Browsing: East Devon

Green waste collections have been suspended in East Devon due to the coronavirus outbreak causing ‘significant staff shortages’ in recycling and waste collection crews.   District council chiefs say they will also not currently take any new subscriptions for the paid-for extra service. The coronavirus outbreak has led to significant staff shortages in our recycling and waste collection crews…Existing customers of the £48-a-year fortnightly pick-ups will have the suspension period added to their subscriptions Collections of bulky household items have also been put on hold by the authority. East Devon District Council (EDDC) says its rubbish collections are currently continuing…

Police have begun carrying out targeted patrols across Devon and Cornwall and will disperse any large groups of people to ensure government measures to tackle the coronavirus are met. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on Monday evening brought in a strict new lockdown for the country, in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, telling people to stay at home to save lives and take the pressure off the NHS. Further powers for police will be introduced in the coming days, where officers can fine those who break the new rules. Glen Mayhew, Devon and Cornwall Police Assistant Chief Constable, said:…

A by-election for a seat on Seaton Town Council has been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis. The vote was due to take place on Thursday (March 26). Two candidates had put themselves forward – and the council will now decide whether to co-opt them. both. My priority is to ensure the wellbeing of the public who were due to vote and the staff running the polling stations… The Government has given its full support to local authorities to cancel or suspend elections to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. East Devon returning officer Mark Williams said: “My priority…

Rural shops and community stores have been visited by police in a bid to crackdown on customers abusing staff during the coronavirus crisis. Devon and Cornwall Police said officers offered help to any small outlet in the firing line from abusive or angry shoppers. Police said customers supporting rural and community shops should follow the retailer’s current policy or wishes. A police spokesperson said: “The neighbourhood team have been calling in on community stores and rural shops this week. “They are working hard to support our communities and we will support them with any issues they may have with any…

Care home workers in East Devon ‘struggling’ to feed their residents have faced abuse from supermarket customers for bulk buying amid the coronavirus crisis. East Devon MP Simon Jupp stepped in to help when he learned care staff were facing public anger for buying quantities of meat and fresh food to feed the elderly and disabled. He said workers in care homes have been forced to venture into supermarkets to buy multiple supplies because their regular food distributers have had to stop delivering – becoming so overwhelmed by the demand from supermarkets. Care staff have been accused of being ‘greedy’…

Libraries in East Devon and Exeter have shut due to the coronavirus outbreak – after an idea to keep self-service facilities open was scrapped.   It had been hoped facilities in Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary and Seaton could be accessible so residents could still borrow books between 10am and noon on certain days. However, Libraries Unlimited announced today (Monday, March 23) it had reconsidered its position over the weekend. Temporary closures across the county, implemented on Friday (March 20), will now remain in place ‘until further notice’. Staff say they are trying to continue to provide services ‘in different…

On-street parking enforcement rules are being relaxed by Devon County Council (DCC) to help residents self-isolating or working from home during the coronavirus outbreak. Traffic wardens will also scrap foot patrols in favour of travelling in cars – but motorists have been warned double yellow lines are still no-stopping areas. The temporary move was announced with immediate effect today (Monday, March 23). We’re facing exceptional challenges presented by the coronavirus and we all need to play a role in responding to that – Cllr Stuart HughesDCC says enforcement will be reduced on certain roads so officers can concentrate on ‘keeping key…

Police are warning motorists to remove valuables from vehicles left in remote areas by people taking exercise while social distancing. The message comes after a number of vehicles were broken into over the weekend, and property stolen, at car parks on Dartmoor. Police say anyone who sees someone acting suspiciously near parked vehicles in isolated spots can call 999 if the suspect is still present, or 101 to report a break-in. Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Please be aware there have been several vehicles broken into and property stolen. “If you are going out on the moors to socially distance…

Devon and Cornwall Police has declared a ‘major incident’ in response to the coronavirus crisis. The move has been made to ensure emergency and public services across both counties are ‘co-ordinated and working as effectively as possible at a time of critical need’. This has not been caused by a rise in cases of COVID-19  in our region or because demand has meant agencies are unable to cope – it is a supportive measure to give strength to all agencies and partners… A multi-agency Local Resilience Forum (LRF) says the declaration is a ‘proportionate step for police and partners to…

A family attraction near Ottery St Mary has announced it will stay open and continue to welcome visitors amid the coronavirus crisis. Wildwood Escot, set in around 40 acres, said staff at the outdoor animal attraction were well used to taking measures to ensure the wellbeing of public health, and the methods taken to address the coronavirus issue had been ‘relatively simple’. The family attraction said maintaining consistent staffing levels meant Wildwood Escot had to make only ‘nominal alterations’ to adhere to government advice, and continue to offer a close-to-normal service. George Hyde, general manager, said: “We’ve followed the government…

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