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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…

Tributes have been paid to a ‘devoted’ dad and ‘wonderful’ family man from East Devon who died after a motorbike crash in Dorset earlier this month. The family of 59-year-old Ray Robley, from Seaton, who died on September 7, have spoken of his passion for motorcycles and his love for family and friends, adding: “We cannot even begin to describe the enormity of the loss we are feeling now.” Married Ray, who had been riding his blue Yamaha motorcycle, was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital with serious injuries on the afternoon of September 4, after he was involved in a…

Some 600 people have already had a say on how £3million should be splashed on improving public toilets in East Devon. Residents, visitors, businesses and town and parish councils have until 5pm on October 1 to respond to plans that could also see a handful of loos closed or redeveloped. District council chiefs want to hear from householders on proposals that also include a ‘pay-to-use’ idea – and have shared some of the feedback they have received so far. Options on the table include refurbishing ‘important’ conveniences in Axminster, Budleigh Salterton, Beer, Exmouth, Honiton, Seaton, and Sidmouth. But other loos…

Tesco in Seaton wants to extend its operating hours so deliveries to the store can take place from 5am. The supermarket giant has asked East Devon District Council (EDDC) to vary a condition of the planning permission it was granted in November 2010. Deliveries are currently permitted to the outlet between 7am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday, and 9am to 10pm on Sundays. The application proposes a variation by extending the permissible delivery period by two hours in the morning from 5am. There would be a maximum of two deliveries between 5am and 7am and Sundays would remain unchanged. The…

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has apologised to residents over disruptions to recycling and rubbish collections it has blamed on ‘national staff shortages’. Householders have been warned some waste pick-ups could take place on different days ‘for the foreseeable future’. The authority has set out a series of steps for people to check to see if their collection has been affected. Just as we thought we were returning to more normal times, we are experiencing tremendous pressure because of short-term staff shortages…Residents have been told that if recycling containers have not been emptied after four days, they should take them…

Residents are being asked how £3million should be splashed on improving public toilets in East Devon – but a handful of loos could face closure or redevelopment. District council chiefs want to hear from householders on proposals that also include a ‘pay-to-use’ idea. Options on the table include ‘important’ conveniences in Axminster, Budleigh Salterton, Beer, Exmouth, Honiton, Seaton, and Sidmouth are in line to be refurbished. A total reappraisal is now required of where toilets are required and what facilities are important for residents and visitors…But other loos in Budleigh, Exmouth Seaton and Sidmouth have been earmarked for possible ‘alternative…

Rescuers from Beer Coastguard were on Saturday afternoon (August 7) tasked to search for a woman walker thought to have broken her wrist after a fall on a footpath near Seaton. The casualty was quickly located after she used the What3Words app on her phone, ‘saving valuable time’ the coastguard said. The woman was found on the undercliff coast path between Rousdon and Lyme Regis after rescuers walked for half-an-hour to reach her. The casualty, who had been unable to walk immediately after injury, was checked over by the ambulance service and taken to hospital by friends. Beer Coastguard, Lyme…

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