Browsing: Axminster

Affordable homes, football club improvements and flooding concerns will be thrashed out amid plans for a new development to live and work in Axminster. Plans for a major 146-home scheme and employment site in Axminster are set to be debated next week, writes local democracy reporter Bradley Gerrard. Councillors at East Devon District Council will discuss whether to grant outline planning permission for the proposal, which would also include improvements to Axminster Football Club. Even though the site, on land adjacent to Cloakham Lawn and Chard Road, is not covered by the area’s local plan, council officers have suggested that…

Your views are needed to shape the future and character of East Devon – including sites to build new homes and businesses, town centre shopping areas, plus preserving green spaces and coastal spots East Devon District Council (EDDC) is urging all to take part and leave feedback on eight new topics for the Local Plan, which will be used for future planning decisions and developments. But you only have from now until 5pm on Thursday, June 27 to make your views known. The eight areas being focussed on are: New housing and mixed-use site allocations New employment site allocations Designated…

Selling off council-owned properties in Exmouth, Axminster, Exeter, and other areas of Devon, are hoped to earn the county around £7million, it has been revealed. Property disposals have earned Devon just over £7 million and the hopes are the same amount could be secured this year, writes local democracy reporter Bradley Gerrard. The biggest ticket item sold by Devon County Council in the year to March 31 was land at Aldens Farm in Alphington, for £4 million, where a large housing application of more than 180 homes has been approved. Exeter’s Compass House earned the council £900,000, the second biggest…

A man has been jailed some five years after he went on the run from police for trying to rape a schoolgirl in Axminster. Friday Ugurou, aged 51, was last week (May 2) jailed at Exeter Crown Court for nine-and-a-half-years for attempted rape after a jury saw through his lies where he tried to blame his young victim, claiming he was set-up. Ugurou, formerly of Pinhoe Road, Exeter, and of no-fixed abode at the time of his court appearance, will be deported once he has served his sentence because he was in the UK illegally. The court heard how Ugurou…

Flood warnings and alerts were issued across East Devon throughout Thursday (May 2) following hours of heavy overnight rain. The Environment Agency (EA) said river levels were high and some roads and low-lying land could be flooded as a result. Flood warnings were issued for areas of Axminster and Yarcombe after heavy rain caused the River Yarty to rise, with calls for farmers to be aware their livestock could be at risk in fields close to the river. Roads and fords that crossed the River Yarty were expected to be cut off and impassable. The Environment Agency said: “Riverside property…

Police have warned East Devon motorists using the A358 between Chard and Axminster on Saturday (April 27) to expect delays and ‘disruption’ while crash scene investigations take place. Devon and Cornwall Police said its serious collisions officers will be carrying out investigation work as part of an ongoing probe. The road between Chard and Axminster will have a one-way system in place for two hours, between 7am and 9am, police said. East Devon motorists using the road are urged to consider finding an alternative route while the investigation work is carried out. Police announced the potential disruption to motorists through…

A 60-year-old Axminster man has appeared in court in Surrey charged with the murder of a mum-of-two found dead in a hotel in Bagshot. James Cartwright, of West Street, in Axminster, East Devon, was on Friday, April 19 arrested and charged with murder and controlling and coercive behaviour, before being remanded in police custody. It is believed mum-of-two Samantha Mickleburgh, also from Axminster, in East Devon, and the defendant were known to each other. Cartwright appeared at Guildford Magistrates Court on Tuesday (April 23), where an application for bail was refused. A trial date has been set for Monday, November 25, 2024,…

East Devon MP Simon Jupp’s campaign manager has admitted he bought websites that redirected supporters of the political rival to his boss’s site. Earlier this month the pressure was on Conservative Simon Jupp to explain why the web addresses – RichardFoord.co.uk, RichardFoord.com and RichardFoord.uk – sent users to Mr Jupp’s website. Detective work by Liberal Democrat Tiverton and Honiton MP, Richard Foord – who in the next general election will stand against the East Devon MP for the new constituency of Honiton and Sidmouth – found the web domains had been bought and registered by Oliver Kerr, Mr Jupp’s campaign…

News in brief: Community stories and photos from across East Devon, what’s on, crime and more from Exmouth, Seaton, Honiton, Beer, Axminster, Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth. Exmouth Storm damage in Exmouth has resulted in a seafront building being demolished after it was found to be too ‘dangerous’ to remain. The district council, currently working to replace parts of damaged the sea wall, said a building used by the Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) had to be pulled down, saying it was ‘severely undermined and unrepairable’. Recent storm damage also battered the Harbour View slipway, which will be temporarily repaired in time…

Penalties have increased for dog owners spotted breaking beach bans and on-lead laws across East Devon. Owners seen walking pets on beaches where dogs are banned, or failing to keep them on a lead in specific public places, now face being fined £100 by the district council. The penalty increase is in addition to several changes across the district, where the council has identified areas where dogs can be walked, or are banned. East Devon District Council (EDDC) said the rules regarding dog walking had changed after three years, following a public consultation. As a result of the consultation, EDDC…

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