Whipton Barton


Cllrs Tony Wardle & Olwen Foggin at the Wilton Way Roundabout

Residents Quiz Developers Over Middlemoor Plans

Representatives from Devon & Cornwall Police and supermarket chain Morrisons attended the last meeting of the Wilton Way Residents Association to update local residents on the plans for the redevelopment of the Middlemoor site. The Police and Morrisons have submitted two planning applications for the development: 13/4067/01 and 13/4073/03. Full details of these applications can

Devon County Council

Street Light Switch Off – Public Consultation

After pressure from Exeter’s Labour County Councillors, Devon County Council have now announced details of a public consultation on the proposals for Part-Night Street Lighting in the city. The meetings will be held at various locations around the city and will be held between 5pm and 8pm on: 3 October, at Methodist Hall, Burnthouse Lane,

Community Grants Open Again

The 2013/14 Community Grants are now available from the City Council. Ward grants of up to £300 are available for projects that work in just one ward, and grants of up to £2,000 are available for projects that work across wards. For more information, and to apply, please email rob.simmonds@exeter.gov.uk or telephone 01392 265891.  

New planning Application For Brookway

As local residents will be aware, earlier this year the City Council consulted on plans to submit a new planning application for the Methodist Church site on Brookway in Whipton. The Council currently has permission to convert the Church into flats for older people, however these plans have been reviewed in light of the desperate

New Homes Planned Around Ward

The City Council Housing Development Team are responsible for finding sites that have the potential to be developed into new Council Housing. They are currently looking at 4 sites, including 2 in Whipton Barton ward: Thornpark Rise (garage site between Thornpark Rise, Thornberry Avenue and Birchy Barton Hill) Hamlin Gardens (parking area adjacent to flats

Good News for Whipton Barton Juniors

Congratulations to Whipton Barton Junior School on getting a “Good” rating following last month’s Ofsted inspection. Particularly notable is the “Outstanding” grade for the behaviour and safety of pupils. Olwen Foggin(picture:left), who is a governor of both Whipton Barton Junior and Infants schools commented: “I am delighted at this good outcome for the school, and am

Residents’ Association for Wilton Way

Councillors Rosie Denham and Pete Edwards have been working with a number of residents of Wilton Way to help them set up a residents’ association for the local area. On 2nd February a public meeting was held to give other residents the chance to discuss the idea, and to discuss issues affecting the estate. The

Around the Ward

Alford Close, Bodley Close and Clifford Close – Olwen Foggin has requested that the footways at these locations are considered for slab replacement with blacktop as part of the Local Transport Plan Disabled Access budget. Birchy Barton Hill – the whole road is now on the Micro Asphalt programme for 2013/14 Bramley Avenue – a defect in the

Grenville Youth Club

Thank you to everyone who signed the petition to save the Grenville Youth Club. Unfortunately the old building closed in January and County Council were not able to find a new venue in the local area. A consultation was carried out with the young people who attended the Club, and as a result the County

Whipton Youth Football Club is looking for new players

Whipton Youth Football Club is looking for new players for the Under 9’s and Under 10’s teams. Training sessions are held on a Friday night between 6pm and 7pm at Willowbrook School (and during the winter at St Peter’s High School). If you are currently in years 4 or 5 and have a keen interest

Olwen inspecting the new fencing at the Sweetbrier Lane Allotments

Whipton Barton News in Brief – Autumn 2012

Hill Barton Road: In response to residents’ concerns about speeding on Hill Barton Road, Devon County Council agreed to conduct a speed check in the area. A Speed Detection Radar was placed on a lamppost near the top of Whipton Barton Road from 8th August to 20th August 2012. The mean speed recorded over a

Brookway Methodist Church

Brookway Church Update – Autumn 2012

As residents will be aware from our previous newsletters, the City Council is hoping to convert the old Church site on Brookway into new social housing units, including three purpose-built wheelchair accessible homes. We can now report that some funding has been identified to allow the work to start in April/May 2014. Councillor Tony Wardle

Grenville Olwen Rosie

Save The Grenville Youth Club!

