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Community News - 14/08/2014

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: August 14, 2014


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Around Exeter area by area, the news down your street edited by Anne Byrne. Contribute by emailing Anne on abyrne@expressandecho.co.uk or give us a call on 01392 442233



THE Colonel is coming!

Planning permission has been granted by the city council for a drive-through KFC on the corner site of Marsh Barton Road, Ashton Road and Alphington Road.

Planning permission for the development of the whole site was granted in 2012. Four restaurants were included in the plans, Frankie and Benny’s, Chiquito’s and two drive-throughs, one of which has now been revealed as KFC.

A total of 109 car parking spaces and 11 disabled bays are proposed as well as 54 cycle spaces across the site.

Crossing danger

IF any evidence were needed to show just how dangerous the junction of Alphington Road and Sydney Road is, it was made apparent last week.

One of the traffic lights which stands on the pedestrian safety island had been knocked off the vertical and one of the keep left signs had disappeared completely.

A resident, pointing out the damage to Councillor Roy Hill, said: “I do not know if there were any pedestrians involved, but clearly this disquieting crash illustrates the continuing dangers of the existing arrangements.

“Anyone on the ‘refuge’ could have been injured or killed. “Change is ever more urgently required.”

The resident, who did not wish to be named added: “Pedestrians are given zero consideration at this junction.

“Until about 18 months ago a pond developed every time it rained.

“The county council put in a slotted drain but it is solid with detritus as they never clean and so it is ponding again.

“Apart from having very little time to cross pedestrians also have a water jump to negotiate which is very difficult if you are elderly.

“Mothers with push chairs just have to slosh through it.”

The junction has already been the subject of one site visit by highways engineers and another is planned.

Cllr Hill is to press to get something done about the junction this week and told Community News: “Now it is not so much a question of if something will be done but when.”

City centre

Coffee morning

THE Friends of Heavitree Church are holding a coffee morning in St Stephen’s Church in the High Street on Saturday, August 16, between 10am and noon.

Apart from the refreshments there will be cake, book and bric-a-brac stalls.

Money raised will be used towards the maintenance and improvement of the churchyard of St Michael and All Angels in Church Street, Heavitree.


Taxi discussions

EXETER’S licensing committee has voted to consult on whether or not to end the restrictions on the number of taxis allowed to operate in the city.

There are currently 66 taxis in the city – in 1987 the city council set the limit at 38 but there has been an average growth of taxi plates of around one per year, to the current figure as a result of successful challenges by applicants to the courts and the licensing committee determining exceptions to its policy of restriction.

Now Robert Norley, the city’s assistant director of environment, has told the committee that there was a great deal of failure demand and wasted work associated with dealing with and hearing applications for taxi plates, their refusal, and defending challenges.

The committee therefore resolved to consult on whether to remove the policy of taxi restriction in a managed way, and enhance the quality controls for taxis to improve standards further and prevent any potential negative impact from de-restriction.

A report will go back to the committee following the consultation so that it can make a final decision.

Signed up

THE Cygnet Theatre in Friars Gate deserves a round of applause after all its graduates this year were signed up with Mahoney Bannon Associates of Brighton.

The agency came to see the four graduates performing in Strawberries in January at the King’s Head pub theatre in London, and were so impressed they returned the next day for the showcase performance and offered all of them interviews.

Subsequently all have been signed up, and Jessamy James is already working in a production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Cygnet is performing Pride and Prejudice on September 22 and 23. For more details visit www.cygnettheatre.co.uk

Clyst Honiton

Revel returns

IN years gone by the last weekend of September was an important date in the calendar of the village, when the Feast of St Michael was celebrated with a grand fair.

The parish council and the community association are proposing to re-establish the Clyst Honiton Revel and Fair as an annual event and this year’s celebrations will be held on Saturday, September 27, from 1pm in the Parish Field.

This will be followed by a short harvest service and supper in the evening at the Duke of York Inn.

The organisers want people to come forward and share ideas for the day and ask if anyone, with a craft stall, plant stall, fresh produce stall or local business would like to come along to the event – with the cost being just a donation of a raffle prize, could contact them on 01392 366755.

Leave a message and they will get back to you.

Any proceeds from the day will go to the church and the community association.

In 1837 Exeter’s Flying Post looked forward to the event and wrote: “The Honiton Clyst Revel and Fair on the 29th September promises much to the lovers of fun and frolic. We hear that all kinds of rural sports will be got up and various prizes contested for, and in the evening a grand display of fireworks from the grounds of a hospitable inhabitant will finish the day’s sports.”

At this year’s event residents will also get to give their views on sports projects in the parish.

There is £3,500 available for sport in the village that has come from a couple of new housing developments in the area. East Devon District Council is to work with the parish council to spend the money on what the community wants.

The views of everyone in the parish, whether five or 95, is being sought.

There is also money available to spend on improving the play area in the old school grounds.

