Browsing: Exeter

A round-up of news from across East Devon, including community stories, photos and what’s on, from Exmouth, Sidmouth, Cranbrook, Seaton, Ottery St Mary, Budleigh Salterton and Exeter.  Axminster Axminster firefighters tackled a blaze in the early hours of Friday morning (June 14) after a van caught on fire following a crash. The fire service received several 999 calls to report the blaze after spotting a vehicle in a water-filled drainage ditch in a field in Axminster. Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and a used a hose reel jet to tackle the blaze. An Axminster fire station spokesman said: “Owing to the…

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The list of candidates setting their sights of being elected by East Devon residents in the July general election have been announced. The district council has released the names of the candidates nominated for the Exmouth and Exeter East constituency, and the newly-created Honiton and Sidmouth constituency, The country will go to the polls on Thursday, July 4, 2024, after a general election was called in May. Honiton and Sidmouth is one of the new constituencies that will replace East Devon at the next general election. This follows a review by the Independent Boundary Commission for England. Melanie Wellman, East…

Some boats and jet skis spotted near wildlife on the River Exe amid a speeding clampdown have failed to stop when challenged by the authority, it has been revealed. A report found 26 speeding vessels have been stopped by patrols in the Exe estuary since March, writes local democracy reporter Guy Henderson. Irresponsible boat and jet ski owners are said to be speeding close to wildlife refuges and some have refused to stop when challenged by harbour patrols. The scale of the speeding is outlined in a report to Exeter City Council by its harbour master Grahame Forshaw. His report…

More than £300,000 from developers building in Exeter will be added to government cash to buy four properties in the city to house Afghan refugees. Money paid by developers building in and around Exeter will be used to support families in need of homes, writes local democracy reporter Guy Henderson. The city council will take almost £300,000 out of ‘Section 106’ money handed over by developers to go towards buying four properties which will initially be for refugee families from Afghanistan. Many such refugees worked for British forces during conflicts in their own country, putting their lives in danger. The…

The leader of Exeter City Council has called for a ‘sensible solution’ to the scrapping of the hated low traffic neighbourhood road blocks – resulting in some staying in place until the school summer holidays. Exeter’s controversial Active Streets traffic experiment has been scrapped, writes local democracy reporter Guy Henderson. Some of the regulations stopping traffic getting through parts of the city will be suspended straight away. Others will stay in place until the school summer holidays. Cllr Rob Hannaford (Ind, Exwick and St Thomas) said the phased approach was a ‘fudge’ but Cllr Phil Bialyk (Lab, Exwick) said lessons…

An Exeter man who left 10 giant tortoises to die when he failed to check them for almost a week, dumping their corpses in East Devon woods, has been banned from keeping the animals for a decade. Gary Priddle, aged 56, of Grecian Way, Exeter, on Thursday (May 30) admitted before Exeter Magistrates’ Court he failed to properly look after the animals, later dumping the 10 Aldabra tortoises, which died in his care. Priddle was sentenced to a 12-month community order and banned from keeping tortoises for 10 years, pleading guilty to one charge under the Animal Welfare Act 2006…

“We took a large chunk of public money and invested it without asking any of the right questions – a £1million loan to an East Devon venture using taxpayer cash will not be repaid. Exeter City Council has been urged not to ‘crash’ the city’s Science Park project as it tries to recover a £1 million loan, writes local democracy reporter Guy Henderson. The authority has decided to convert the loan into shares in the company running the East Devon business park near Exeter Airport after hearing there was no prospect of the money being repaid when it becomes due…

Supporters of cycling in Exeter have hit out at a report recommending low traffic neighbourhood road blocks are scrapped in Heavitree and Whipton, urging city leaders to ‘take back control’. Cyclists in Exeter have fired a broadside at local Councillors over plans to end a controversial traffic experiment in the city early, writes local democracy reporter Guy Henderson. Restrictions on vehicles have been placed on some roads in the Heavitree and Whipton areas, stopping traffic in a bid to cut pollution and make the roads safer. But objectors say the scheme merely moves congestion and pollution elsewhere, and roads on…

More than £420,000 was paid in allowances to Exeter City Councillors in the past year, new figures show, writes local democracy reporter Guy Henderson. Leader Phil Bialyk (Lab, Exwick) was paid £27,969, made up of a basic allowance of £6,537 plus a leader’s allowance of £21,245 and £187 in conference, travel and subsistence expenses. Deputy leader Laura Wright (Lab, St Thomas), who is the portfolio holder for corporate services and the city centre, received £18,553. A table listing all the payments has been published to go before the city council’s executive committee. The figures are set by an independent external…

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