Browsing: East Devon

Fire stations across East Devon are at threat of closure or slashed services under new proposals to save cash with flexible firefighting. Exmouth, Sidmouth, Honiton, Budleigh Salterton and Topsham fire stations have come under fire in Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s (DSFRS) plans to deliver ‘targeted prevention’ – focussing fire cover to high risk areas. So-called ‘low risk-low-activity’ fire stations face closure, on-call only crews, or changes to night time cover. Under the proposals Budleigh Salterton and Topsham fire stations face closure; Exmouth will lose its second fire engine, will be manned 24/7 but with an on-call crew…

An arson investigation is under way after a vehicle stolen from Honiton was deliberately set on fire and abandoned. Firefighters from Sidmouth and Seaton were called to a report of a blaze involving an overturned vehicle at the weekend. The vehicle was reported to be on fire at Buddlehayes in Southleigh at 6.39am on Saturday. Two appliances were sent to the scene. Crews found the vehicle on its roof and “well alight”. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: “Crews got to work to extinguish the fire with four breathing apparatus wearers and two hose reel jets. “Early indications…

Devon County Council has issued advice to parents across East Devon following a rise in cases of mumps. Young people aged between 15 and 24 account for more than half of recent cases. The council says many of those impacted currently attend local schools and nearby universities. It has teamed up with Public Health England to raise awareness about the highly contagious infection. In a joint statement sent to parents via schools, the authorities say: “If your child has not been vaccinated, we would recommend they receive two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to ensure they…

The Government’s Clean Air Strategy could end up costing East Devon farmers thousands of pounds. Proposals have been announced to regulate the industry to reduce ammonia emissions. This means farmers could one day be forced to adopt low emission techniques. New regulations could also be imposed to minimise pollution from fertiliser use. Levels of ammonia in the air were highlighted nationally earlier this month. Experts claim thousands of lives could be saved in the UK every year – if more was done to stop potentially dangerous particles from being breathed in.  We will require and support farmers to make investments…

Devon County Show organisers are already looking ahead to next year’s special anniversary event, celebrating 125 years. Organisers say they already have a number of ideas planned for the 2020 county show’s milestone birthday – but are remaining tight-lipped for the time being. It will be our 125th show and we have a number of ideas up our sleeve to celebrate this milestone, which will be revealed in due course. Show manager Sam Mackenzie-Green, who took up the helm in 2019, said: “We are already turning our attention to the 2020 show. “It will be our 125th show and we…

A developer donation of £600 will pay for lifesaving equipment for a Cranbrook kids’ keep fit session. House builder Taylor Wimpey’s donation means the town’s junior Parkrun can go ahead safely because the funds have paid for a portable defibrillator. Matt Rowett, Cranbrook resident and founder and chairman of Exeter College Running Club, said the donation hit the fundraising target for the essential equipment needed for the Sunday run. To have this boost to our fundraising has been fantastic and we couldn’t be more thankful He said: “We’d been working hard for some time to raise the funds needed to…

Businesses delivering adult social care in East Devon could benefit from a county-wide grants scheme to develop new services. The Creative Innovation and Growth Grants Programme offers a wide range of benefits for those helping adults with care needs in the community. With the emphasis on innovation, new services and and fresh ways of working, the programme is suitable for a wide range of eligible enterprises. As well as delivering revenue and capital grants, the programme provides free business support. If you are planning to provide additional services that take an innovative approach to adult social care, you could benefit…

The National Audit Office is urging the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to ensure a plan for UK farming is in place to give farmers time to prepare for changes. It says, the government’s new farming policy will be a significant departure for farmers across England. Every farm in East Devon will be impacted by the plan. Fears have been expressed that Defra is already under considerable pressure, making preparations for the UK’s exit from the EU. The National Audit Office warns that the government “must approach its roll-out carefully to ensure farmers can prepare in the…

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…

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