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A round-up of news from across East Devon, including community stories, photos and what’s on, from Exmouth, Sidmouth, Cranbrook, Seaton, Ottery St Mary, Budleigh Salterton and Exeter.  Axminster Axminster firefighters tackled a blaze in the early hours of Friday morning (June 14) after a van caught on fire following a crash. The fire service received several 999 calls to report the blaze after spotting a vehicle in a water-filled drainage ditch in a field in Axminster. Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and a used a hose reel jet to tackle the blaze. An Axminster fire station spokesman said: “Owing to the…

Cranbrook is to get a new ‘garden village’ of more than 1,000 homes, primary school, sports pitches, traveller pitches, play areas, employment land and allotments, it has been announced. East Devon District Council (EDDC) has rubber stamped plans to expand Cranbrook – the second of four proposals to increase the town. The granted planning permission includes: Up to 1, 035 homes, Five permanent pitches for gypsies and travellers, 25 acres of employment land 85 acres of recreational space Primary school Six sports pitches Sports pavilion Will Heath, Carden Group CEO, said: “We are delighted to have received planning permission for…

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Community news in brief from across East Devon. If you want to celebrate your town and village news, shout about your group or organisation, please get in touch with your stories, events and photos. Honiton Otter Valley Ice Cream is celebrating scooping an award, being named ice cream parlour of the year. The business, at Monkton, near Honiton, was presented with the trade award by the Ice Cream Alliance. Joseph McNeil, national president of the Ice Cream Alliance, said the accolade was testament to the dedication shown by owner Rebecca Bond and her family. Rebecca runs Otter Valley with mum…

“We took a large chunk of public money and invested it without asking any of the right questions – a £1million loan to an East Devon venture using taxpayer cash will not be repaid. Exeter City Council has been urged not to ‘crash’ the city’s Science Park project as it tries to recover a £1 million loan, writes local democracy reporter Guy Henderson. The authority has decided to convert the loan into shares in the company running the East Devon business park near Exeter Airport after hearing there was no prospect of the money being repaid when it becomes due…

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has been in East Devon for the second time within as many months – this time showing his support for a prospective Conservative candidate ahead of the July general election. Prime minister Rishi Sunak has been on the campaign trail in East Devon, writes local democracy reporter Alison Stephenson. On Wednesday (May 29) on a quick stop to a high-tech business near Honiton, supporting Conservative candidate Simon Jupp in the new constituency of Honiton and Sidmouth, Mr Sunak claimed to be ignoring opinion polls that point to a Labour victory in the general election and is…

Your views are needed to shape the future and character of East Devon – including sites to build new homes and businesses, town centre shopping areas, plus preserving green spaces and coastal spots East Devon District Council (EDDC) is urging all to take part and leave feedback on eight new topics for the Local Plan, which will be used for future planning decisions and developments. But you only have from now until 5pm on Thursday, June 27 to make your views known. The eight areas being focussed on are: New housing and mixed-use site allocations New employment site allocations Designated…

A new supermarket in Cranbrook earmarked for Morrisons remains empty because the retail giant is assessing if the current design and layout is still right for the town, it has revealed. Construction of the supermarket site, in the Court Royal area of Cranbrook, began in October 2022, with the district council hinting the store – and much-awaited town centre – could open to the public at the end of 2023. The supermarket giant is yet to give an official opening date for the Cranbrook Morrisons. Morrisons said it recognised Cranbrook residents were keen for the supermarket to open and had…

Hospiscare has announced the return of its seven-mile Summer Walk, setting off from East Devon in July. Walkers taking part will help raise vital funds for the hospice charity; it needs to raise £9.7million annually and has been forced to reduce its services because it is facing a £2.5 million funding deficit. A spokeswoman for the charity said: “Hospiscare is facing a £2.5 million funding deficit and we were recently forced to close four beds on our ward and reduce our weekend community services. “We hope to have a record year for sign-ups to raise as much money as possible…

Police recently ramped up patrols in Exmouth, where they made arrests and clamped down on anti-social behaviour and shoplifting. The new police chief in Exmouth said the move showed a new way of working – where officers can be drafted into a problem area to tackle community concerns at short notice. As a result of the increased police presence, a man was arrested and charged on suspicion of shoplifting and public order offences. A second man was arrested and charged with three shoplifting offences, the theft of a pensioner’s purse, fraud and handling stolen goods. After an overnight stay in…

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