Browsing: Seaton

A bid to extend Seaton Jurassic – one of East Devon’s biggest tourist attractions – have been supported by district council bosses.  The community-led centre at The Underfleet engages thousands of people with the area’s unique geological, coastal and marine heritage, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark. It opened in 2013 and ‘phase one’ of the project has seen visitors take the ‘short trip’ back to the 19th century to share the excitement of the discoveries made by local fossil hunters and geologists. Original plans for the project included a larger outdoor area that extended across part of the car…

Public gardens and a nature reserve in East Devon have achieved the highest international standards and been named worthy of Green Flag Awards. Connaught Gardens, in Sidmouth, Exmouth’s Manor Gardens, and Seaton Wetlands nature reserve have been joined by Seafield Gardens, in Seaton, in scooping the top award. East Devon District Council (EDDC) said it was ‘proud’ of StreetScene staff and Wild East Devon, for maintaining the sites during the pressures and challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Keep Britain Tidy, backing the honours, said East Devon District Council had achieved the highest international standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.…

Weekly government figures show 92 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in East Devon – with ‘clusters’ identified in ten areas of the district. Half of the positive tests relate to specimen dates in the past seven days; the rest go back to September. Eleven new cases had been confirmed across the district in the previous week. A total of 397 Covid-19 cases have now been recorded in East Devon, where the infection rate is 271.4 for every 100,000 people. In Exeter, 603 new cases have been confirmed. A total of 1,369 cases have been confirmed in Devon and Cornwall…

A windsurfer in difficulty and drifting out to sea off Seaton was rescued by the Lyme Regis lifeboat. The man was spotted in the sea a quarter of a mile off Seaton on Friday afternoon (September 25), where he was seen trying to paddle against an offshore wind when he could not get his sail up out of the water. The stricken windsurfer, and his board, was taken back to shore where he was given safety advice by Beer Coastguard Rescue team. The Coastguard team thanked the public for calling 999 and raising the alarm. A Beer Coastguard spokesman said:…

Firefighters from Seaton are urging care when using disposable barbecues outside after the crew tackled a blaze in a skip in Axmouth. The fire crew found a skip on fire near the shore at Axmouth Yacht Club at around 11am on Sunday, September 20. Firefighters believe the blaze was the result of a disposable barbecue, thrown away while still hot. The crew used a hose reel jet and a compressed air foam system (CAFS) jet to tackle the blaze. A Seaton Fire Station spokesperson said: “Seaton’s crew were mobilised by fire control just before 11 o’clock to a fire…

Firefighters from Seaton and Colyton tackled an accidental tractor blaze in Whitford.    A water bowser from Dorset was also called to Colyton Hill in the East Devon village, near Axminster, after the alarm was raised at around 5pm on Wednesday (September 17). Crews arrived to find the tractor engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished and the area made safe. The cause of this fire is believed to be accidental…They donned breathing apparatus and used compressed air foam and a hose-reel jet to extinguish the fire. A Colyton Fire Station spokesperson said: “The driver acted quickly when he realised…

Play park wish-lists of zip-slides, trampolines and more – totalling £175,000 – have been granted to children living in Seaton and Honiton. Seafield Gardens play area, on Seaton seafront, has been given a £100,000 facelift while Cherry Close park in Honiton boasts £75,000 of new equipment. The cash injections to transform the parks was made possible thanks to East Devon District Council who teamed up with children from Seaton and Honiton to kit out the play areas. Cllr Cathy Gardner, East Devon District Council (EDDC) chairman, said: “Both the play areas look fantastic and I’m sure they will be enjoyed…

A new interactive map has shown no coronavirus-related deaths were recorded in East Devon or Exeter in July. Latest statistics show fatalities due to the virus have been logged in 16 of the district’s 20 wards and all but one of the city’s 14 areas. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has analysed all deaths involving Covid-19 that occurred between March 1 and July 31, and were registered by August 15. A total of six coronavirus deaths – in the Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Seaton, Cranbrook, Broadclyst and Stoke Canon, Feniton and Whimple and Exeter St Thomas West wars – were…

A teenager from Seaton hopes her poignant photo of her granddad and sister separated by the pandemic is named the UK’s most iconic lockdown image. Jessica Shackleford, aged 18, will learn later this month if she has won with her snap of her sister, Jasmin, 16, and granddad Brian, 76, reaching out hands, separated by a window, social distancing. Jessica’s photo is one of 25 shortlisted by Cartridge Save, where on August 24, after a public vote, a panel of experts will decide the top snap. Jessica entered her photo of her granddad and sister after social distancing forced the…

After 91 years of bowling at Seaton Bowling Club, Seacliff Gardens, the time has come for the diggers to move in, writes Alan Nicholas. A tremendous amount of effort has been put in since the green was laid back in 1929 to keep it in excellent order for the club members… However, in the last year the green has suffered a very extensive infestation by leatherjackets in among the roots of the grass. Our green-keeping team…would often turn up to find mass destruction where the birds had literally torn up areas of grass..This encouraged all the crows and seagulls in…

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