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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A379 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A379 Devon both ways severe accident, between West Charleton and Kingsbridge.

    A379 Devon - A379 Bowcombe Creek Bridge in West Charleton blocked and queues in both directions between the West Charleton junction and the Kingsbridge junction, because of an accident involving a motorbike.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  2. 'Flawed' plans see new Newton Abbot homes scheme rejected

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Councillors unanimously chucked out plans that would have seen new homes built on the edge of Newton Abbot.

    Persimmon Homes’ scheme to build 97 new properties on green space at Ogwell Mill Road was rejected by Teignbridge District Council’s planning committee.

    The scheme had been recommended for approval by officers but councillors felt the plan would have an unacceptable level of harm on the landscape due to the number of houses proposed and the layout of them on the northern boundary.

    Councillors also said that the scheme was fraught with issues, had "fundamental flaws", and was not good enough for the town.

    A previous meeting in February saw the committee defer a decision on concerns over the affordable housing mix and layout, car parking provision, details of the play area, and the impact on the landscape.

    Persimmon Homes had said that they had addressed issues and requested that in line with the officer recommendation, the scheme be approved.

    But councillors were still concerned over the impact on the landscape and boundary treatments and they unanimously rejected the plans.

    Newton Abbot homes plan
  3. Blue plaques honour Exeter's first women councillors

    Lucy Wilson

    BBC Radio Devon

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    The plaques have both been commissioned by the Exeter Labour Women's Council.

    One commemorates Edith Splatt, the first woman who was elected to the city council, who was also a dress-maker, writer, author and suffragettes supporter.

    The other plaque marks the life of Rachel Allen, the first Labour woman to sit on the authority.

  4. More delays to Torbay recycling and food waste collections

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Householders have complained about more delays to kerbside recycling collections in Torbay.

    In one road in Brixham, residents waited for eight days before their recycling and food waste was collected.

    Contractor TOR2 has blamed “unexpected circumstances” leading to a shortage of drivers which left up to four rounds running late.

    The latest reports of a backlog follow collection delays in the new year blamed on a larger than expected volume of cardboard being left out. That followed a summer of missed collections blamed on a shortage of drivers and problems with vehicles.

    Torbay Council has ordered a fleet of new kerbside recycling vehicles which have greater capacity and are more efficient.

    They will be leased to TOR2 and the first are expected to start operation in a few weeks’ time.

    The council also decided to take back control of the service when its contract with TOR2 ends next year.

    Food waste and recycling is collected weekly in Torbay, with landfill collected fortnightly.

    Torbay waste
  5. Weather warning in place for Devon and Cornwall

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    The Met Office has issued a weather warning with more heavy rain expected this afternoon across Devon and Cornwall.

    Here is what the Met Office said to watch out for:

    • Bus and train services affected with journey times taking longer
    • Spray and flooding on roads will make journey times longer
    • A few homes and businesses flooded
    • Some interruption to power supplies and other services

    The warning is in place until 19:00.

    Weather map
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    Severe accident: A39 Cornwall northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A39 Cornwall northbound severe accident, at A390 Union Hill.

    A39 Cornwall - A39 Tregolls Road blocked and queues northbound at the A390 Union Hill junction, because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  7. Number of Devon's children being home educated 'doubles'

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    The number of children being home educated in Devon has more than doubled in the last five years, according to figures from Devon County Council.

    Councillors on its children's scrutiny committee will hear later how the number has increased from 750 to nearly 1,600 and how about a third of these children have special needs.

    It's thought the growth in home education is due in part to the increasing number of parents of children with disabilities who feel the schools are letting them down.

    Lyndsay Haywood is home educating her eight-year-old daughter who has autism.

    She says she was forced into it after the school failed to meet her daughter's needs...

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    Video caption: The number of children being home educated in Devon has more than doubled in five years

    Earlier this year, regulator Ofsted said there were "significant areas of weakness" in the service provided by Devon for children with special needs.

