Sidmouth residents invited to meet ‘behind the scenes’ council workers at community day

A free rubbish skip, hot food, a tidy-up of the area and a repair service are among some of the attractions on offer to residents in Sidmouth invited to a community day later this month.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has announced the ‘social value day’ will be held outside Lymebourne and Arcot Community Centre, in Lymebourne Park, on Tuesday, April 26, between 10.30am and 3pm, for residents living in sheltered and neighbouring accommodation.

More than 100 residents, from Lymebourne, Arcott Park, Trumps Court and other surrounding EDDC homes have been invited to the day – the first big event held by the district council’s housing team, and Ian Williams, since the ease of government restrictions around Covid-19.

On the day there will be:

  • A big tidy up, planting, bench painting, building planters, and general spruce up of the Lymebourne area – residents and councillors are welcome.
  • Hot food, soft drinks, tea and coffee.
  • A showcase of EDDC’s property and asset team’s planned work of upgrades in the community centre, showing bin store plans, ramped access areas and washing line facilities – residents will be able to have a look at proposed plans and have their say.
  • Let’s fix it – on-the day small repairs in Lymebourne properties for residents, or an inspection for any larger works.
  • There will be a free skip for residents to throw away anything they no longer need, so they do not have to take it to the recycling and waste centre.
  • Members of the probation service will be attending to help clean up the area; weeding and removing moss on pavements.
  • Meet the EDDC team to have your say on the Lymebourne area of Sidmouth.
  • And Sidmouth in Bloom will be helping at the event.

Councillor Megan Armstrong, EDDC’s portfolio holder for sustainable homes and communities, said: “This day is a great opportunity for residents to come down and help get to know all the people who work behind the scenes on their behalf at the council and Ian Williams.

“Your councillors and officers want your feedback how we can improve our residents’ lives.

“We really hope everyone will join us, in planting some new plants and having a big clean-up of the area. We are also really excited to reveal new plans for bin stores and would like to ask residents their feedback.

“I am also thrilled we have been able to get the local prison service involved, supporting Ian Williams’s scheme to give people a second chance and opportunity to help the environment and upskill themselves.”

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