News in Dawlish

Waves crashing over the railway track

Seven years ago today, Dawlish made international headlines when a massive storm destroyed the sea wall and left part of the railway track suspended above the wreckage.

Today, Network Rail is looking back at the events of February 2014 and the huge efforts of its 'Orange Army' to repair the track and re-establish the rail link to the rest of the south-west.

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Local MP Anne Marie Morris

Alongside the tragic loss of life and livelihoods, one of the most devasting impacts that the Coronavirus pandemic has had is on the life chances of children through the substantial disruption to education over the last year.

Whilst children haven't necessarily been physically in the classroom, schools have very much remained open over the last 12 months, not only providing on-site provision for the children of key workers and those classed as vulnerable, but also providing lessons online. Like other key workers, all those who work in schools and other education settings have done a phenomenal job over the last year of keeping things going and providing support for young people, and we should all be incredibly thankful for that.

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Anne Marie Morris, by Richard Townshend

So, the highly anticipated vaccine is here and going into people's arms as we speak. We have two centres which local GPs have organised, one at Dawlish Community Hospital and the other in Sherborne House in Newton Abbot. Having seen the Newton Abbot centre at work, I was very impressed. Each week a list is compiled of those in the priority categories who are most in need and invitations are sent out.

That said, this is a marathon, not a sprint. The arrival of several vaccines is great news, but not a quick fix. GPs and vaccination centres have lists of over 80s among the first in the queue for a vaccine. They are gradually working through their lists and contacting patients inviting them for a vaccine. Those who are the most vulnerable in that group are being prioritised. So, if someone younger than you has been vaccinated and you haven't – you haven't been missed – it is coming!

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Hundreds more new homes would have been built in Teignbridge under the proposals. Picture: Pxhere

'Unacceptable' Government plans that would have seen a huge increase in the number of new homes built across Teignbridge have been scrapped.

The national proposals involved a change in the way housebuilding targets for each district were worked out, and would have led to 1,532 homes being built in Teignbridge every year, rather than the current requirement of 760.

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Signpost to the MIU at Dawlish Hospital - but it has been closed since March

'Not good enough' is the verdict of Dawlish town councillor Rosalind Prowse to the continuing absence of a Minor Injuries Unit at the community hospital.

The MIU has been closed since mid-March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust explaining that there were difficulties in staffing the unit, and advising patients to go to the Newton Abbot unit instead.

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Presents of Dawlish, organisers and providers of entry forms for the pumpkin trail

Dawlish's children will be taking extra interest in the town's shop windows from this weekend, as the town's annual Halloween Pumpkin Trail gets under way.

From Saturday, October 24 until Sunday, November 1, businesses around the town will be displaying a pumpkin in their window, and children are encouraged to see how many they can spot for the chance of winning a prize.

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