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  1. Hundreds object to new Torquay seafront hotel plan

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Almost 300 objections have been made to new plans for a six-storey hotel on the seafront at Torquay.

    A second application to demolish and replace the Corbyn Head Hotel at Livermead was submitted after the first was rejected by Torbay Council’s planning committee.

    The 307 public comments made during consultation on revised £20m plans include 282 against and 17 in support.

    Councillors narrowly rejected the first scheme in June on the grounds its height and size would be out of character with the area and there was not enough parking.

    A new application was lodged in July which reduced the height of the 152-bed four star hotel with spa and rooftop bar by 1m, changed the design and provided new information on parking, traffic and transport.

    The architects say the design changes and new information should allow it to now go ahead.

    But objectors maintain the new application for a building up to 20m high does not go far enough to overcome the reasons for refusal.

    Planning officers recommended approval and said it was similar to other large buildings along the seafront.

    The application is expected to be considered by the council’s planning committee in the next few months.

    The Corbyn Head Hotel is one of four sites in Torbay bought for redevelopment by the Singapore-based Fragrance Group.

    Corbyn Head Hotel plans
  2. Councillor ordered to apologise for protesters comment

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A Cornwall councillor has been ordered to apologise after making a comment describing some protesters as a “sinister underbelly of Cornish nationalists”.

    Dulcie Tudor, councillor for Threemilestone and Gloweth, made the comment during a radio interview held during a protest outside County Hall on 9 July.

    A group of people from all over Cornwall had gathered outside the Truro council offices ahead of a full council meeting to protest against what they say is the overdevelopment of Cornwall.

    During the event several councillors took time to speak to protesters including council leader Julian German and Andrew Mitchell, Cabinet member for housing.

    Cllr Tudor was also among those who spoke to protesters and said she sympathised with them but suggested they would have been better to direct their concerns to MPs and the government, which sets national planning policy which the council has to follow when considering planning applications.

    However, she was also interviewed by a reporter from BBC Radio Cornwall and stated “…I totally get where they’re coming from, I totally get it. Apart from the few select people here who are some sort of sinisiter underbelly of Cornish nationalists, apart from that I totally get it…”.

    Investigating complaints, council corporate governance officer Eleanor Garraway has ruled that in making the comment breached two parts of the council’s code of conduct.

    These were: you must treat others with respect; and you must not conduct yourself in a manner which is contrary to the council’s duty to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by members.

    The decision rules that to remedy the breach Ms Tudor should issue a public apology within 28 days.

    The Liberal Democrat councillor also has the right to request a review of the decision. Ms Tudor said that she would be requesting a review.

    Cornish campaign group Kernow Matters To Us (KMTU) welcomed the decision.

  3. Woman has knee dislocated during assault in Plymouth

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A woman suffered a dislocated knee after being pushed to the ground during an assault in Plymouth, police have said.

    The woman, in her 20s, was walking her springer spaniel in a small park in Houndiscombe Road, Mutley, at about 16:30 on Tuesday 13 August when it happened.

    Her dog was attacked by a blue Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog and, when she approached the owner, she was pushed to the ground.

    The suspect then made threats before walking off, officers said.

    She is described as in her 40s, about 5ft 6in (1.67m) tall, of medium build and with dark brown hair in a ponytail. She was wearing a grey woolly jumper.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

    Houndiscombe Road, Mutley
  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, from J26 for A38 to J27 for A361.

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J26, A38 (Wellington) to J27, A361 (Tiverton), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

  5. Devon & Somerset fire cuts: Consultation 'going very well'

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    Devon and Somerset's assistant chief fire officer says he understands the passionate response from people to proposals to close seven stations in the county, but the bulk of the service's work now is prevention.

    A public consultation on the changes has one month left to run.

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it wanted to bring an outdated service into the 21st Century.

    Pete Bond said the consultation was going "very well, with 1,000 responses".

    He also rejected claims from one local councillor that it was confusing and should be suspended.

    Fire engine
    Quote Message: We haven't had any responses which say people don't understand the options or are not able to make a response to us. When we're talking to people at the public drop-in exhibitions, we're getting clear conversations with them. I think, overall, we followed everything we should have done in making this a valid consultation. I think that's been proven in the results we're getting." from Pete Bond Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
    Pete BondAssistant Chief Fire Officer, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
  6. Fire crews rescue 'out of depth' calf

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A calf was rescued in Cornwall after becoming "out of its depth" during a morning swim, a fire station has said on Twitter.

