15 news stories from around Devon
2. Council tenants in Mid Devon are facing a rent increase fo 6.7 per cent after Mid Devon District Council proposed an increase. The final decision will be made on February 29.
3. Newton Abbot library re-opening has been delayed again. The library, which is undergoing a £2.8m redevelopment, was initially intended to be opened in January. That has now been put back to summer.
4. Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust has won a £28,000 bid for a project funded by the Local Energy Assessment Fund, it will include a new visitor centre at Occombe Farm opening at Easter featuring displays on the renewable technologies, including cutting-edge live visualisations of energy saved. It will also offer free training for people wanting to set up a Transition Streets project.
6. The defiant mayor of Bideford has said prayers will continue in the council chamber despite a High Court judgement banning them. Bideford mayor Trevor Johns told the North Devon Journal: “Until I have a writ or a document in my hand with the seal of the Queen then I don’t see why I should be compelled to ban anything.”
7. Devon County Council has announced it will invest more than £10 million over three years in its residential care homes for older people.
9. In a bid to back up its claim as the sunniest town in the UK, Ilfracombe Town Council has agreed to spend up to £2,000 on a digital weather station
10. Bideford will celebrate is heritage in a Bideford Day event in 2013. Details are still being discussed on the nitty gritty, but Councillor David Howell, who proposed the idea, said: “We have so much to celebrate here in Bideford, from the rich history to the bustle of town.”
11. The Bishop of Exeter has warned that religion is being driven ‘inch by inch’ out of the ‘public sphere‘.
12. Exeter is in the midst of a row over flood defences. The city has been ranked the 15th most at-risk location in the country by the Association of British Insurers, with the cost of improving the city’s 50-year-old flood defences said to be around £25m, but the city council has told the Environmental Agency it can’t afford its contribution – estimated to be around £12m – and is calling on the government to step in.
14. A man in his 80s prefered to watch bowls than be evacuated and initially refused to leave his home after a suspected Second World War bomb was found in his garden because he wanted to finish watching a game of bowls on TV.
15. Exeter amateur historian Christine Trigger has written Exeter air-raid Victims 1940-1943 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Exeter blitz that occurred on May 4, 1942. The book records the names and ages of the people who died, the dates and places where they died, their home addresses and next of kin.