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A blaze that broke out in an attic of a home in Branscombe at lunchtime today (Wednesday) and was put out by firefighters from Sidmouth and Seaton. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) said the cause of the fire was accidental. The fire service said one crew from Seaton and two from Sidmouth were called to the property shortly after 1.40pm on April 1. Crews wore breathing apparatus to tackle the blaze. A DSFRS spokesperson said: “One fire engine from Seaton and two from Sidmouth were sent to a report of smoke within an attic of a two-storey…

The MP for Tiverton and Honiton has urged Boris Johnson to cut through red tape when delivering financial aid to the self-employed affected by the coronavirus crisis. Neil Parish asked the Prime Minister to ‘cut through bureaucracy’ at Prime Minister’s Questions this morning (Wednesday). The Prime Minister supported Mr Parish’s concerns, saying bureaucracy was ‘the issue’ in getting the funds to where they were needed most. Mr Johnson told the House of Commons there would be ‘all sorts of benefits’ available for those in rural and coastal industries, including the fishing industry. The Prime Minister said: “That indeed is the…

A by-election for a seat on Seaton Town Council has been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis. The vote was due to take place on Thursday (March 26). Two candidates had put themselves forward – and the council will now decide whether to co-opt them. both. My priority is to ensure the wellbeing of the public who were due to vote and the staff running the polling stations… The Government has given its full support to local authorities to cancel or suspend elections to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. East Devon returning officer Mark Williams said: “My priority…

Libraries in East Devon and Exeter have shut due to the coronavirus outbreak – after an idea to keep self-service facilities open was scrapped.   It had been hoped facilities in Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary and Seaton could be accessible so residents could still borrow books between 10am and noon on certain days. However, Libraries Unlimited announced today (Monday, March 23) it had reconsidered its position over the weekend. Temporary closures across the county, implemented on Friday (March 20), will now remain in place ‘until further notice’. Staff say they are trying to continue to provide services ‘in different…

Bus operator Dartline is upgrading the vehicles it uses on a route linking Seaton, Honiton and Taunton to cut emissions. The company is introducing a pair of new 37-seater ‘Optare Solo’ buses on the 20 service. They boast Euro6 engines which have the lowest possible emissions for diesel vehicles. We very much welcome Dartline’s investment in new buses with cleaner engines on one of our longest supported services – Cllr Roger Croad The 20 service from Seaton to Taunton – which travels via Colyford, Colyton, Shute, Wilmington, Honiton and Dunkeswell – is funded by Devon County Council (DCC). It is…

Police have issued an appeal after a woman suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash between a car and a van on the A3052 near Branscombe today (Friday, February 14). Officers are seeking witnesses and dashcam footage following the collision between Seaton and Sidford at around 10.25am. The 52-year-old casualty was cut free from her vehicle by firefighters and was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. Police are appealing for any witnesses who were in the area at the time of the collision, and may have dashcam footage…The incident involved involved a blue Seat Ibiza and a white Mercedes Sprinter van.…

Tesco carrier bags have helped fund new a nature-themed play trail at Seaton Wetlands to encourage people to spend more time outdoors. The £4,000 grant was given to East Devon District Council (EDDC) by Bags of Help coastal funding. Carrier bag cash given to EDDC for the free-to-visit Seaton Wetlands nature reserve will be used to build wooden animal sculptures for children to climb on, install magnifier posts for closer inspection of bugs and leaves, and sculpted seating for visitors. Councillor Geoff Jung, EDDC portfolio holder for the environment, said: “We’re very grateful to Tesco for this grant. The Seaton…

Exmouth has been revealed as the parking ticket capital of East Devon – with more fines dished out there than in all of the district’s other towns and villages combined. The seaside resort was in fact the second most prolific place for the dreaded yellow notices in all of Devon last year, behind only Exeter. Penalties issued in Exmouth account for 65 per cent of all parking tickets issued in East Devon – 2,360 more than everywhere else added together. A total of 7,508 fines were dished out in the district; 10 per cent of the 72,805 county-wide total. Figures…

A Seaton woman left feeling housebound and on anti-depressants after the death of her parents has spoken of how volunteering in a local charity shop handed her a lifeline. Liz Crosfield says the role with Hospiscare has helped her get her confidence back after a traumatic time in her life. “Volunteering has completely changed my life and outlook,” said the 56-year-old. “I’m in a much better place because of it. I’m completely unrecognisable from where I was just a year ago.” Originally from London, Liz moved to East Devon in January last year to be closer to family after losing…

A new tram stop providing a direct link to Seaton Wetlands could be open by the spring. The Seaton Tramway station has been given the go-ahead by East Devon District Council (EDDC). Currently, the tramway, which runs between Seaton and Colyton, only stops off at Colyford. A spokesman for Seaton Tramway said of the news: “We are delighted that this application has been approved, which will provide an exciting link between Seaton and its award-winning wetlands. “Our contractors are now moving to deliver the project, with a view to open and start accepting visitors in the spring. “This recognises a significant…

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