Latest business and economy news from Devon County Council

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ConnectMe Business and Economy

July 2020

Latest business and economy news from Devon County Council

Plans for Devon's economic recovery

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Plans for Devon's economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic have been outlined by Team Devon.

We're among the Team Devon partners, along with business representatives, Devon’s District and City Councils, the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, Dartmoor National Park and Devon’s MPs, who have been involved in drawing up the COVID-19 Economy and Business Recovery Plan.

Thousands to benefit from new fibre broadband roll-out

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Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) has launched its Fibre Extension Programme which will provide more than 8,000 homes and businesses with fibre broadband connections direct to the premises by the end of 2021.

CDS is funding fibre broadband connections to over 6,000 homes and businesses which will be delivered by Airband, and thanks to the high level of take-up of broadband services in the region from previous connectivity delivered by Openreach, CDS is re-investing £6 million from the Government’s “Gainshare” agreement with the company to extend Openreach full fibre coverage to over 2,000 premises.

Full Business Case backing for North Devon Link Road

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The Full Business Case for the North Devon Link Road improvements will be submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) next month after gaining approval from Councillors.

Cabinet has backed the submission for the £93 million scheme, as well as approving the design of a new pedestrian and cycle bridge at Landkey and the start of site clearance on the scheme later this year.

Latest section of E4 walking and cycling route opens

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A new section of the E4 walking and cycling route has opened up on the stretch from Pinhoe Road to Exhibition Way.

The route, which includes widened shared paths, priority crossings and two-way cycle routes, now links to the first phase of the route on Cumberland Way and onto Redhayes Bridge over the M5 which connects with the east of Exeter.