Devon

DAWLISH (TOWN) BEACH – Not Monitored

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Dawlish (Town)

Devon, EX7 0BS, Lat/Long 50.6N 3.5W

Close to the town centre and a good spot for a boat trip around the bay. This sandy beach is backed by red cliffs and the railway line. Dawlish Town is another popular beach for families.

Water quality

  • Benefits from the 2000 Dawlish Clean Sweep scheme
  • Dawlish sewage treatment works at Timaru Gardens offers secondary treatment with ultraviolet disinfection
  • The outfall from the works discharges to sea off Dawlish Town beach and is disinfected and designed to protect bathing water quality
  • There is an emergency overflow from Dawlish (Royal Hotel) pumping station and storm overflows at Sea Lawns, Viaduct Storm Tank, Dawlish Breakwater and Barton Hill. These overflows exist to protect homes, gardens, roads and open spaces from sewer flooding normally after storms
  • Bathing water quality in this area can be affected by urban and agricultural drainage.

Local activities and interests

  • Swimming, fishing and boat trips.
  • Parking at Barton Hill Car Park, Sandy Lane Car Park and Dawlish Station, Dawlish. Food, toilets and shops nearby.
  • There is no lifeguard service at this beach.
  • No Surf Life Saving GB club at this beach (Nearest club is Dawlish Warren Life Saving Club – Teignbridge).

Good beach Guide: Dawlish Town

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

DAWLISH (CORYTON COVE) BEACH – Not Monitored

image depicting Dawlish (Coryton Cove)

Dawlish (Coryton Cove)

Devon, EX7 9EF, Lat/Long 50.6N 3.5W

A protected sandy cove known as Gentleman’s Cove due to the shelter it offers beach users. This resort offers a range of activities including crazy golf and bowls.

Water quality

  • Benefits from the 2000 Dawlish Clean Sweep scheme
  • Dawlish sewage treatment works at Timaru Gardens offers secondary treatment with ultraviolet disinfection
  • The outfall from the works discharges to sea off Coryton Cove and is disinfected and designed to protect bathing water quality
  • There is an emergency overflow from Oaklands pumping station. Overflows exist to protect homes, gardens, roads and open spaces from sewer flooding normally after storms
  • Bathing water quality in this area can be affected by urban drainage.

Local activities and interests

  • Swimming, crazy golf, bowls, campsite and walks.
  • Parking at Barton Hill Car Park and Dawlish Station, Dawlish. Food, toilets and disabled facilities.
  • There is no lifeguard service at this beach.
  • No Surf Life Saving GB club at this beach (Nearest is at Teignmouth).

Good Beach Guide: Dawlish Coryton Cove

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

DAWLISH (CORYTON COVE) BEACH – Maintenance

image depicting Dawlish (Coryton Cove)

Dawlish (Coryton Cove)

Devon, EX7 9EF, Lat/Long 50.6N 3.5W

A protected sandy cove known as Gentleman’s Cove due to the shelter it offers beach users. This resort offers a range of activities including crazy golf and bowls.

Water quality

  • Benefits from the 2000 Dawlish Clean Sweep scheme
  • Dawlish sewage treatment works at Timaru Gardens offers secondary treatment with ultraviolet disinfection
  • The outfall from the works discharges to sea off Coryton Cove and is disinfected and designed to protect bathing water quality
  • There is an emergency overflow from Oaklands pumping station. Overflows exist to protect homes, gardens, roads and open spaces from sewer flooding normally after storms
  • Bathing water quality in this area can be affected by urban drainage.

Local activities and interests

  • Swimming, crazy golf, bowls, campsite and walks.
  • Parking at Barton Hill Car Park and Dawlish Station, Dawlish. Food, toilets and disabled facilities.
  • There is no lifeguard service at this beach.
  • No Surf Life Saving GB club at this beach (Nearest is at Teignmouth).

Good Beach Guide: Dawlish Coryton Cove

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Off duty lifeguard helps save tourist who collapsed at Devon…

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An off duty lifeguard has helped to save an American tourist who collapsed at a Teignmouth beach.

Senior RNLI lifeguard Henry Irvine was off duty and cycling down to Teignmouth beach for swim training last Wednesday at 7am when he was asked to respond to a man who had collapsed while running along the beach.

The man, a tourist in his 40s from the US, had been out for a morning run when he collapsed and was found by other runners nearby.