Some of this money has also come from the new housing developments and some from the parish council’s successful bid to the Parishes Together Fund run by East Devon District Council.

Countess Wear

Cream teas

TO raise funds the 100 Club is to sell cream teas to anyone passing their door on Sunday, August 24, from 2pm onwards.

So if you are out for a walk or a cycle and fancy a stop pop in and indulge yourself!


Easier GP help

AN innovative GP practice will make it easier for residents to get help from a GP by early 2015.

A specification for the new service has been finalised, written in conjunction with Cranbrook residents, and NHS England is now advertising for a provider to run the service. A pharmacy is also planned for the surgery when it opens.

A preferred supplier is expected to be chosen by the autumn.

The service will be based at the Younghayes Community Centre.

Caroline Stead, contract manager for NHS England (Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly) said: “The specification for the new GP service has been informed by the community who want their practice to be as innovative as possible.

“We want the practice to have longer opening hours, from 8am to 8pm, for it to be open seven days a week and offer appointments over Skype. “The key thing here is maximum flexibility for patients.

“We appreciate the need for a new practice and are working as quickly as possible to get this new practice up and running.”

Meanwhile, Pinhoe Surgery is continuing to register patients from Cranbrook. Any resident can register and attend the Pinhoe branch surgery in nearby Broadclyst.


Needle problem

LOCAL county councillor, Rob Hannaford, reports that earlier this year there was a serious problem with discarded needles and other drug paraphernalia around the lower Redhills area.

The affected places included around the new Co-op store and in the car park, behind the parade of shops, among the council-owned shrub beds, in the alley way behind the first houses on Exwick Road, among the hedges and verges at the entrance to Barley Mount, and the walkway leading through to Landhayes Road.

Residents are now being asked to stay vigilant during the summer holidays to make sure that things don’t start slipping back again and to report any suspicious debris or suspicious behaviour to the relevant authorities.

Cllr Hannaford who liaised with the police, Redhills School and residents last time about these problems after receiving complaints and concerns, said: “It was reported to me that there were discarded and used needles, and other drug related materials being left in the area.

“In response to this our Exwick police team and the city council’s cleansing department were very quick to take action and monitor the situation.

“The headteacher of Redhills School was also very proactive when parents reported these issues to him and made sure that all the pupils, families and other users of the school were informed promptly.”

Cllr Hannaford added: “Apart from obviously being a general concern in terms of public health and safety, as the walk way from lower Redhills through to Landhayes Road was a hot spot, it’s also an added massive concern because such a large number of pupils and parents use this route heavily to access Redhills School, especially as some of these discarded needles could be infected with high level health risks that are easily transmittable.

“I would urge local residents, shoppers, and groups and clubs in the area for activities through August to please remain alert.

The city council provides free collections of certain types of clinical waste from residents. These include clinical waste items, such as sharps in public places. To report these please call 01392 665010 or email refuse.collection@exeter.gov.uk “To report any suspicious or anti social behaviour please contact the police directly on 101.”


Poppies spread

LORD Mayor Cllr Percy Prowse is shortly to visit Arras in France where his grandfather fought in the First World War.

And his intention is to put poppies on the graves of the many Heavitree men who are buried in the cemetery there.

Cllr Prowse said: “I visited the exhibition in Heavitree that commemorated the First World War and was amazed at the number who are buried in Arras.

“As I am going I thought it would be a good idea to put a few poppies on the graves.”

The Battle of Arras was fought between April 9 and May 16, 1917. Nearly 160,000 Allies were killed, and 125,000 Germans.

Run for funds

IT’S going to take PE teacher Matt Upston six weeks to run a marathon – but there is a good reason for that!

Matt will be taking part in two half marathon events to raise funds for training charity St Loye’s Foundation, and they are six weeks apart.

The 39-year-old from Heavitree, who is the Express & Echo PE Teacher of the Year, will start the Great North Run alongside 56,000 entrants and some of the world’s leading athletes on Sunday, September 7, followed six weeks later by competing in the Great West Run around his home city on Sunday, October 19.

Matt, a schools sports co-ordinator who supports PE teachers in as many as nine schools each week, chose to support St Loye’s after training with Keryn Seal, the blind England International footballer who is an ambassador for the charity.

Matt said: “I got to know Keryn because my five-year-old son attends St Michael’s School with Keryn’s daughter. I started guide running for him in 2012 and we planned to run the Great West Run last year but Keryn couldn’t do it due to his training commitments with the England team. I also learned more about St Loye’s from him and the fantastic work they do with disadvantaged people so I’m very pleased to raise money for such a good cause in two major events.”

St Loye’s helps people with health, disability and social issues providing a range of services including employment training, care and support and learning and skills giving individuals the support and practical knowledge they need to access employment.

Matt, who aims to raise as much as possible, is now bitten with the running bug and is becoming more ambitious with his future plans.

He said: “As I found myself getting fitter I have started to push myself further and further. Some days I’ll run around 22 kilometres to build my stamina and I feel I’m capable of more.

