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Temporary bridge installed at Martinhoe Members Public

A North Devon councillor is 'really glad' that an Exmoor road has reopened following the installation of a temporary bridge, but he questions when a permanent replacement will be built. An emergency road closure was put in place at Martinhoe Bridge, near the Hunters Inn, at the beginning of July.

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Torrington artist 'devastated' by arson attacks criticises absent police force Members Public

The victim of a suspected arson attack in a North Devon hamlet is demanding answers from the police and crime commissioner after claiming her case is not being taken seriously. Local artist Shan Miller, from Taddiport near Great Torrington, lost her caravan in a blaze last month but says she

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Opposition leader criticises low number of new 20 mph limits in Devon Members Public

Devon’s opposition leader has criticised the low number of new 20 mph limits being introduced in the county. Four were given the go-ahead last month for the ‘most in need’ communities: selected areas of Tiverton and Winkleigh, and all the roads in Atherington (North Devon) and Ashburton. It follows

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Stark warning by county council leader as local authorities feel the squeeze Members Public

Some local authorities could go bust as income fails to keep up with cost pressures and inflation, the leader of Devon County Council has warned. Devon recently predicted a potential overspend in this financial year of up to £40 million, with its finance chief saying the council has “never before

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Government will 'run out of patience' with failing child services Members Public

The government will 'run out of patience' with Devon County Council if its failing children’s services don’t improve over the next year. Leader John Hart’s admission comes after a damning report last month threatened government intervention into the county’s services for young people with special educational

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Covid hospitalisations falling but winter surge warning issued Members Public

The number of people with covid in Devon’s hospitals has fallen sharply over the past fortnight, but one leading health boss is warning of a 'challenging winter'. As of Tuesday 26 July, 166 patients were in hospital in the county with the virus, down from a recent peak of

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Dozens of Devon bus drivers sent to cover Commonwealth Games is 'slap in the face' Members Public

The secondment of some Devon bus drivers to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham has been called a 'slap in the face' for residents. Councillors have criticised the move by Stagecoach, at a time when the operator is cutting some services because of a shortage of drivers and a drop in

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New permanent chief officer will earn 'circa £200k' despite criticism Members Public

The pay of Devon County Council’s chief executive – when a new one is found – will rise to approximately £200,000 a year. Councillors agreed the new terms and conditions this week as part of the process to replace outgoing CEO Dr Phil Norrey, who is retiring after 16 years.

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