    Devon County Council said the situation is being exacerbated by continuing budget cuts from central government.

    Councillor James McInnes, who chairs a national group of local councils lobbying the government for more education funding, conceded the situation was not ideal and was also worried about disillusioned parents taking their children out of school.

    Almost a third of local authority secondary schools in England were unable to cover their costs, a study from the Education Policy Institute earlier this year suggested.

    But the Department for Education said that, across all types of state schools, more than 90% are in surplus.

  8. Boxer 'first Cornishman in 100 years to win title'

    BBC Spotlight

    A boxer from Cornwall has made history after becoming what is believed to be the first Cornishman in more than 100 years to win a professional boxing title.

    Brad Paul, 26, knocked out Darren Codona in the third round of their bout on Saturday to take the Southern Area title in London.

    Known as the Newquay Bomb, he started boxing aged 10 and turned professional four years ago. He remains undefeated.

    He tweeted his latest win had helped turn "my dreams to reality" and "meant the world to me".

    He added: "Thanks every single person who supports me. Really lucky from the support I get."false

    Brad Paul
  9. Gulliver takes over at Plymouth Albion

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Ben Gulliver has been appointed as the new head coach of Plymouth Albion.

    The 38-year-old replaces Kieran Hallett at the National One side and returns to the club where he spent two seasons as a player from 2006 before moving to the Cornish Pirates.

    "I feel so privileged to be asked to be head coach at Plymouth Albion. It really feels like I’m coming home,” said Gulliver, who also spent time with Premiership side Worcester.

    “I know a few of the guys at Plymouth from my playing days there and I have a good understanding of them as individuals and I think that will help us develop as a team.

    Ben Gulliver

    "I’ll be going in with a blank canvas and I want to get to know the players better. We’ll work hard but there will be fun. I think there’s a very good, strong squad here and it gives me something to get my teeth into.”

    Albion’s managing director Max Venables commented: "Ben has a wealth of experience and knowledge, both on and off the field, and is really passionate about Plymouth Albion.

    "Ben shares our vision of where we want the club to get to, so - combined with the work that we have been putting in quietly behind the scenes - we believe that we will have a very strong squad and sense of direction for the forthcoming season.

    “I am feeling extremely positive about Plymouth Albion and the direction it is going in right now.”

  10. Community groups pitch for cash from Devon 'dragons'

    BBC Spotlight

    Honiton Dragon's Den

    Community groups and charities in Honiton have been pitching for funding by impressing a panel of "dragons", a la television programme Dragon's Den.

    In the TV show (pictured below), entrepreneurs pitch for investment from five multi-millionaires willing to invest their own money in exchange for equity.

    In Devon, people applying for cash had to persuade both the Devon dragons and an audience that their projects deserved support.

    Organisations including a breast feeding support group and a youth club were among the successful bidders.

    East Devon District Council said it was a more fun way of applying for grants than filling in forms.

    Dragon's Den
    Image caption: The occupants of TV's Dragon's Den
  11. Man dies in crash near Kingsbridge

    BBC Radio Devon

    A man has died in a road crash near Kingsbridge on Sunday morning.

    The 30-year-old, who was local to the area, was involved in a single vehicle crash on the A381, near Pier's Cottage in West Alvington, police said.

    Emergency services were called at about 05:50 and found him trapped in his vehicle. He died at the scene.

    Police have appealed for witnesses.

  12. Fire breaks out in home in Foxhole

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    One person has been injured after a fire broke out on Sunday night at a house near St Austell.

    Four fire appliances were sent to Beacon Road in Foxhole at about 20:00 after a 999 call was made by a person who then "abandoned the call", Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said.

    One person who suffered smoke inhalation was treated at the scene by paramedics.

  13. Heavy rain causes flooding chaos for Truro businesses

    Cornwall Live

    A freak rain deluge caused flooding along one of Truro's shopping streets on Sunday afternoon.

    Businesses owners in New Bridge Street have been left mopping up the mess after the downpour.