Topsham pool open on New Year's Day and more news

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 December 2011

(c) Erik Snyder

Topsham Swimming Pool is once again opening its doors on New Year's Day. Read this and more.

IN FOCUS: Devon In Sight has hosted two focus group sessions as part of a national consultation designed to assess the needs of people with sight loss.

During the two sessions, people answered questions designed to gather their views about access to information, advice and practical support for them and their friends, family and carers.

The focus group was held as part of the Seeing It My Way consultation - part of the UK Vision Strategy.

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NEW YEAR’S DAY DIP: Topsham Swimming Pool is once again opening its doors on New Year’s Day.

The pool – which will be heated to around 28C – will be open between 8am and 9.30am for the early morning ‘nutters’ club’, then between 10am and 2pm for the general public. Several hundred people are expected to attend the annual event, and admission will cost £3.50 for adults, £2.50 for children, and £1 for spectators.

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HYGIENE STATUS: Topsham residents who want to dine out this Christmas are being advised to check the restaurant’s hygiene rating before doing so.

Exeter City Council is advising people to check out the ratings of restaurants, pubs, hotels, and other places that sell or serve food, by looking them up online at http://ratings.food.gov.uk.

Businesses are given a rating between zero and five following hygiene inspections carried out by Exeter City Council.

Councillor Greg Sheldon, lead councillor for environment and leisure, said: “When dining out, you’ll choose to go to a place where you like the food and you know you’ll have a good time.

“But it does make sense to look before you book and check out the food hygiene rating as well.”

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EXTENSION: Plans have been submitted to extend a Topsham home.

The owners of The Coach House in Elm Grove Road want to build a two storey extension, which will provide an additional reception room and two bedrooms.

The scheme will now be considered by Exeter City Council.

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ADVICE SESSIONS: Devon In Sight is to begin offering drop-in advice sessions at its Station House resource centre.

The sessions will begin on January 12, and will be held every Thursday morning between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

They will be run in conjunction with Action for Blind People, and support visually impaired people to claim all the benefits they are entitled to, but might not be aware of.

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