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Aldi could open a new supermarket in East Devon as part of plans to regenerate part of the Axminster Carpets site. A public consultation was launched today over proposals which feature a foodstore and homes on 3.8 acres of surplus land on the plot in Musbury Road. Axminster Carpets Limited says the scheme could create more than 450 jobs in the long-term and would see redundant industrial buildings demolished. This is the first phase of a long-term plan for the consolidation and regeneration of the estate and modernisation of the carpet business… It adds that the scheme would net a private investment of…

Plans to restore and refurbish Trinity House in Axminster town centre into shops, a café, work hub and office have been revealed. Proposals would see the ground-floor of the former department store in Trinity Square subdivided into four retail units and its first-floor occupied by The Community Waffle House. Its basement would be used for storage while a mural reflecting ‘Axminster life’ is proposed for the Castle Street side of the building. A soft play area and IT desk would feature in the café and working hub on the first-floor. Applicant Kelly Apps, estate manager for Trinity House owner Axminster…

Firefighters from Seaton and Colyton tackled an accidental tractor blaze in Whitford.    A water bowser from Dorset was also called to Colyton Hill in the East Devon village, near Axminster, after the alarm was raised at around 5pm on Wednesday (September 17). Crews arrived to find the tractor engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished and the area made safe. The cause of this fire is believed to be accidental…They donned breathing apparatus and used compressed air foam and a hose-reel jet to extinguish the fire. A Colyton Fire Station spokesperson said: “The driver acted quickly when he realised…

A revamp of Axminster Hospital’s car park – that will see four spaces lost – has been given the green light despite opposition from the town council. NHS Property Services asked for permission to reconfigure the site, off Chard Street, in order to create an internal access to the Scott Rowe Building. East Devon District Council (EDDC) gave the scheme the go-ahead this week. Parking spaces at the health hub will be reduced from 75 to 71 – with the loss of one of five existing disabled bays. The new internal access will be formed by removing one of the…

East Devon firefighters from Axminster and Ottery St Mary were called to Somerset earlier this week to help tackle a large blaze in an industrial unit. The East Devon crews made up the 10 fire engines, joining two aerial ladder platforms and a pair of water bowsers that worked through the night to tackle the commercial building blaze in Station Road, Ilminster, on Tuesday, September 1. Crews remained on scene overnight, with Ottery firefighters still in attendance at 6.45am the following morning (Wednesday). The cause of the blaze is under investigation, the fire service said. Axminster firefighters were called to…

A new interactive map has shown no coronavirus-related deaths were recorded in East Devon or Exeter in July. Latest statistics show fatalities due to the virus have been logged in 16 of the district’s 20 wards and all but one of the city’s 14 areas. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has analysed all deaths involving Covid-19 that occurred between March 1 and July 31, and were registered by August 15. A total of six coronavirus deaths – in the Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Seaton, Cranbrook, Broadclyst and Stoke Canon, Feniton and Whimple and Exeter St Thomas West wars – were…

These photographs show the extent of a hay lorry blaze in Somerset that was yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, August 26) tackled by Devon firefighters from Axminster, Honiton and Exeter. The Ilminster bypass was closed to traffic for several hours after an articulated lorry carrying 20-tonnes of hay caught fire. Fire crews from Martock, Yeovil, Crewkerne, Chard, Honiton, Axminster, Danes Castle in Exeter, Somerton and Ilminster worked for around 12 hours to bring the blaze under control. Crews used jets and drag forks as they worked to put out the fire as flames raged through tons of hay, and the vehicle. The…

Police have this month been dealing with complaints of rowdy youths hanging around an Axminster park at night, disturbing residents. The Axminster neighbourhood police team this month said it had received several complaints about youths’ night-time anti-social behaviour in the Foxhill play park, including the playing of loud music. Officers have been urging residents to report any nuisance behaviour as the local police team is keen to crackdown on the anti-social activities. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “Earlier this month the neighbourhood policing team urged members of the public to report any incidents of anti-social behaviour at the…

Cold-callers selling solar panels and foam insulation have been knocking on doors of East Devon homes in Dalwood and Stockland, police have warned. Devon and Cornwall Police said officers have this week received a number of calls reporting rogue traders offering services in rural areas of East Devon, near Honiton. Police are urging East Devon residents to ‘be on your guard’, warning that not everyone is a genuine caller. Officers are warning against employing cold-callers, saying the work could come with a risk. Anyone spotting rogue traders in East Devon is asked to contact the police with a description of…

Firefighters say an early-morning blaze that destroyed a car near Axminster was started deliberately. A crew from the town was called to a lane near Coaxdon Hall and Coaxdon Farm at around 1.20am on Saturday (August 15). They found the vehicle ‘well alight’ in a layby, donned breathing apparatus and used hose-reel jets to tackle the flames. The matter is now in the hands of police. The cause of the fire was believed to be deliberate and was left in the hands of the police… A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “One fire appliance from Axminster…

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