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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…

A farmer from East Devon who admitted polluting a stream after storing slurry illegally has been slapped with a community order and costs of more than £15,000. Farmer Derek Dyer contaminated a private water supply and polluted a stream after a slurry store built from farmyard manure collapsed. A nearby estate was forced to give residents bottled water after the slurry polluted a natural drinking water spring, and a glamping business found its wild swimming pool had been contaminated. Dyer, aged 74, of Crawley Farm, Yarcombe, near Honiton, in East Devon, this month appeared at Exeter Magistrates’ Court, where he…

Police in Honiton have been visiting farms in East Devon marking property in a bid to crackdown on rural crime. The Honiton neighbourhood police team recently marked agricultural machinery and a host of other items with the aim of preventing theft. The marked items are listed on a database with the aim of reuniting farmers with any stolen property. The officers visited farms and smallholdings in rural areas, including Dunkeswell and Gittisham, in a bid to raise awareness of rural crime. The property marking drive was the result of reports of thefts from farms and workshops across East Devon, said…

Concerns have been raised about traffic levels and motorists using narrow lanes to access a new dog walking field near Exeter. Dog walkers will be able to exercise their pets in a purpose-built compound to the west of Exeter after council planners gave a scheme the go-ahead, writes local democracy reporter Guy Henderson. But local villagers say the amount of traffic the new dog-walking site will generate is unacceptable. Teignbridge District Council’s planning committee agreed the plan to change an agricultural field off Idestone Lane, at Ide, near Exeter, into a dog-walking field for private hire. Owners will be able…

Selling off council-owned properties in Exmouth, Axminster, Exeter, and other areas of Devon, are hoped to earn the county around £7million, it has been revealed. Property disposals have earned Devon just over £7 million and the hopes are the same amount could be secured this year, writes local democracy reporter Bradley Gerrard. The biggest ticket item sold by Devon County Council in the year to March 31 was land at Aldens Farm in Alphington, for £4 million, where a large housing application of more than 180 homes has been approved. Exeter’s Compass House earned the council £900,000, the second biggest…

Proposals to double the amount of accessible space in Clyst Valley Regional Park will be put before East Devon residents, writes local democracy reporter Bradley Gerrard. The park, effectively created by the Green Infrastructure Strategy in 2009, provides a buffer between Exeter and the countryside and, crucially, offers residents usable green space from nearby towns and villages in East Devon. At present, 762 hectares (1,883 acres) is accessible but East Devon District Council has created plans to increase this by a further 740 hectares (1,828 acres) over 25 years – almost doubling the existing amount. Under the proposals, a range…

Leaders of an East Devon town have refused to explain why its council has failed to hand over land worth around £140,000 belonging to a neighbouring village, amid an ongoing row lasting a year. Action has been requested by an East Devon parish in an ongoing spat with its neighbour, writes local democracy reporter Bradley Gerrard. Ian Priestley, chairman of Colyford Parish Council, has urged help in securing land he says should have been transferred to his parish when it officially separated from neighbouring Colyton. Cllr Priestley addressed East Devon District Council’s cabinet as part of an ongoing bid for…

Flood warnings and alerts were issued across East Devon throughout Thursday (May 2) following hours of heavy overnight rain. The Environment Agency (EA) said river levels were high and some roads and low-lying land could be flooded as a result. Flood warnings were issued for areas of Axminster and Yarcombe after heavy rain caused the River Yarty to rise, with calls for farmers to be aware their livestock could be at risk in fields close to the river. Roads and fords that crossed the River Yarty were expected to be cut off and impassable. The Environment Agency said: “Riverside property…

Concerns over green wedge development and urban sprawl taking over the East Devon countryside will be addressed later this month when residents are invited to take part in a public consultation to address the pressure the district is under to supply development land. People in East Devon will be asked their views on whether to protect land that prevents separate conurbations, writes local democracy reporter Bradley Gerrard. The consultation is set to start this month and last for six weeks. A public consultation on so-called green wedges will be issued shortly by the district council to gauge view about areas…

The first-ever Exmouth Gate to Plate festival has been hailed a success after 8,000 visitors flocked to The Strand to celebrate local food and drink producers. Sunday’s food festival (April 28), funded by East Devon District Council, showcased some of the best food and drink, plus crafts, produced or grown locally, The free open-air event attracted thousands of visitors to sample a host of different tastes and flavours. Robert Murray, EDDC economic development manager, said the district council was ‘dedicated’ to championing East Devon town centre businesses, and quality local food and drink producers. He said: “We take great pride…

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