Browsing: Axminster

A row over land values is set to scupper a masterplan that would see more than 800 new homes and the long-awaited relief road for Axminster built. The Axminster North East Urban Extension masterplan for 850 homes was adopted in January, and also includes employment land, open spaces and community facilities. Homes England are not willing to accept the assessment of values provided and insist that the developers are paying too much and the monies must be recovered – Ed Freemann It also included the £16.7m north-south relief road that aims to end the severe congestion, pollution and HGVs having…

A spate of rural thefts over the past 10 days has prompted a police warning. Eight thefts have been reported from locations including Honiton, Axminster and Colyton. Every form of security creates another barrier – don’t give them an easy opportunity to steal your property -Police Missing items include plant equipment, livestock trailers, diggers, and machinery. Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Please be vigilant. Lock and secure all farm and plant machinery and consider all forms of security. “Every form of security creates another barrier – don’t give them an easy opportunity to steal your property. “If you see any…

Conditional planning approval has been granted for the change of use of office space at Axminster Railway Station to a micro pub. The application was supported by Axminster Town Council, which sought more information about toilet provision. Its use is small scale and its location facilitates the use of sustainable transport modes – EDDC report An East Devon District Council delegated planning report concluded: “Whilst the employment provision at the site would be likely to be reduced through the change of use, some degree of employment would remain and in addition the proposed use would help to support community gathering…

Police have arrested three men following the alleged theft of a digger from a site in Axminster. The alarm was raised at shortly after 7am today (November 20) when police received reports of a suspected theft in progress. It was reported that a digger was being loaded onto a suspicious lorry at Cloakham Lawn Sports Centre. Police attended and located the lorry still on the scene. Two men, aged 36 and 18, from Axminster and a 39-year-old man from Lithuania were arrested on suspicion of theft. They remain in custody. It is believed the digger was on hire to a…

Dozens of Axminster traders are supporting a pre-Christmas ‘shop local’ initiative as the town’s Totally Locally campaign seeks to build on the success of its recent ‘Fiver Fest’. Getting under way on Saturday (23 November), the Xmas Trail will invite shoppers to collect loyalty stamps each time they spend £10 with a different participating trader. A full card of six stamps will entitle them to go into a prize draw. The draw is taking place on December 18, with four £50 shopping voucher prizes to be won. There is a real sense of excitement and relief in the town that…

Firefighters from Axminster have tackled a vehicle blaze near Chardstock overnight. One appliance attended the scene of the fire, reported at 1.36am. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service says a Land Rover was ‘well alight’ when firefighters arrived. The incident report states: “The vehicle was 50 per cent damaged by fire and 100 per cent damaged by smoke. “To deal with the incident, the fire crew used two breathing apparatus, two hose reels, a thermal image camera and small tools.” Two hours of your time can make all the difference to Hospiscare’s East Devon patients

Police in Axminster are investigating a complaint about a cold-caller, Devon and Cornwall Police has revealed. They are appealing for information after a resident claimed they paid a possible rogue trader to carry out work on their drive, which was never completed. Officers would like to hear from anyone else who may have had a similar experience. Anyone with information is urged to call 101, or email 101@dc.police.uk, quoting crime reference number CR/094012/19. Information and advice on cold-callers and doorstep crime is available here. Call for vandalised part of Honiton’s history to be restored

The owner of a business in South Street, Axminster, is seeking to change the use of a shop to a café. Plans have prompted a letter of support from the property owner next door. West Country Higgler And Crafts will not be altered to accommodate the change, but planning documents state, if successful, the move will allow the business to develop. The owner wishes to establish a specialised tea and coffee emporium with associated homewares. No hot food will be prepared on the premises, but cold and pre-prepared food will remain available. Located in its existing premises for three years,…

Fire crews from Devon, Somerset and Dorset responded to reports of a chimney on fire at All Saints near Axminster yesterday evening. An occupant of the detached residential property called the emergency services shortly before 6pm. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it initially sent a crew from Axminster, followed by two appliances from Chard. A spokesperson said the additional resourced were mobilised following a second call from the occupant. “It was thought the roof could be involved,” the service said. “When the first fire engine arrived, they requested an aerial ladder platform to attend from Taunton and…

Councillors will have a chance to block controversial plans for a 20 per cent price hike in East Devon’s most popular car parks. The district authority’s cabinet had given the green light for the tariff changes – from £1 to £1.20 in high-demand facilities – to go out to public consultation. That decision has been ‘called in’ to be looked at by the authority’s scrutiny committee and a special meeting will take place on Thursday, (October 24). The council’s car park strategy is too important to the health and sustainability of our communities to be left to only nine councillors…

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