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Pensioners keeping mobility scooters in council flats in Exmouth for two years in a battle over parking are frightened they will die if the vehicles catch fire. Residents of Dray Court, in Rolle Road, have spoken out about their ongoing frustration over the district council’s refusal to give them undercover storage outside where they can safely park their scooters. Money has been offered to part-pay for permanent outdoor storage, but East Devon District Council (EDDC) denies any knowledge of the financial aid. For the last two years pensioners have obeyed written council advice to keep mobility scooters inside their homes…

Budleigh firefighters moving to Exmouth when the station closes will not have an engine to ride on. The fire service said the Budleigh crew will help keep the Exmouth retained pump fully-operational, and have its own fire engine ‘removed’. If an additional fire engine is needed it will have to come from the next nearest available crew. We’re constantly moving our appliances around so it hasn’t been confirmed now where Budleigh’s pump will go once it is absorbed into the fleet. It will go where it is required… Currently Budleigh’s on-call crew and fire engine is two-and-a-half miles away from…

A mystery donor turned a coffee morning fundraiser into a celebration when she gave £21,000 in memory of her husband to Exmouth and district’s ‘Ring and Ride’ new bus appeal. The 93-year-old widow was attending Friday’s coffee morning at Bronte Court, Salterton Road, which had been organised to boost funds for Exmouth and District Community Transport’s replacement bus. The community bus charity recently set up a £30,000 crowdfunding campaign to replace an ageing bus at a cost of £57,000. I was shocked. I wanted to cry. It’s been such a worry thinking ‘how on earth are we going to raise…

A main roundabout could be given a maritime makeover – with a trio of eight-feet-high steel sculptures – in a bid to net Exmouth national glory. The ambitious vision for the Parade has been proposed with the town set to represent the South West in the Britain in Bloom contest this summer. Exmouth in Bloom says it hopes to create something ‘really spectacular’ – and has called on the community to support the scheme. Time is running by to get this project off the ground. We are working really hard to do something really spectacular – Marion Drew of Exmouth…

Try your pluck at Darts Farm’s silent auction to win the turkey prepared by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his campaign visit to East Devon. Boris’s campaign trail led him to Devon on Thursday and a stop at Darts Farm, Clyst St George, where he was invited by master butcher Alastair David to lend a hand preparing a turkey. Michael Dart, Darts Farm co-owner, said Boris’s latticed, bacon-covered, oven-ready turkey is now up for grabs and can be won by going into the shop and leaving a bid in a silent auction – with the proceeds going to the Devon…

Dad of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin joined send-off celebrations for an Exmouth woman’s record-breaking charity challenge to row the Atlantic. Anthony Martin on Saturday evening joined a going away party held at The Point Bar and Grill, on Exmouth dockside, raising a glass to the Oarsome Foursome team tackling the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in aid of Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare, Cornwall Blood Bikes, and Carefree charities. Coldplay financially backed the Oarsome Foursome for an undisclosed amount after rower Claire Allinson, of Morton Crescent, plucked up the courage to tell Chris Martin’s dad about the 3,000-mile ocean adventure at a…

Parking problems in Exmouth come under the spotlight next week with the launch of a public consultation proposing residents’ permits, on-street pay-and-display and waiting restrictions.   The proposed parking shake-up starts when hundreds of consultation cards are sent to homes in some of Exmouth’s most congested streets, including The Colony, Withycombe Raleigh and the town centre. Devon County Council’s residents’ parking consultation runs from Friday, October 4 until October 25. It was prompted by complaints from those living in streets considered problem areas. This is not going to be quite the magic wand everyone thinks it’s going to be. There…

Music legends Coldplay have sponsored an Exmouth woman’s record-breaking charity challenge to row the Atlantic. Last month Coldplay front man Chris Martin told his fans through social media of the ‘amazing’ Oarsome Foursome team – highlighting the 3,000-mile ocean adventure, tackling the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in aid of Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare, Cornwall Blood Bikes, and Carefree charities. Now the band have financially backed Claire Allinson, of Morton Crescent, Exmouth, and the Oarsome Foursome team, for an undisclosed amount. The star’s surprise windfall means the women’s row team are just £10,000 away from their £100,000 target allowing them to…

Exmouth carnival WILL go ahead this year and it is all thanks to the dogged determination of one man and the county council. Brixington man Gavin Roberts, 42, has proved to be the saviour of Exmouth’s 2019 carnival because of his single-minded resolve to make the event happen – with the help of Devon County Council (DCC) pushing through road closure paperwork in record time. Thanks to Gavin’s persistence and county council highways officers, Exmouth’s carnival is set to go ahead on Saturday, October 12, at 7.30pm. Gavin, of Cheriswood Avenue, put himself in the hot seat as a first-time…

A Sidmouth pensioner was warned he faced being fined for fly-tipping after depositing a bag of puppy poo in a council bin. Pete Grant, 72, from Stowford, said a council worker told him could be fined £1,000 for depositing one bag of dog mess in a red bin because it had been picked up from his private garden, not the street, and he did not have a dog with him. Pete, who was looking after his grandson’s 12-week-old dachshund puppies, said he phoned East Devon District Council and was told his actions were classed as fly-tipping. Somebody’s got their head…

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