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East Devon has the best recycling rate in the county – and Exeter the worst – according to new figures. The district has been hailed as boasting ‘one of the most comprehensive waste collection services in England’. Annual statistics have revealed that 60 per cent of residents’ rubbish has been recycled – but the total has dropped half a per cent. East Devon now provides one of the most comprehensive waste collection services in England…And while Exeter recorded the highest increase in Devon of 1.7 per cent, its recycling rate of 27.8 per cent is the lowest in the county.…

Aldi wants to open new supermarkets in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Seaton, Axminster and Exeter in the next two years. The retail giant has today announced £1.3billion plans for 100 outlets across the UK which it hopes will be welcoming customers by 2023. It is now searching for freehold ‘town-centre or edge-of-centre sites suitable for property development’ in the East Devon towns. Aldi bosses say the firm is on the lookout for plots big enough to accommodate a 20,000sq ft store and around 100 dedicated parking spaces. These will ‘preferably on a prominent main road and with good visibility and access’. Aldi…

Police investigating a ‘suspected assault’ in which a 21-year-old man suffered serious head injuries in Exeter city centre have issued an appeal for information. Detectives want to hear from anyone who saw an incident near to a taxi rank in Sidwell Street, outside of Poundland, at around 4am on Sunday, September 26. Officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and are appealing for witnesses to come forward… A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “The casualty sustained head injuries which required surgery, and is now recovering. “Officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and are appealing for witnesses…

Exeter has been awarded £5.9million for plans to regenerate five sites – including the Mary Arches and Cathedral and Quay car parks – into ‘innovative’ housing schemes.    Bonhay Meadows, Belle Isle and Exeter Canal Basin have also been earmarked as ‘key strategic’ plots for development as part of the scheme. They are among projects in Devon and Torbay to be handed a total of more than £8.4million in government cash. This funding will help kick-start some very innovative housing projects which have been identified for key strategic sites in Exeter… Exeter City Council has been awarded £5,966,470 for the…

Controversial plans for up to 93 new homes on a greenfield site on the edge of Exeter have been rejected due to concerns over their impact on the landscape. Hundreds of objections were made against the application from Salter Property for land off Spruce Close and Celia Crescent on the northern edge of the city near Beacon Heath. Proposals were originally for up to 105 dwellings but, following initial complaints earlier this year, this was revised downwards and adjoining fields were allocated for a 22-acre ‘New Valley Park.’ Members of the city council’s planning committee last month deferred making a…

Regular passenger train services are to run on the Dartmoor Line connecting Exeter to Okehampton for the first time in nearly half a century. The £40million scheme will launch on Saturday, November 20, marking the first reopening under the Government’s Restoring Your Railway programme. The Whitehall initiative is exploring ways to return old lines and stations to service. We’re delighted that we’ve reopened this much needed railway line for passenger services in just nine months and ahead of schedule…And the resumed route connecting Exeter St Davids, Crediton and Okehampton aims to provide a launchpad for visitors to explore Dartmoor and regional…

Tributes have been paid to former Exeter City Council leader Pete Edwards who has died in hospital following a short illness. Mr Edwards, who served as a councillor for 30 years, has been remembered as a ‘humble’ man with ‘extraordinary insight’ who leaves ‘such a strong legacy’. He represented the then-Barton ward from 1984 to 1988 and then Mincinglake and Whipton from 1995 to 2019. He had this ability to ‘cut through the crap’ and get to the heart of an issue…The former bus driver was was leader of the council from 2011 until his retirement in 2019. He previously…

A cash shortage has delayed a £772,500 bid to rebuild a well-known bridge at Exeter Quay. The wooden Mallison Bridge, originally built in 1984 and named after a professor who left his money to the city, closed in 2018 because of safety concerns after its timbers rotted. It was consequently torn down last year. A small alleyway next to Commercial Road is currently the only way for pedestrians and cyclists to access the main part of the quay from the popular Cricklepit Suspension Bridge. Planning permission for a replacement pedestrian and cycle bridge was given in December 2018, writes Local…

Public support for a bid to turn a former Exeter golf course into a green haven has seen city councillors agree to continue the project with Devon Wildlife Trust. A consultation earlier this year explored how best to enhance the former Northbrook Approach site off Topsham Road, writes Local Democracy Reporter Ollie Heptinstall. The authority’s executive backed an idea for a ‘wild arboretum’ early in 2020 after an initial bid to sell the land was scrapped. It would feature wildlife habitats, trees and wildflower meadows and the public has been asked what it wants to see and how to enhance the…

First-time London Marathon runners Tanya Robinson, from Exmouth, and Kelly Lawson, from Exeter, each completed the 26.2 miles in just over four hours, to raise vital funds for the Devon Freewheelers charity, based in Honiton. Exmouth resident Tanya, who is married to Devon Blood Bike volunteer Jim, secured a place to run the marathon in London, finishing the race in four hours and 58 minutes. Mum-of-three Kelly completed the virtual London Marathon in four hours and 44 minutes, forging her own route in Devon, which included beauty spots close to her heart, in memory of her dad. Tanya, aged 41,…

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