Browsing: East Devon

A new policy will help East Devon District Council’s housing services better safeguard the interests of council tenants who lack the capacity to make decisions for themselves. This includes people with dementia, impaired mental health and illness. A policy note has been approved by members of the council’s Housing Review Board and applies to provisions set down in the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Councillors noted increasing numbers of vulnerable people living in the community whose mental capacity was inhibited by disease, mental ill health, injury, or disability. They acknowledged the authority had a responsibility to safeguard council tenants’ interests in…

A new strategy aims to reduce homeless in East Devon and improve the health and wellbeing of rough sleepers. The plan is expected to replace existing frameworks later this year and be in operation until 2023. Already supported by the council at Cabinet level, the strategy is a statutory requirement set out in the Homelessness Act 2002. East Devon District Council hopes to set up a steering group to implement changes, designed to maximise outcomes and stop people from ending up with nowhere to go. Once the strategy is finalised, an action plan will be put together that clearly sets…

It’s official – East Devon beaches are among the best in the country, with four winning prestigious awards from environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. A coveted Blue Flag, along with a Seaside Award, has been presented to Exmouth. Sidmouth Town Beach wins a Seaside Award and non-bathing awards have been given to both Budleigh Salterton and Seaton. Just 208 awards have been handed out nationally this year and only 71 were Blue Flags. Cllr Geoff Jung, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “The Blue Flag Awards for our beaches in East Devon demonstrates that East Devon District Council through their…

Bed blocking is on the decline at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital with more East Devon patients getting the care packages they need at home. News that the hospital has achieved a reduction in delayed transfers of care was revealed in a report submitted to Honiton Town Council. Town and district councillor Phil Twiss represents Devon County Council on the hospital trust’s board of governors. He told town councillors: “Delayed transfers of care from an acute setting to home with suitable care packages are better than previously…” The news will offer some reassurance to East Devon patients currently receiving or…

Local organisations could be contracted to deliver services at health hubs in local hospitals. A plan to roll out health hubs across East Devon is currently in the embryonic stage. Taking in Honiton, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary, Axminster and Seaton, the hubs could one day be used to supplement existing NHS and voluntary services. District and county councillor Phil Twiss told Honiton Town Council in a report that the hubs will fill gaps created by funding cuts. Cllr Twiss is also a governor of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. He stated that services could move towards “health hubs…

A national firm has landed a decade-long contract to oversee maintenance and repairs at 4,200 East Devon council houses. Ian Williams Ltd has been appointed by East Devon District Council (EDDC) and will begin its work on July 1. Councillor Megan Armstrong, portfolio holder for sustainable homes and communities, said: “Our residents and the council’s Housing Review Board have been fully involved with the tendering process to ensure that this new service is what they want and what we, as landlords, need to have in place so that our housing stock continues to be in an excellent condition. “This service…

A 36-year-old man died in a three-car A30 crash in East Devon Police have appealed for witnesses and dashcam footage after a dad died in a three-car crash on the A30 in East Devon. Devon and Cornwall Police said the 36-year-old driver of a VW motor caravan died when his campervan collided with a lorry near Parsons Bridge, around a mile from the Daisymount junction yesterday afternoon (Thursday, May 30). Officers said the man, from Basingstoke, was pronounced dead at the scene. A six-year-old girl, who was a passenger in the camper van, suffered minor injuries. She was taken to…

Garden waste gives East Devon’s parks a compost boost Compost weighing the equivalent of 11 elephants made from East Devon’s grass cuttings and leaves has transformed flowerbeds in Exmouth, Sidmouth and Seaton. The compost, made from hedge clippings, grass cuttings and leaves from 10,000 homes signed up to East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) garden waste collection, has given a boost to floral displays at Exmouth’s Pavilion Gardens, Sidmouth’s Connaught Gardens and Seafield Gardens and Seaton’s Windsor Gardens. Sharon Scott, EDDC parks and open spaces improvement officer, said the compost was used to mulch flowerbeds, prevent weeds, while improving soil conditions…

Independent Ben Ingham, who represents Woodbury and Lympstone, is the new EDDC leader, while long-serving Sidmouth and Sidford member Stuart Hughes takes the role of chairman The Independent new leader of East Devon District Council (EDDC) has vowed it will ‘listen carefully to residents and communities’ after voters ended 45 years of Tory rule.   An election shake-up this month saw the Conservatives lose control of the authority for the first time since 1974. Newly-elected members met for the first time this evening, with appointments made to key roles. We will listen carefully to residents and communities to bring about change…

Woodbury has been chosen to trial a new way of recycling cardboard in East Devon Cardboard contamination has prompted a new recycling trial being piloted in Woodbury. Since March, 850 homes in Woodbury have stepped up their recycling efforts, trialling a new way to salvage cardboard. The experiment has been backed by East Devon District Council (EDDC), in a bid to raise extra cash from cardboard. The current process of throwing cardboard in the green box along with bottles and jars means it is often contaminated by broken glass and cannot be recycled. The trial has been funded by SUEZ,…

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