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The clock is ticking on the future of East Devon’s fire cover and it is up to YOU to make a stand and Save Our Service. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) is canvasing communities until September 22, 2019, about a range of options to save it money. These include station closures, slashing crewing hours and ‘switching off’ fire engines. That means you have just THREE weeks left to make your views known on the future of YOUR fire service. Firefighters from across East Devon are sending out a double SOS – Save Our Stations and Save Our…

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has been urged to implement an urgent action plan to tackle ‘worsening’ poverty.  Wards in Exmouth, Honiton, Sidford and Seaton have the highest number of households in deprivation, according to the authority. And a report has detailed how 22 per cent of the district’s children are growing up in poverty. One campaigner calling for action has spoken of how he learned one family could only afford Weetabix for Sunday lunch. Or a case I heard about recently: ‘Only being able to afford Weetabix for Sunday lunch for a family of four’A review of the council’s…

A Sidmouth pensioner was warned he faced being fined for fly-tipping after depositing a bag of puppy poo in a council bin. Pete Grant, 72, from Stowford, said a council worker told him could be fined £1,000 for depositing one bag of dog mess in a red bin because it had been picked up from his private garden, not the street, and he did not have a dog with him. Pete, who was looking after his grandson’s 12-week-old dachshund puppies, said he phoned East Devon District Council and was told his actions were classed as fly-tipping. Somebody’s got their head…

A peeping pensioner was spoken to by police after he was clocked looking under a changing cubicle at Exmouth Leisure Centre.  Officers arrested a 67-year-old man when they were called to the fitness hub and pool off Royal Avenue with a report of voyeurism on Tuesday morning (August 27). He was ‘spoken to and no further action was taken’, said a force spokesperson. This sort of incident is rare although staff and members of the public should always be alert to the possibility, and report it immediately, as this customer did…Peter Gilpin, LED Leisure and Management CEO, said such incidents…

Sidmouth ‘urgently’ needs to find £1.5million if the town is to be protected fully against flooding and erosion. The message comes from East Devon District Council (EDDC) after environmental experts met to discuss Sidmouth’s coastal flood defence, and how to progress with protecting the town and slow down the rate of erosion on East Beach. EDDC said costs for construction of the scheme are estimated at £8.9million, and when based on the economic analysis and the number of properties at risk of flooding in the town, means around £3.2 million of funding needs to be provided locally for the scheme…

Carla Salisbury worked in retail for more than four decades – now the Honiton mother-of-one has her own shop. She has been coaxed into running her own show – thanks to her passion for high-end knitting. Her designs have graced the shelves of top boutiques and won praise from the highest echelons of the knitting fraternity. “It’s just fabulous. My creations have gone to California and New Zealand, plus lots of places in Europe When she isn’t at home in Honiton, Carla is often in a niche hotel – just for knitters. The Knitting Hotel is in Dawlish and is…

A cash reward incentive to offer £500 to name and shame culprits who trashed Budleigh Salterton’s seafront shelter has been thrown out by the town council. The town council was challenged to offer a reward to identify and bring to justice the culprits who vandalised the Jubilee Shelter in June. Councillors were united in voting against a proposal the town offer £500 to ‘anyone providing information leading to the identification and apprehension’ of those responsible for the Jubilee Shelter vandalism. If this vandalism is to be stopped before the town acquires a dubious reputation, action needs to be taken –…

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has backed an Exmouth woman’s record-breaking charity challenge to row the Atlantic. Married Claire Allinson, 45, from Morton Crescent, cried tears of joy when she spotted Coldplay’s social media posts highlighting the ‘amazing’ Oarsome Foursome’s 3,000-mile ocean adventure, tackling the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, in aid of Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare, Cornwall Blood Bikes, and Carefree Space. Chris Martin told fans how he learned of the Oarsome Foursome team through his dad, Anthony Martin. Writing to fans on social media, Chris Martin told Coldplay fans: “My dad told me about some ladies from where I’m from…

Residents have rallied to raise nearly £3,000 in support of a volunteer lifesaver’s efforts to keep people safe on Sidmouth beach. The community crowdfunding campaign was set up to boost the lifeguard service Guy Russell and his colleagues at Jurassic Paddle Sports provide the town out of goodwill. An appreciation party was held on the pebbles on Saturday, when the sterling sum was handed over. It will be spent on equipment, training, more lifeguards, information and advice. So many awesome people have stepped up and given something…when you add it all up, it will make Sidmouth beach a much safer place…

Row, row, row, your….fatberg! The heat was on when homemade vessels went head-to-head to be crowned winner of the 2019 Sidmouth Regatta raft race. Makeshift vessels of all shapes and sizes cut through choppy water, paddled by hopeful crews keen to be first across the finish line. Huge crowds gathered on The Esplanade on Saturday evening to witness the fun. As a nod to Sidmouth hitting UK headlines earlier in the year when a fatberg of titanic proportions was found lurking beneath the town, Sidmouth Gig Club took inspiration for its raft. Gig club members took first prize for fancy-dress…

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