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Street lights could be switched off and new roads scrapped as Devon County Council (DCC) bids to become carbon neutral by 2030.  A new shuttle bus to transport council workers from Exeter train stations to County Hall is also among the ideas to  help reach the climate change-busting aspiration. The council’s cabinet unanimously on Wednesday agreed to revise the authority’s energy and carbon strategy in response to the climate emergency which they declared earlier this year. It will also no longer be the authority’s default position to build new roads to tackle congestion, while discussions with town and parish councils will…

An extensive document, setting out the history of the dispute between Honiton Town Council and the charity that runs the Beehive, will be considered at a meeting next week. As well as looking at the council’s current position, of having to retain the services of a barrister because of an arbitration process it says it has been forced into, the report considers how things can be moved forward. Legal fees have, so far cost the council £15,000. The report states: “It would seem that HTC (Honiton Town Council) is now caught up in the position where it is faced with…

A cycle challenge by Sidmouth College students is under way to help build classrooms for children in Africa. Toby Wells, Sam Harris, Jacob Green and George Anning at the weekend cycled the Coast to Coast route from Barnstaple to Plymouth to raise funds to finance a trip to Kenya where they will help build classrooms for village children. Village communities in southern Kenya have very few of the things we take for granted here in the UK…The students each need to raise £4,320 – a total of around £17,000 – so they can volunteer with Camps International once they finish…

Work has begun on Exmouth seafront’s new Queen’s Drive watersports centre, Sideshore. Grenadier Estates, site leaseholder, said it was ‘delighted that preparatory work is underway’. Work has begun removing the existing road surface, excavating the site and laying the foundations in readiness for the next steps. We have begun laying the foundations for the main building and expect the steel works to be in place in the coming weeks…Building firm Devon Contractors said ‘work was progressing well’. Grenadier Estates said the centre, which is due to open for business next summer, said local building firm Devon Contractors was ‘on track’…

Ridding roads of double yellow lines from problem parking areas in Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton and the surrounding villages has been put in the hands of residents. County councillors for Exmouth, Richard Scott and Jeff Trail, are aiming to free up parking in Exmouth, Budleigh, Lympstone, Woodbury, Woodbury Salterton and Exton by asking residents to identify problem parking restrictions – double yellow lines and loading bays – to amend. The councillors want to improve parking in the area by removing restrictions no longer needed, or deemed excessive. We are asked every year to put in more restrictions, to accommodate this we…

“We really do need the help of the people of Sidmouth and the South West to prevent another fatberg forming.” That is the message from South West Water (SWW) after the ‘autopsy’ of Sidmouth’s giant fatberg, found under the Esplanade last December. Even though the Sidmouth fatberg made headlines all over the world, South West Water has warned fat can still be seen entering the sewer. Andrew Roantree, South West Water’s director of wastewater, said: “Please only flush the 3Ps – pee, paper and poo – down the loo and to dispose of fat, oil and grease in the bin…

‘Continuing negativity’ has prompted to closure of Tickety Boo’s popular play area in Ottery St Mary. Stuart Phillips, owner, today revealed his reasons why he took the decision to permanently close the play area at the rear of his cafe, Tickety Boo. Unfortunately, although we have welcomed lots of really lovely customers and their families to enjoy playtime at Tickety-Boo, there has also been some continuing negativity and a handful of people who didn’t understand the concept…He said he was in talks about the space and said ‘there may well be a future for it’. Mr Phillips said: “I put…

Restaurant and takeaway owners across East Devon are being urged to review security at their home addresses and to vary their routines. Police have issued an urgent warning after homes of food business owners and managers were targeted by burglars. This type of crime tends to be committed by criminals who move from one area to the next – Police Cash and jewellery was stolen in a number of incidents in the 24 hour period leading up to yesterday morning. A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said:  “Within the last 24 hours homes in Devon and Cornwall, belonging to…

In a week’s time Deborah Parsons will shave her hair off in public in readiness for chemotherapy while telling women ‘check your boobs, it saved my life’. Since June, the 52-year-old Sidmouth mum-of-three has been on a ‘rollercoaster ride’ of hospital appointments, breast cancer diagnosis – bereavement when her mum died unexpectedly – and a mastectomy and breast reconstruction. If that was not enough Deborah is facing a year of chemotherapy, meaning 12 months of money worries because, fearing her treatment will make her sick, she has given up her successful cleaning business, Maid in Sidmouth. I am apprehensive about…

Honiton Town Council has issued a statement about its ongoing legal dispute with The Beehive and says it would like to resolve the issue in an ‘amicable way’. However, it says, it may have to go down the arbitration route if a way forward cannot be found. The statement, released today by town clerk Mark Tredwin, says more than 20 per cent of the council’s precept currently goes towards supporting the building but that the council is ‘not an open cheque book’. The statement has been released at a time when the council believes Honiton Community Complex is ‘potentially considering…

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