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Tonight, the South West charity which has been forced to cut jobs.


The Dame Hannah Rogers trust helps people with severe disabilities,


we'll be asking why it's had to take action to safeguard its future.


Also tonight, the joined-up thinking


There will be no character. It'll be like any housing estate anywhere,


and we are talking about square miles. We're not talking a few


houses, we're talking about 5000 new houses.


We'll look at the plans for new housing in mid-Devon.


first remote controlled power station.


We'll reveal why it's generating renewed interest.


why this working cockerpoo was given a room with a view.


One of the South West's biggest charities is cutting jobs


after getting into financial trouble.


- known as Hannah's - has a 250-year history of caring


for children and adults with severe physical and learning disabilities.


The charity has two bases at Ivybridge and Seal Hayne


by about 1,500 disabled people every year.


Our home affairs correspondent Simon Hall reports.


Hannah's provides training, work, education and care


But the charity has run into financial problems.


Up to 20 staff, won six of the total, are being made


Three of a charity's five trustees are being replaced.


We have support now in place for the future.


We certainly have been working very closely with our funders,


mainly the Co-operative Bank, and they are very much


behind the changes we are making to the charity.


And I have every reason to expect that we will.


About 1,500 disabled people use Hannah's services each year.


I was asked for an interview, but also took the opportunity


It's about the people who can come here and have a good time.


And you can buy things order lunch, and things.


Is a place where people can give back.


It is important to everybody, but especially when you are disabled.


She doesn't want to just be cared for, she wants to be equal


Hannah's 250-year history makes it one Briton's oldest charities.


Something that has received royal recognition with a visit


Hannah's problems stems from its purchase of the Seal Hayne site


This turnaround plan was designed to cut costs.


And to increase income, and so, to protect the services


Its work and commercial events like weddings


As the charity strives to extend the legacy


of Dame Hannah Rogers into the future.


A campaign has been launched in mid-Devon to fight plans for


a massive new housing development on green fields.


5,000 new homes are proposed for the Culm Garden Village


Campaigners say it'll destroy the rural character of the area


There are three Garden Villages and Towns planned


for the South West, Taunton and West Carglaze.


but designed to be high quality and environmentally friendly.


In a moment I'll be talking to Lord Taylor,


the former Liberal Democrat MP for Truro and St Austell,


who came up with the idea for new Garden Villages and Towns


Our Business Correspondent Carys Edwards has been to Mid-Devon


where the plans are proving controversial.


Nestled on the edge of the Blackdown Hills,


Kentisbeare has been described as a sleepy rural village.


But it's now the centre of a fundraising campaign to battle


against plans to build 5,000 houses on its doorstep.


Some residents believe it will destroy their way of life.


It is very much a rural idyll at the moment


It is going to be swamped with houses and concrete.


It is going to be a building site for 20, 30 years.


But that's only the start of the damage.


To the communities that are already here.


This map shows the location of Kentisbeare as it is now,


A Garden Village with 5,000 homes is planned here in an area


stretching from close to Kentisbeare right up to the M5 at Cullompton.


It will be like any other housing estate, and we are talking


We are not talking just a few houses, we are talking 5000 houses.


With a minimum of probably 10,000 people.


Phase one of this scheme, around junction 28, has now been


submitted to the government's planning inspectorate


It will include shops, schools and commercial space and


Growth will lead to a change in terms of the character,


but what we will do, we will take pains to make sure that


that is mitigated and quite sensitively approached.


And we will look at things like landscaping, green


infrastructure, allotments, parkland, there's a variety


of different ways that we actually do it.


The plans will double the size of Cullompton.


But many in the town are in favour of a new community.


It's going to expand the town here to a mad size, really.


We will be joining up with Tiverton in a minute.


I suppose it's better for the economy.


But the group RACE, Residents against Cullompton exploitation


So far, they've raised ?7,000 and will hire planning experts


to persuade the government to reject or at least tone down the plans


Lord Taylor is the former Truro and St Austell MP and has advised


Governments on housing policy, including so-called Garden Villages.


I asked him to address concerns that this proposal


will have an impact on nearby communities.


Every town that has ever been built has changed the landscape


I think the key concern that people have is that,


and we heard it echoed there, that this won't be a


proper, functioning community, in the traditional sense of a village


or town, it will just be a housing estate.


