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Honiton Town Council has issued a statement to say it intends to go ahead with the re-introduction of parking charges at The Beehive. However, it says, it does so ‘only after much consideration and debate’. The charges will apply during the day and evening, but Sunday parking will be free. Disabled parking at the Dowell Street car park will also be free to those displaying a valid blue badge. The statement, from town clerk Mark Tredwin, says: “Over the next five to six years there are likely to be costs linked to the car park of between £40-50,000 irrespective of…

The speed limit on the busy A3052 between Sidmouth and Newton Poppleford is set to be reduced to 40mph. County councillors have supported the move at Four Elms Hill – as well as extending the ‘no overtaking’ zone along part of the road. Slashing the speed limit by 20mph was approved by members of the East Devon Highways and Traffic Orders Committee (HATOC) yesterday (Thursday, July 18). While most drivers are driving within the speed limit, the committee recognises that speeding remains a concern to local people who live near or on that stretch of road…The reduction will apply to…

A dalek and a full-size Dr Who tardis will be at St Paul’s Church in Honiton tomorrow (July 20) for Charter Day. The iconic features of the classic BBC television series are being brought to the town by Exewing. The mutant aliens are staples of the long-running show and will be on display from 10am to 4pm. During the day, there will be a chance to grab some prizes in a hat competition organised in memory of Terry Farebrother. Whether you choose to wear a period headpiece, a top hat or something totally unique, make sure you are at Allhallows…

A mum has called for a rat ‘infestation’ at an Ottery park to be tackled after her young daughter fell and broke her arm fleeing the rodents. The family’s afternoon enjoying the sunshine at the Land of Canaan ended in A&E when their fun was gate-crashed by a pack of long-tailed furry vermin. Pest control has now been called in to assess how bad the problem is – but says it has only received a single report. I’ve never seen anything like it in such a local area. Obviously, you get the odd one you’ll see in places, but this…

There was a right royal celebration at The Donkey Sanctuary, near Sidmouth, today when the Duchess of Cornwall popped in on her birthday to mark the charity’s golden anniversary. Her Royal Highness spent her 72nd birthday naming a three-week-old foal Sweet Pea. The little donkey was born at the sanctuary after her mum Poppy’s owner could no longer care for her. Camilla was welcomed to The Donkey Sanctuary by children from Sidmouth Primary School and the sanctuary’s CEO, Mike Baker, who gave her a tour of the charity’s global headquarters. The Duchess of Cornwall’s visit today was an opportunity to…

Mental health-aware, fashion-forward and environmentally-friendly is how an Exmouth charity shop credits its success two months after opening. Pete’s Dragons opened its first-ever charity shop, Retail Therapy, in May, with a unique selling point of bringing mental health to the high street. Shoppers browsing in the Rolle Street outlet have been bagging bargains but also learning more about mental health maintenance and wellbeing, and how to help others who may be suffering in silence. The charity shop’s retail therapy extends to its own dedicated section within the store; Pete’s Dragons said the wellbeing products on sale have been well received.…

Exmouth, Sidmouth and Seaton have been awarded Green Flag Awards, celebrating the towns’ high quality parks and green spaces. Manor Gardens, Exmouth, Connaught Gardens, Sidmouth, and Seaton Wetlands nature reserve have won awards; the Keep Britain Tidy Green Flag Award is an international sign of quality, aimed at raising the standard of parks and green spaces. Councillor Geoff Jung, East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) portfolio holder for the Environment, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive these three Green Flag Awards from Keep Britain Tidy for Connaught Gardens, Manor Gardens and Seaton Wetlands. The council is extremely proud to have…

Sidmouth hosted the Longest Day Ocean Challenge on Sunday when scores of endurance paddlers took to the water. The Sidmouth Surf Lifesaving Club event, on July 14, was hailed a success as the surf lifesaving board and ski challenges were tackled by competitors of all ages. Professional photographer Simon Horn, from Sidmouth, took these shots of some of the day’s action. The sea challenge, now in its second year, was set up to raise the profile of Sidmouth as a water sport location, and to boost tourism. The event attracts some of the best endurance paddlers in the country, taking…

Clouds of colour and paint bombs exploded on Exmouth beach on Sunday morning as the Deaf Academy’s latest fundraising event got under way. The Exmouth Colour Bomb set off from the sand in front of the lifeboat station; runners and walkers were showered in rainbow plumes along the 4k route, which ended on the beach by the Harbour View Café. The painted participants were given a welcome wash down when they reached the end of the course. The family fun event was organised to help raise £250,000 to build a new Deaf Academy in Exmouth. The state-of-the art building has…

A bid to open a restaurant in a former Honiton shoe repair shop has been turned down by planners. Proposals for the currently-vacant 20 New Street were rejected because of concerns over the impact they would have on neighbouring properties. East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) development management committee refused the plans – going against the recommendation of the authority’s officers. The applicant, Mrs Hatice Oflaz, asked for a change of use from professional services to restaurant and for a new rear access. But members ruled the scheme ‘would result in harm to neighbouring residents by virtue of extended opening hours…

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