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Council are yet to decide the fate of Tavistock pool

Council Leader Philip Sanders thanked members of the public for attending yesterday's meeting. He says the council are yet to reach a decision about the fate of the local swimming pool.

I can assure residents that the council does not underestimate the importance of the facility to the local area. The contract for the running of the pool ends in 2016 and there is a borough council and, indeed, a general election next year. These changes are bound to influence the decisions we make. Currently the borough council subsidises Meadowlands to the tune of around £150,000 per year and generally local authority swimming pools do not cover their costs unless they are in an area of high population.

– Cllr Philip Sanders, Leader of West Devon Borough Council

Councillors meet to discuss fate of Tavistock pool

Councillors meet to discuss fate of Tavistock pool Credit: ITV News West Country

Protestors are expected in Tavistock this morning as the local council considers the fate of the town's swimming pool.

The Meadowlands Pool currently operates at a loss. Some people in Tavistock are afraid the pool may close, although the council says residents will be consulted before any decisions are made.


Tavistock runner aims to break own world record

Adam Holland wants to run 10 consecutive marathons under three hours each Credit: Ten Stories High/Adam Holland

A record-breaking runner from Tavistock hopes to set new a record for running 10 marathons in 10 days. Adam Holland, 27, wants to become the first person to break three hours for each of the distance runs.

Adam is hoping to raise £3,000 for the Brathay Trust, a charity in Cumbria that works with vulnerable young people. He is the youngest person to run 100 marathons and also holds the word record for being the youngest and fastest person to run 10 marathons in 10 days.

Adam now wants to beat his own record by returning once again to run in the Brathay Ten in Ten between Friday 9th and Sunday 18th May. He is one of 15 runners picked to compete in the event around the edge of Lake Windermere.

New tourist information centre for Tavistock

The town recently lost its Tourist Information Centre Credit: ITV News West Country

Tavistock's new self-service tourist information centre opens today, in the corner of a shop. It's replacing the town's old information centre which was closed by the council to save money. Local businesses have also trained staff to become tourism ambassadors.

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Kids show off rugby skills in Tavistock

Supporters at Brickfields this weekend might have got a glimpse of players of the future as a group of youngsters from Tavistock entertained the crowd at half time with a game of tag rugby.

Sport England has withdrawn £1.6 million of funding from grass roots football, but the west country's rugby teams say it's vital youngsters get involved in team games.


Britain in Bloom comes to Devon

Tavistock will host Britain in Bloom's national conference today.

The town entered the floral comepetition for the first time last year and scooped a silver medal.

Mayors from all over the UK will be descending on the town to pick some top tips on how they might achieve success at

Tavistock is hosting the Britain in Bloom conference Credit: PA

Businesses struggling to survive in Tavistock

Tavistock Credit: ITV News West Country

Local businesses in Tavisock are struggling to survive in the current economic climate. That's according to a survey carried out last November.

Two thirds of the 36 businesses that took part have suffered a downturn in profits over the past year. It's thought competition from the internet and chain stores are to blame.

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