And the answer to that is, that is precisely why


the approach of creating Garden Villages has been taken.


If you just build on the edge of every town and village, more and


more houses gradually, over time, it still amasses thousands of homes,


And then the question is, where are the shops, where's the pub?


If you take the decision to create a whole new community, all that will


be put in right from the start, upfront, and the value of the uplift


in land that we get through development will be put into


creating a fantastic community, rather than just making a few


Let me show you the map again that we saw in


that report, and look at


the scale of the proposed Garden Village, next


That is surely going to alter the community


that currently lives there. Something on that scale.


Look how much bigger that is to Cullompton and Kentisbeare.


80% of people move within ten miles of


This will be homes for people who live in,


Kentisbeare, children of the people in Cullompton.


Who, otherwise, wouldn't have a home, and other


what's to stop something the size of that Garden Village sucking the life


out of Kentisbeare and Cullompton, that they end up almost as ghost


towns, because that is such a big town, appearing in the middle,


that it will just suck the life from around it?


You heard the views from within Cullompton about how it would


What you actually see at the moment is, in the smaller


rural communities, shops and schools often struggling to exist.


By taking a big decision, and of course it is


going to be controversial, and of course it will affect some


some people negatively, because any development does, but,


by taking one big decision, you can actually plan properly for the


future and you can create a quality of place


And I can understand why people are worried about housing estate,


because that is all they see at the moment.


But I am absolutely determined that this should not look


And they mustn't be a housing estate.


And if that is all that people get, these


will not get built in the future, because everyone will say no, and


they would be right to say no, but that is not the plan.


Lord Taylor, thank you very much indeed.


Some other stories making the news in the South West tonight.


A soldier serving in Plymouth with 29 Commando Regiment


has been convicted of murdering his girlfriend.


Jay Nava stabbed Natasha Wake to death in October last year


while their children slept upstairs in their home


The crew of a Royal Navy helicopter from Culdrose


declared an emergency this morning off the Lizard.


It happened when a warning light showed on their Merlin Mark 2.


The helicopter was flying at 800 feet.


A spokeswoman said the helicopter later landed safely at Culdrose.


England rugby player Luke Cowan Dickie is to go on trial


at Exeter Crown Court for alleged speeding offences.


The 23-year-old, who plays with Exeter Chiefs, is claimed


to have exceeded the speed limit in a Mercedes AMG near Exeter


and to have later failed to declare who was driving the vehicle.


The longest running Sunday paper in the country,


the Sunday Independent, has ceased production


Up to 20 full-time staff will lose their jobs


and 300 freelance reporters will lose work.


Management at the newspaper say they're not giving up hope


that an 11th-hour investor will come in to save it.


Now, is the traditional fish and chip shop in decline?


New research suggests young people are shunning our traditional dish


in favour of sandwiches and other fast food.


The warning is that chippies could take a battering


unless they do something to appeal to the tastes of the under-30s.


We sent Scott Bingham to investigate.


Yes, I am a kingfisher fish and chips on the outskirts of Plymouth,


voted the number one chip shop in the UK. Everybody loves fish and


chips, don't they? If you answered yes, you could be giving away your


age, because new research shows that millennials, 18-34 -year-olds, are


shying away from the chip shop. Craig is the owner here. Is that


research surprise you? Very much so. I don't know what that research has


come from. Our customers range from six years old up to 86 years old. We


know it is a tradition and something that older people stick by. Is there


anything you can do to attract younger people? We all love fish and


chips, but we are catering for different needs. People who want a


like a bike can come here and have that, they can take that for work


and not have something too heavy on their stomach. They want a proper


meal for the evening that there's not a problem well. Research


suggests there has been a 4% drop in the number of young people eating


fish and chips over the last eight years. It says that they are more


likely to eat things like Sam midges. We have been out and about


implement speaking some people. I have not had fish and chips in ages.


The last time was when I went to the beach with my mum and dad. The


expense. I have got a child that did as well so if we all have fish and


chips that this ?15 out of the budget. With my family, I do it, but


we don't go, yes, let's go to fish and chips. Sadly, I fall just


outside the age range of the millennials, but I do enjoy fish and


chips and apparently I am not the only one. Despite the drop, there


were 327 million visits to chip shops across the UK last year. So it


is not all bad news. I want fish and chips now, don't you?


