Browsing: Budleigh Salterton

A casualty showing signs of hypothermia who was washed ashore and cut off by the tide near Budleigh Salterton was saved by rescuers. The cold, wet and disorientated leisure fisherman was washed ashore on the eastern side of the Otter Mouth at around 6pm on Monday (January 11), with a possible dinghy puncture. After the casualty was located by Exmouth Coastguard, Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat crew carried out a tethered rescue, swimming across the river mouth to bring the man to safety. Exmouth Coastguard said the fisherman’s vessel was flooded, and had a possible puncture. The boat and its contents were…

Multi-million pound plans to restore the Otter Estuary at Budleigh Salterton to natural and historic flood plains have been unanimously approved.  East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) Planning Committee today voted in favour of the Lower Otter Restoration Project bid. The £15million scheme will create 55 hectares of mudflats, saltmarsh and other valuable estuarine habitats, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark. The initiative, led by landowner Clinton Devon Estates and the Environment Agency, will see the Big Marsh and Little Marsh floodplains restored. Breaches will also be created in the Little Bank, Big Bank and the River Otter Embankment to allow…

East Devon residents looking to get rid of their Christmas trees can take them to be ‘recycled’ at a host of drop-off points across the district from Monday, January 4.  The now-forlorn festive items can be left at nine designated sites in Axminster, Broadclyst, Budleigh Salterton, Cranbrook, Exmouth, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton and Sidmouth. They will be composted and used as a natural fertiliser by local farms or in the district’s parks. East Devon District Council is holding new year Christmas tree recycling events in: Axminster: West Street car park – Monday, January 4, 12.30pm to 2.30pm; Broadclyst: -…

Multi-million-pound plans to restore the Otter Estuary at Budleigh Salterton to natural and historic flood plains are on the verge of netting the go-ahead. The scheme, which aims to prevent a catastrophic failure of sea defences, proposes creating 55 hectares of mudflats, saltmarsh and other estuarine habitats. Its fate will be decided by East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) Planning Committee when it meets on Wednesday, January 6. The application has been recommended for approval by officers, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark. Landowner Clinton Devon Estates and the Environment Agency are leading the £15million Lower Otter Restoration Project. It would see…

Thirty Covid-related deaths have been recorded in East Devon in a fortnight – with case ‘clusters’ of the virus identified in all but one of the district’s wards. Devon was today (Wednesday, December 30) moved up to Tier 3 of the Government’s pandemic restrictions. County health chiefs say a rise in cases among all age groups meant the move was ‘inevitable’. Seaton is the only part of East Devon where a coronavirus ‘cluster’ has not currently been identified. Nineteen wards – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Axminster and Cranbrook – currently have three or more Covid…

The Environment Agency has warned of possible flooding in areas of East Devon as a result of heavy rainfall expected to start on Friday afternoon (December 18). Flood alerts have been issued for the areas of the River Axe, Lower Exe, Rivers Clyst, Culm and their tributaries, plus the Rivers Otter, Sid and the Exmouth area. The Environment Agency (EA) said ‘heavy and intense’ rainfall of up to seven centimetres could fall in localised areas within a 15-hour period, beginning on Friday afternoon and continuing until the early hours of Saturday morning. It is warning of possible flooding of low-lying…

These festive photos show how a nativity play with a difference was performed by pupils at Drakes Primary School in East Budleigh. A rock star and an elf on a bike were some of the alternative characters introduced to bring the village school’s nativity, The Christmas Journey, to life. The traditional tale of the birth of Jesus was given a fresh twist as the youngsters took their performance outside the school gates to spread the Christmas message. A school spokeswoman said: “Drake’s Church of England Primary School have enjoyed putting together an alternative virtual Christmas play this year. “Great fun…

The former Shandford care home, in Budleigh Salterton, will return to auction on Wednesday (December 16) with £50,000 shaved off the original guide price after it failed to reach its reserve at November’s sale. The detached 26-bedroom building and grounds will be auctioned through Savills with a freehold guide price of £700,000. Last month Abbeyfield, who took over the former Shandford care home, said it planned to ‘reconsider the level of the reserve’ and return the property to auction before the end of the year. The property had been for auction with a guide price of £750,000, but did not…

A further 154 coronavirus cases have been confirmed across the East Devon in the last week – with another 111 in Exeter. And ‘clusters’ of the virus remain in all but two areas of the district and all but one of the wards in the city. The new cases recorded in East Devon represent an increase of five when compared to the previous seven days. Exeter’s number is a decrease of 38. Eighteen wards in East Devon – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, and Cranbrook – currently have three or more coronavirus infections. Clyst, Exton and…

Volunteers have been hard at work refurbishing the former Budleigh Salterton fire station to make way for a community workshop. The coronavirus pandemic has put paid to hopes for an open day to recruit extra help, but the committee is still keen to hear from those willing to lend a hand. Budleigh Community Workshop Trust (BCWT) celebrated becoming the ‘proud custodian’ of the decommissioned Station Road fire station in the autumn, after the town rallied round to buy the building from the fire service. It hopes to open the workshop to the community in spring 2021. Bill McDermott, BCWT chairman,…

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