A prime piece of real estate on a Devon seafront has been put up for sale.
Award-winning commercial estate agents Bettesworths said it is delighted to announce the availability of Den House, a fabulous mixed-use property on Teignmouth seafront.
Instructed by regional pub giant St Austell Brewery, Bettesworths is guiding the sale at an asking price of £650,000 to £700,000, freehold.
Den House sits right on the seafront at Teignmouth in a popular area referred to as ‘The Den’. The property enjoys far-reaching panoramic sea views along the South Devon Coast towards Torbay one way, and East Devon and Lyme Bay the other.
Den House is about 100 yards from the town centre and 50 yards from the beach – making this a prime piece of real estate.
The property comprises the Cellars Bar and large patio ‘beer garden’ at lower ground floor with five residential flats over the three floors above.
All of the residential flats are let on individual assured shorthold tenancies at market rents. Flat 2 is currently let to the operators of the public house and is included in their rent, currently held under a short term flexible tenancy. The property has the potential to comfortably generate rental receipts in the region of £40,000 to £45,000 per annum.
Devon pubs sold in 2018
Bettesworths managing director Matt Bettesworth said: “Den House is a diverse property and a fine piece of real estate situated right on the seafront. The property would make a solid investment given its location and mixed use and an early viewing is recommended.”
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Teignmouth is a real hidden gem. Both an historic port and classic seaside resort, the town has all the traditional attractions of a coastal holiday destination including the promenade, Victorian pier with rides and amusements together with shops, cafes and restaurants.
Teignmouth has a thriving local community which swells considerably during the holiday season with tourists.
The town is well-connected via the Shaldon Bridge to Shaldon on the south side of the river and on to Torbay some nine miles away.
The market town of Newton Abbot is six miles to the west as is the A38 trunk road to Exeter. This in turn links to the M5 motorway which connects the South West to the rest of the country.
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The property has further potential for owner occupiers or investors who may seek a longer lease of the Cellars Bar, or possibly consider a change of use of this part of the building to create further residential accommodation – subject to planning.
The re-routing of the Dawlish rail line closer to the sea will NOT see a popular beach lost to the public.
Network Rail has a programme of improvements to protect the line between Exeter and Newton Abbot to improve resilience over the next century.
The causeway option would see the line rebuild from the tunnel at Smugglers’ Lane in Holcombe, out on to the beach past Spray Point, and then would curve back in land towards Teignmouth.
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The option could cost up to £500million but no funding has yet been pledged for the work or a timeframe put in place.
But at Thursday morning’s Teignbridge Locality Committee meeting, David Lovell, Network Rail Programme Manager for the Western and Wales region revealed that although the line is still set to be realigned, it won’t move as far away from the cliffs and across the beach as initially planned.
Mr Lovell said: “Our designer is currently development the track alignment to reduce reclamation and are continuing to work up options based on extensive investigations. We are proposing a design that will be similar to a rockfall shelter and will reduce the impact on the beach. The issue is that we have is that we cannot physically present what it will look like at the moment.”
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Asked by Cllr Sylvia Russell if that meant Network Rail would no longer be realigning the line, he replied: “It will still go out seaward, but it won’t go out as far as we thought in 2016 for a period of the line. A lot of the beach at Holcombe will remain, but I cannot present that today as to how it will look like, but that is where we are now.”
He added the walkway would be retained and the sea wall would have a wave return to deflect energy away from the cliffs and the railway line.
What are the technical proposals for the Dawlish rail line?
1. The line between Holcombe and Teignmouth will be relocated into the sea away from crumbling cliffs. Anne-Marie Morris explains how it needs to be ‘more robust.’
2. The continued strengthening of the sea wall at Dawlish near train station, following the high-profile collapse in February 2014.
3. Works to protect the tunnels by installing ‘avalanche shelters’ to protect the tracks from falling rocks.
4. A ‘helpdesk’ office to open to provide locals and visitors with information about the projects
The news was welcomed by councillors on the committee, who said the residents of Holcombe would be happy.
Mr Lovell also told councillors that early in 2019, the final design of the new seawall planned for Marine Parade in Dawlish would be presented.
