Browsing: Exeter

A popular open green space in the centre of Exeter is safe from being sold off for housing, according to the new leader of the city council.    We recognise that the Northbrook area is an open green space valued by all of us in our city, and, should the council ever need to consider alternative uses for any of this site, we will consult in detail with local residents well in advance…Fears had been raised for Northbrook Approach Golf Course, off Topsham Road, during a recent consultation over future building and potential sites. Councillor Phil Bialyk has today announced…

Park Yoga has come to Exeter for the first time – with free sessions for all ages and abilities taking place at Heavitree Pleasure Ground. Organisers have decided to expand to the city this summer after enjoying success in other places across the South West. Free classes will take place on Sundays from 10am to 11am until September 1. The first took place today (Sunday, June 2). The sessions are idea for anyone looking to experience yoga for the first time, try a new class or just enjoy practising in natural surroundings. Local instructor Tina Jeffery, who will be leading…

Much-loved Exeter Red Coat Guides have received royal recognition with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The tireless group, whose guided tours are enjoyed by thousands of visitors to the city each year, were today (June 2) announced as recipients of the honour. It is the highest accolade a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The Red Coats offer free guided walking tours, giving visitors a perfect way to explore the city and get to know its history. Councillor Rachel Sutton, lead for climate and culture on Exeter City Council, congratulated the Red Coats and said: “I am delighted…

Family-friendly 5k run with coloured bubbles will raise funds for Exmouth-based suicide bereavement support charity Pete’s Dragons A foam-filled 5k fun run where participants are bombarded by colourful bubbles is coming to Exeter for the first time. Bubble Rush will bring its frothy, family-friendly festivities to Exeter Racecourse on Saturday, June 29, and fundraisers can boost a fantastic cause. Exmouth-based Pete’s Dragons, which helps hundreds of suicide bereaved families across Devon, will benefit from sponsorship cash netted by those who brave the bubbles. We encourage everyone who wants to have a fabulous family, work or group day out and experience…

Liveable Exeter scheme, which aims to build more than 12,000 ‘much-needed’ homes in the next 20 years, gets cash boost from Whitehall A vision to create more than 12,000 new homes in Exeter over the next 20 years has been given a fast-track funding boost by the Government. Whitehall chiefs have announced that the city’s transformational housing programme Liveable Exeter will receive cash to help speed up development. Councils and groups from around the country submitted more than 100 ambitious proposals. Those successful, including Exeter, are receiving initial funding to help create vibrant, thriving settlements where people can live, work…

Firms invited to express interest in overseeing repairs and maintenance at multi-million-pound city centre facility due to open in 2021 A tendering process to secure an operator for the new Exeter Bus Station is set to be launched. The new Exeter Bus Station is due to open in 2021. It will include covered waiting and boarding areas and high-quality facilitiesFour firms have previously expressed an interest in taking charge of repairs and maintenance at the multi-million-pound facility, according to the city council. Potential operators will be invited to submit expressions of interest in June. Tenders will be evaluated between July…

The Splash Pad at St Thomas Pleasure Ground and paddling pools at Heavitree Pleasure Ground open for the summer Fun water parks are sure to make a big splash with youngsters in Exeter this summer. Kids can stay cool at a pair of attractions thanks to the city council – and all that’s needed now is some scorching weather. All that’s needed now is a good spell of sunny weather like last summer…The Splash Pad at St Thomas Pleasure Ground opened on May 17. Paddling pools at Heavitree Pleasure Ground opened on may 18. Both Exeter water parks will be open…

City centre facility featuring swimming pool, gym, spa, café and children’s soft play area will be one of the most energy efficient in the world and a UK first Work on the UK’s first super energy-efficient leisure complex – boasting a state-of-the art swimming pool, gym, spa, café and children’s play area – is continuing in Exeter. St Sidwell’s Point is being built at the city’s bus station site and will be one of the world’s most eco-friendly facilities of its kind. A brand-new bus station with modern facilities will also be created as part of the £51.8million project. The existing…

Police and judge praise Phil Weirs for ‘amazing bravery’ after offender Sean Monger is jailed at Exeter Crown Court Police have praised the ‘amazing bravery’ of a security guard who disarmed an AK47-wielding masked man as he threatened to shoot terrified children and shoppers.  Heroic Phil Weirs tackled and helped detain Sean Monger as he brandished the deactivated assault rifle outside Tesco Express in Cowick Street, Exeter, before armed officers swiftly arrived. Monger, 51, of Maple Road, Exeter, admitted nine firearms offences and was jailed for four-and-a-half years at Exeter Crown Court on Wednesday (May 15). Mr Weirs, who had…

Councillor Peter Holland takes up role, with Cllr Yolonda Henson named his deputy A teacher turned city councillor is the new Lord Mayor of Exeter. Councillor Peter Holland was elected to the role at the Annual Council meeting, with Cllr Yolonda Henson has been named as Deputy Lord Mayor. Cllr Holland has nominated CITY Community Trust as his charity for the year and is delighted to be working with it to raise awareness about its activities and assist with fundraising. Vital projects and programmes He said: “I have chosen Exeter’s leading health and wellbeing charity, CITY Community Trust. This is…

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