The future of the Youth Club held at The Grenville on Ringswell Avenue is under threat after a decision by the County Council to close the club from 14th December. The County Council Youth Service are currently consulting on different options, but at the moment there are no plans to keep a Youth Club in

Olwen Foggin at Eleen Tinkham School

Ellen Tinkham School Enlargement

From 20 June -19 July Devon County Council consulted on the proposed enlargement of Ellen Tinkham School from 110 to 131 places with effect from 5 November 2012.  No objections were received so the County Council has now issued a Public Notice, which gives people another opportunity to make any comments or objections to the

Exeter Deaf Academy

Exeter Deaf Academy Granted Outline Planning Approval

As we reported earlier this year, Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education are hoping to move from their current location on Topsham Road to a new home on the site of the old St Lukes school, on the Ringswell Avenue campus. These plans have moved a step closer after the outline planning application was granted

Pete Edwards on Fitzroy Road

Hill Barton Development Update

UPDATE 3: Application 12/0472/01 will be going before the planning committee on Monday 3rd December 2012. View the meeting agenda and reports. UPDATE 2: The Planning Committee of 1st October 2012 resolved that  Planning Application 12/0666/02 (approval of reserved matters for application 10/1840/01, granted 7th October 2011) be approved, subject to conditions. View the approved scheme

Tony Wardle at Polsloe Bridge Station

Polsloe Bridge Station Refurbishment

Residents who use Polsloe Bridge railway station will have noticed the refurbishments which were undertaken recently. Cllr Tony Wardle said, “This work was long overdue and badly needed. I’m really pleased to see it has finally taken place.”

Rosie Denham outside Bodley House

Community Grant Funding for Student Project

City Councillors Rosie Denham, Pete Edwards and Tony Wardle have approved  a ward grant of £300 for a student volunteering project to support residents at Bodley House, which provides residential care to elderly patients coming out of hospital. If you know of a group or project in Whipton that you think could benefit from a

Pete Edwards at the site off Hill Barton Road

Monkerton & Hill Barton Development Consultation

In the City Council’s Core Strategy – which sets out policies to guide future development in Exeter up to 2026 – the Monkerton and Hill Barton area is allocated for up to 2,500 new homes. Two well-attended consultation events were held at St Lawrence Church, Lower Hill Barton Road, on Monday 2nd July and Thursday

Whipton Barton Residents Bulky Waste Advice

The City Council offers a Bulky Waste Collection Service to help those residents who are unable to transport their bulky items to one of city’s recycling centres, including free collections in certain areas. One of the major challenges facing the service is the small number of people who misuse these free collections, which can put

Overgrown brambles on Hospital Lane cycle path

Whipton News in Brief – July 2012

Hospital Lane & Hollow Lane: Overgrown footpaths and cyclepaths reported to County Council and urgent clearance requested. Brookway: There is evidence of subsidence, which is causing the road surface and pavement to crack. The County Council are investigating and we will keep residents informed of any remedial action. Clifford Close: Cllr Olwen Foggin said, “I was disappointed

Brookway Church Update

Maintenance Plan Following requests from Brookway residents, Cllr Rosie Denham asked the City Council to improve the condition of the old Church site. We are pleased to report that a trial maintenance plan has now been agreed. Rosie said; “I am pleased that the site will now be regularly tended by the City Council. Until

Success for Community Action Week

During the Easter Holidays, the Police and City Council held a Community Action Week in Whipton. Local children helped out with lots of activities across the ward, including a speed check on Vaughan Road, litter picking and painting garages. Local PCSO Justin Willis told the North Whipton Forum that the week had been a big

New Lunch Club Opening

Age UK Exeter are launching a new Lunch Club at Whipton & Pinhoe Labour Club on Vaughan Road. The first lunch was held on Tuesday 12th June and will now be held every Tuesday, from 12pm – 3pm.  Guests do not have to be a member of the Labour Club to attend the Lunch Club,

Funding for Whipton Community Groups

An expanded Community Grants scheme has now opened for 2012-13. Ward Grants of up to £300 are available for projects in just one ward, and City Grants of up to £3,000 are available for work across more than one ward. Applications for grants over £3,000 can also be made to the new Local Infrastructure Fund.

Olwen at the new Adventure Playground

New Outdoor Activity Areas at Whipton Barton Junior School

A new outdoor learning area and an adventure playground have opened at Whipton Barton Junior School. The work was made possible thanks to fundraising by parents, as well as a contribution from Councillor Olwen Foggin’s locality budget. Olwen, who is also a Governor at the school, said; “I’m thrilled to see these fantastic new play

Cllr Rosie Denham on Vaughan Road

New Grass Cutting Scheme Agreed for Vaughan Road

Last year, due to severe budget pressures, Exeter City Council trialled a new grass cutting scheme across the city. As residents will be aware, Vaughan Road was one of the areas where cutting was significantly reduced. In response to concerns raised by local residents, Councillor Rosie Denham successfully negotiated an interim cut ahead of the

Cllrs Tony Wardle, Pete Edwards and Olwen Foggin at the site

Exeter Deaf Academy Hopes for Whipton Site

Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education is hoping to move from it’s current location on Topsham Road to a new home on the site of the old St Lukes school, after securing an agreement with the County Council to buy the land. Following a successful event last year, the Academy held a second community event

