Some local (and otherwise) news


News courtesy of Kevin Foster

(MP for Torbay)

Paignton Hospital Closure Fears

The future of Paignton Hospital has been in the spotlight this week.

A statement has been issued this week from the Trust about the possibility of Paignton Hospital closing as part of a development of a new model of care designed to support people closer to, or in their own homes.

You can read more on the Herald Express website by clicking here.

Edginswell Station Gets Planning Green Light

The plan to build the first new station in the bay for decades took another step forward this week after Planning Permission was granted, yet a key provision was added in response to resident concerns.

The plans would see a two Platform Station built between Newton Road and Riviera Way. It would be served by trains running on the Riviera Line. The original application included a 28 space Car Park, but the permission agreed by Councillors is based on a condition this is not built.

You can read the full story on the Herald Express website by clicking here.

Torquay Academy Extension Approved

Torquay Academy has been given planning permission for a new multi-use hall, a dining room extension and refurbishment of the existing drama space to provide additional classrooms.

The plan was supported by a unanimous vote of Councillors on the Development Management Committee  this week and will provide welcome new facilities for the school.

You can read the full story on the Herald Express website by clicking here.

Beatles Hotel Up for Sale

Many Beatles Fans across the bay will have their own bit of treasured memorabilia, but the latest item linked to the Fab Four to go on the market has quite a price tag.

The Imperial Hotel hosted the Band in the Mid 1960’s when they were filming “Magical Mystery tour” and is an iconic name nationally. The Hotel and a group including 9 others across the UK, is now on the market for £130m.

You can read more on the Herald Express website by clicking here.

02 Brings Its 4G Network to Torquay

Earlier this week O2 announced that its 4g Mobile Network now covers Torquay.

The firm is expanding coverage across our area and this means faster internet access via smartphones at more locations around the bay. Other operators have also been expanding their network over recent years helping give more access to high speed internet services.

O2 was highlighting the roll out in Torquay due to it being the 6,000th town or city in the UK to receive this coverage.

Airshow Parking

The Torbay Airshow will be a spectacular event on 10th, 11th and 12th June, yet due to the sheer numbers expected to attend, special parking arrangements are being put in place.

A number of park and ride sites are being put in place, with special event charges applying in normal car parks. The Victoria Car Park for example could cost £25 to park in on the day. You can read more on the Airshow’s dedicated website by clicking here.

Given demand for parking is likely to be high organisers are advising motorists to pre-book spaces to avoid disappointment.

Finally whilst coverage has been given to VIP packages being offered it will be completely free to watch the Airshow from Paignton Green.


Oddicombe Dog Day – Sunday 17th April

Every Dog has his day goes the old saying, but this will get a whole new meaning on Sunday as the Annual Dog Day takes place on Oddicombe Beach.

You and your Dog can join the team from our local Blue Cross Centre for this exciting canine event. The will be prizes for all the winners.

Timings are:

Registration 9-10am
(Although you can register throughout the event)
Agility 9-11.30am
Temptation Alley 9-11.30am
Meet Oakwood Gun Dogs 9-11.30am
Relay Races 9.30-10am
Dog Races 10-10.30am
Dog Show 10.30-11.30am

For more information contact the Blue Cross Centre on 0300 777 1550 or email

Model Powerboat Racing – Sunday 17th April 2016

A fleet of small, but fast, fleet of model boats will be racing on a course just to the south of Torquay Harbour on Sunday. You can find out more on the Offshore Model Powerboat Racing Association Website by clicking here.



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