Browsing: East Devon

Independent traders in an East Devon town are tackling a high street crisis with a message to consumers – shop local. And, if your business is based in Axminster, you can be part of an exciting new initiative to really drive that message home. Axminster is looking to the future, ahead of the closure of the landmark Trinity House department store. It is due to shut up shop in just a few weeks’ time – hot on the heels of a failed bid to win government funding to improve the town centre. If every adult in Axminster and the surrounding area…

Drug crime is increasing in small towns and villages and poses a real threat to children in East Devon. That is the view of a district and county councillor, who says now is not the time to be ‘complacent or naive’. Axminster councillor Ian Hall is working with the Local Action Group to tackle the County Lines menace and recently chaired a special ‘wake-up’ briefing for fellow councillors at County Hall in Exeter. Anyone exploiting a young person for criminal ends is ruining their lives by exposing them to intolerable risk. They’re dragging them into criminality, which will have serious…

East Devon District Council is not acting quickly enough to implement a criminal record checks policy for councillors, it is being claimed. Councillor Ian Hall, who proposed the move, has hit out over a ‘lack of urgency’, saying a process needs to be in place to ‘uncover any unspent criminal convictions or cautions’. Give us some real transparency where it matters most – around the integrity of those who are running this district council and indeed all other councillors, of whatever party or political persuasion. The ward member for Axminster is challenging council leaders and its cabinet to act now,…

Beautiful Days revellers laughed in the face of rain to party hard over the weekend. The popular family-friendly music festival, organised by The Levellers, held at Escot Park, near Ottery St Mary, from August 16-18, boasted a packed line-up promising something for everyone. Festival fun for the young and old was on tap all weekend at the three-day party that never sleeps. This event is about people young and old coming together and taking part in something that will be remembered for a long time.Those at Beautiful Days with their children were offered plenty to do, with a host of…

Proposals for a pair of lakeside ‘leisure arks’ for holidaymakers on farmland near Honiton have been shelved – after they faced being refused by planning chiefs. Two unusual accommodation units – which would have been on wheels – and a portable loo were earmarked for a plot of 160-acre Marles Farm in Awliscombe. However, the scheme was withdrawn this week. The visual impact of the development is deemed unacceptable…The plans were set to be decided on by East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) development management committee on September 3 – with officers advising members to reject them. This is despite parish…

Plans to turn an historic World War Two landmark on the East Devon coast into a holiday home have been given the go-ahead. Cliff-top Brandy Head Observation Post, near Otterton, can become a two-bed let for visitors after proposals were approved by East Devon District Council (EDDC). Used by the RAF during the conflict, the 79-year-old property has become a popular stop-off point for walkers on the South West Coastal Footpath. At the heart of this application there is a fundamental question about whether or not it is appropriate to introduce holiday accommodation into a tranquil and highly-protected setting …The…

East Devon District Council says it has submitted its Cranbrook Plan, including supporting evidence and consultation responses, to the Secretary of State for examination. It includes minimum space standards to increase room sizes in new homes. The Cranbrook Plan will sit alongside the East Devon Local Plan and will shape the future development of the new town. Unfortunately there are still some areas of disagreement but I hope that with the help of the Planning Inspector through the examination process we can find solutions that will enable the community at Cranbrook to continue to grow and thrive – Cllr Susie…

Average wages are increasing ahead of prices at a time when a record number of people are in work, East Devon MP Hugo Swire has said. The number of people claiming key out-of-work benefits in East Devon has fallen by 237 since 2010 – an overall reduction of 25 per cent. More people are in work than ever before and, with average wages increasing ahead of prices, pay cheques can go further – Hugo Swire MP Responding to Office for National Statistics figures that show there are now 32.81 million people in work nationally, Mr Swire said: “These figures show…

Extensive resurfacing and drainage improvements will lead to ‘short-term inconvenience’ on the A373 between Honiton and Cullompton next month, motorists are being warned. The work, which will necessitate overnight road closures, will help alleviate flooding. Resurfacing will be undertaken in three separate locations, which will be co-ordinated to help minimise disruption. Although there will be some short-term inconvenience with the overnight closures for resurfacing, the work has been co-ordinated to reduce disruption and I’m sure people will welcome these improvements Devon County Council says drainage repairs will start at Sheldon Junction, Dulford, on Monday, September 2 and is expected to…

Police have today launched a campaign to end the scourge of ‘County Lines’, saying vulnerable people exploited by drug gangs are at risk of ‘extreme violence’. The force-wide initiative aims to help people spot the signs associated with County Lines criminality. Once caught up in County Lines, exploited individuals are at risk of extreme physical and/or sexual violence, gang recriminations and trafficking “County Lines is the term used to describe urban gangs supplying drugs to suburban areas, as well as market and coastal towns, by using dedicated mobile phone lines,” a police spokesperson explained. “Criminals across the country use children…

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