Browsing: Axminster

Affordable housing and new council homes could be within reach for Axminster after a suitable parcel of land was identified this week. East Devon District Council (EDDC) said it ‘hopes’ to build ‘much-needed’ affordable and social housing on the former football pitch, in Millwey Rise, Axminster, after councillors on Wednesday (July 14) approved the use of the land. Councillors this week recommended the land was reserved for council homes, affordable housing, and a new community centre. An EDDC spokeswoman said: “Some years ago the land at Millwey Rise was returned to East Devon District Council and is now currently designated…

Firefighters from two counties were called to tackle a blaze at an Axminster beauty spot on Monday morning (June 14). Crews from Axminster, Chard, and the wildfire pump from Illminster, were sent to a large fire in woodland at Bewley Down shortly after 10am, where a controlled burn was at risk of getting out of control. Firefighters extinguished the 30-metre by 20-metre blaze using hose reel jets, a compressed air foam jet, drag forks, beaters and small tools. The fire service said the cause of the blaze was accidental. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “One…

Fire crews wore breathing apparatus to tackle a blaze at Axminster that destroyed most of a vehicle. A fire engine from Axminster was sent to Chard Road on Friday evening (June 11) where they found a vehicle well alight. The fire service said the cause of the blaze was thought to be accidental. The crew put the fire using two hose reel jets and small tools. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “One fire engine from Axminster was sent to reports of an incident. “On arrival, crews confirmed this to be a vehicle fire, well alight.…

Police are appealing for help to trace the next-of-kin of a 63-year-old East Devon woman who was found dead in Dorset last month.  The body of Lesley Stevens, from Membury, near Axminster, was located in the sea off Lyme Regis on the morning  of Monday 19 April. Lesley is believed to have grown-up in, or lived in, the Kent area and may have next-of-kin there, however, their details are unknown…She had left her home at 7am on the same day and a coroner has determined the cause of her death to be drowning. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “Lesley…

A review of public toilets provision across East Devon is set to be launched – and could potentially see some loos in Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth, Colyton, Seaton and Honiton close. But the district council could also splash more than £3million to improve the area’s best-used conveniences. Cabinet members unanimously backed the idea at their May meeting after being told the current level of service is not sustainable. The project will seek to balance cutting costs with protecting a level of provision and enhancing and investing in loos which are retained. The world has moved on but our loos are a flashback…

Overnight and persistent heavy rain throughout Thursday (May 13) has prompted flood alerts for areas of East Devon where rivers levels are high. The Environment Agency said flooding to low-lying land and roads was possible throughout the day as water levels remained high. Flood alerts were issued for the River Clyst, and its tributaries, the River Axe area, and the rivers Otter, Sid and also the Exmouth area. The Environment Agency (EA) said flooding to property was not expected in the affected areas. The EA urged people to take care near areas where rivers were swollen, and water was high,…

Police said drivers were ‘lucky’ to escape without serious injury after two cars crashed and overturned near Axminster. Officers were called to the A3558 between Musbury and Axminster shortly before 8.30pm on Monday (May 10). The Devon and Cornwall Roads Policing team said it was the second crash in a week at Musbury. A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Roads Policing said both drivers were ‘lucky to escape’ with minor injuries after the latest crash. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: “Police received a report at around 8.25pm on Monday 10 May about a two-vehicle collision on the A358…

An outdoor repair café in Axminster to fix garden tools, bicycles, plus a plant and seed swap, is being held on Saturday, May 22, on the Minster Green. The special event, from 11am until 3pm, next to the church rooms, is the first time the Axminster Repair Café has been able to meet since coronavirus restrictions were introduced in March 2020. The aim of the specialist repair event is to fix as many broken and worn-out garden tools and bicycles as possible, stopping them from going to landfill. The Axminster Repair Café has teamed up with The Community Waffle House…

A man suffered smoke inhalation and was checked by paramedics after a tumble drier caught fire in Axminster. Fire crews from Colyton, Lyme Regis and Axminster, plus the aerial platform from Taunton, were called to a commercial property in South Street shortly before 4pm on Tuesday (April 27). Firefighters are reminding tumble drier owners to regularly check their machines and prevent the build-up of fluff deposits. Crews wore breathing apparatus and used a hose reel jet, safety jet and thermal imaging camera to tackle the blaze, which broke out in a gas tumble drier. A Colyton Fire Station spokesperson said:…

A blaze which spread to nearby woodland in East Devon has prompted a call for care when lighting fires in dry conditions. Fire crews from Axminster, Charmouth and Lyme Regis were on Saturday morning (April 24) called to Woodhouse Hill, Uplyme, where water was limited, to tackle a blaze that had spread from an incinerator. The fire crews used multiple hose reels, drag forks and beaters to successfully extinguish the blaze. The fire service said the cause of the blaze was accidental from an enclosed incinerator. An Axminster Fire Station spokesperson said: “Our firefighters, along with Charmouth Fire Station were…

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