Browsing: East Devon

Leisure centres and swimming pools around East Devon could be forced to shut unless a bailout of up to £1.3million is found, MPs have been warned.  Pandemic-hit LED-run facilities – like those in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Honiton, Ottery St Mary and Axminster – face a ‘bleak’ future without help from the Government. As we go into winter there is a real fear that we will be unable to afford to keep open our swimming pools and leisure centres… East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) leader and chief executive have jointly penned a letter to MPs Simon Jupp, Neil Parish, and Mel Stride…

No coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded in East Devon in two months – while Exeter has gone 17 weeks without a fatality. Weekly Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures published today (Tuesday, October 20) show four further deaths due to the virus have been logged across all of Devon. Three of these were in Plymouth care homes, while the other was in Torbay. A single fatality was recorded in Cornwall. The data relates to deaths that occurred during the week of October 3-9, but were registered up to October 17. One fatality had been recorded across both counties in the previous…

Customers are being warned to expect disruption when Network Rail makes track improvements between Exeter and Exmouth over half-term week, October 25-30. In the same week the platforms will be extended at St James Park, Exeter, and Lympstone Commando. Replacement buses will be in operation and customers are being warned to expect disruptions to the service while works are carried out. The rail operator has apologised in advance to customers, saying half-term week was chosen as a quieter time to carry out maintenance work. Network Rail said the platform improvements at Lympstone Commando and St James Park ‘will ensure that…

The ulti-mutt job vacancy has opened up in East Devon for one lucky dog and its well-behaved owner. Lakeview Manor, in Dunkeswell, near Honiton, is hiring a holiday home tester – but they must have four legs, a waggy tail, like chasing sticks, balls and squirrels, rolling in unspeakable smells, and enjoy plenty of sniffs and snoozing. The holiday company’s canine contract includes up to a two-week lakeside lodge stay and £300 in return for fido’s feedback – taking the lead in sniffing out the best bits of the holiday home. The role for one lucky rover has been created…

Firefighters from Exmouth and Exeter rescued a horse trapped on its side from a ditch in Clyst St Mary on Monday lunchtime (October 19). Crews were called to the Exmouth Road shortly after 12.30pm where they found the 17-hand gelding had fallen and was unable to get up. Firefighters from Exmouth and Middlemoor freed the horse using specialist lifting equipment. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) spokesperson said: “The fire service received a call reporting a horse fallen in a ditch, lying on its side and unable to get up. “A fire appliance and the heavy rescue…

East Devon Tesco customers are urged to join in the UK’s biggest food collection this Christmas by donating or volunteering. From November 19-21, charities FareShare and the Trussell Trust will be collecting food donations during the supermarket’s annual festive food collection. The donations will help East Devon food banks, which are being supported by the charities amid the extra pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. FareShare is appealing for people to volunteer at donation points in store, while the Trussell Trust is looking for social media volunteers to share shopping lists across the online platforms to encourage people to donate.…

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after an arson attack to a café in Axminster in the early hours of Monday morning (October 19). Axminster Arts Café Bar, in the Old Courthouse, in Church Street, was targeted at around 1.30am when a window was smashed and a fire deliberately started in the café. The café owners said they were ‘absolutely devasted’ by the blaze, which ‘caused considerable damage’ to the premises. Fire crews from Axminster, Colyton and Charmouth were called to the café when a neighbour raised the alarm after smelling smoke. The café owners broke the news to…

An abandoned kiteboard washed up on Ladram Bay beach on Monday morning sparked the launch of the Exmouth lifeboats and a potential rescue mission. The RNLI inshore and all-weather lifeboats launched shortly after 8.30am on October 19 to reports of a lone kiteboard on the shore and a person potentially in difficulty in the sea. The RNLI crew and coastguard rescue teams from Exmouth and Beer searched the shoreline from Ladram Bay to Jacob’s Ladder, at Sidmouth. The lifeboats returned to the Exmouth seafront station at around 9.20am when it was decided the board had been abandoned. An Exmouth RNLI…

Another 69 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in East Devon in the past week – with ‘clusters’ identified in a dozen of its wards.   It means a total of 466 Covid-19 cases have now been recorded in the district, where the infection rate is 318.6 for every 100,000 people. In Exeter, 379 new cases have been confirmed in the past seven days. The city’s overall total stands at 1,442 with an infection rate of 1,097.4. There were 1,133 new cases across both Devon and Cornwall. Statistics are from both ‘pillar one’ NHS data and ‘pillar two’ data from commercial…

All of the 79,000 street lights in Devon are to be replaced with LED illuminations – slashing their carbon emissions by 75 per cent.  The county-wide conversion will take place over the next two years and will be the energy-efficient equivalent of taking 8,000 cars of the roads. The conversion to LEDs alone will reduce carbon emissions by more than 15,000 tonnes each year, the equivalent of taking 8,000 cars off the road…Devon County Council (DCC) has awarded the contract for the service for the next decade to SSE Contracting (SSEC). It is part of the authority’s bid to become…

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