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    • New #StayLocal ShopSafe campaign launches to encourage local and safe shopping

      In East Devon, the Reopening of the High Streets programme is supporting a district wide media campaign, #StayLocalShopSafe, to inform residents and visitors about how to use their high streets and town centres safely and showcasing how local businesses are responding to the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by adapting, evolving and reaching out to their community, offering safe and responsive ways to access the goods and services that they need. 

    • Devon and Somerset on-call firefighters make history

      This week (12 April), six on-call firefighters from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service made history when they completed the End Point Assessment of the operational firefighter apprenticeship. This is a national first – it is usually only wholetime firefighters who take this apprenticeship.

    • Honiton-based Devon Freewheelers has introduced virtual talks during the Covid-19 pandemic for groups and organisations keen to learn about the work of the charity and its volunteers. 

      The virtual talks are in place of the visits by a Blood Bike volunteer, in a bid to continue highlighting the work of the charity throughout Devon to community groups, schools, businesses and other organisations.  The tailored talks, in return for a donation, have been proving a success with the charity’s supporters, while raising much-needed funds for the Devon Freewheelers. 

    • DEVON: DEVON COUNTY ELECTIONS

      The full list of candidates who are standing for election to Devon County Council has been announced. Elections will take place for all 60 seats on Devon County Council on Thursday, May 6, with voters going to the polls to elect their representatives for the next four years. The entirety of the 60-strong council will be up for re-election, with 56 ‘single-member’ Electoral Divisions and 2 ‘two-member’ Divisions’. The current composition of the council consists of 41 Conservatives, 7 Labour, 6 Liberal Democrats, 3 Independents, 1 Green Party, 1 East Devon Alliance and 1 North Devon Liberal.

    • DEVON/CORNWALL/TORBAY/PLYMOUTH: PCC CANDIDATES

      Candidates from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party are lining up to challenge Conservative Alison Hernandez who is seeking re-election as police and crime commissioner for Devon and Cornwall. The voting takes place across the two counties on Thursday, May 6, alongside elections for Cornwall and Devon councils, a third of the seats in Exeter and Plymouth, local council by-elections, parish and town councils and neighbourhood plan referendums. 

    • EAST DEVON CARNIVAL CIRCUIT 2021 Cancelled

      East Devon Carnival Committees have received the sad news that the East Devon Carnival Circuit will not take place in 2021.

    • Bear Grylls spotted in Exmouth today.

      One of our listeners Marion Matthews took these photos this afternoon.

    • East Devon District Council Chair Cathy Gardner pays respect to His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

      As a mark of respect all Union Jack flags on East Devon land will be lowered to half-mast including at EDDC’s headquarters Blackdown House, Exmouth Town Hall, Connaught Gardens in Sidmouth and on the seafront at Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth

    • Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has died

      Buckingham Palace has announced that His Royal Highness Prince Philip has died.

    • Recycling & Waste One Day Later due to the Bank Holiday

      Recycling & Waste One Day Later Remember all collections of recycling, refuse & green waste will be one day later this week due to the Bank holiday. ​​​​​​​Download the @eastdevon app for notifications of your collection day. The Recycling Team #EDDCrecycling #SaveOurNHS

    • Housing plan approved that will enable restoration of historic Salston Manor, Ottery St Mary

      Plans to save one of Ottery St Mary’s most important buildings have been approved. East Devon District Council’s planning committee on Wednesday morning unanimously agreed to support plans that would see 13 new homes built within the grounds of the former Salston Manor on the edge of the town. The plans would also see an extension to the building constructed for a further two homes, and would enable a previously consented but not implemented scheme for the conversion of the main building to form 11 flats to go ahead.

    • New #StayLocalShopSafe campaign launches to encourage local and safe shopping

      In East Devon, the Reopening of the High Streets programme is supporting a district wide media campaign, #StayLocalShopSafe, to inform residents and visitors about how to use their high streets and town centres safely and showcasing how local businesses are responding to the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by adapting, evolving and reaching out to their community, offering safe and responsive ways to access the goods and services that they need. 

    • Rural Police East Devon raising awareness of Livestock Worrying

      East Devon’s Rural Police Team have been out and about this morning putting up information about livestock worrying. Please remember to keep your dog on a lead around livestock but let go if chased by cattle. Statistics illustrate the sad situation for farmers, who have to deal with the emotional distress of discovering badly injured and dead animals and the financial loss.

    • Operation Easter targets wild bird egg thieves - Be our eagle eyes say police

      Police Wildlife Crime Officers in Devon and Cornwall is calling on the public to keep a look out for suspicious activity around wild birds’ nests. It is part of an annual operation, which is backed by nationally-gathered intelligence, to tackle egg thieves. This year, the police are asking members of the public to be their eagle eyes and let them know if they see any activity that suggests that nests of wild birds are being interfered with or eggs are being taken.

    • ‘Utterly ridiculous’ plans for green space to be used for hospitality refused.

      Councillors have chucked out ‘utterly ridiculous’ plans to allow a piece of amenity land to be used as outdoor space for a hotel. Plans had been put forward by East Devon District Council to use a small area of green space ‘adjacent’ to the Manor Hotel on the Beacon in Exmouth for the siting of tables and chairs.

    • Councillors reject bid to remove restrictions from gypsy and traveller

      A bid to remove a restriction allowing people not from a gypsy and traveller background occupy pitches at a rural site has been unanimously rejected. Hawkwell Park, in Hawkchurch, was originally granted planning consent in 2007 for occupation of the site only by those that meet the definition of a gypsy/travellers.

