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A five-day line closure between Axminster, Honiton and Pinhoe in September has been announced by Network Rail so that £5million of ‘delay-busting’ schemes can take place. They include landslip prevention work at Honiton Tunnel – described as ‘one of the most at-risk sites in the south of England’. The stretch of the West of England Line affected also passes through Cranbrook, Whimple and Feniton. Tunnel upgrades and anti-flood work will be carried out between Monday, September 19, and Friday September 23, with the closure allowing workers uninterrupted access to the railway. We recognise the decision to close the line for…

Work to start building a long-awaited town centre and supermarket in Cranbrook is weeks away from starting – with diggers expected to move in at the end of July. Fences have gone up around the designated site in readiness for the diggers to start developing a supermarket, followed ‘soon after’ by high street shops, apartments, a town square and children’s day nursery. The building work is expected to take a year and be completed by summer 2023. Councillor Paul Arnot, East Devon District Council (EDDC) leader and portfolio holder for strategic planning, said: “Building work on Cranbrook town centre, including the…

Across East Devon people are catching their breath today after four fabulous days of celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, marking her 70 years on the throne. As these photos show, street parties, family fun, big lunches, live music, games, scarecrow competitions, a host of entertainment for all ages – and not forgetting so much laughter, love and goodwill – came from across the towns and villages of East Devon as we joined the rest of the country in showing our appreciation of Her Majesty as thanks for the Queen’s 70 years of service and duty. Scores of street parties were…

Towns and villages across East Devon are gearing up to hold a host of celebrations, events and street parties in a bid to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Picnics and parties in the park, beacon lighting, live music and children’s entertainment are among the family fun for all ages planned as part of the four-day Jubilee bank holiday celebrations, starting on Thursday, June 2. Residents across East Devon can look forward to packed programmes of events in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Axminster, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, Sidbury, Budleigh Salterton, Cranbrook, and the surrounding villages, joining in with the rest of the…

Work is to begin on a much-awaited town centre for Cranbrook, with the completion of a supermarket and nursery by summer 2023. East Devon District Council (EDDC) has announced it has approved funding of up to £5.5million ‘for the acquisition’ of town centre land in Cranbrook, as well as approving three planning applications for a supermarket, high street shops with apartments above, a town square and a children’s day nursery. Work on the supermarket and nursery is due to be completed by summer next year, followed ‘soon after’ by the high street shops, apartments, town square and children’s day nursery.…

Fly-tippers dumping roofing rubbish and a hazardous tank at two separate sites in East Devon will cost the taxpayer more than £1,000 in clean-up costs. East Devon District Council (EDDC) said it was ‘shocked’ by the mess and hoped to identify the offenders and issue penalty fines. The council is urging anyone with information about the fly-tippers and illegally-dumped rubbish to report what they know to Crimestoppers, or direct to EDDC. A large propane gas tank was at the end of March dumped in a lay-by between Rockbeare and Cranbrook. It is thought the tank was dumped from the back…

Plans for 1,435 homes, a second neighbourhood centre, two schools, pitches for gypsies and travellers and a cemetery in Cranbrook have been submitted to the district council. The bid put forward by Persimmon Homes also includes the creation of public open and play space, allotments,  and a plot for a place of worship. A consultation has been launched over the blueprints which have been described as ‘an important part’ of the planned expansion of the new East Devon town. The proposal includes a community hub of day-to-day uses for modern living, such as local shops and education…The mooted development is…

Hundreds of East Devon residents living in Exmouth, Honiton and Axminster have been given grants by the council to pay for food and bills. People in full-time employment, homeowners and pensioners were among the hundreds across East Devon to apply for financial help. East Devon District Council (EDDC) is urging individuals and families struggling with the cost of living to apply for help from the Household Support Fund, which closes on March 31. The council said it has so far helped 648 East Devon families,  with total grants of £128,849 – more than 79 per cent of the £162,286 available…

Car parking fees are set to double to £2-an-hour at 21 council sites across East Devon – and rise by 50 per cent at another six. East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) cabinet has voted to the increases at sites in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Honiton, Seaton, Budleigh Salterton, Beer and Lympstone. The matter will now go to full council for final decision. If the budget is approved, the increases will come into effect at the start of the next financial year, beginning in April. Car parks where the hourly rate will double from £1 – £2 in April 2022  Beer Central long-stay…

More than 150 affordable homes planned for East Devon and Exeter by a local housing association are around three years away from development. The Aster Group has announced it will build 290 affordable homes across Devon, with 102 set for Cranbrook and 61 in Matford, Exeter. The developer said the new homes  for Cranbrook and Matford are ‘planned for delivery’ by 2026. Amanda Williams, chief investment officer at Aster Group, said: “We are delighted that we will be able to bring 290 new affordable homes to communities across Devon where they are needed to help address a chronic shortage. “A…

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