Leypark Road Homes Progress

Last year we reported that planning permission had been secured for nine affordable homes on Leypark Road. We are now pleased to report that work is due to begin on site by the end of March. Housing association Sovereign will be delivering the eco-friendly houses, which will be provided to people over 55 to free

Whipton Barton: News In Brief (Spring 2012)

Around the Ward Birchy Barton Hill: rocking speed cushion reported and due to be repaired Carlyon Gardens: sections of footway to be resurfaced Honeylands Drive: police have identified the individual responsible for criminal damage in the area Lloyds Crescent: Leylandii trees removed (pictured) Ribston Avenue:  ‘A’ buses running engines during layovers reported to Stagecoach Ringswell

North Whipton Forum

The North Whipton Forum is a residents meeting that is held four times a year. It is attended by housing officers, police and local councillors, and discusses all issues within the North Whipton area. Meetings are held at Whipton Barton Junior School, Hill Lane, and at each meeting the Forum reviews the top priorities for

Olwen (left) with staff and entertainers at the 2011 Whipton Barton House care home Christmas Party

National Award for Cllr Olwen Foggin

Exeter Labour Party is proud to report that Devon County Councillor Olwen Foggin has won the Age UK Pride of Place Award at the 2012 C’llr Achievement Awards. These national awards recognise councillors who have made significant contributions to local democracy and to their communities, and the Age UK prize is given to a councillor who

Cllr Olwen Foggin

Olwen Foggin Shortlisted for National Award

Exeter Labour Party would like to congratulate Devon County Councillor Olwen Foggin on her nomination for the first ever Age UK Pride of Place Award at this year’s C’llr Achievement Awards. According to Age UK, the award “recognises a councillor who has taken the lead in championing the voices of older people in their patch

Whipton Barton: News in Brief (Winter 2012)

  Birchy Barton Hill: Road to be resurfaced Blackthorn Crescent: Road to be resurfaced Brook Close: Broken floor tiles in flats removed but not yet replaced – the contractor has been ordered to complete the work Carlyon Gardens: Bushes planted to reinforce the fencing between Carlyon Gardens and Hamlin Gardens and request made to repair

Community Grants Update

This year Exeter city councillors have been able to give grants of up to £300 to community groups for projects which benefit local residents. Each ward in the city had £1,500.00 available. Whipton Barton councillors have granted funding to the following projects: ‘Men in Sheds’; an Age UK Exeter project to reduce isolation for older men

Update on plans for Brookway Methodist Church site

In our Summer newsletter we reported that the City Council had gained planning consent for new housing on the site of the Methodist Church on Brookway. The City Council has now purchased the land and has plans to convert the main church building and build a new block to the rear. This will create 12

Cllrs Olwen Foggin and Tony Wardle at the 'G' bus stop on Hamlin Gardens

Winter Bus Service

Cllr Olwen Foggin was disappointed to learn that Bus Route G, which serves Hamlin Gardens, will not be gritted by Devon County Council this winter. During the last spell of severe weather the service was stopped for two weeks, preventing some residents from travelling into the city centre. Olwen said, “This is very worrying, especially if we

coffee morning

Meet your Councillors: 5 November 2011

An opportunity to meet your Labour Councillors from Mincinglake, Pinhoe and Whipton. Come along and tell us about the big issues affecting you in your neighbourhood.

Cllr Rosie Denham

Take a Seat

Following requests from residents, your Labour councillors asked for benches to be reinstated on Whipton Barton Road. Two new benches are now in place, near the end of Hillyfield Road and on the corner with Vaughan Road. Cllr Rosie Denham said, “I am really pleased to see these benches in place. I hope it will

Cllrs Olwen Foggin and Pete Edwards visited the school to see the new composter in action.

Local School goes Green with New Composter

Whipton Barton Junior School recently celebrated the success of their Big Hanna Composter. All the school food waste goes through the Big Hanna which turns the food into a lovely compost to be used on school gardens. This saves the waste going to landfill, is good for the environment, helps the children learn outdoors about

Cllrs Olwen Foggin & Tony Wardle at Pinbrook Road Recycling Centre

Pinbrook Recycling Centre

The new recycling centre on Pinbrook Road is up and running. The Centre accepts a wide range of recyclable materials and household items. Cllr Wardle, who recently visited the centre with County Councillor Olwen Foggin, commented “Exeter City Council is committed to recycling and I am delighted to have this facility in the east of

Cllrs Pete Edwards & Tony Wardle at Rennes House

Rennes House Heating Success

During the summer we reported that the old electric space heaters in Rennes House were to be replaced and new water heaters fitted. The new heaters will be more efficient and less costly to run. We can now say that this process has taken place with all the new heaters installed and working just in time for the