2. Swimming Pool
3. Zoo counts its
4. Small News
Last sunny August
continues to Wow visitors!
Torquay might be very worried about
their Tourism industry and "levels of service" but Dartmouth
continues to Wow visitors! Thanks to
Richard Webb for
alerting us to this. This is what they say:
Going to the British seaside out of
season is a bad idea – the shops are shut, there’s no-one around
and the weather is foul, right? Wrong!
In the depths of deepest, darkest and dampest November, I found
a place where the hubbub of daily life continues apace, where
cafes and restaurants are open, where pubs are busy and top
class accommodation is easy to find – and at a fraction of the
price you will pay in the height of the school summer holidays.
I found this autumnal haven tucked away on the English Riviera,
as we headed for a family weekend in Dartmouth.
Rarely, if ever, have I been so impressed with a place on first
sight. After a four-hour drive from Birmingham, we descended a
steep hill from the more touristy destinations of Devon’s south
coast to what must be one of the prettiest views of any resort
in Britain. Waiting for the River Dart ferry, we looked across
the water at dusk an immediately fell in love with this little
corner of the West Country.
Members of the Dartmouth Indoor Pool Trust and its Steering
group, meeting with local councillors at the site of the
proposed new indoor pool at the Norton Leisure Centre.
Sir Geoffrey Newman the chairman of the groups said he would
like to congratulate Cllr Brazil and Cllr Hawkins for securing
the provisional Devon County Council grant of £1.5m towards the
construction of a new heated indoor swimming pool in Dartmouth.
This grant is towards a £2.89m construction design which is now
completed and which we can now discuss in detail. The grant is
also dependant and on the other construction costs being in
place and we can now discuss these with South Hams District
Council, the Town Council and outside Sporting organisations
A sustainable pool business plan has also been completed by the
Trust's Steering Group supported by interim grants from the 3
councils and the Dartmouth and District MCTI , and this is for
an operating budget of £285,000 per annum
The Dartmouth and District Indoor Pool Trust is now legally
constituted and the 6 trustees and their officers will meet
regularly to oversee the progress of the project with a view to
starting construction in 2009.
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Zoo counts its chickens… and its tigers
Zoo keepers are taking on
the mammoth task of counting each and every animal in their
collections for a new year stock-take. The headcount is
completed each January. Zoos keep detailed records of every
animal birth, death, arrival and departure. Staff at Paignton
Zoo have nearly 2,000 heads to count, including nearly 450
mammals of 66 different species, over 1,000 birds of nearly 150
species, 268 reptiles, 71 amphibians and 61 blind cave fish that
live in Reptile Tropics.
Paignton Zoo spokesperson Phil Knowling said: “Some keepers have
their work cut out at this time of year. It’s easier to count
our two elephants than it is to count our hundreds of Brazilian
giant cockroaches!” Orang utans, saltwater, Nile and Cuban
crocodiles and two female giraffes are just some of the
additions to the inventory at Paignton Zoo this year.
Meanwhile, staff at Living Coasts have scores of new species to
count in the new Mangroves exhibit, ranging from poisonous rays,
horseshoe crabs and puffer fish to Mudskippers, fiddler crabs
and four-eyed fish. At the last count Torquay’s coastal zoo had
nearly 400 individuals of 22 species. Marine biologist Jodie
Peers said: “The crabs are hard to count – they don’t stand
still very long!” Paignton Zoo Curator of Birds Jo Gregson said:
“We get as many keepers out in the grounds as possible and count
at the same time. We do it on several occasions – it takes about
four weeks, from December onwards.”
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is a registered charity. For
more information click
here or ring (01803) 697500
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- Farmers Market this
Saturday in The Old Market
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?
harbour in August, known as The Boatfloat
copyright Dave Cawley & others.