But he said that the wall will be 7.5m tall with a wave return to deflect the energy of the waves and to stop them going over the railway, that the walkway will be 4m wide when it is currently 3.1m wide, and there will be a barrier between the pedestrians and the edge of the to stop people falling off the wall.
He added: “Once we build a better sea wall, the overtopping of the sea water won’t happen. We are putting a design in place that will be there for 100 years, accounts for sea level rise, and won’t get the spray overtopping the railway line.”
He added that Network Rail were also coming up with design solutions to improve resilience for the area around Dawlish station. Mr Lovel said: “It would be an own goal to improve the Marine Parade sea wall only for the railway to be still closed as there is flooding at Dawlish station.”
However Cllr Rosalind Prowse questioned whether anything had actually changed since the line was washed away in the storms in 2014.
She said: “Sad to say I don’t think we’ve moved on a great deal since then and I still have the same concerns as did in 2014, but the weather has got worse and already with the unusually early storm the trains have had to stop running twice.
“I think that remedial are a waste of money and we should be doing the major works to get the line secured. Until the money is forthcoming, we could still be talking about it in four years’ time, but we all know that the money will appear if they line gets washed away.”
Dawlish railway: A timeline
FEBRUARY 1847: Brunel’s atmospheric railway along the coast opened between Exeter and Teignmouth and extended to Newton Abbot in January, 1848.
FEBRUARY 2014: The century-old seawall at Dawlish was destroyed by crashing waves, which scooped out hundreds of tonnes of ballast, forcing the evacuation of families from Riviera Terrace and Sea Lawn.
FEBRUARY 2014: Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin visits Dawlish to inspect the damage.
MARCH 2014: Specialist fire crews set off a controlled landslide above the Dawlish to Teignmouth rail track where workmen battled to reopen the line.
APRIL 2014: Line reopens with VIP guests including Prime Minister David Cameron.
JULY 2014: Orange Army commended with special award for their work.
JULY 2014: Network Rail report released. The Government effectively committed itself to spending at least £400million to ensure there is never a repeat of the main Devon and Cornwall railway line collapsing at Dawlish.
DECEMBER 2014: Chancellor George Osborne criticised for his silence on the rail line in his Autumn Statement.
MARCH 2016: Mr Osborne pledged £5 million in the first stage of improvements to the resilience of the line in Budget.
AUGUST 2016: Network Rail awarded £10 million contract to investigate the coastal cliff frontage in Dawlish to Teignmouth section.
OCTOBER 2016: Network Rail begins public information events on its investigations and resilience plans.
NOVEMBER 2016: Peninsula Rail Task Force submits Closing The Gap, its 20-year plan for the region’s railway, to the government.
NOVEMBER 2017: Transport minister Jesse Norman says that reopening a railway line avoiding the coast, via Okehampton and Tavistock is a ‘very important potential idea’. It would be in addition to the Dawlish line, he said while visiting Exeter St Davids.
FEBRUARY 2018: Network Rail outlines its five-year plan for ongoing maintenance for the region’s network in Control Period 6
FEBRUARY 2018: Minister of State for Transport Jo Johnson responds to the PRTF Closing the Gap report but offers no ‘miracle cure’ for Dawlish
MARCH 2018: Homes in Dawlish evacuated, part of the rail line damaged and seaside cafe washed away during Storm Emma
MARCH 2018: Transport minister renews pledge to do ‘whetever it takes’ to safeguard Dawlish rail line
Mr Lovell said that the funding will come from central government as Network Rail don’t have the pot of money for it, and that they been advised the Dawlish rail line is Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling’s number one priority. He added: “I am convinced that this will happen and me and my team doing all we can to progress the schemes as quickly as we can, but they do take a long time.”
Cllr Prowse however said: “But a big storm doesn’t take a long time, it takes just a few hours.”
And Cllr Jackie Hook asked if Network Rail could guarantee there won’t be a catastrophic cliff fall.
Mr Lovell said: “I cannot. In 2014, we had no advance warning it would happen. We are monitoring the cliffs and looking for any movement, and if we identified an issue, we would cliff the line, but we cannot guarantee the cliffs won’t fail. We are doing all we can to monitor and make things safe.”
The next phase of work to protect the sea wall at Dawlish has begun, Mr Lovel told councillors.
