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An East Devon man who was a champion of local government has died at the age of 87, having served as a councillor for more than 50 years – writes his friend David Cozens, former editor of the Lyme Regis News. Stanley Williams, who lived in Whalley Lane, Uplyme, near Axminster, was first elected to the local council at neighbouring Lyme Regis in 1969 and was in office at the time of his death on Sunday (January 16), after continuous service apart from a break of 18 months several years ago. Mr Williams, mayor of Lyme Regis for two years…

Firefighters tackling a blaze in Axminster on Sunday afternoon (January 9) removed multiple wheelbarrows of debris blocking a chimney. Crews from Axminster and Chard were called to a property in Furley at around 4.30pm, where they spent several hours clearing a chimney and putting out a fire. The fire service said the chimney was well alight as a result of a Rayburn being used. Fire crews worked from inside the home, and roof, to extinguish the fire. They removed internal panels to expose the chimney breast, as a way of tackling the blaze. An Axminster Fire Station spokesperson said: “Once…

Police said a man was detained under the Mental Health Act after a vehicle fire in Axminster on Thursday night (December 30). Firefighters were called to Lyme Road, in Axminster, at around 11.15pm, after receiving multiple reports from the public about a blaze. Devon and Cornwall Police said a man was detained and left in the care of health professionals. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) said the fire was thought to be deliberate. A police spokeswoman said: “Police were called at 11.15pm last night to Lyme Road, Axminster following reports of a vehicle fire. “Emergency services attended…

Former public loos in Axminster are set to be converted into a home following a decision by the district council planning committee. The Castle Street toilets, in Axminster town centre conservation area, have been given permission by East Devon District Council (EDDC) to be converted into a one-bedroom property. The transformation will include an extra storey and several external changes. The building, thought to date back to the early 1950s, was sold by EDDC around 15 years ago and has mainly been used for storage. Plans for the former public loo include a ground-floor study, hall, bedroom, plus an upper-floor…

The owners of a tame jackdaw stolen from Axminster are appealing to get Jake home for Christmas – and have offered a reward for the bird’s safe return. Police have reissued an appeal to trace the whereabouts of the female jackdaw called Jake, missing from the Musbury area for more than a month. The bird’s owners, Jaime and Adrian Lee, earlier this month offered a cash reward for the safe return of Jake, with ‘no questions asked’. Hand-reared Jake was reported stolen from the Musbury area of East Devon at the start of November and police believe the bird is…

Fees in council pay-and-display car parks in East Devon have been slashed until the end of March 2022 in a bid to boost winter trade. East Devon District Council (EDDC) has announced a £2 all-day deal from now until the end of March 2022, valid at its car parks in Exmouth, Seaton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Beer, Axminster, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Lympstone and Colyton. Tickets bought in one town can be transferred and used in another area’s car park on the same day, the council said. The council said its parking cost cuts were as a result from feedback from…

A night-time chimney blaze at a property in Axminster on Saturday (December 4) was put out by the town’s firefighters. The crews were called to a home in Churchill at around 11pm where they used thermal imaging equipment in a bid to locate the fire in a chimney breast. They used specialist chimney gear to tackle the blaze, and buckets of water to douse flames. Axminster fire crews have spoken of the importance of regular chimney sweeping by a professional for homes burning wood, coal, or using oil, gas or smokeless fuel fires or stoves. An Axminster fire station spokesperson…

An alarm triggered by using an electronic cigarette at flats in Axminster prompted firefighters to praise the occupants for having a working smoke detector. Firefighters were called to an area of the town on Friday evening (November 19) after a smoke alarm was heard sounding within a building. When the crews arrived at around 6.45pm they found no fire within the property, but use of an e-cigarette vape. The Axminster crew said the false alarm showed the importance of having a working smoke detector. An Axminster fire station spokesperson said: “Our crew attended a property in Axminster after reports the…

A man plucked from the sea in East Devon was airlifted to hospital and two others had hypothermia after a boat carrying three people capsized at the mouth of the River Axe. The emergency services were called at around 5pm on Sunday (November 14) after members of the public spotted an upturned vessel in the water and called 999. The rescuers said the men were ‘lucky’ they were seen by members of public, who raised the alarm. Beer Coastguard said ‘without those calls the outcome would have been very different’. A man who swam ashore suffered hypothermia, another male plucked…

The Environment Agency (EA) on Friday (October 29) warned of deep flooding in areas of East Devon after a night over heavy overnight rain. Rain falling into the River Clyst area on Thursday night into Friday morning caused water levels to rise, and prompted the EA to warn of flooding to roads. The Environment Agency said there was ‘likely’ to be deep road flooding in the Burrow, Broadclyst Bridge, Clyston Mill, Dymond’s Farm and Sowton Barton areas and flooding to properties and farms between Clyst St. Mary and Topsham, including Newcourt Barton and Cotts Farm. Broadclyst and Clyst St. Mary,…

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