“After these events, I’ll start training for a marathon and my ultimate goal is to run ultra marathons which are all terrain and can be up to 80 kilometres.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor Matt can do so by visiting https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/mattupston1


Jumble sale

THE NSPCC and Ide Congregational Chapel are to benefit from funds raised by a jumble sale and raffle being held in the village on Saturday, August 16.

The event will run from 2pm until 4pm and will be held in Ide Memorial Hall.


Litter picked

MEMBERS of the Herschell Road Residents’ Association have cleared the weeds and rubbish from the street and from the alleyways running behind both sides of the road. They are also becoming a neighbourhood watch area and hoping to expand the association to include surrounding roads to complete further projects.

In addition the association has decided to link up with the university to arrange joint litter clearing and weeding.


New pub

AS revealed in the Echo last week, Marston’s Inns and Taverns is hoping to build a new pub/restaurant in Pinhoe Road, opposite Aldi.

The pub, if approved, would bring around 40 jobs for the area.

It would cater for up to 180 diners at a time.

Laura Barnes from Marston’s Inns and Taverns estates office told Community News: “We’re extremely excited about the possibility of building our latest pub in Exeter.

“If planning is successful, we hope it will build a great reputation locally, offering top quality pub food and an unrivalled selection of cask beers from across the country.”

Until the application is approved, no recruitment will be taking place. However, full details of how to apply for any positions will be released as soon as possible.

Marston’s Inns and Taverns says it has an ongoing new build programme to provide quality pubs throughout the UK.


Goldsmith St

THE good news for residents is that Goldsmith Street is to be re-surfaced.

That is very welcome news for all those used to dodging the three potholes in a line at the road’s junction with Anthony Road.

Local councillor Richard Westlake said: “I have had the work confirmed by the county council although I do not know as yet how large an area is to be done.”

Cllr Westlake has also requested that the county council looks at re-surfacing Wyndham Avenue.

Cars vandalised

PLEASE contact police if your car has been vandalised.

The plea comes from Cllr Westlake, who has been contacted by a few residents telling him about vandalism.

Cllr Westlake said: “There have been incidents of wing mirrors being broken off and so on but residents should contact the police as they can then tell if there is a pattern and know better which area to target with resources.

“Contact the police by calling 101.”

St Thomas

New signs

NOW we know where we are!

Following concerns and complaints from residents, new street signage is now in place at Browning Court, Churchill Road and Buddle Lane.

If your local street signage in St Thomas has been vandalised, needs replacing or is over grown, email local councillor rob.hannaford@devon.gov.uk or leave a message on 01392 206421.

Sowton village

Time stands still

IT is to cost more than £1,000 to get the clock on the church tower back in working order.

The problem at the moment, as reported in the parish magazine, is that one of the bolts securing the clock face on the church tower has failed allowing the dial to slip slightly.

This has had the effect of jamming the minute hand against the face.


Come and sing!

ST Margaret’s Church is looking for new choir members.

The choir is thriving with five juniors and 19 adults but it would still like more singers, especially youngsters, and basses.

The choir offers free musical training and for the youngsters there is even a little bit of extra pocket money!

The church has a very fine three-manual pipe organ, a grand piano in the church and a separate practice room with piano. There are full choir robes, and there is a large music library.

Choirmaster Tony Yates has been a member of the BBC Northern Singers and of Canterbury and Chichester Cathedral Choirs.

For several years he was a visiting teacher of singing at Dartington College of Arts and has been organist and choirmaster at St Margaret’s since 1973.

He is assistant conductor of the Exeter Philharmonic Choir and is the director of Exeter Singers.

The assistant organist, Tony Raven, is a retired engineer and clergyman, with years of experience accompanying church choirs, including many cathedral visits throughout the South of England.

Dorothy Raven, Tony’s wife, is assistant choirmistress who is a graduate of the Royal Academy, with piano as her first instrument.

The choir sings a large repertoire of church music, ranging from medieval plainsong through Byrd and Palestrina to modern pieces by Benjamin Britten, Herbert Howells and John Rutter and from time to time is invited to sing Evensong at Exeter Cathedral.

Why not pop along and see if the choir and church is for you? The choir rehearses on Fridays from 7pm to 8.15 pm and before the service on Sundays from 9.30am.

Lighter change

THE Lighter Inn wants to change its appearance.

It has applied for planning permission from the city council to introduce planters, both terracotta and wooden and to rope off the beer garden area, as well as paint the gables in three different colours.


Summer fete

WHIPTON Community Association is holding a summer fete at Whipton Community Hall on Pinhoe Road on Saturday, August 16 from 2pm to 4pm.

All the money raised at the event will go towards the running and expenses to ensure that the hall continues to be a resource for clubs and groups in the surrounding area.

Local charities and businesses are welcome to hire a table, available on first come first serve basis, for a donation of £5. To book or find out how you can get involved, call 01392 969999.

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