Browsing: Axminster

Fire crews tackled a roof fire in Axminster after smoke and flames were seen coming from a property in Weycroft yesterday evening (Wednesday). Firefighters from Axminster, Charmouth, Chard and Yeovil, and the aerial platform from Yeovil, were called to the property shortly before 6pm on March 31. When the first crew arrived, they found the roof of the property was well alight and requested the attendance of another two fire engines from Chard and Lyme Regis to help tackle the blaze. Honiton fire station was mobilised with its command support unit and Bovey Tracey fire station attended with its incident…

A Honiton man who admitted burgling Axminster Railway Station café on four occasions has been given a suspended jail sentence following a British Transport Police investigation. Thomas Statham, aged 27, of High Street, Honiton, pleaded guilty at Exeter Magistrates’ Court on March 11 and was handed an 18-week sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to pay £250 in compensation. The court heard how on September 24, 2019, Statham broke into the station café at Axminster and used the kitchen and utensils to cook food, as well as stealing cash. Statham repeated these incidents on another three occasions – December…

The MP for Tiverton and Honiton has urged Boris Johnson to cut through red tape when delivering financial aid to the self-employed affected by the coronavirus crisis. Neil Parish asked the Prime Minister to ‘cut through bureaucracy’ at Prime Minister’s Questions this morning (Wednesday). The Prime Minister supported Mr Parish’s concerns, saying bureaucracy was ‘the issue’ in getting the funds to where they were needed most. Mr Johnson told the House of Commons there would be ‘all sorts of benefits’ available for those in rural and coastal industries, including the fishing industry. The Prime Minister said: “That indeed is the…

Axminster representatives have hailed ‘great news for the town’ that its famous carpet-makers has been saved. Axminster Carpets collapsed in February with the loss of 80 jobs – but a group of private investors, industry leaders and the Dutfield family last week came to its rescue. It is great news for Axminster, great news for the historic Axminster carpet industry, and great news for those dedicated employees whose jobs have been saved – Cllr Andrew MouldingThe consortium of investors, including the family which restarted the historic business in 1937, salvaged it from administration and intend to reboot production. The business, which had…

Axminster Carpets has been bought out of administration by a group of investors – which includes former owners. A consortium of investors, including the family which restarted the historic business in 1937, has salvaged the Royal Warrant holder and now intends to reboot production. The company went into administration on February 19 with the loss of 80 jobs. The business has never been in a better position to again become a significant player in the sector – Robert Day However, it was announced today (Thursday, March 5) that it has been bought by ACL Carpets – which will change its…

The Environment Agency has lifted its flood warnings for areas around the River Axe, but says it expects low-lying land and roads may continue to be affected by standing water. The Environment Agency (EA) has removed warnings from the Lower Axe – Axminster to Axmouth, the Upper Axe – Winsham to Axminster, including Chard Junction and Weycroft, and River Yarty from Yarcombe to Axminster. The agency said the risk of flooding from the River Axe had reduced, but said people should ‘be prepared’ for possible flooding of nearby low-lying land and roads, prompting an alert to be issued. An EA…

New gym equipment for children in Axminster will be bought with crowdfunding cash contributed by the council. More than £80,000 is available to East Devon’s not-for-profit organisations, voluntary and local groups through the district council, in addition to community funding from the county council and police. East Devon District Council (EDDC) is inviting not-for-profit groups along to a free introduction to crowdfunding event on Thursday, March 5, at Exmouth Town Hall, from 4.30pm until 6pm. Places must be booked in advance. Axminster is truly punching above its weight when it comes to sport and leisure activities in the community…Axminster Gymnastics…

MP Neil Parish says he will be ‘banging down the door’ to ensure a vision for the future of Axminster has a viable future. A masterplan for the town features 800 new homes and a long-awaiting relief road and was agreed last January. However, the bid suffered a huge blow when £10million in Homes England Housing Infrastructure Funding was turned from a grant to a loan. Homes England believes that the project could afford to repay the cash. But East Devon District Council (EDDC) is convinced it cannot – and developers have no interest in progressing down the route of a…

A car was seized by police in Axminster after it was discovered the vehicle was being driven without tax or insurance. Officers stopped a motorist as they drove around the town on the morning of Wednesday, February 19. Devon and Cornwall Police said the car had been seen on the highway and driver had been behind the wheel without an MOT, insurance or tax. PCSO Christopher Bolsover, of Axminster neighbourhood police team, said: “At around 9.30am the Axminster neighbourhood police team stopped a vehicle in Axminster. “There was no insurance or MOT and the vehicle was seized. “The driver was…

A Wilmington schoolboy’s 5k sponsored swim for the RNLI earned him round of applause and a certificate when the Exmouth crew learned of his efforts. Aubrey Green, aged 11, from Wilmington, near Axmister, set himself the swim challenge so the sea safety charity can continue to save lives. The keen swimmer, who is also a junior lifeguard, completed his challenge in January at the Flamingo Pool in Axminster, swimming 5k in two hours and 23 minutes. The youngster set up an online JustGiving page, so people could sponsor his efforts, then made some artwork, thanking those who gave money. Aubrey…

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