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“Grab a jab” weekend of walk-in vaccine clinics

You need two doses for maximum protection

Vaccine centres are offering “grab a jab” walk-in clinics this weekend where all adults can get a vaccination without an appointment or an NHS number.

The clinics will offer those having their first jab either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. The walk-in clinics allow people to attend at a time that is convenient for them and means groups of friends can attend together to have their first doses.

It is also an opportunity for people who missed their second dose of the Astra Zeneca, Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or haven’t got round to booking it, to ensure they are fully vaccinated.

A recent study by Public Health England found that having both doses of the vaccine significantly increased protection against the more transmissible Delta and Beta variants.

Director of Mass Vaccination and Testing at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Sue Wilkins, said: “This is a perfect opportunity for people who are nervous and need the moral support of friends to have the vaccine together, although please be assured that our staff are always on hand to help anyone who is feeling anxious.

“When you attend your appointment please be prepared to queue and check social media beforehand; in case the walk-in clinics are full. We recommend you ensure you have eaten beforehand, bring a drink and dress appropriately for the weather.”

Details of walk-in clinics are:

Greendale, Exeter, EX5 2JU

25, 26, 27 June,


1st doses Pfizer

2nd doses AZ

Derriford Centre for Health and Wellbeing, Plymouth, PL6 8DH

25 June 8:30am -2pm

2nd doses Pfizer

Home Park, Plymouth, PL2 3DQ

25  June 8.30am– 7pm

2nd doses AZ

Home Park, Plymouth, PL2 3DQ

26, 27 June 8.30am– 7pm

1st & 2nd doses Moderna

Rivera International Centre, Torquay, TQ2 5LZ

26 June 9am -12noon

1st doses Pfizer

Plymouth Albion, PL1 4NE

25 June 3pm-5:30pm

1st & 2nd doses Pfizer

People can also make appointments for booked clinics online through the National Booking Service or by calling 119.

Jon the millions across the UK who have safely received the Covid-19 vaccine. Don't delay in getting your vaccine when it is offered to you

Covid variants

Delta variant spreading

The latest figures showing the spread of the Delta variant have been published today and shows numbers are increasing in the south west – reinforcing the need for people to get both vaccinations.

In Devon, Teignbridge has the third highest figure (41 cases) after Exeter (77) and Plymouth (41).  Torbay has 21, Mid Devon 19, East Devon 17, South Hams 14, North Devon 13, Torridge 10 and West Devon 8.  

Neighbouring Cornwall and Dorset counties have 393 and 224 cases respectively.

Find out more by reading the updated Public Health England blog on variants.

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Help shape the future of your neighbourhood

Do you live in Newton Abbot or Kingsteignton? If so, now’s the chance for you to have your say on your local neighbourhood.

In 2019, Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton became a designated Garden Community, which will help revitalise the area and shape significant developments and facilities for local communities.

The Garden Community programme is about enhancing our neighbourhoods, unlocking the potential to achieve better health, economic and environmental outcomes. Central to this process is learning from you about your neighbourhood and the future you imagine for it.

Find out more about Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton Garden Community in a Zoom webinar on Wednesday 7 July, and have your say at one of seven neighbourhood workshops, taking place between 13 and 22 July. Please note, spaces are limited. You can register for these events and find out more about the programme on our website.

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Parking machines upgrade for Newton Abbot

A £60,000 investment in three Newton Abbot car parks will see barriers removed and new cashless pay and display ticket machines installed, improving safety, reducing maintenance costs and freeing up staff to respond to parking issues.

Removing the barriers from Cricketfield Road, Newfoundland Way and Sherborne Road's multi storey car park should speed up parking and prevent queues and problems caused by equipment failures.

Contactless payment can be made by card or the free-to-use RingGo app and each of the three car parks will retain one cash payment machine.

From the same date, NHS and essential staff will no longer be able to park for free following the Government’s decision to end the temporary concession introduced in the early months of the pandemic.  All concession holders have been written to and will from the beginning of next month (1 July) have to buy a permit or pay at a machine in any car park throughout the district.

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Partners mark progress on A382 improvements

A major scheme to provide a  gateway to Newton Abbot, supporting economic growth and reducing congestion to the district, has reached a major milestone.

The A382 improvement work, funded by the Department for Transport, Devon County Council, the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSWLEP) and Teignbridge District Council, will support the development of employment land and the 2,500 homes for the area.

