Browsing: Seaton

A government grant of £217,500 has been awarded to Seaton Tramway so the visitor attraction can recover from the pandemic and reopen. The handout was awarded as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund – almost £400 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations, cinemas, performance venues, museums and heritage sites across the country. Seaton Tramway, which hopes to reopen on April 12, said the funding comes at a ‘welcome time’ because the charity has ‘had to endure huge losses’ during the coronavirus lockdown, closing its doors for around seven months since March 2020. When the…

‘Shocked’ EuroMillions winners from Seaton have pledged some of their £1million jackpot to a charity which helped the couple when their son was in hospital. Neil Smart, aged 50, and his 51-year-old wife, Sue, could not sleep after learning they scooped £1million on a Friday night lottery draw earlier this month. Dad-of-three Neil initially thought the message to say they had won £1million was a hoax. The couple plan to splash the cash on their family – and help the Ronald McDonald House charity, a cause close to their heart. The pair plan to make a donation to the Ronald…

A Seaton woman has benefited from a government-backed project to help the unemployed back to work amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Eleanor Gait, aged 23, a recent university graduate, said she was left ‘demoted and intimidated’ after finding job searches ‘pretty bleak’ when the pandemic hit the UK. Eleanor found a job thanks to a new programme provided by employability specialist Seetec Pluss. The support Eleanor received was provided under the new government-funded JETS programme – Job Entry Targeted Support – designed to help people struggling to find work due to Covid-19. The programme, launched in October 2020, has already supported more than 700 people into employment…

Plans to install 30 rapid electric vehicle charging points at car parks across East Devon are set to be discussed by district councillors. Sites in Exmouth, Lympstone, Sidmouth, Honiton, Budleigh Salterton, Beer, Axminster, Colyton, Seaton and Ottery St Mary are being considered for the project. The Innovate UK-funded Exeter Rapid Charging Project scheme has already won the support of the authority’s cabinet. Proposals will now be discussed at a full meeting of East Devon District Council (EDDC) on April 21. The aim is to have them all installed and operational by this summer… An EDDC spokesperson said: “If given the…

Vets in Axminster have urged fishing fans to take tackle home after a hook left on Seaton beach became lodged in a dog’s tongue. Black Labrador Tinker had to be sedated after her beach walk ended in a vet visit when her owner spotted a large metal fishing hook stuck in the dog’s mouth. The dog was taken to Coombefield Veterinary Hospital, in Coombe Lane, Axminster, where the sharp metal hook was removed by vet Chris Ogden and vet nurse, Amy Robinson. Tinker was expected to make a full recovery. Vets at the practice said fishing tackle can ‘really harm’…

A charity has announced it is ending its tenure as the operator of Seaton Jurassic after five years. Devon Wildlife Trust has taken what it says was a ‘very tough decision’ not to continue in its role managing the visitor attraction. It has pointed to the ‘unique and unprecedented challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic’. The past year has been like no other…Seaton Jurassic has had to endure long periods of enforced closure and its visitor numbers have fallen… This is combined with the need to undertake ‘substantial, costly’ renovations to the hub’s exhibitions, said the charity. Seaton Jurassic, which consists…

A seven-year-old Seaton girl has achieved her dream of owning a specially-adapted trike thanks to community generosity. Jaydi Hawker – who was born with ligase IV microcephalic primordial dwarfism, a condition affecting her growth – means she cannot ride a bike like other children her age. Thanks to a successful community fundraising campaign the youngster’s wish for a bike has been granted, with the help of charity Children Today. Jaydi, who resembles a four-year-old in size, had been dreaming of her own specially-adapted trike, telling her mum ‘that looks fun’ when spotting other kids riding bikes near her home. The…

‘Covid compliance officers’ are to hit East Devon high streets ensuring businesses stick to government rules when they reopen. Two new district council roles have been created and filled by Andy Squires and Rachel Payne – who have already begun visiting traders in Exmouth. The posts are being paid for from a £131,000 pot of European funding awarded to the authority. Andy and Rachel will respond to enquiries and reports from businesses and members of the public concerned about Covid-safety compliance. The duo will work alongside regulatory and enforcement professionals and other agencies and partners to ‘provide advice, education and…

Sunday charges are set to be introduced in car parks in Ottery St Mary, Honiton and Axminster – with an overnight levy also lined up across East Devon. The district council’s current tariffs already treat Sundays as a normal trading day in coastal areas along with Colyton and Lympstone. But for ‘historic reasons’, the authority has never asked for payment in the trio of market towns, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark. East Devon District Council (EDDC) Car Parking Task and Finish Forum members were told ‘there is no logical reason’ for this to continue at their February meeting. And…

A trio of paddleboarders with a dog thought to be in difficulty between Beer and Seaton sparked a Coastguard callout on Sunday afternoon (February 7). Beer Coastguard Rescue Team was tasked shortly after 4pm where they found the paddleboarders safely ashore. The Coastguard called the incident a ‘false alarm with good intent’ and urged the public to call 999 if spotting anyone thought to be in difficulty by the sea. A Beer Coastguard spokesperson said: “The paddle boarders were safely ashore on our arrival, they had not been in difficulty, but appreciated somebody was looking out for them. “This type…

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