meeting, when questions around knife crime were asked. Councillor James McInnes, cabinet member for children’s services and schools, told the meeting that Devon is a very safe place to live. We must not demonise children by making it a bigger issue in Devon than it is – Cllr James McInnesCllr McInnes said: “Fewer than five children have been permanently excluded from school for possession of an offensive weapon during the academic year 2018/19.…

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