New expanded £1million Dawlish ‘healthcare hub’ opens on…

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A new ‘healthcare hub’ for Dawlish and Teignmouth officially opens on Saturday. Barton Surgery in Dawlish last year was given permission to expand its site in Barton Terrace by Teignbridge Council planners.

The £1million plans for the four-storey surgery extension will provide more rooms, as well as training and meeting areas for staff.

Now complete, the site of the only GP practice in the town will comprise of the surgery and the community hospital, and will provide a health hub with access to the full range of services including minor injuries, out of hours care, primary care, pharmacy and bed-based care.

The changes to the site include additional clinical spaces for nurses, doctors and registrars to use and a dedicated meeting room for training.

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The aim of the development is to future-proof the facilities at the site, and the extension, built on the derelict former gasworks behind the site, which will secure the future of healthcare in the area for the next 10 years.

Currently there are 13,600 patients registered with the practice, but this is expected to rise by 20 per cent in the next 10 years as a result of the additional houses being built around Dawlish.

The controversial DA2 framework plan for Dawlish, which has been adopted as a planning document by Teignbridge council, includes how the council hopes to deliver the building of up to 1,000 houses for the area.

Plans for 409 houses at Gatehouse Farm on Secmaton Lane were approved in July 2016, which followed on from the approval granted in April for Waddeton Park Ltd’s plans for up to 200 homes, a 64-bed care home and three hectares of employment land on a 16-acre plot of land in the grounds of Langdon Hospital.

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Two other housing developments in the area – one of 96 new homes and one of 35 new homes – have also been approved.

Plans for 201 new homes at land at Secmaton Farm in Dawlish have been submitted to Teignbridge Council and are currently being considered.

Another 201 homes are planned for the north of Dawlish

If all five housing plans are approved and built, then the north of Dawlish then 941 new homes will be built.

The development has been partially funded by the development of the new 860 homes around Secmaton Lane, along with a grant from NHS England and funding from the GP partners.

The official opening of the extended premises at Barton Surgery takes place on Saturday, August 5, between 11.30am and 3pm.

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Joint Teignmouth and Dawlish airshow could provide £3m…

The mayor of Teignmouth says he has no doubts whatsoever that a proposed airshow for Teignmouth and Dawlish for 2018 will happen – and it could provide a £3m boost to the economy.

Early stages of negotiations around a two day event at the back end of the summer of 2018 have begun, with the aim being to hold the airshow in Teignmouth on Saturday, August 25, and then the following day in Dawlish.

Up to 150,000 people are expected to be attracted into the towns for the events which could bring economic boosts of around £3milllion to the economy.

The initial outlay for the first year of the event could cost around £150,000, but Cllr Paul Burgess, the mayor of Teignmouth, said they would hope to cover the costs of the displays through corporate sponsorship and that the event would not go ahead unless it was certain to break event.

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The long-running Dawlish Airshow was grounded in 2016 and 2017 as the organisers felt they needed to take a break and that the event couldn’t be financed respectively, but it is hoped that a two day airshow across the two towns could be held in 2018.

The organising committee consists of a many members of previous Dawlish Airshows plus additional expertise from business people from the two towns and although it is currently only in its initial planning stages, the Dawlish and Teignmouth Airshow has received enthusiastic responses from both Town Councils and has developed a business model which will allow for sustainability for years to come.

Tracy Scranage, Town Centre Development Manager said: “Organising a two town centre Airshow allows us for the first time to develop new and exciting areas of interest, ranging from specific themes for our young people, to Corporate Entertaining facilities and VIP areas.

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“The outline plan is to run two Airshow days in August next year, one day in Dawlish and the Warren and the other in Teignmouth. Some air displays will be common to both towns and others, specific to one town.

“Funding will be gained through numerous sources and we are trying to involve businesses from all sectors of the community and further afield.

“Bringing a much needed financial boost to both towns, the new style Airshow has as its main ethos to be an inclusive community event. Bringing both communities closer together in a joint project such as this will, in my opinion give both towns the opportunity to enjoy a weekend of joint entertainment and community cohesiveness.”

An emergency Teignmouth town council meeting was arranged for last Tuesday night to discuss the proposal and to decide whether the council should financially lack the scheme, but a decision on that was deferred until September when a more detailed report about the costings would be available.

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The meeting heard that insurance costs would be between £25,000 and £30,000, but that the former Dawlish Airshow committee did hold around £35,000 in reserves.

A community interest company would be formed to run the display if the final go-ahead was given.

Cllr Burgess added: “The support of the public was overwhelming and they all talked about how great it would be. I have no doubt whatsoever about the success of a potential airshow and I would be very surprised if this didn’t happen.

“It would be a major event for the area with 150,000 people able to watch the event. We are trying to finance the event through sponsorship alone and we hope to have a clear business plan so that all the money is raised before the event but it is onwards and upwards.”

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Concerns at the meeting were raised about possible traffic congestion in thetowns, but it was said that a park and ride scheme, probably operating out of Bishopsteignton would be used.

Cllr Doug Hellier Laing, Teignbridge Council’s executive member for Economy, Skills and Tourism, said that the district council could also help to finance the event.

He told Devon Live: “I like the proposal, and will support their proposition if I can, but qualifying that we at Teignbridge do not have a big chunk of money but I believe we might be able to help.

“I like the ideas about sponsorship and made a few suggestions where in the past I know big organisations have donated for community projects.

“Depending on any submission to Teignbridge, which has to be a sound business proposition along with a fully-costed plan showing the potential outgoings along with promised sponsorship, and then I am prepared to take the proposition to the Executive and Senior officers for consideration.”

A decision on whether Teignmouth town council would provide finance for the event was deferred until September when a more detailed report about the costings would be available.

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For £10,000 a ticket you could have ridden this luxury…

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Everybody moans about the price of rail travel these days, but this train might just be the most expensive ever seen on the railway lines of Devon. Early on Tuesday morning the rarely-seen Belmond Royal Scotsman Railtour passed along the spectacular seawall section between Dawlish Warren and Newton Abbot.

Our man at trackside was Thomas Mills of Teignmouth, who was on hand to capture the sight. He said: “Class 66s nos 66746 and 66744 double-headed the Belmond Royal Scotsman Railtour from Gloucester to Newton Abbot, and these locos ran round the train at Newton Abbot en route to Bath Spa.

“This train normally works up in Scotland, but on the odd occasion it does tour south of the border, and passengers have paid just under £10,000 per ticket to ride this posh train. It is doing a six-day tour of great Britain.”

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According to its own website, the Royal Scotsman is a bit special, to say the least. It reads: “From the moment you step aboard, our welcoming staff will make you feel like part of the family. Dine on world-class cuisine, rich with Scottish specialities, and embark on thrilling excursions each day.

“Life on board is relaxed yet indulgent. Unwind in your luxurious private cabin, or trade stories with your fellow travellers in the Observation Car. With just 40 guests, this is top choice for those travelling in intimate, inimitable style.”

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The Observation Car has an open-air veranda, while one of the cars is kitted out as a luxurious spa. There are 15 twin, three double and four single State and interconnecting cabins in the sleeping cars. Each one has a private bathroom with shower, washbasin and toilet, constant hot water, high-quality toiletries and fresh towels every day.

The website goes on: “Lined with rich marquetry, each has been designed to offer the ultimate in luxury travel. Facilities include lower beds, a dressing table, a full-length wardrobe, individually controlled heating, ceiling fans, opening windows and a cabin service call button.

“On each bed there is a foam pillow, a hypoallergenic duvet and quilted cotton bed covers. With the train stabled at night in a quiet siding or station, a good night’s sleep is guaranteed.”

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