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Four breakwaters at Boat Cove, Coastguards Point, Colonnade Underpass and Langstone Rock are being repaired. The work is set to take six months and will be carried out by world leaders in coastal, tunnel, cliff and railway engineering from Network Rail and BAM Nuttall.
Investigations are also continuing into whether loose material from the clifftop above Parsons Tunnel at Holcombe can be removed to stabilise the cliff and reduce the risk of landslips.
How storms battered the Dawlish coastline
Thursday 7pm: Passengers get soaked
Train passengers disembarking at storm hit Dawlish station receive a shock when they are soaked by a huge wave. Travellers leaving the train were lashed by a huge wave as they stepped onto the platform.
8pm: Waves hit trains at Dawlish
Rail passengers travelling through Dawlish have a fright as huge waves crash over the top of their train Commuters gasped as water soared towards them and crashed over the carriage. CrossCountry suspended all services through Dawlish.
Friday 7am: Warning the line will close
Great Western Railway warn that the train line will be closed between Exeter and Newton Abbot between 5.30pm and 6.30pm due to the predicted storms.
11.57am: Train line to stay open
GWR change their mind saying that some services will run though Dawlish on Friday evening but at a reduced speed. CrossCountry services will also be disrupted.
5pm: Storms bring huge waves
A combination of strong winds, heavy rain and high tides cause waves to crash against the sea wall at Dawlish.
7.16pm: All lines are blocked by flooding
The Dawlish line is blocked by flooding and all services are cancelled. Bus replacement services are put in place but customers are told not to travel if possible.
9.45pm Dawlish station submerged with water
Water floods over the train tracks at Dawlish station leaving it submerged. A police officer who took a video of the scene described the weather as ‘probably as bad as I’ve seen it’.
Saturday 7.01am: The train line reopens
It’s announced that all trains between Exeter St Davids and Cornwall are back up and running on Saturday morning, albeit with speed restrictions in place.
The future of parking in Teignmouth has been deferred for three months after the town council changed their view on proposals only hours beforehand at what was described as a ‘chaotic meeting’.
The Teignbridge Highways and Traffic Orders Committee on Thursday morning was due to commission a review of the Teignmouth Traffic Management Review, initially implemented in the town in March 2017.
But the meeting heard that at Wednesday night’s Teignmouth town council meeting, the council had voted almost unanimously to change their comments on the proposals, and rather than support the review, requested that winter parking charges on the Upper Den carriageway be revoked, but a plan to stop parking be implemented, and that the residents’ parking zones introduced in 2017 be revoked.
The Teignbridge HATOC agreed to defer any decision until their next meeting in February and that officers start discussing to come up with a solution.
The previously introduced traffic review saw residents parking introduced in all or sections of Bitton Park Road, Boscawen Place, Daimonds Lane, Exeter Street, Gladstone Terrace, Grove Avenue, Heywoods Road, Higher Brimley Road, Landscore Close, Salisbury Terrace, Shute Hill, Shute Hill Crescent and Winterbourne Road introduced; a 30-minute free period in Wellington Street; a one-way system implemented from west to east on Higher Brimley Road; and extending the closure period on the Upper Den Promenade to cover May 1 to September 10 but introducing pay and display when the road is open.
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Joan Atkins, a resident representing 98 people who live within the residents’ parking zone, though said that the town council at the meeting on Wednesday night had ignored their views.
She said: “The residents’ parking zone has worked well. The air quality has improved, the safety of residents has improved, and stress levels and damage to property has been reduced. The residents’ parking zone has given respite for the residents living there. It needs some tweaks, but there is no reason to remove the whole zone as the town council seems to want. Teignmouth’s parking problems won’t be solved by removing this and removing it would be a retrograde step.”
But Cllr Sylvia Russell, who represents Teignmouth on Devon County Council, said that the residents’ parking zone in the town has ‘not been as successful as people like to think and the displacement of other vehicles has had a divisive effect’.
She added: “It has caused a lot of upset in the town and when I first spoke on this before it was adopted, I did object to residents parking and said ‘please don’t go there’, and I have been proven right, as it has had the disruptive effect I said it would.
“We are not kicking this into the long grass and deferring it for a long time. We have to make a decision soon so we can all move forward, so bringing it back to the next HATOC in three months is fine.”
