Browsing: Exmouth

Construction work on the new Sideshore watersports centre on Exmouth seafront has been temporarily paused due to the coronavirus crisis. Grenadier and Devon Contractors Ltd have confirmed the move in light of government advice to ‘protect the health and safety’ of its workforce. The project had been on course to open this summer. We look forward to unveiling Sideshore to the public as soon as possible, and we are confident it will not only operate as a sustainable business, but create a lasting legacy for the local community… Grenadier director Aiden Johnson-Hugill said: “The creation of Sideshore may have been…

Coronavirus survivor Exmouth town crier Roger Bourgein last night rang his bell ‘for those that saved my life’ when he joined the country in applauding the NHS. Applause, cheers and music erupted from the towns and villages of East Devon on Thursday night, when the UK came together at 8pm to pay public tribute to frontline coronavirus carers. Roger, aged 72, survived the virus but not before his family was told on day six of illness there was nothing more medics could do. Last night Exmouth’s town crier stood on his doorstep in his dressing gown to ring out his…

A host of bus routes in East Devon and Exeter are set to be improved thanks to £1million of extra funding poised to be splashed around the county.  Routes serving Exmouth, Sidmouth, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Budleigh Salterton, Seaton, Axminster and Cranbrook  are among those in line for a boost. Devon County Council (DCC) has spending plans for 18 routes in this financial year, subject to the Department for Transport (DfT) approval. East Devon bus services in line for improvements are:  157 Sidmouth – Newton Poppleford – Colaton Raleigh – Otterton – East Budleigh – Budleigh Salterton – Littleham – Exmouth. There is currently…

These images show deserted seafronts and beaches in Exmouth, Sidmouth and Beer as East Devon heeds the government lockdown to save lives and protect the NHS during the coronavirus crisis. Gone is a repeat of the weekend scenes of the public flouting advice to stay indoors, flocking to the beach to enjoy the sunshine. Webcams at Exmouth, Sidmouth and Beer seafronts today show empty beaches and esplanades after Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday (Monday) imposed strict rules on the UK, to tackle the spread of coronavirus. Complying with new government rules to reduce the spread of the infection, East Devon…

Recycling centres across East Devon and Exeter have been shut until further notice following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a UK coronavirus lockdown. Devon County Council (DCC) has made the move with immediate effect today (Tuesday, March 24) as part of temporary restrictions around the country to curb the Covid-19 outbreak. The authority had yesterday issued a plea to the public to only use the facilities if ‘absolutely necessary’ – telling over-70s to stay away. Queues of traffic were seen around many of the hubs in East Devon on Monday as staff limited access at their gates. Residents have been…

Libraries in East Devon and Exeter have shut due to the coronavirus outbreak – after an idea to keep self-service facilities open was scrapped.   It had been hoped facilities in Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary and Seaton could be accessible so residents could still borrow books between 10am and noon on certain days. However, Libraries Unlimited announced today (Monday, March 23) it had reconsidered its position over the weekend. Temporary closures across the county, implemented on Friday (March 20), will now remain in place ‘until further notice’. Staff say they are trying to continue to provide services ‘in different…

A woman and her hefty pet dog had a lucky escape after falling 50 feet from cliffs in Exmouth. Coastguard rescuers said 10-stone Baloo the Newfoundland ‘took his owner for a walk’ over the edge of Orcombe Point this morning (Sunday, March 22). The duo were found on a ridge some 15 metres down the face of the coastline before being helped back to safety. On arrival the lady and dog were located about 50 feet down on a ridge – the dog was a 65kg Newfoundland, so a lot bigger than most of the other dogs we rescue…. Exmouth…

“On day six I nearly died. My signs began to dip and dip. My family were told ‘there’s nothing more we can do’.” Exmouth town crier Roger Bourgein has spoken of his brush with death as he lay in a locked hospital isolation room battling coronavirus. Roger, aged 72, who has underlying health conditions, spent 11 days in the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital after he was diagnosed with Covid-19, falling ill at home. “I am still in that phase of thinking what an amazing man I am,” said Roger. “We never see ourselves as others see us, so I…

British Transport Police have arrested a man seen spraying liquid around at Exmouth railway station this morning (Thursday, March 19). Officers were called to the station shortly before noon after being told a man was spraying a substance onto tables. Police said no one was injured and enquiries were ongoing into what was sprayed onto property and into the air. A British Transport Police spokeswoman said: “Officers were called to Exmouth station shortly before 12pm today following reports that a man was spraying a bottled substance into the air and onto tables. “The man has been arrested in connection and…

Exmouth Festival 2020 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis. The town council said it made the decision ‘with heavy hearts’ after following government advice. Festivities had been due to take place from May 22-25. All artists, traders and acts will be rebooked for next year, says organisers. We realise that a lot of people will be disappointed, but the health and wellbeing of our artists, musicians, volunteers and festival supporters is always our priority…. An Exmouth Town Council spokesperson said: “The decision has not been taken lightly but has been made in accordance with government guidelines in relation…

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