Browsing: Axminster

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…

Councillors raged for nearly two hours at proposals to hike car parking charges and introduce tariffs for the first time at East Devon’s free car parks. Proposals that went before East Devon District Council’s cabinet on Wednesday night would have seen eight car parks have parking charges imposed for the first time, a 50 per cent increase on tariffs in 12 car parks, and night charges introduced in 12 car parks. In total, a record breaking 24 councillors spoke to slam the plans. After nearly two hours of debate, the cabinet agreed to put forward plans for consultation that would see…

Those being made redundant from Axminster Carpets are being invited to attend an East Devon District Council co-ordinated information and advice session. Organised by the council’s Economic Development Service, the session will take place on Thursday (October 3) from 2pm in the boardroom at Axminster Carpets Limited. As a council, we’ll do all we can to support the individuals and families affected by these redundancies, but as a community, we want to be proactive in making clear just how skilled this workforce is. Axminster has a strong and resilient industrial base with many of our key employers both in and…

Buying from independent shops in Axminster is ‘miles better’ than shopping on the internet and from big chain stores, according to the town’s Fiver Fest supporters. They are poised to launch an innovative Totally Locally initiative across the town next weekend – and are urging local shoppers to look more closely at the origins of the goods they buy. I honestly think that confidence is starting to come back into Axminster and if we can now persuade local people to throw their weight behind the individual independent shops then the future is very bright – Jane Rockett “If the supply…

Low lying land and roads near the River Axe in the Axminster area could flood at any time over the next few days, the Environment Agency has warned. It has put the area back on flood alert, although immediate action will only be required if and when a flood warning is issued. Current forecasts suggest that there could be flooding to low lying land and roads close to rivers – Environment Agency For now, residents and motorists are being advised to stay prepared. The Agency said: “Flooding is possible from this evening through to Tuesday morning. Heavy rainfall is expected…

A power cut is currently impacting more than 100 homes in the Axminster area. Western Power Distribution says it received reports of a problem with electricity supplies at around 11am. In total 103 properties are affected and the company says it is aiming to restore supplies by 8pm tonight (Sunday, September 29). The affected postcode areas are: EX13 5BT, EX13 5BX, EX13 5FH, EX13 5FJ, EX13 5BS, EX13 5BU, EX13 5ND, EX13 5NA, EX13 5BP, and EX13 5NB. Elsewhere, a small number of properties along the A303, between Upottery and Yarcombe, are also without power. It is estimated that supplies…

Driving forces behind plans to bring electric vehicle charging points to East Devon’s public car parks are ‘mystified’ the move is being used to justify controversial price hikes.  The district council is proposing a 50 per cent increase at its busiest sites – and making free facilities pay-and-display – to net an extra £400,000 a year. Among reasons for the move, officers say ‘significant investment’ is needed to cater for more environmentally-friendly motors. The unintended consequence of further threatening the high street…and hitting people’s pockets so hard…is an excessively blunt tool for influencing people’s travel behaviour…EDDC could have to fork…

The owners of Trinity House in Axminster have entered negotiations to sell the town centre store. Axminster Property is representing the potential buyer. We are dedicated to making this happen but also to the continued economic growth of the town – Axminster Property A spokesperson for the property management and investment company said: “I can confirm that negotiations have been entered into with the current owners of Trinity House on behalf of one of our clients. “Should this be successful, the plans for the building would ensure a valued and exciting addition to the town, eliminating the risk that it…

Charity Abbeyfield has confirmed it is proposing to close its assisted living home in Axminster, saying it has been a ‘very difficult decision’. Discussions are to take place with residents and staff, with a final decision being announced later in the year. The home, in Silver Street, has eight rooms rooms and a one-bedroom flat. It provides residents with meals and activities, along with support when required from staff. Rumours that Abbeyfield House could close started circulating in the town last week. Having considered all options available to us, we have made the very difficult decision to open discussions with…

A heartbroken mum who is raising money to help extend her son’s life has been overwhelmed by people’s generosity and kindness. Sarah Webb, of Axminster, recently launched a campaign to raise £200,000 after her son, Matthew Webb, 28, was diagnosed with an incurable and highly aggressive Stage 4B metastatic adenocarcinoma (cancer), suspected to be of the thymus. We have cried a million tears but I can’t allow myself to think about the future too much. It comes over me in waves when I least expect it and I just can’t breathe with the crushing feeling of it – Sarah Webb…

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