Cllr Alan Connett said that the councils have to pay attention to the residents in the zone, while Cllr Rosalind Prowse said: “Dawlish is watching the way this is going as we suffer from a similar problem. Some roads have a very serious parking problem as people leave cars on them to go to the station, and I suspect Dawlish will be keen to follow this path.”
The committee were initially being asked by officers that a further review of on street parking provisions in Teignmouth is undertaken and that the review should be undertaken in liaison with Teignmouth Town Council and Teignbridge District Council so that a co-ordinated approach to parking provision within the town can be further developed.
But it was unanimously agreed to defer any decision to the next HATOC meeting in light of the eleventh hour change of heart by the town council.
The town council report that was initially presented to the HATOC said that there should be a review of double yellow lines to establish where the 24 hour restriction could be relaxed to daytime only, areas within the current RPZ which could be made available for limited waiting and visitors should be identified, sections of On-Street Pay and Display within the town centre area should be explored to be made available for residents of a potential Town Centre residents’ parking zone, and that the hours of operation should be reviewed.
The initial proposal were designed to encourage turnover of on street parking to benefit residents and businesses, enable enforcement to be undertaken efficiently, encourage longer term visitors to use off street car parks, and to encourage commuters to make more sustainable travel choices.
ANNE MARIE MORRIS IS THE CONSERVATIVE MP FOR NEWTON ABBOT AND HAS BEEN SINCE 2010
Last week, the Public Accounts Committee held an evidence session looking at how prepared government departments are for the changes required at the UK border after our exit from the European Union. The responsibility for the border is shared between the Border Force (Home Office), the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Representatives from all three were witnesses at the Committee session.
The forthcoming negotiations on the UK’s future relationship with the EU will determine how the border is operated when the UK leaves the EU. In 2017-18, it is estimated that £40bn was collected in tax and duty on border transactions. Moreover, 205 million passengers crossed the border between the UK and the rest of the EU, not including an unknown number of passengers who crossed the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.
There remains concerns about how ready the UK is to cope with the challenges presented to the UK border on exit from the EU and this has not been helped by the ongoing uncertainty and delays surrounding the negotiations. Such uncertainty makes clear and defined planning difficult, as well as reducing the time available to departments to plan and implement any new border regimes and infrastructure that may be required.
We are a coastal community with a range of ports stretching the length of the peninsula playing a vital role in both the local and national economy. The witnesses confirmed that they have held conversations with all 135 ports and airports to discuss the potential impacts on them and their customers. They also confirmed that HMRC, the Home Office, Defra and the Department for Transport are all working together to ensure joined-up activity is taking place on the issue.
I raised the specific issue of the ‘no-deal’ technical notices which the government has been releasing, outlining what would occur in various areas in the event of a ‘no-deal’ scenario. The feedback that I have received is that these technical papers are not particularly helpful and offer very little information about what will happen in this scenario.
Clare Moriarty, Permanent Secretary at Defra, explained to the committee that they are currently engaged in the process of moving from technical notices to setting out what specific positions will be and offering guidance on steps that people will need to take.
The government has not yet taken a policy decision regarding whether or how to implement customs arrangements at the Irish land border in the event of a ‘no-deal’ scenario. Jon Thompson, Permanent Secretary of HMRC, made it clear that they do not require any infrastructure at the border. 98 per cent of all customs traffic will go through, having been managed via IT systems whilst the remaining 2 per cent will be dealt with at inland pre-clearance centres.
I also questioned the witnesses on what emergency legislation would be needed in the event of a ‘no-deal’ scenario and when they would begin to present it to the House of Commons. HMRC, whilst not requiring any primary legislation, would require 48 statutory instruments to implement UK exit from the European Union. They are currently evaluating how many additional would be required under ‘no-deal’. Defra are currently progressing 85 statutory instruments in the event of ‘no-deal’.
Effective management of the border is critical for the UK after we leave the EU in March 2019. It is fundamentally important to our economy, national security and reputation in the international community. Brexit is an opportunity for our country to control our laws and borders independently in the best interests of the people. It is a chance to maximise the advantages of our open, outward-looking economy and do things differently. Therefore, we must make sure we get the border situation right.
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Severe disruption is expected on the Dawlish line tonight as heavy rain and high winds batter Devon.
