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Ten out of East Devon’s 26 public toilets will reopen by Friday, May 22, district council chiefs have announced.  Loos in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Honiton, Budleigh Salterton, Seaton, Axminster and Beer are among those that will be made accessible again. The move comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a relaxation of lockdown rules meaning people can spend more time outdoors and travel for exercise and recreation. We recognise the limited number may be inconvenient for some, but we feel it is important to take steps to reduce risks and improve hygiene – Cllr Geoff JungEast Devon District Council (EDDC) says new…

Green public spaces in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Honiton and Seaton – which have been shut as part of the coronavirus lockdown – will reopen tomorrow (Wednesday, May 13). The seven sites remained off-limits when restrictions on East Devon’s parks were lifted in late April. Social distancing signs will be in place and we will remind the public to observe these measures… But this decision has now been reviewed after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new measures for exercise on Sunday. District council bosses say strict social distancing measures must be followed. Jacob’s Ladder in Sidmouth will remain closed along will all…

A dog ban has come into force on East Devon beaches today (Friday, May 1) – despite pleas for the restrictions to be suspended during coronavirus lockdown. District council bosses say ‘a number’ of residents had asked for the move to be delayed, however, legislation does not allow for it. They added that coastlines had been ‘very quiet’ during April and the views of those who do not wish to be bothered by canines also had to be considered. Four-legged friends are now not allowed on parts of beaches in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Seaton and Beer.  Suspending this [beach dog ban] part of the…

District council bosses are to reopen the ‘majority’ of East Devon parks – but some green spaces in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Honiton and Seaton will stay shut. All play areas, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment will also remain off-limits as part of coronavirus lockdown and social distancing rules. Residents have been urged to ‘use common sense’ in the now-accessible beauty spots or they will be made out-of-bounds again. If people do not observe social distancing or congregate in our parks, we may be forced to close them all again. We are putting our trust in our public and asking them…

Police have been told about sunbathers, swimmers, surfers and canoeists flouting COVID-19 lockdown laws in the Sidmouth area. The Beer Coastguard team over the last few days has been tasked to patrol the coast and beach car parks between Seaton and Jacob’s Ladder, at Sidmouth, supporting Devon and Cornwall Police. Beer Coastguard said while some had ignored the lockdown, most people followed government advice and had stayed at home over the Easter bank holiday in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Terry Hoare, Beer Coastguard station manager, said: “The vast majority are following the Government guidelines. “We…

These photos show how fire crews from two counties tackled a bungalow blaze in Seaton shortly before 6am this morning (Wednesday). The fire service received multiple reports of a blaze in a bungalow at Scalwell Lane today (April 15) and sent crews from Seaton and Colyton. When firefighters arrived, they were met with a ‘well-developed’ fire and requested more help, with crews being sent from Sidmouth, Axminster and Lyme Regis plus the incident command unit from Honiton. The aerial ladder platform from Danes Castle, Exeter, was brought in to fight the fire from above and stop it from spreading to…

The driver trapped in an overturned van that crashed at Seaton on Sunday morning was rescued by firefighters. Fire crews from Seaton, Colyton and Exmouth were yesterday (April 12) called to Harepath Hill after being alerted by police. The man driving the van was freed from the vehicle and given first aid by firefighters until paramedics arrived. A spokesperson for Seaton fire station said: “Crews arrived on scene to find the driver of the vehicle physically trapped within the vehicle. “A short extension ladder was used to aid the casualty from the vehicle and environmental pads were used to prevent…

District council bosses have shut a pair of Exmouth car parks – and another in Seaton – during the coronavirus pandemic on the advice of police.  East Devon authority chiefs say the move has been made to ‘reinforce’ the Government’s social distancing advice to stop people driving to beaches and beauty spots. They have closed the Maer Road and Foxholes sites in Exmouth and Seaton’s Jurassic long-stay facility. This action has been taken to reinforce the clearly-stated government advice on social distancing, staying at home and not driving to beaches and beauty spots… An East Devon District Council spokesperson said…

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…

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