Browsing: Seaton

Generous donations from supermarket shoppers in Seaton and Honiton will be used to replace 50 much-needed high-visability jackets for Devon Freewheelers blood bike volunteers. Recent collections held outside Tesco in Honiton, Seaton Tesco, and Morrisons, in Bideford, raised a total of £6,129 for the charity, whose volunteers support the NHS for free. Shoppers at Tesco in Honiton donated £1,919 over two days in November 2021, and £1,476 over 2022 New Year weekend; in December Seaton Tesco customers gave £2,133; some £600 was collected outside Bideford Morrisons, in North Devon. Russell Roe, Devon Freewheelers deputy CEO, said the shoppers’ generosity would…

A £900,000 project aimed at helping to protect 41 homes above eroding cliffs at Seaton is more than a year away from starting. East Devon District Council (EDDC) on Wednesday (January 5) announced plans to slow Seaton’s cliff erosion had taken a ‘major step forward’ with the hope work could start in autumn 2023. EDDC said the Seaton Hole Beach Management Plan, which has been at the organisational stage for a year, had been given the go-ahead by the Environment Agency. Now funding has been granted, the next step is to begin detailed design and further consultation to allow the…

Fees in council pay-and-display car parks in East Devon have been slashed until the end of March 2022 in a bid to boost winter trade. East Devon District Council (EDDC) has announced a £2 all-day deal from now until the end of March 2022, valid at its car parks in Exmouth, Seaton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Beer, Axminster, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Lympstone and Colyton. Tickets bought in one town can be transferred and used in another area’s car park on the same day, the council said. The council said its parking cost cuts were as a result from feedback from…

Police have named an 89-year-old man from Seaton who died after he was seriously injured in a crash at Sidmouth. Victor Smith, 89, had been traveling on the A3052 at Sidmouth on Friday afternoon (December 3) when the black Renault Clio he was driving was involved in a crash with a blue VW Exclusive. Mr Smith died at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, with what police described as ‘serious injuries’. Mr Smith’s passenger, a woman in her 80s, remains in hospital, said police. The driver of the VW car, a man in his 70s, who was also taken to Derriford Hospital with…

A soft play zone, restaurant or café, and temporary exhibitions and talks were ideas put forward at a ‘mind-mapping’ session over the future of Seaton Jurassic Visitor Centre. New and more varied exhibits and a layout re-design were also among topics discussed at the event attended by councillors and members of the community. The £4.2million attraction is to remain shut until East Devon District Council (EDDC) chiefs decide whether to sell, redesign or find another use for the building. The building will likely remain empty now until next summer… EDDC’s cabinet will consider three options for the premises, which shut…

An East Devon haven for wildlife – plus parks in Exmouth and Sidmouth – continue to hold Green Flag Awards, internationally celebrating top-notch public spaces. Green Flag Awards have been retained by East Devon District Council (EDDC) for Manor Gardens, in Exmouth, Seafield Gardens in Seaton, Connaught Gardens, in Sidmouth, and Seaton Wetlands nature reserve on the Axe Estuary. The Manor Gardens has held the accolade for 17 years in a row; Connaught Gardens 18 years; and Seaton Wetlands since 2004. Seafield Gardens, also in Seaton, retains its award for the second year running. The district council said it has…

Aldi wants to open new supermarkets in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Seaton, Axminster and Exeter in the next two years. The retail giant has today announced £1.3billion plans for 100 outlets across the UK which it hopes will be welcoming customers by 2023. It is now searching for freehold ‘town-centre or edge-of-centre sites suitable for property development’ in the East Devon towns. Aldi bosses say the firm is on the lookout for plots big enough to accommodate a 20,000sq ft store and around 100 dedicated parking spaces. These will ‘preferably on a prominent main road and with good visibility and access’. Aldi…

Seaton Jurassic Visitor Centre is to remain shut until East Devon council chiefs decide whether to sell, redesign or find another use for the £4.2million building. The future of the attraction, which closed on September 17, is not set to be considered until next year. Devon Wildlife Trust announced in March it would end its tenure of the venue after five years – pointing to the ‘unique and unprecedented challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic’. East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) says visitor numbers have plummeted during the coronavirus crisis from 48,000 people in 2019/20 to 18,000 since the start of…

Fire crews from three counties tackled a blaze that broke out in an industrial unit in a barn in East Devon on Friday afternoon (October 1). Firefighters from Colyton, Seaton, Axminster, Danes Castle, Lyme Regis, Yeovil, Sidmouth, Chard, and Honiton were called to a farm in Colyton at around1.15pm, and worked together to extinguish the flames using two hose reel jets, one compressed air foam jet, one ground monitor, one 45mm jet, one gas monitor, and two thermal imaging cameras. The cause of the blaze at the commercial workshop was thought to be accidental, the fire service said. An Axminster…

Firefighters gave first aid to a man after a chip pan accidentally caught fire in a flat in Seaton on Sunday afternoon (September 26). Crews from Axminster, Seaton, Sidmouth and Lyme Regis were called at around 4.30pm to tackle a blaze in a kitchen of a second-floor flat. The occupant was unable to re-enter the property because the blaze caused extensive fire damage to the kitchen and left the rest of the property affected by smoke. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) spokesperson said: “This was a fire in the kitchen of a second-floor flat, of a…

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