A Met Office yellow warning for wind and rain is in place for the region for the rest of Friday, with up to 60mm of rain and winds of up to 70mph possible in some areas.
Trains are expected to be cancelled or delayed throughout the day, particularly between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.
Earlier on Friday, Great Western Railway informed passengers that no trains would run between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot from 6.30pm until at least 7.30pm, but they are now expected to run, albeit at a slower speed.
Earlier GWR had tweeted to say the line would close completely
National Rail expect CrossCountry services to be disrupted from 3pm until the end of the day, with Great Western Railway services also to be affected from 6pm.
A spokesperson said: “High tides and high winds are forecast at Dawlish this afternoon.
“As a result, CrossCountry services between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot may be disrupted from approximately 3pm until the end of service. This is also likely to affect Great Western Railway services from 6pm until 7.30pm.
“Trains may be cancelled or terminated at/started from Exeter St Davids. You can see a timetable showing the amended CrossCountry services here .
“A 50mph speed restriction is also in place between Plymouth and Penzance due to high winds. This is extended to cover the lines between Taunton and Plymouth / Penzance at 15:00 until at least 21:00.
“Some trains may also be altered at short notice, so please ensure that you check your journey before travelling.”
Alternative travel advice:
CrossCountry customers may use Great Western Railway on reasonable routes.
Replacement buses will run non-stop between Tiverton Parkway and Plymouth. Buses will also run as required between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot during any period where Great Western Railway services are also unable to run.
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Great Western Railway local stopping services will operate between Paignton and Teignmouth, and also between Dawlish Warren and Exeter St Davids.
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Road replacement buses will serve Dawlish operating between Newton Abbot and Exeter St Davids.
A spokesperson for Great Western Railway added: “Current weather forecasts suggest a combination of high winds and a higher than normal tide are likely in the Dawlish area between 1830 and 1930 which will affect local stopping services between Newton Abbot and Exeter.
While it is possible this forecast could change, we would encourage customers planning to travel through the area to travel earlier if possible. Customers with reservations for a particular train will be able to travel on trains earlier the day.
Long distance services between Penzance and London Paddington will continue to operate, but journey times may be extended by up to 15 minutes due to speed restrictions put in place.
We would expect trains to run outside this area to continue to run and rail replacement bus services will operate between intermediate stations.
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Network Rail will continue to monitoring weather conditions carefully throughout the afternoon, and we will let customers know if the situation changes.
Please travel early
The anticipated heavy rain and high winds may also impact the rail services that GWR is able to operate, potentially leading to longer journey times and further short notice cancellations.
Those with tickets to travel on Friday 8 November will be able to use their tickets to travel on Saturday 9 November; customers with pre-purchased Advance and Off-Peak, and Super Off- Peak tickets will be able to travel on earlier services, and customers who choose not to travel will be entitled to a refund.
GWR tickets will also be valid on a host of other transport providers, including local buses and alternative train routes. Further details below.
Where you can use your ticket
You can use your ticket on both GWR and CrossCountrytrain services for travel between Bristol Temple Meads, Taunton, Exeter St Davids and Penzance in both directions.
You can use your ticket on South Western Railwaytrain services between Exeter St David’s and London Waterloo.
You can use your ticket on London Underground for travel from London Waterloo to London Paddington, however, industrial action is planned on the Central, Waterloo &City and Piccadilly lines on Wednesday 07 November with a very limited service. Please check the Transport for London (TfL)website before travel.
