Browsing: Seaton

Dangerous drugs gangs, thefts from cars and sheds, antisocial behaviour and serious road collisions have been identified as top priorities for police in four East Devon towns. Neighbourhood teams in Sidmouth, Honiton, Seaton and Axminster have detailed the issues they want to tackle in recently-published Community Connectivity Plans. The documents details of officers’ priorities, who they are working with, and what activities they are doing to reach out to residents. Our priorities are identified by using reported crime trends, issues and concerns you have told us about and other issues that have been identified through our community profile data… Dangerous…

Drugs were seized and speeding drivers shopped when police staged a clampdown on rogue road users in Sidmouth and Seaton. Officers from the Rural East Devon team and special constables carried out safety operations in both towns this week. In Sidmouth on Thursday evening (October 10), drugs were seized when four occupants of one vehicle were searched. Speed kills people and every driver owes a duty of care to drive safely on our roads… Eight drivers were reported for speeding and ‘a large number’ of drivers were informed of various road traffic offences, according to police. In Seaton on Tuesday…

A chimney fire in Seaton was described as ‘well alight’ by firefighters first on the scene last night (October 9). Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service says the fire, in Beer Road, was reported shortly after 7pm. A spokesperson said in a statement: “Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service received a call from a member of the public reporting a chimney fire. “One fire appliance from Seaton was immediately mobilised by Fire Control. “On arrival, the incident commander confirmed that the chimney was well alight, and crews got to work to extinguish the fire using chimney gear, a…

Work has begun building a new concrete skate park in Seaton after the district council invested £200,000 of funding. East Devon District Council (EDDC) hopes the skate park will be finished before Christmas, so an official opening, skate park jam and fun competition can be organised. It is hoped the new-look, longer-lasting, sprayed concrete design will offer something for all ages and abilities after local skate park enthusiasts joined in discussions with the council and contractor during consultation meetings. Seaton ward member Cllr Marcus Hartnell said: “Having secured the project funding back in 2018, I’m really excited to see work…

Police have vowed to crack down on motorists who defy the new speed limit on a busy East Devon road. Officers have been carrying out checks on Seaton Down Hill and say they will ramp up their enforcement of the freshly-designated 40mph zone during October. Sergeant Andy Squires, Seaton neighbourhood policing team leader, said speed checks at varying times of day were carried out in September. Speeding is a major contributory factor in serious and fatal road traffic collisions, particularly in East Devon, and we are grateful to the Community Speedwatch volunteers for their contribution in trying to keep our…

Seaton is to trial year-long free parking for coaches in a bid to boost tourism. East Devon District Council (EDDC) yesterday (Wednesday) agreed to offer free coach parking for a 12-month trial in the Seaton Jurassic car park. EDDC’s cabinet heard how the Seaton ward member formally requested the authority’s help in branding Seaton as a coach-friendly town. Arguments for free daily coach parking included a beyond-repair pay-and-display ticket machine in the coach park and coach parking revenue during June and July falling below £100. The free trial aims to gauge if the offer results in increased coach visits to…

Councillors raged for nearly two hours at proposals to hike car parking charges and introduce tariffs for the first time at East Devon’s free car parks. Proposals that went before East Devon District Council’s cabinet on Wednesday night would have seen eight car parks have parking charges imposed for the first time, a 50 per cent increase on tariffs in 12 car parks, and night charges introduced in 12 car parks. In total, a record breaking 24 councillors spoke to slam the plans. After nearly two hours of debate, the cabinet agreed to put forward plans for consultation that would see…

More than 50 independent traders have now signed up to take part in the forthcoming Seaton Fiver Fest. They are joining the Totally Locally initiative, which is already encouraging shoppers back into town centres at over 40 other high streets across the country. The Fiver Fest will run from October 5 to 12. It will see small businesses offer a wide range of £5 deals. Shops, cafés, restaurants, pubs, and other businesses are taking part to showcase what independent traders in Seaton have to offer. Posters are now going up around the town, promoting all of the Fiver Fest offers…

Driving forces behind plans to bring electric vehicle charging points to East Devon’s public car parks are ‘mystified’ the move is being used to justify controversial price hikes.  The district council is proposing a 50 per cent increase at its busiest sites – and making free facilities pay-and-display – to net an extra £400,000 a year. Among reasons for the move, officers say ‘significant investment’ is needed to cater for more environmentally-friendly motors. The unintended consequence of further threatening the high street…and hitting people’s pockets so hard…is an excessively blunt tool for influencing people’s travel behaviour…EDDC could have to fork…

Independent businesses in Seaton are encouraging local shoppers to come back into the town centre for the national Totally Locally Fiver Fest.  They have signed up the economy-boosting initiative to show off all the positive things that their town centre has to offer. We’re joining in with the Totally Locally Fiver Fest to introduce some great bargains for local shoppers, but also to showcase the town and the great shops and businesses we have here, and show how important independent High Streets are to our communities and towns – Marc Smith More than 40 other towns across the country will…

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