As Henry was cycling towards the beach, the runners recognised him as a lifeguard and approached him for help. He immediately made his way to the lifeguard unit, grabbed the first responder bag and cycled along the sea wall to the casualty’s location.

Upon Henry’s arrival an off duty doctor was already performing CPR on the casualty. Henry used the defibrillator to great effect to make the casualty responsive. He administered oxygen and carried out casualty care checks while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

When the paramedics arrived the man was talking and had begun to recover. He was then taken to hospital for further treatment, where he is now recovering well.

RNLI area lifesaving manager Nigel Jones said: “Henry acted quickly and used his medical skills to deliver a positive outcome for the gentleman involved. We are very proud of the professionalism that he displayed; he is a true credit to the RNLI and its lifeguarding service.”

Teignmouth beach is patrolled by RNLI lifeguards from 10am to 6pm until September 3.

Police appeal after attempted theft of a dog in South Devon

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Police received a report of what is believed to be the attempted theft of a dog in Teignmouth on Saturday, and are appealing for information from anyone who might have seen anything suspicious.

At 9pm on Saturday, a local fisherman left his Cocker Spaniel tied up to railings at Den Promenade in the town while he retrieved some items from the beach. When he returned, he found a man trying to untie the dog.

The fisherman retrieved his dog, but now police are appealing for anyone with information or CCTV in the area to get in touch.

A police spokesman said: “The male suspect is described as white, late 20’s, wearing a shirt, dark coloured hair and of medium build. He was in company with two other males.

“We ask for anyone with information or CCTV in the area to contact police via 101@dc.police.uk or by calling 101 quoting crime CR/067847/17.”

Travellers set up camp in South Devon town

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Travellers have arrived in Kingsteignton, where they have set up camp on an area of green space in the town.

The group arrived on green open space in Sandygate Mill on Tuesday night, and Teignbridge District Council have said they will take the ‘necessary legal action’ to move them on.

A spokesman from Teignbridge District Council said: “We can confirm that late last night travellers arrived on a green open space at Sandygate Mill, Kingsteignton.

“The Council is following procedure and will take the necessary legal action to have the travellers moved on.”

Travellers have previously used the same space to set up camp, and in July 2015 when they previously set up on the green space police investigated a violent clash between travellers and local people in the town.

Test runs for Devon’s new high speed trains carried out

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Rail passengers in Devon are a step closer to experiencing new trains as Hitachi begins testing the Class 802 fleet.

On Tuesday, the first of Great Western Railway’s Intercity Express Trains for Devon and Cornwall carried out test runs in Somerset, between Bruton and Cogload.

Two more trains are due to arrive in the South West within the coming weeks as part of a comprehensive test programme.

From 2018 this fleet of Class 802 Intercity Express Trains, which is being financed by Eversholt Rail, will connect London Paddington to Exeter, Plymouth, Penzance and many more communities.

Part of GWR’s new Intercity fleet, the 36 Class 802s are fitted with bi-mode technology, allowing trains to use both diesel and electric power, ensuring passengers experience new trains as soon as possible.

Passengers will benefit from more seats, better on-board facilities and shorter journey times.

The Intercity Express Train is also designed to withstand the region’s variable weather conditions, including routes along the Dawlish coast. These new trains harness Hitachi’s Japanese bullet train technology and will offer a step-change in the journey experience for passengers.

Berry Sas, Projects Director at Hitachi Rail Europe, said: “This is an exciting milestone for our team as we ensure the trains are delivered on time and in top condition. Passengers and enthusiasts will be able to catch glimpses of the new trains as they begin regular test runs in the region”

Mark Hopwood, Managing Director of GWR, said: “We know how important the railway is to the economies and communities of the South West, and the start of testing today marks another milestone in delivering the improvements we know our passengers wish to see.

“These trains will help us deliver faster, more frequent services into the South West, each providing up to a fifth more seats per train.”

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Residents unsafe and at risk at Devon care home following…

A Teignmouth care home which specialises in looking after people with dementia has been rated inadequate in all areas, and its residents were deemed to be not safe and at risk of harm.

During a unannounced visit by independent health and social care regulator the Care Quality Commission, historically under performing Neilston Residential Care Home in Woodway Road, was found to be failing in a number of areas including…

. Risks to peoples’ physical health were not identified and managed.

. The management of falls, choking, skin and pressure area care, medicines, and moving and handling was unsafe.