You can use your ticket on local bus services with First Kernowon the following routes: First Kernow route 21: St Austell (Station) – St Columb Road (Glen View) – Quintrell Downs (Quintrell Stores) – Newquay, First Kernow route 25: St Austell (Station) – Par (Station), First Kernow route 27: Truro (Bus Station) – St Austell (Station) – Bugle (The Square) – Roche – Bodmin, First Kernow route 87: Truro (Station) – Newquay (Bus Station), First Kernow route T1: Penzance (Station) – St Erth (Station) – Hayle – Camborne (Bus Station) – Redruth (Station) – Truro, First Kernow routes 90, 92, 93: Truro (Bus Station) – St Columb Road (Glen View) – Quintrell Downs (Quintrell Stores) – Newquay, First Kernow route T2: St Ives (Bus Station) – Carbis Bay – Lelant – Hayle – Camborne (Bus Station) – Redruth (Station) – Truro
You can use your ticket on local bus services with Stagecoach South Weston the following routes: Stagecoach bus route X38: Exeter (Bus Station) – Ivybridge – Plymouth (Bus Station), Stagecoach bus route X64: Exeter (Bus Station) – Newton Abbot (Sherborne Road) – Totnes (Royal Seven Stars), Stagecoach bus route 22: Dawlish Warren – Dawlish (The Green) – Teignmouth – Torquay (Strand) – Paignton (Bus Station), Stagecoach bus route 155: Exeter (Bus Station) – Tiverton (Bus Station) – Barnstaple (Bus Station), Stagecoach bus route 12: Newton Abbot (Station) – Torre (Station) – Torquay (Grand Hotel) – Paignton (Bus Station), Stagecoach bus route 2: Newton Abbot (Sherborne Rd) – Teignmouth – Dawlish (Green) – Starcross (Station) – Exeter (Bus Station). Stagecoach GOLD bus route: Torquay (Grand Hotel) – Paignton – Totnes (Station) – Ivybridge – Plymouth (Royal Parade).
Exeter-born Chris Martin admitted he was ‘a mess’ after splitting from his wife Gwyneth Paltrow.
The Coldplay frontman ended a decade of marriage with the Hollywood actress in 2014. The pair have two kids, Apple and Moses together.
And in a new documentary film called ‘A Head Full of Dreams’, Chris said he felt worthless, with his bandmates concerned for his welfare.
He said: “Through the course of the next album Mylo Xyloto, it was pretty clear that I was doing well in some parts of my life and really not well in others.
“When we’re on tour, it’s just a little bubble, you become institutionalised. And this is why a lot of frontmen have problems in their personal lives.
“Towards the end of the Mylo tour, it was a very difficult period for about a year or so of feeling completely worthless and nothing to anybody.
“I was just like, ‘I’m a mess’, really, because I can’t enjoy the great things around me.
“Then, of course, I went through a break-up with Gwyneth. Listen, I’m never going to moan, I’m grateful for everything, but it was pretty touch and go.”
Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion, Chris’s bandmates, were concerned for their friend during his difficult time.
Drummer Will said: It was evident that things were very difficult for Chris and that he was unhappy.
“We sort of felt helpless in a way. Naturally it’s distressing when your friend is going through something so traumatic.”
Coldplay’s manager Phil Harvey confessed: “He was in a lot of pain. Your mind can go to the worst-case scenario.
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“I was worried about him to the extent that I was just really glad to get a text in the morning just to know he was OK.
“Almost when he was at his absolute lowest, that’s when we started making [2014 album] Ghost Stories.”
Chris speaks candidly about the couple’s split in a new documentary marking 20 years of Coldplay. In it, they discuss addiction and anxiety, after critics blasted them as “music to wet the bed to”. But Chris happily accepts being a “figure of ridicule”.
“I think everything we’ve done is s***,” he shrugs at one point. “That’s what fires me up to do the next thing.”
The film is released in some cinemas on November 14.
It might not quite have the year-round Bondi climate, but Australian-born rugby coach and former Exeter Chiefs player Julian Salvi still counts Teignmouth among his favourite beaches.
The father of three and his family have been regulars at the popular seaside resort since moving to Devon three years ago. It was one of the first beaches Julian and his wife, Emma, discovered when they arrived in the county – and it has been a firm favourite ever since.
The former player is so fond of the area that when he recently launched a property development company, Tomahawk Homes, with fellow Chiefs colleague Moray Low, they built their first house in nearby Bishopsteignton.
Teignmouth is the ‘go-to’ beach for Julian and Moray and their families, but it is more than the sand and sea that they find appealing. “It’s a great town, especially if, like us, you have young children,” says Julian. “They love the skate park, the walk along the front – with an ice-cream, of course – and the variety of places to eat and drink that are kiddie-friendly.”
Julian joined the Exeter Chiefs as a player in 2015, before switching to coaching at the end of last season. His colleague and business partner, Moray, is still on the playing staff. The front-row forward is a Scotland international with 37 caps to his name.
