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Proposals that could see a ‘dangerous’ 60mph speed limit on the approach to Axminster reduced have been backed by East Devon highways chiefs.  Councillor Ian Hall has called for the move on the A358, to the north of the town, over safety fears. The road’s current 60mph limit runs from just past the entrance to Axminster Town Football Club’s ground in Tiger Way to the single-file Weycroft Bridge. We have speeding motorists who jump the traffic lights on the bridge and it is a real issue at night – Cllr Ian HallCalls had been made to cut the restriction to…

Exmouth Queen’s Drive play area will reopen within days, as will 11 other sites across Honiton, Axminster, Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Beer and Ottery St Mary. East Devon District Council (EDDC) said because of the relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown, it will reopen the following play areas from Monday, July 13. Queen’s Drive play area, Exmouth Phear Park, Exmouth Redgates, Exmouth Allhallows, Honiton St Mark’s Road, Honiton North Street, Axminster Foxhill, Axminster Lime Kiln, Budleigh Salterton Stowford Rise, Sidmouth Manstone Recreation Ground, Sidmouth Jubilee, Beer Land of Canaan, Ottery St Mary In the coming weeks EDDC said it would assess its…

Public skate parks and games areas across East Devon will reopen next week and children’s play zones are expected to follow this month. Skate parks in Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth, Honiton and Seaton can be used from Monday, July 6, after they were closed at the end of March because of the coronavirus lockdown. Some 12 games areas across Exmouth, Axminster, Honiton, Ottery St Mary and Budleigh Salterton will also welcome back the public from July 6. East Devon District Council (EDDC) announced the move today (Friday, July 3) adding it ‘anticipated’ reopening play parks on Monday, July 13, in Exmouth,…

Police are continuing to investigate an allegation that a group of people were threatened in the Axminster area with what was thought to be a gun. Devon and Cornwall Police were on Tuesday evening, June 23, called to a rural address in Kilmington following reports of a disturbance at around 7.30pm. Police said a 35-year-old man from Charmouth has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, and dangerous driving. A further two men, aged 42, and 18, both from the Axminster area, have been arrested on suspicion of a firearm with…

Armed police searched residential areas in Axminster on Tuesday evening after a person was suspected of having a gun. Roads were closed by police, areas were cordoned off, and pedestrians turned away as balaclava-wearing armed officers patrolled the scene. Devon and Cornwall Police said a person has been detained and is in custody waiting to be questioned. Police have not confirmed the exact location of the incident. A police spokeswoman said: “Officers were notified at around 7.30pm last night, Tuesday 23 June, following reports of a suspected armed person in a village in Axminster. “Armed officers attended the scene assisted…

District council chiefs have been urged to unlock £62,000 of East Devon clean-up cash and reopen more public toilets – or face a ‘public health issue’.  The authority’s cabinet has been told that people are relieving themselves outside locked loos and in bushes following a ‘significant’ increase in visitor numbers. People are relieving themselves outside of closed facilities and in bushes around our parks and beaches. If this persists or gets worse, it could create a public health issue…And a depleted workforce is struggling to empty overflowing bins and pick up litter, it has been warned. East Devon District Council’s (EDDC)…

Axminster has launched a new online mall in a bid to give trade a boost and encourage customers to shop locally now non-essential stores can reopen after the coronavirus lockdown. The launch of www.totallylocallyaxminster.co.uk encourages shoppers to put Axminster first and support the town’s businesses. Axminster businesses are invited to take a free page on the site, and list their trade, as the town starts to comeback from the coronavirus shop shutdown. The new online shopping mall is backed by Axminster Town Council as a way of giving shoppers a one-stop place to search and see what the town has…

New figures have shown coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded in all but six of the wards in East Devon – with the highest numbers in Axminster, Seaton, Exmouth and Sidmouth. An updated interactive map has also revealed just one area of Exeter has avoided fatalities due to the virus. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has analysed all deaths involving Covid-19 that occurred between March 1 and May 31, and were registered by June 6. In East Devon, statistics show there have been ten confirmed deaths in Axminster – five of which occurred in April and five in May. There have…

Axminster medics have thanked Exeter Brewery for delivering vital supplies of PPE during the COVID-19 crisis. The brewery, in Cowley Bridge Road, Exeter, has packed its vans with thousands of items of PPE and delivered them to 100 health centres and GP surgeries throughout the length and breadth of Devon. And as a thank you for the difficult work being done by frontline workers, it has also donated complimentary cases of its Avocet beer. Axminster Medical Practice, in Church Street, Axminster, who received supplies from the brewery, said: “Thank you very much to Exeter Brewery who has kindly supplied us…

Cold-calling ex-cons have been knocking on doors of homes near Honiton and Axminster asking residents to buy goods. Devon and Cornwall Police said in the last 48 hours they have received a number of reports of cold-callers in the Offwell and Chardstock areas of East Devon. Police said the men calling at homes told residents they had recently been released from prison and were trying to raise money by selling items door-to-door. Officers yesterday, Wednesday, June 10, received a report that a man knocked on a door in Chardstock at 7pm, offering goods for sale. A Devon and Cornwall Police…

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