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Sidmouth beach is flying high after winning a Blue Flag for the first time and joining an elite of East Devon seaside towns scooping awards. An army of community volunteers has been praised for their beach-clean efforts, earning Sidmouth the recognition. Blue Flags will fly over Exmouth and Sidmouth while Budleigh Salterton and Seaton have scooped Seaside Awards, ranking them among the best beaches in the country. The accolades have been announced by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, who gives the awards in recognition of achieving the highest standards of beach management in England, and to those suitable for bathing…

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,…

Beach huts in East Devon will reopen from Saturday, July 4, in line with the Government’s relaxation of lockdown rules. The 417 iconic seafront structures in Beer, Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth, Seaton and Sidmouth have been off-limits since March. Some 20 chalets in Exmouth, which can be used all-year-round, will also be made accessible again. The ability to sit by the seaside is an oft-overlooked pleasure and will allow us to return to some sense of normality whilst recognising – at all times – that the virus still exists – Cllr Paul HaywardThe district council will put up social distancing signs…

A dislocated collarbone couldn’t stop a Seaton mum-of-two from pedalling her way through a cycle challenge to boost a cause close to her heart. Liz Slade needed surgery after suffering the painful injury after she hit a pothole and fell from her bike at 20mph in April. She had been out training when the accident scuppered her plans to take part in her first Nello 100 ride in aid of Force Cancer Charity. I was absolutely determined the injury wasn’t going to stop me – Liz SladeBut plucky Liz donned a sling and clocked up 26 miles virtually using a…

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)…

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…

A quartet of children’s play areas in Exmouth, Honiton and Seaton will get a revamp after the district council splashed £325,000 on improvements. Work on the fun facilities in Brixington, Exmouth, Cherry Close, in Honiton, and Seafield Gardens and Meadway in Seaton will begin on Monday (June 8). These great new facilities will all be ready and waiting for our children and young people to enjoy once the restrictions are lifted – Cllr Geoff JungThe spaces, currently out of action due to government coronavirus restrictions, will have a unique theme and boast brand-new equipment like trampolines, group swings, zip wires…

A horse owner has praised the East Devon firefighters who saved her animal’s life, rescuing the mare after she sank into a muck heap on a farm in Axmouth. Irish cob Gemma was saved by firefighters from Exmouth, Seaton and Exeter on Tuesday evening, June 2, hoisting her free after she broke through an electric fence, climbed onto an old muck heap, sank and got stuck. Seconds after she was rescued, the unscathed 15-year-old mare began eating grass and later was reunited with her field mates. Owner Natalie Bucklar, who cried with relief after the horse was freed, praised the…

A young man swept out to sea after ‘tombstoning’ off Axmouth harbour was saved by a swimmer and paddle boarder – as emergency services launched a major rescue bid. The ‘barely-conscious and hypothermic’ thrill-seeker needed medical attention on Seaton beach before he was taken to hospital in Exeter. We cannot stress enough that tombstoning is putting your life at risk and the lives of the rescuers when something goes wrong… Beer and Lyme Regis coastguard teams, paramedics, fire service co-responders, and Lyme lifeboat attended the incident at around 6.10pm yesterday (Monday, June 1). The coastguard helicopter was also called from…

Ten out of East Devon’s 26 public toilets will reopen by Friday, May 22, district council chiefs have announced.  Loos in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Honiton, Budleigh Salterton, Seaton, Axminster and Beer are among those that will be made accessible again. The move comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a relaxation of lockdown rules meaning people can spend more time outdoors and travel for exercise and recreation. We recognise the limited number may be inconvenient for some, but we feel it is important to take steps to reduce risks and improve hygiene – Cllr Geoff JungEast Devon District Council (EDDC) says new…

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