. Poor monitoring and management of people’s eating and drinking put some people at risk.

. Care plans were not clear and up-to-date, which meant staff did not have current information on how to meet people’s needs.

. People were at risk of receiving inconsistent care and not receiving the care and support they needed.


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. Staff did not always make referrals to other healthcare professionals to ensure people’s care and treatment remained safe.

. Checks required by law had not been carried out before staff started work at the home exposing people to unnecessary risk.

. Not all staff understood how to meet the needs of people living with dementia.

. A lack of staff

. There was little attempt to engage any of the people with any form of activity or conversation.

. The environment was dirty and dusty with offensive odours such as urine.

. Weak leadership


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The home, which is registered to provide personal care and support to 22 people who may be living with dementia, has now been placed in special measures

The critical reported said: “At various times throughout the inspection, we observed people sitting in the lounge with no staff present. Some of these people were unable to mobilise independently and had no way of calling for assistance if they needed it.”

Referring to poor communication between residents and staff, it said: “Most interactions between staff and people were poor. We observed staff did not always listen to people or support them to express their views.

“For example, one person asked to go to the toilet and was ignored, despite there being a strong smell of urine.

“People were not treated with respect at all times. For example, we observed staff telling one person they were a ‘good girl’ and another person was told they were ‘being naughty’.”


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The announced inspection was carried out in February, and had been brought forward due to concerns raised in relation to people’s care and welfare, and the results have just been published.

Previously, in April 2015, the home was rated “inadequate”. By January 2016, following changes, it had progressed to “requires improvement” after improvements were made.

Following a visit to the home in October 2016, it was found the provider had not taken action to ensure improvements were made.

The registered manager who had day-to-day responsibility for the service left in January 2017. A new manager had been working at the home for four weeks at the time of the inspection, but resigned following the CQC visit.

The CQC report said: “The provider told us they were unaware of events relating to the care of people living in the home.

“The provider had not developed the staff team to ensure they displayed the right values and behaviours towards people. At times, this resulted in poor outcomes for people who lived in the home.”

Services in special measures are kept under review and, if needed, could be escalated to urgent enforcement action.

Where necessary, another inspection will be conducted within a further six months.

No one was available for comment from Neilston Residential Care Home.


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Devon’s crime czar survives calls for her to be removed

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Devon County Council chose not to hold a vote of no confidence into the controversial crime czar and to ask the Home Secretary to remove Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner from her office.

Liberal Democrat Cllr Alistair Dewhirst had wanted the council to debate and agree that Ms Hernandez is “unfit and unsuitable for her job” at the full council meeting on Thursday.

At the meeting, Cllr Dewhirst said: “I want to debate this here and now as it affects us here and now. There has been a massive increase in crime as reported today.

“She may not have operational control, but she controls the budget, and she who controls the budget, controls what goes on. I would like to debate it here and now in the chamber so people can see.”

But a vote on whether his motion was to be debated by councillors was lost, meaning that the debate did not happen and the motion was not discussed.

Instead it will be referred to the Cabinet for consideration at a later date.


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His motion that he wanted to debate said: “Devon County Council is extremely alarmed at the proposal by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez, to drastically reduce the number of PCSOs, the eyes and ears of the force.

“At a recent consultation by South Devon and Dartmoor Community Safety Partnership, Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators, Parish, Town and Borough Councillors, District Councillors and County Councillors described the proposed changes as “dangerous”.

“Members are hearing reports from constituents of massive increases in low-level crime in our towns, villages and rural areas.

“Additionally there is a general concern that the Police and Crime Commissioner is unfit and unsuitable for her job after making tactless comments about being “really interested” in licensed firearm owners being allowed to act during terrorist incidents. We endorse Deputy Chief Constable Paul Netherton’s view that “Under no circumstances would we want members of the public to arm themselves with firearms”.

“This Council believes that the Police and Crime Commissioner is wrong to propose reductions in Neighbourhood Policing, that proposals to utilise domestically owned firearms is a crass and inadequate response to mounting concerns about police cuts and that her proposal to appoint a Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner is an appointment that is just not needed in these cash-strapped times.


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“We therefore request the Chief Executive to contact the Home Secretary requesting she use whatever powers may be available to remove Ms Hernandez from office allowing Devon and Cornwall Police to continue the fight against crime at all levels and that Members of Devon County Council show their lack of support for the Police and Crime Commissioner by voting “No Confidence” in her office’.”

