Browsing: Budleigh Salterton

A kitesurfer spotted in difficulty in the water near Budleigh Salterton sparked the launch of the Exmouth lifeboat. Exmouth inshore lifeboat launched at around 11.30am on Thursday (April 15) after a 999 call was made to the Coastguard. The lifeboat crew stood down after the Coastguard said the kitesurfer made his own way to safety. The kitesurfer was seen in the sea between Sandy Bay and Budleigh beach. An RNLI spokesperson said: “Exmouth RNLI volunteer crew members launched their inshore lifeboat this morning following a 999 call reporting a kitesurfer in difficulty off the East Devon shoreline. “At 11.38am today,…

Top marks have been awarded to 10 teachers from Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Lympstone who have each achieved a nationally-recognised qualification of Specialist Leader of Education. The teachers are all from the Exmouth Academic Learning Community (EALC) – made up of the primary and secondary schools in Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, East Budleigh, Otterton, Woodbury, Woodbury Salterton and Lympstone. Steve Hitchcock, St Peter’s Primary School headteacher, in Budleigh Salterton, and EALC chairman, said: “The Exmouth Academic Learning Community schools are determined to improve the capacity and capability of leadership in our area. “The first step is about developing talent, which we…

Vandals forced the closure of a public toilet in Budleigh Salterton after the loo and sink was smashed. Police said the Lime Kiln car park public loo was targeted overnight after entry was gained to a cubicle sometime between Sunday, February 28 and the following morning. East Devon District Council (EDDC) said it currently had no date for repairing the toilet facilities. Devon and Cornwall Police appealed for anyone with information about the criminal damage to get in touch. A police spokeswoman said: “Police received a report of criminal damage to a public toilet in Salting Hill, Budleigh Salterton, which…

East Devon councillors have agreed a 20 per cent price hike at car parks in Sidmouth, Exmouth, Honiton, Budleigh Salterton and Beer – but it won’t kick in until 2022. The controversial proposals to increase the hourly rate from £1 to £1.20 are the first charge increase in a decade. Representatives last week approved the changes but delayed when they will come into force – April next year – in a bid to help high streets recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Postponing the levy rise will leave a £300,000 hole in the authority’s finances, councillors were warned. Where parking charges…

Tins of paint have been donated by decorating giant Dulux to a Budleigh Salterton community project where people can share and learn new skills, and make friends. Budleigh Community Workshop Trust (BCWT) thanked the paint supplier for its donation, which will be used the finish the refurbishment of the town’s former fire station, in Station Road. With the transformation of the main workshop starting shortly, BCWT chairman Bill McDermott said the improvements to the building were ‘progressing well’. He thanked all who had donated materials, supplies and were helping to make the project a success. Mr McDermott said: “The development…

‘Covid compliance officers’ are to hit East Devon high streets ensuring businesses stick to government rules when they reopen. Two new district council roles have been created and filled by Andy Squires and Rachel Payne – who have already begun visiting traders in Exmouth. The posts are being paid for from a £131,000 pot of European funding awarded to the authority. Andy and Rachel will respond to enquiries and reports from businesses and members of the public concerned about Covid-safety compliance. The duo will work alongside regulatory and enforcement professionals and other agencies and partners to ‘provide advice, education and…

‘Momentous’ is how a mum from Budleigh Salterton with a rare genetic disorder described receiving her Covid-19 vaccine in Exmouth. Fran McElhone, aged 40, filmed herself getting the jab at the East Devon Vaccination Centre, in Exmouth, after she was invited for the vaccine because of her underlying health condition Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, a lung disorder that leaves her vulnerable to the effects of inhaling smoke or other toxic materials, such as dust, fumes or chemicals. Fran, a photographer and journalist, said she felt ‘really lucky’ to receive the jab, to protect herself, and others, from the coronavirus. Working mum…

Firefighters were called into action when high winds damaged the roof of a building in Budleigh Salterton town centre. Crews from Exmouth and an aerial ladder platform from Exeter were needed after gusts loosened a large area of felt atop the premises on Thursday evening, February 11. They cut away loose and unsafe materials. It had become dangerous because of the high winds. A large area of roof felt had come loose… An Exmouth Fire Station spokesperson said: “Red Watch were mobilised to a dangerous structure in Budleigh Salterton this evening. “It had become dangerous because of the high winds. “A…

Sunday charges are set to be introduced in car parks in Ottery St Mary, Honiton and Axminster – with an overnight levy also lined up across East Devon. The district council’s current tariffs already treat Sundays as a normal trading day in coastal areas along with Colyton and Lympstone. But for ‘historic reasons’, the authority has never asked for payment in the trio of market towns, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark. East Devon District Council (EDDC) Car Parking Task and Finish Forum members were told ‘there is no logical reason’ for this to continue at their February meeting. And…

An Atlantic grey seal spotted swimming in the water at Budleigh Salterton spent around half an hour exploring in the River Otter mouth. Richard Allen, president of Budleigh Salterton Lions Club, was lucky enough to capture these images when he spotted the marine mammal on Monday (February 8). Devon Wildlife Trust said grey seals have been seen in the same spot in recent years, and at nearby Ladram Bay, and at the mouth of the River Exe. Richard, who photographed the seal on his phone camera, said: “We watched it swimming around for about 30 minutes, it seemed very relaxed…

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