He, too, is a fan of Teignmouth and its people: “Because of its size, you quickly get to know people around the town, like Paul (Matthews), who runs the Crab Shack, and Laura (Wall) at the art gallery,” says Moray. “We also love taking the passenger ferry across to Shaldon from the Back Beach slipway.”
Julian and Moray have now become such become familiar faces around Teignmouth, that they have made a promotional video on behalf of local property agents, Complete, extolling the town’s virtues.
“When we started thinking about setting up the property development business, Will Smith, the Managing Director at Complete, offered to mentor us,” says Julian. “He and his team are all about loving the locations they live and work in and are producing a number of films showcasing the people and places that define Complete. When Will asked us to appear in the Teignmouth video, we were more than happy to repay the favour.”
In the video, Julian and Moray can be seen talking to, among others, Paul Matthews, owner of the Crab Shack, and Sam Chisholm, centre manager and chief instructor at SeaSports South West.
Moray said he and Julian really enjoyed getting to know better some of the local characters they had knew from previous visits, and added: “The thing that really struck us was just how passionate people are about the town. There is a genuine enthusiasm and sense of pride there. We also noticed how close-knit the business community is and how keen people are to support each other.”
The video, titled ‘Live Where You Love, Featuring Teignmouth‘, is part of a new ‘Complete People’ campaign that celebrates Complete’s customers and the people who make the places where they sell property so special.
Will adds: “For us, Complete is more than just a name. It’s an ethos to provide all our customers with the most complete service possible and help them to feel supported and informed throughout, whether they are buying or selling a property. Shooting these location videos is part of that philosophy. If we can market our properties, support local businesses and promote the town all at the same time, it’s a win, win, win.”
Muse frontman has opened up about growing up in Devon – and revealed he got kicked out of Teignmouth Pier twice.
The rock trio, who have just released latest album ‘Simulation Theory,’ all grew up in the seaside town, but Matt Bellamy, Dom Howard and Chris Wolstenholme choose to live in Los Angeles these days.
However, Muse are often spotted back in their hometown, particularly Matt Bellamy, who brings his seven-year-old son Bingham along, and recalled a time he visited the town as a child.
He told The Sun: “I try to get down there with my son in late August when the regatta is on.
“His childhood is very different to mine.
“I recently remembered that we’d go down to Teignmouth Pier when I was young. When I was 12 we’d go on the penny slot machines and use a technique where we put a penny in and cleared out the whole machine. I got kicked out of the pier twice.
Bellamy admitted Bingham’s childhood is very different to his but he added it is important to him that he keeps some traditions.
“My son goes to school in LA, so I live there most of the time but he comes here in summer. He’s proper LA and skates, surfs and plays baseball. It’s a nice lifestyle for kids in LA but I try to keep some English traditions.”
Simulation Theory, which includes tracks such as ‘Pressure’ and ‘The Dark Side,’ was heavily influenced by films Matt used to watch as a kid.
He added: “I loved Blade Runner, The Thing, Back To The Future and Alien. Not just influences in terms of my ideas about sci-fi, the future and dystopian thinking, but also the soundtracks. I loved the synthesised, early John Carpenter soundtracks.
“I’d not played computer games for about 20 years. I think that is one of the reasons the retro graphics feature in the videos for the new songs.”
Muse have announced a world tour in 2019, which includes two UK stadium shows.
There was plenty of confusion and anger when the tour was announced as Bristol was left off the list – despite an earlier poster that said they would be playing at Bristol.
The news left many disappointed as it appeared the only WestCountry show had been dropped, however, Bristol Live now understands that Muse will play a show in Bristol in 2019 as first indicated.
Shortly after the announcement, Muse confirmed that more dates will be added to next year’s world tour.
It is currently not yet known where or when the Bristol show will take place, but indications show it is likely to happen at Ashton Gate – the home of Bristol City FC.
It is believed that it will take happen between May 29 and June 12.
This fits in with the band’s two other UK shows on June 1 and 8 and would be the venue in Bristol that resembles most closely those chosen for London and Manchester.
Ashton Gate Stadium is set to host five large gigs this summer – with Take That, Rod Stewart and The Spice Girls already announced.
Muse are playing a show in Moscow on June 15 – which would seem to indicate that June 5 is the only date that they could currently play at Ashton Gate Stadium.
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