    Crews freed the animal from some brambles in St Austell on Tuesday.

    stuck calf
  7. Devon and Cornwall weather: Cloud and scattered showers

    Dan Downs

    Weather Forecaster

    It is likely to become more cloudy during the evening with a few showers moving in close to the north coast.

    Elsewhere, mist patches may develop and winds from the south west will be mainly light or moderate.

    Minimum temperature: 9C to 12C

    weather map

    On Wednesday it will be cloudy with some scattered light showers in the morning and some early sunshine.

    Brighter spells should increase during the day and light or moderate south westerly winds will hit the north coast.

    Maximum temperature: 15C to 19C

  8. Watchdog investigating girl's death after MRI scan

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    The circumstances surrounding the death of a 14-year-old Devon girl following an MRI scan are to be investigated by a national watchdog, it has been confirmed.

    Alice Sloman, from Torbay, had autism and was given an anaesthetic for the scan at at Torbay Hospital after becoming "extremely anxious" and "hypersensitive".

    But a hormone given for a growth defect led to an undiagnosed condition which enlarged her heart and put her at danger when anaesthetised.

    She died in Bristol Children's Hospital in October 2018, three days after becoming suddenly unwell during the scan.

    Alice Sloman

    Torbay Hospital referred the case to the the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB).

    The HSIB has now published an interim report, confirming an investigation into aspects of how hospitals support children with special needs, and their families, when a general anaesthetic was required.

    It will also look at the procedures that staff follow if the young person becomes unwell under anaesthetic.

    Quote Message: We will continue to provide whatever information we can to support that review." from Dr Rob Dyer Medical Medical Director, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
    Dr Rob Dyer MedicalMedical Director, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
  9. New library and café part of Pinhoe community hub plans

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A new library, a community café and improved changing rooms will be provided as part of a new community hub for Pinhoe.

    The new building, which will also include multi-purpose functions rooms and office space, will be built on the edge of the Station Road Playing Fields, next to the railway station.

    The new hub will increase and expand community facilities, services, and enhance the lives of all in the "vibrant and expanding community", details with the planning application submitted to Exeter City Council state.

    Subject to planning permission, construction would take place in 2021/22, with the ultimate opening date for the building to be in 2022/23.

    Exeter City Council will determine the fate of the application at a later date.

    CGI image of what the new Pinhoe Community Hub could look like
    Image caption: CGI image of what the new Pinhoe Community Hub could look like
  10. The Newquay family saving lives at sea

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Four siblings are helping to keep beaches in Newquay safe this summer by all working for the RNLI as lifeguards.

    The Timson siblings - Lewis, 36, Harry, 23, Georgie, 21 and Sonny, 18 - moved to Cornwall from Market Harborough 20 years ago after a number of family holidays in the county.

    The eldest of the four siblings, Lewis, began working as a private lifeguard at Watergate Bay, making him the first lifeguard in the family and, over the coming years, the rest followed suit.

    The Timson siblings at a training exercise on Mawgan Porth beach. From left to right: Sonny, Harry, Georgie and Lewis

    Georgie, who is now on her second full season as a lifeguard, said it is "really nice that we all have this in common".

    "As kids we grew up surfing and being at the beach and now we are all lifeguards – I guess it runs in the family," she said.

    The siblings have already been involved in a variety of rescues which have put their lifesaving skills into practice over the years.

    They said they were looking forward to another season of protecting Newquay's beaches.

  11. Travel: Rail lines reopened after person hit by train

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    All lines have reopened between Totnes and Plymouth after emergency services dealt with a person being hit by a train.

    National Rail said trains services could still be delayed or cancelled.

    Disruption is expected until about 12:30.

  12. Travel: Disruption to services after person hit by train

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    There is disruption on some train services between Exeter St Davids and Plymouth due to a person being hit by a train.

    All lines are blocked between the two stations, National Rail said.

    It added trains may be delayed or cancelled and disruption is expected until about 16:00.

    More information can be found here.

  13. Car 'parked' in hedge leaves 'bit of a mess'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Police in Cornwall say they are trying to trace the driver of a car which was left "parked" in a hedge.

    PC Emma Buley, who is based in east Cornwall, tweeted a snap of the unfortunate vehicle on Tuesday morning.

    She said there was no sign of its occupants "despite a thorough search of the area".

    She added that the scene was a "bit of a mess".

    View more on twitter
  14. Electric bikes stolen from Portreath community project

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Two electric bicycles have been stolen from a community project in Cornwall, police have said.

    The Trek Powerfly e-bikes were taken from The Hub - on the seafront - in Portreath on Monday 15 July.

    Officers said they believed the items were still in county and have asked the public for help to reunite them with their owner.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

    stolen electric bikes