The £46.5 million Life Centre will get £200,000 from England Netball to develop netball facilities for international netball matches in the city.
Positively Plymouth is the new identity for the city from London-based brand consultant Lloyd Northover.
The pitch at Exeter City FC‘s ground at St James’s Park is being ripped up and replaced before the start of next season. As part of the fundraising for the new pitch fans were able to include items in a time capsule buried under the new surface.
Engineering firm Alcoa Howmet is to cut 195 staff from its Sowton Indsutrial Estate Exeter factory. This adds to the 350 posts which have already been lost.
A new private company is set to take over services in Torbay. The TOR2 company will be in charge of Torbay’s bins, gardens and roads. Torbay Council holds 20 per cent of the company, with the rest in the hands of engineering firm May Gurney.
Figures released from the Department for Education shows that pupils in Torbay have some of the highest absence and truancy rates in the West Country. The Bay had the highest truancy in primary schools and were second to Plymouth in the highest for truancy in secondary schools.
In a bid to curb ‘wired, wide-awake drunks‘, Scottish politicians are looking to limit the caffeine content of alcoholic drinks – a move which would ban Buckfast tonic wine. A new bill from Scottish Labour wants a limit to 150 milligrammes of caffeine per litre of alcohol. According to the BBC, Buckfast tonic wine has two-and-a-half times that.
A cat was rescued from a roof in Ilfracombe. Free health checks for dogs are available for Torridge residents over the weekend June 4-6. For more information or to speak to a PDSA advisor, call 0800 731 2502 or see their website www.pdsa.org.uk
The Met Office in Exeter has warned of a summer of 1976-style droughts.
Trade union membership in the South West had grown by more than 17,000 in the past year, rising to 544,000 from 527,000 in 2008 – that’s 26 per cent of the workforce, with 46.6 per cent of the workforce covered by trade union agreements.
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