Devon crime commissioner faces another no-confidence vote

The Police and Crime Commissioner has faced a barrage of opposition since her election last year. Earlier this month Ms Hernandez put on hold plans to appoint a deputy after opposition from the panel that oversees her work.

The police and crime panel – made up of councillors and appointed members from across Devon and Cornwall – voted not to confirm Torbay councillor Mark Kingscote in the role.

She also sparked controversy when she appeared to suggest members of the public might arm themselves against a terrorist incident. S he insisted later her remarks, on a BBC Radio Cornwall phone-in had been misinterpreted.

Last month Plymouth City Council passed a vote of no confidence in Ms Hernandez for what it said were “stupid and dangerous comments”, and agreed to write to the Home Secretary asking her to the crime czar from office.


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Green Flags awards have been given to these 21 parks in Devon

These 21 parks across Devon are officially among the very best green spaces in the country. The prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space – has been awarded to 21 parks across Devon.

This international award, now in its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

The parks that have been given the award are:

Manor Gardens, Exmouth

Connaught Gardens and Peak Hill Slope, Sidmouth

Seaton Wetlands, Seaton

University of Exeter, St Lukes Campus, Exeter

University of Exeter, Streatham Campus, Exeter

Grand Western Canal Country Park, Tiverton

Yeo Valley Community Woodland, Barnstaple

Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe

Cockington Country Park, Torquay

Stover Country Park, Newton Abbot

The Den, Teignmouth

Decoy Country Park, Newton Abbot

Courtenay Park, Newton Abbot

Kingsbridge Recreation Ground, Kingsbridge

Ham Woods Local Nature Reserve, Plymouth

Devonport Park, Plymouth

Drake’s Place Gardens and Reservoir, Plymouth

Freedom Fields Park, Plymouth

Tothill Park, Plymouth

West Hoe Park, Plymouth

The Hoe Park, Plymouth.


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BELOW IS A MAP OF THE LOCATION OF ALL THE PARKS

2017 marks Decoy’s eleventh consecutive year of winning the award, The Den’s ninth consecutive award and Courtenay Park’s seventh consecutive award.

Cllr Phil Bullivant, Teignbridge District Council’s executive for recreation and leisure said: “The Green Flag awards given to Teignbridge for parks in Teignmouth and Newton Abbot are recognition for our hard working staff who look after our green spaces so well. We are delighted that the inclusion of Courtney Park, Decoy Park and The Den together with the numerous Blue Flag awards for our beaches means that Teignbridge has a wide range of nationally recognised areas available for residents to enjoy.


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Chrissie Drew, Teignbridge District Council’s Green Spaces Project Officer said: “We are absolutely delighted to have retained our three Green Flag Awards and this is fantastic news for everyone. We appreciate how much quality green spaces matter to our residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining them to such a high standard.”

Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award scheme manager said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”

The announcement has been welcomed by Teignbridge District Council’s ward members:

It’s the first time that the wider Seaton Wetlands site, which is managed by East Devon District Council’s countryside team and its volunteers, has been recognised with a Green Flag.


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Councillor Tom Wright, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said that all three awards were well deserved. “The Green Flag Award for Seaton Wetlands recognises the contribution the district council countryside team, staff and volunteers have made to local people and tourists who visit the area. The Wetlands is a well presented and natural site with an abundance of wildlife, it is enjoyed by bird watchers, cyclists, walkers and families looking for safe places for their children to explore.

“I am delighted that Seaton Wetlands has been recognised and it joins Manor Gardens and Connaught Gardens as Green Flag sites which are excellently managed by the district council.”

Countryside Team Leader, Tim Dafforn said: “We are over the moon that Seaton Wetlands has been awarded a Green Flag. There is so much on offer there for people of all ages. The 4km of boardwalk and trails can be explored on foot, bike, pushchair or wheelchair, making the site accessible for the whole family. Visitors can discover amazing wildlife in the bird hides, go pond dipping, enjoy a picnic or take part in public events.

“The site enjoys huge support from local people, visiting school groups, the Axe Vale and District Conservation Society and the Axe Estuary Bird Ringing Group whose hard work has contributed towards this award. The award signifies Seaton Wetlands as a high quality green space and we look forward to welcoming many more visitors over the rest of the busy summer season.”


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