Coming up: special recognition for a special dog.


Niven has been honoured for his work with children


And we'll explore the ancient musical links between


A mini power station, installed on Dartmoor in 1959,


that was the first to be operated by remote control.


The idea was to provide back-up electricity


Nearly 60 years after it was built, only a shell of the original


building remains, but that could now be demolished to make way


Kirk England reports from Princetown.


There's a hint of something unusual, but nothing that really gives away


this building's ground-breaking history.


Here at Princetown, the South Western


Electricity Board has installed Britain's first robot power station.


This three megawatt generating plant,


the first of its kind in the


world, is capable of supplying a town that a population of 10,000.


Decommissioned years ago, this is all that remains.


The world's first unmanned pocket Power is extraordinary. And these


buildings are markers of how we produce energy. And the story of


energy production is of course hugely important. The operation of a


switch will start or stop the generator as required. The row


control technology was cutting edge at the time. But, the building and


another old power station next door, neither of which were considered


interesting enough to be listed, faced demolition, if plans for this


whiskey distillery go-ahead. The company behind the proposal declined


to comment. Views on the scheme are mixed. I have seen the artist 's


impression plans, and it looks very good. There was some concern about


the spire looking to Scottish, but it is a whiskey distillery. I've


objected on the grounds that it is going to be so large, and also, the


historic building, the power station, is going to be knocked


down. It will increase jobs available, and will improve tourism.


You cannot tell from the outside, but this building has an intriguing


history. But it is not one that is said to be interesting or


significant enough to save it from potential demolition, if the


distillery goes ahead, so it looks like this once ground-breaking


pocket power station could be about to end up on the scrapheap. Lovely


old film. Now you may remember Niven,


a hearing dog from Devon who we featured last year


as he helped children learning The Cockerpoo from Exmouth


is thought to be the first ever listening dog in a deaf school


and has been hailed a "hidden hero". And he's just been


rewarded for his work. A medal for an unsung hero. Niven


leaving dog has just won a luxury break at the Devon hotel. What could


be better, three days of walking? It is thanks to a Dorset charity called


Room two Reward which gets hotels to donate on but rooms, then the


charity donates them to deserving cases. We hear about human


volunteers being recognised for their work in the community, but it


is not often that we hear about an animal being rewarded for their hard


work. Overwhelmed, actually. It has just been amazing that we should be


singled out for this. It is lovely. He goes above and beyond any normal


service dog. Service dogs are incredible and do a great job but


Niven volunteers in his own walking time at the Exeter death Academy. He


volunteers with his death percipient palling at the National Trust and at


a local hospital audiology department. So he really does go


above and beyond. At the death Academy, children are happier


reading to Niven than they are to a teacher. He's very patient. And he


loves their company. -- at the deaf academy. Niven is keen to check out


his room and his very own bed. His owner, Pauline, says that she would


be lost without him. He makes life worth living. We go out for walks.


He makes me laugh. The charity says that Niven is their first


four-legged recipient. So, it is time to run and to have fun. Good


old Niven. It's a link that spans 3,500 miles


and hundreds of years. Two thirds of people living


in Canada's most easterly province of Newfoundland are thought to have


ancestors from Devon When settlers left our shores


in the 1500s they took with them Now in a new collaboration, some


of the songs, and their stories, Devon musicians Marilyn Tucker


and Paul Wilson are here who arrived here from Canada last


night to tell us more. Tell us how this collaboration came


about. It started 34 years ago. It is not exactly new. I came over here


with some other musicians in 1983 as part of the anniversary celebrations


of Sir Humphrey Gilbert arriving in Newfoundland back in 1583. And he


claimed it for Britain as its first colony. Whilst here, I went to a


folk club one night and I heard these guys playing. Paul was singing


pretty much the same song that I have learned many years earlier from


one of my great uncle 's with slight variations. It was a Eureka moment


for me in many ways. I knew that some of our traditional music game


over with the early settlers and in many cases, some of the lyrics had


been changed to reflect the circumstances of the new lifestyles


in Newfoundland or other parts of the New World. But it also


reinforced the idea that this music was part of a longer continuum,


400-500 years that English settlers had been in Newfoundland. We spoke


that night and one thing led to another. This must be maybe a dozen


also projects that we have done over that 30 year period, some of them


here in the West Country, and many of them in Newfoundland as well. We


have spoken before about the meaning of songs and where lyrics come from.