Devon County Council Chairman Councillor Jeff Trail BEM carried out a ribbon cutting to mark the completion of the first phase of the work, which opened last month.

Teignbridge District Council Chairman Councillor Colin Parker also undertook a turf cutting at the Houghton Barton Link Road which is currently being developed to provide a new connection between the A382 and the A383.

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Blooming lovely for bees!

Wildflowers in Teignmouth

We've received some positive feedback this week on social media from residents who are delighted with the wildflower beds our Grounds Maintenance staff have sown at the Den at Teignmouth.

The flowers are now in full bloom and looking beautiful, and they're attracting lots of visitors including local wildlife such as bees and butterflies!  

Artist impression proposed travelodge in Newton Abbbot

Hotel news…

Plans for a new five storey, 72 bedroom Travelodge hotel and restaurant to be built in the centre of Newton Abbot have been agreed by planning committee this week.

The new hotel will be located on the current Halcyon Road car park and is one of a number of developments designed to help boost economic activity in the town by attracting more visitors, boosting footfall and spending.

The development will mean the short term loss of some car parking spaces which will be re-provided in the cattle market.

Disappointingly the Premier Inn has decided to pull out of its proposed development in Teignmouth. “Before the pandemic we were confident we could operate a 68-bedroom Premier Inn hotel and Beefeater restaurant on Brunswick Street in Teignmouth profitably” said its spokesperson.

The decision, he said, followed a review of expected trading levels post pandemic which had concluded that the proposed development would not be financially viable.

“Regrettably, the proposed hotel and restaurant at Teignmouth town centre is no longer financially viable for Whitbread. We have therefore reluctantly withdrawn from the scheme” he added.

A Council spokesperson said: “We are disappointed by the Premier Inn’s decision to withdraw and we are exploring alternatives for the site which will help to regenerate the town.”

24 hour crowdfunding climate challenge event

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Crowdfunder and Devon County Council is hosting a 24 hour crowdfunding event on Thursday  8 July for organisations and residents in Devon who want to help tackle climate change

The #BacktheFuture LIVE Devon Climate Challenge event will see three Crowdfunder projects present their idea to a special panel of guest judges and compete for their share of £10,000 in prize money.

Attendees will also find out how they can get a slice of £30,000 from Devon County Council for their own climate change idea

The event starts at 7.00 pm and tickets can be ordered via eventbrite

Teignbridge will also consider applications to match fund a local community climate change project.  If you have an idea, take a look at Crowdfund Teignbridge and apply.

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What's in a Local Plan?

Earlier this month we launched our second phase of our Local Plan consultation, which focuses on site options for housing and jobs. But behind any debate on the best sites for future development lies a host of different issues and challenges.

For example, many people ask why we don’t concentrate new building on previously developed, or 'brownfield' sites?  We are strongly encouraging brownfield development, but there simply isn’t enough brownfield land available in Teignbridge to meet the requirements set out by Government.

A recent Urban Renewal Study identified brownfield sites in Teignbridge had the potential to deliver up to 1,400 homes – about 20% of what is needed.  But many brownfield sites have significant constraints such as risk of flooding and may only be able to accommodate a limited number of properties. You can find out more about this on our website.

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Almost every proposal for new development will come with objections and opposition from some local residents.  But for those with homes, it's easy to forget that more than 1,000 households in the district need an affordable home to live in.

More homes are needed as more people live longer and increasingly people of all ages live alone, meaning that more houses are now required to accommodate the same number of people.

New development makes millions of pounds available to support community improvements as part of the planning process, and requires developers to provide a percentage of affordable houses

Since the current local plan was approved in 2014, some 1,100 affordable homes have been provided and the area has benefitted from more than £200m of investments in community improvements like parks, schools and health facilities, with a further £120 million announced for upcoming schemes.  Successes include Dawlish Countryside Park, two new schools, extensions to various GP surgeries, and lots more.  Find out more on our website

We’ll focus on other aspects of the Local Plan in the coming weeks but please take part in our consultation by going to

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Building community resilience

Devon Communities Together is holding a virtual community resilience forum on Friday 9 July.

Places can now be booked for the event which is open to Devon's Town and Parish councils, community emergency planning groups, flood wardens/flood groups, snow wardens, and community representatives interested in resilience and community emergency planning.

People can sign up to all or just one of the sessions. The keynote session will focus on the threats we face from climate change and how this affects us at a local level, and what action we can take.

Helping communities help themselves

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