Browsing: Budleigh Salterton

East Devon has the best recycling rate in the county – and Exeter the worst – according to new figures. The district has been hailed as boasting ‘one of the most comprehensive waste collection services in England’. Annual statistics have revealed that 60 per cent of residents’ rubbish has been recycled – but the total has dropped half a per cent. East Devon now provides one of the most comprehensive waste collection services in England…And while Exeter recorded the highest increase in Devon of 1.7 per cent, its recycling rate of 27.8 per cent is the lowest in the county.…

An affordable housing taskforce is to be created to combat a crisis affecting thousands of people in East Devon – with a ‘grim Christmas’ and rising homelessness predicted. The team of newly-hired staff is expected to cost around £500,000 over two years – with the cash coming from a district council underspend this financial year, writes Local Democracy Reporter Joe Ives. It comes after a report by Devon Home Choice highlighted that more than 2,650 households are in ‘housing need’ in East Devon – the third-highest number in the county. I believe it’s going to be a pretty grim Christmas…

The last surviving co-founder of Fairlynch Museum, in Budleigh Salterton, has celebrated her 101st birthday. 101-year-old Joy Gawne, and Fairlynch Museum volunteers, marked the milestone anniversary on September 26. ‘Mine of information’ Joy is the last surviving member of four women who bought the house that became Budleigh’s museum. Roz Hickman, head of history at Fairlynch Museum, said: “Still taking an interest in all matters concerning her beloved museum, Joy is a mine of information and enjoys sharing her knowledge with us. “We wish her a very happy birthday and many happy returns.” Joy, with her sisters Elizabeth and Aalish,…

Reading detective stories through lockdown earned a gold medal and award for 11-year-old Megan Bishop, who finished 100 books at Budleigh Salterton Library. The youngster celebrated achieving her Book Track award at Budleigh Library, where she was presented with a certificate and medal by the town’s deputy mayor, Councillor Mike Hilliar. And Budleigh Town Council presented the schoolgirl with a £30 book token in recognition of her successful task. Megan’s challenge to read 100 books included her discussing what she had read with library staff, then emailing reports when the coronavirus lockdown stopped drop-in sessions. Jane Cordy, the town’s library…

Youngsters staying at Ladram Bay Holiday Park near Otterton have been provided with a £250,000 play area designed to promote both fitness and fun. And powering the new facility into action this this month was TV personality Josie Gibson, a This Morning presenter and former Big Brother winner who is also a qualified personal trainer. Josie, who lives in Bath, officially declared the play area open during a special visit she paid to Ladram Bay. It was great that Josie was able to come along and cut the ribbon as she knows well the importance of keeping active… The raft…

A new £2million fund designed to help local businesses prosper has been launched by East Devon District Council (EDDC). The authority says the Innovation and Resilience Fund (IRF) – aimed at supporting economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic – is unlike any grant scheme it has run before. Firms and entrepreneurs can apply for up to £50,000 each, or £150,000 for a collaborative bid. The fund is designed to support ‘innovative’ projects that: Support business diversification and the development of new and innovative products; Enable carbon reductions and biodiversity enhancements; Enable and safeguard high value jobs; Offer inclusive opportunities to…

Extra staff are being recruited by East Devon District Council (EDDC) to help deal with rising homelessness caused by the end of the Government’s eviction ban. The authority’s cabinet has agreed to hiring two extra housing officers for the next year to address a ‘second wave’ prompted by the pandemic, writes Local Democracy Reporter Joe Ives. Exmouth Halsdon representative Councillor Megan Armstrong told colleagues the end of the eviction ban on May 31 was causing ‘horrendous problems’ for many people in the district. You can only see the situation becoming worse over the remaining months of this year…EDDC says it…

A lifeline service helping elderly and vulnerable East Devon residents in emergencies will be partially outsourced to a private company for four months. The move by district council chiefs over Home Safeguard has been prompted by staff shortages and could save the authority £4,000, writes Local Democracy Reporter Joe Ives. Users are given a pendant with a button for them to press in an emergency. An operator then provides over-the-phone help and, if necessary, calls emergency services. Home Safeguard operates between 10.15pm and 7.15am and receives an average of 21 calls a night. But it has lost three team members recently,…

Some 600 people have already had a say on how £3million should be splashed on improving public toilets in East Devon. Residents, visitors, businesses and town and parish councils have until 5pm on October 1 to respond to plans that could also see a handful of loos closed or redeveloped. District council chiefs want to hear from householders on proposals that also include a ‘pay-to-use’ idea – and have shared some of the feedback they have received so far. Options on the table include refurbishing ‘important’ conveniences in Axminster, Budleigh Salterton, Beer, Exmouth, Honiton, Seaton, and Sidmouth. But other loos…

An Ottery St Mary representative has urged the Government to reintroduce beavers across England – after a trailblazing trial saw the animals thrive in East Devon. Councillor Jess Bailey has responded to a landmark Whitehall consultation on whether the creatures should be allowed back into the wild nationwide. A five-year trial on the River Otter was hailed a ‘brilliant success’ by Natural England. Cllr Bailey has written to colleagues with responsibility for the environment on the county and district authorities and called on them to ‘respond positively’ to Defra’s deiberations. The independent, who represents the Ottery Valley ward on Devon County…

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