Browsing: East Devon

A real-life ‘Jurassic Park’ covering East Devon and Dorset could be created. An independent review undertaken last year noted there was potential for the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) in both areas to be combined into a new National Park.   The Glover Review of protected landscapes in England is set to be discussed by East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) Strategic Planning Committee next Tuesday. Officers have recommended that officers endorse the report, but to await the Government’s response to it. Dorset and East Devon have some of the greatest concentrations of biodiversity in Britain and opportunities for enjoyment…

Free lifesaving CPR training sessions are being held in Budleigh Salterton and at an East Devon farm shop on Wednesday, to coincide with The British Red Cross’s Restart a Heart Day. Budleigh Hub, in East Budleigh Road, is offering free defibrillation and CPR training sessions on October 16, at 2pm, 4pm and again at 6.30pm. Places are still available. Greendale Farm Shop, on the Sidmouth Road, near Farringdon, is running free CPR and defib training in its cafe on Wednesday, October 16, 6pm-7pm in conjunction with charity Jay’s AIM. Training at Greendale is limited to 30 spaces, by ticket only.…

A bid to slash council tax in a ‘wonderful but ridiculously expensive place to live’ has been defeated. Broadclyst Parish Council currently charges £244.51 for a band D property for its portion of residents’ council tax bills, compared with the average in Devon of £42.20. The figure means that the village is fourth most expensive non-unitary parish in the country. This is an astounding sum of money and needs to be dramatically reduced. Broadclyst parish is a wonderful place to live but it has become ridiculously expensive – Cllr Carl StrawCouncillor Karl Straw, who joined Broadclyst Parish Council in May,…

Dangerous drugs gangs, thefts from cars and sheds, antisocial behaviour and serious road collisions have been identified as top priorities for police in four East Devon towns. Neighbourhood teams in Sidmouth, Honiton, Seaton and Axminster have detailed the issues they want to tackle in recently-published Community Connectivity Plans. The documents details of officers’ priorities, who they are working with, and what activities they are doing to reach out to residents. Our priorities are identified by using reported crime trends, issues and concerns you have told us about and other issues that have been identified through our community profile data… Dangerous…

Devon and Cornwall Police has signed the Armed Forces Covenant. The constabulary, which has a long history of supporting the Armed Forces, currently holds a silver award for the support offered to employees. The covenant represents a promise by the force that those who serve, or have served, will always be treated fairly in the communities, economy and society they have protected with their lives. I believe it is extremely important to offer support to those who have served or those who are currently in a role as a volunteer – Chief Constable It also includes active support of partners…

Drugs were seized and speeding drivers shopped when police staged a clampdown on rogue road users in Sidmouth and Seaton. Officers from the Rural East Devon team and special constables carried out safety operations in both towns this week. In Sidmouth on Thursday evening (October 10), drugs were seized when four occupants of one vehicle were searched. Speed kills people and every driver owes a duty of care to drive safely on our roads… Eight drivers were reported for speeding and ‘a large number’ of drivers were informed of various road traffic offences, according to police. In Seaton on Tuesday…

Street lights could be switched off and new roads scrapped as Devon County Council (DCC) bids to become carbon neutral by 2030.  A new shuttle bus to transport council workers from Exeter train stations to County Hall is also among the ideas to  help reach the climate change-busting aspiration. The council’s cabinet unanimously on Wednesday agreed to revise the authority’s energy and carbon strategy in response to the climate emergency which they declared earlier this year. It will also no longer be the authority’s default position to build new roads to tackle congestion, while discussions with town and parish councils will…

Voluntary organisations and community groups, as well as town and parish councils, from across East Devon are being invited to book their places on East Devon District Council’s free annual Working Together for the Future of East Devon 2019 event. It is taking place on Thursday, October 24 from 9.30am to 2.45pm at West Hill Village Hall . There will be knowledgeable speakers on a variety of useful topics, including: How to successfully fundraise and apply for grants – Devon Communities Together Climate change, what the council is doing about it and what you as a group can do –…

The Jurassic Coast Trust has announced the appointment of a new chief executive. Lucy Culkin will be taking up the role from the beginning of November, having previously worked for the Trust in the role of programme manager and more recently interim head of operations. This is such an exciting time in the development of the Trust and of the Jurassic Coast – Alexandra O’Dwyer Chair Alexandra O’Dwyer says: “I am delighted to welcome Lucy into her new role of chief executive of The Jurassic Coast Trust. We were overwhelmed at the quantity and quality of the applications we received…

An £80million vision to redevelop the 86-acre estate and stately home at Windsor Park in Clyst St Mary has been revealed. Burrington Estates’ plans include 150 homes, 125,000 square feet of high-quality, multi-let office space, a high-end business club, leisure centre, and a ‘wellbeing’ destination consisting of a gym, spa and beauty salons. Community services such as a nursery, pet care, dry cleaning, small grocery and newspaper store are also proposed. We are determined to create a peerless destination in which to live, work and play and which rivals the most iconic developments around the world, right here in East…

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