    • All you need to know with East Devon polling station changes and more

      Registered electors will be able to vote in person at a polling station, by postal vote or by proxy at the elections on Thursday, 6 May.

    • Police Appeal for Information following a Suspicious male in Exeter

      Police are appealing for information relating to reports about a suspicious male in the St Leonard’s and Topsham Road areas of Exeter. The local policing team has received two similar reports in a week, with the last reported incident occurring on Monday 1 February along Victoria Park Road. If you know anything please call 101.

    • Serious collision in Dawlish

      Appeal for witnesses At around 12.47pm, on Saturday 3 April, police were called to a report of a road traffic collision involving a car and pedestrian in Dawlish Street, Teignmouth.

    • Exeter's mass coronavirus vaccination centre is set to move at the end of this month, as the vaccination programme enters the next phase.

      The current vaccine centre at Westpoint will move to Greendale Business Park - three miles away - from the beginning of May. The move is said to coincide with the beginning of a return to more normal commercial operations for the popular events venue, which is home to the Devon County Show.

    • ‘Mr T Rex’ roars in over £800 for Exmouth RNLI

      Exmouth RNLI’s newest volunteer Tour Guide, Jay King, ran 25k yesterday to raise important and much needed funds for the lifesaving charity.

    • 'Bigger and Setter' sea defences for Sidmouth's crumbling cliffs to be explored as work on current scheme paused

      Work on plans to protect Sidmouth’s crumbling cliffs will be paused to enable the potential for ‘bigger and better’ sea defences to be explored. East Devon District Council’s cabinet on Wednesday night voted to place on hold the existing £9m scheme for the town given that other previously dismissed options may now be affordable.

    • Rebrand East Devon as a 'red wall' district to get Government cash councillor jokes

      Rebrand East Devon as a 'red wall' district to get Government cash councillor jokes. Councillors from East Devon were united in their dismay that the district has been placed in the lowest tier for a Government regeneration fund – with one joking that they should rebrand the district as a ‘red wall district’.

    • Beach management plan for Exmouth to ensure ‘jewel in the crown’ isn’t lost

      Work is set to begin on a beach management plan for Exmouth to ensure that the town’s ‘jewel in the crown’ isn’t lost. There have been noticeable changes to Exmouth beach over the last 20 years which has led to a depletion of beach levels in front of the Maer, while there has been some mixed changes to the eastern and western ends at Exmouth seafront.

    • Jury finds Azam Mangori guilty of murdering Lorraine Cox

      A 23-year-old man has been found guilty of the murder of Lorraine Cox in Exeter. Azam Mangori killed 32-year-old Miss Cox in his room above a kebab shop after homing in on her as she walked alone through the city centre in the early hours. He kept her body for several days before dismembering it and disposing of remains in an alleyway and woodland.  

    • All you need to know with East Devon polling station changes and more

      Registered electors will be able to vote in person at a polling station, by postal vote or by proxy at the elections on Thursday, 6 May.

    • Tourists asked to stay away until April 12 by East Devon

      Gradual easing of restrictions for locals begins next week but tourist are being asked to abide by the rules and stay away until 12 April. East Devon District Council (EDDC) is busily preparing for the next stages in the Governments’ pandemic roadmap aimed at easing the country towards a less restrictive way of life in the coming months.

    • I ENDORSE JESS BAILEY AS I (CLAIRE WRIGHT) STAND DOWN IN COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS

      Jess Bailey, Independent EDDC councillor for West Hill and Aylesbeare, has been endorsed by Claire Wright for the Otter Valley Ward in the forthcoming Devon County Council elections. Claire has decided not seek re-election to the Otter Valley Ward, to pursue new career opportunities.

    • Exmouth Queen’s Drive: Work to turn former temporary car park into public space begins

      Work to turn a former temporary car park site at Exmouth into a public space for fitness classes has now begun. It comes following a recommendation by the Queen’s Drive Delivery Group to return the site to a public amenity space, complimenting other temporary uses until a new permanent use is agreed for the site.

    • Exmouth RNLI called to rescue paddleboarders

      Exmouth RNLI volunteer crew members launched today to rescue two paddleboarders needing help in the sea off the Exmouth coastline. At 2.22pm today Tuesday 30 March 2021 the Exmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat D-805 George Bearman II was tasked by H.M. Coastguard to a report of two female paddleboarders who had become distressed some distance from the shore and found themselves unable to make progress.

    • Stoke Hill AFC’s community defibrillator stolen from Hamlin Lane Playing fields in Heavitree.

      Unfortunately, the defibrillator that was bought and installed last year; after the club’s fund-raising efforts and with a large contribution being put forward from Sprayed Concrete Solutions; appears to have been stolen from its cabinet at Hamlin Lane playing fields in Exeter.

    • Do you want to re-home items you don't use? Join Tuesday Tables

      Communities across Devon have the chance to rehome every-day items they no longer need simply by leaving them outside their front door every Tuesday, starting this week (April 6).

    • EASTER RECYCLING DATES

      The Easter Bank Holiday weekend is fast approaching and most people are set to get two days off and a lovely, long four-day weekend, and with lockdown easing and the rule of six back, it is starting to feel like Spring.

    • KNOWLE REDEVELOPMENT DELAYED

      The developers behind the controversial scheme to redevelop the former East Devon District Council HQ into an assisting living community are now ‘considering their options’ for the site.

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