Browsing: Budleigh Salterton

Budleigh Salterton Town Council has set up a working party to boost safety and social distancing in High Street – after ditching plans for a temporary one-way system. Members agreed to the move this week having formally scrapped a controversial traffic order which had sparked a protest petition from traders. The five-strong new group will also aim to encourage use of the shops. Voices of traders have overshadowed some of the residents in the town – Cllr Henry Riddell One representative told colleagues he felt some residents’ voices had been ‘overshadowed’ by business owners who successfully called for the one-way…

Police are hunting a suspected arsonist in Exmouth after a spate of fires which started in bin areas. Detectives are linking five suspicious blazes in a fortnight and have appealed for help to catch the culprit ‘before lives, as well as livelihoods, are threatened’. On each occasion the bins of commercial premises have been targeted between midnight and 5am. Fire crews from across East Devon and Exeter tackled a blaze at Exmouth Pavilion, on the Esplanade, at around 2.20am this morning (Monday, July 13). Police believe an accelerant was used. We want to find the person, or people, responsible, before…

Praised has been heaped on an eagle-eyed Budleigh Salterton man who saved the town’s football club roof from being destroyed by fire in what police are calling an arson attack. Budleigh Salterton Football Club said it was targeted by vandals in the early hours of Saturday morning (July 11) when its outside wheelie bin was deliberately set on fire. Police said they are treating the fire as arson, which started in a bin at Budleigh Salterton Football Club at around 3am on Saturday, July 11. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: “The contents of a large wheelie bin situated…

Praise has been aimed at Budleigh Salterton Town Council for responding to public anger and scrapping   plans for an unwanted temporary High Street one-way system. Trader Richard Long, who with his wife Jane, owner of Orchard Foods, in High Street, championed a petition backed by the majority of Budleigh’s businesses. He said he was ‘grateful’ for the council’s climbdown and apology over concerns that members had failed to consult the town before acting. Mr Long, owner of Richard’s Menswear, also in Budleigh High Street, said the council’s U-turn had been ‘welcome news’ and thanked the businesses and public who…

Exmouth Queen’s Drive play area will reopen within days, as will 11 other sites across Honiton, Axminster, Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Beer and Ottery St Mary. East Devon District Council (EDDC) said because of the relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown, it will reopen the following play areas from Monday, July 13. Queen’s Drive play area, Exmouth Phear Park, Exmouth Redgates, Exmouth Allhallows, Honiton St Mark’s Road, Honiton North Street, Axminster Foxhill, Axminster Lime Kiln, Budleigh Salterton Stowford Rise, Sidmouth Manstone Recreation Ground, Sidmouth Jubilee, Beer Land of Canaan, Ottery St Mary In the coming weeks EDDC said it would assess its…

Budleigh Salterton Town Council is to scrap controversial plans for a temporary one-way system in High Street and has apologised to residents and traders. The authority had proposed the measure to boost social distancing and keep shoppers safe by widening a stretch of pavement. However, some 45 businesses – said to be all but four in the town – signed a petition opposing the scheme. Our purpose was solely to support the reopening of the High Street whilst keeping residents and visitors safe during this difficult time…The strength of feeling has prompted a U-turn from the council, which says supporting…

Businesses ‘angry’ at a temporary one-way system for Budleigh Salterton High Street want it scrapped believing it will harm already Covid-hit trade. More than 45 traders and the public have hit back at the town council-agreed scheme, signing a petition to oppose the move. The one-way system, to run the entire length of Budleigh High Street, aims to keep shoppers safe and boost social distancing. The town council said it was continuing to look into the one-way system and was reviewing the petition and the comments made. It said the temporary widening of the pavements was to safeguard pedestrians and road…

Sidmouth beach is flying high after winning a Blue Flag for the first time and joining an elite of East Devon seaside towns scooping awards. An army of community volunteers has been praised for their beach-clean efforts, earning Sidmouth the recognition. Blue Flags will fly over Exmouth and Sidmouth while Budleigh Salterton and Seaton have scooped Seaside Awards, ranking them among the best beaches in the country. The accolades have been announced by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, who gives the awards in recognition of achieving the highest standards of beach management in England, and to those suitable for bathing…

Hundreds of rusty nails capable of piercing a bare foot or dog’s paw were picked up by volunteers clearing rubbish from Budleigh Salterton beach. The clean-up group returned to the coast for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown and were ‘devastated’ to find barbecue debris, melted metal and glass, long rusty nails and metal staples hidden among pebbles. The Clean Beach Budleigh Salterton group picked up more than a kilogram of broken glass in addition to more than 2kg of nails from five fire pits. Marta Marcote, organiser, said the beach debris collected by clean-up volunteers was ‘not the…

Public skate parks and games areas across East Devon will reopen next week and children’s play zones are expected to follow this month. Skate parks in Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth, Honiton and Seaton can be used from Monday, July 6, after they were closed at the end of March because of the coronavirus lockdown. Some 12 games areas across Exmouth, Axminster, Honiton, Ottery St Mary and Budleigh Salterton will also welcome back the public from July 6. East Devon District Council (EDDC) announced the move today (Friday, July 3) adding it ‘anticipated’ reopening play parks on Monday, July 13, in Exmouth,…

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