DCC Leader, Cllr John Hart, has said that as the lockdown is gradually eased, we must plan for the future and do all we can to protect and improve our economy.
He said it as we announced a £4 million investment in a project to create a new academy for future skills that will offer training for high-tech jobs in engineering, digital, construction and clean growth.
DCC are buying the vacant former Flybe Training Academy at Exeter Airport, which closed when the airline went into administration.
Exeter College will be running the new academy. They were the Flybe Training Academy's chosen academic partner, delivering a range of training programmes including non-aerospace work.
It will offer opportunities for the region's young people, while also offering adults the chance to upskill or retrain into a chosen career.
Click here to read more about this exciting development.
Posted on: 22 May 2020
Devon County Council has welcomed today’s Government announcement (Friday 22 May) that local councils are to play a central role in developing new local track and trace plans for their local areas.
Councils will receive a share of an extra £300 million to help establish these local plans, which will include coordination and management of infection control, tracking and tracing, and local testing arrangements.
Devon County Council will also be one of 11 national Beacon Councils – the only one in the South West – and help lead and share good practice across the region.
“This will put us at the centre of the local response going forwards,” says Council Leader John Hart.
“We told the Government we’d be interested in being one of their pilot areas and I am very pleased that we are to be a Beacon Council and help lead this work in the South West.
“We will now be at the forefront of responding and managing the outbreak at a local level. And if there’s a hotspot in a town or village we’ll be able to get onto it swiftly before it spreads too far. “The vast majority of Devon people have behaved with great sense and responsibility throughout the pandemic and that’s meant we’ve had the lowest number of outbreaks by some way throughout the crisis. “We can now build on this effort and extend the work we have done together as Team Devon to protect and support the most vulnerable.”
To read the Government’s announcement in full, visit their website.
With 256 non perishable food and other items donated and £10 in cash since its launch on Monday 20th April, the Slapton Foodbank collection point is working hard to provide resources to our local foodbanks during this difficult time.
The donations have been split equally between Dartmouth and Kingsbridge foodbanks and are very kindly being taken each week by CSG volunteers Steve and Vanessa who are part of the management team at the campsite and Matt who lives in the parish. Click here to view the team at work.
Our local foodbanks do so much more than provide food, such as emergency top-ups for mobile phones and key meters, providing a listening ear with practical help to access help with rent, council tax arrears, claiming benefits and signposting to information.
Should you wish to make a contribution, no matter how large or small, read the useful guides below which list what non perishable items are required, how to donate much needed cash and an overview of their services.
More information on our local foodbanks:
Julie Hinder, Chair Slapton Parish Council
Anthony Mangnall the regions elected conservative MP, is leading a short survey to gather residents thoughts on the re-opening of the SouthHams and Totnes to tourism.
Please share your thoughts on this matter by clicking here to complete the online survey which will only take a few minutes to complete.
You can read more about Anthony Mangnall and his approach to supporting and representing the Southhams by clicking here.
With the new changes to the lockdown restrictions now in place this week, the Government have issued new Guidelines on people can 'Stay safe' outside their home.
The emphasis is that it is the responsibility of individuals to adopt these principles wherever possible. The government is also using these principles as the basis of discussions with businesses, unions, local government and many other stakeholders, to agree how the principles should apply in different settings to make them safer.
All of us, as customers, visitors, employees or employers need to make changes to lower the risk of transmission of the virus. The government has consulted with its scientific advisers to establish the principles that will determine these changes.
Please Click here to read the 'Stay Safe Outside your Home' Government guidelines.