Those sales annually from the shores of the South West to Newfoundland.


They went in April and came back and hold on. That is reflected in the


songs. Yes, lots of stuff about the sea, and coming and going. It was a


while before people spent winter in Newfoundland. They would go


seasonally, and come back. So the boys was the thing. People would


have friends and family and make connections at either end, lots of


stuff about the sea. What is happening now? How are you combining


the songs and their history and the link between Canada and the South


West in this mutual? The centrepiece of this is the Devonshire symposium


and the Devon Newfoundland story happening at the weekend. We are


touring with the songs and stories. We have done a mash up, sometimes,


pushing the songs together, so that Jim sings one verse, Paul sings


another post, then I sing the song and for the instrumental break, we


use the tune from the version collected in Newfoundland. Sometimes


we just sing the song and then Jim says, this reminds me of this, and


one or two verses that have the same imagery. We are going to hear a song


and a moment. What is the song? Originally the English version of an


old song called Spanish ladies. I collected a version in Sidmouth.


That was from a lady who was part of the family, the fisherman 's family


there, the bullies. It is better known by the first line of the


chorus, which is that we will write and draw like true Newfoundlanders.


It is an unofficial anthem and everybody knows it. Good luck with


the tour. Someone else likes to rant and raw at times is David. He is


bringing the weather now! Isn't that fantastic? Looking out


across Plymouth Sound. Visibility is good at the moment. We've had


sunshine over most of the South West today. It was so nice we sent our


cameraman, Tristan, to Newquay, to enjoy some lovely weather. It has


been a beautiful day. The breeze from the North has kept temperatures


down but generally it has been pretty good. And the fine, dry


weather has brought some people out. The sea temperatures at the moment,


round about 10 degrees. You have to be pretty hardy to be in the water


without a wet suit at the moment. But the sunshine or perhaps bring


out slightly higher sea surface temperatures. Over the next couple


of days, this is the forecast tomorrow. Some more cloud drifting


in towards us tonight, and that will be around posting tomorrow. It will


break up, but don't expect much blue sky to start the day. Spells of


sunshine developing later in the day. We have a big area of high


pressure bringing settled weather. By the middle of tomorrow it is


hardly new position. By Friday it starts to move a little to the east.


Into the weekend, the high-pressure weakens and moves out of the way.


What will happen is that we start to suck up some warmth from the south.


Temperatures across Spain and Portugal at the moment are pretty


good. By Sunday, we have a pool of warm air travelling towards us.


We're looking at high temperatures, possibly up to 19 Celsius. That


could be on Sunday afternoon. Not quite as warm as that at the moment.


It is bracing with a gentle breeze. You can see the cloud coming in from


the north. That will gently drift across us tonight. It will cloud


over. Not quite as cold as it was last night. The cloud breaking in a


few places. Around five Celsius will be the minimum temperature overnight


tonight. Tomorrow, more cloud to start with but it will brighten up.


Don't be too disappointed by the look of the day posting. The cloud


will gradually break to allow the sunshine in. Then, temperatures will


get up to around 12, 13 degrees. It could be doing with being a little


bit warmer. For the Isles of Scilly, cloud should break to allow the


sunshine through. There are the times of high water... And for our


surfers, the waves are not as big as they have been but they are usable


and clean on the north coast. And the coastal waters forecast... Let's


look at the outlook. We will see higher temperatures but we will have


to be patient before that happens. Relatively cool until we reach


Saturday and Sunday, then some warmth and sunshine, and we could


see those temperatures reaching 18 degrees. Warmer than it is now


appear on the roof. Back to you did. It looks breezy but sunny up there.


-- back to you two. The concert we were talking about is called Shore


to shore revisited. We will leave you tonight with a song called


Spanish ladies. Farewell and that you do you Spanish ladies, Farewell


and adieu to you ladies of Spain. For we have received orders to self


old England, and we hope in a long time we will see you again. We'll


rant and we will roar all over the wild ocean, we will rank and we will


roar over the wild sea. Until we strike down in the channel of old


England,... We will rank and we will roar like true Newfoundlanders.


We will write and we will roar like true Newfoundlanders.


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