Browsing: Ottery St Mary

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…

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…

The final stage of work to finish a much-needed £6million flood defence plan for an East Devon village could be decided within weeks. Plans for the final stages of a flood defence scheme in Feniton could be put before East Devon planners next month, writes local democracy reporter Bradley Gerrard. The final phase of the long-running scheme in the village involves completing a culvert linking the previous three stages. The earlier phases included a bypass channel downstream of the Exeter to Waterloo line, property protection measures, and an undertrack crossing of the railway line. The total cost is expected to…

Your views are needed to shape the future and character of East Devon – including sites to build new homes and businesses, town centre shopping areas, plus preserving green spaces and coastal spots East Devon District Council (EDDC) is urging all to take part and leave feedback on eight new topics for the Local Plan, which will be used for future planning decisions and developments. But you only have from now until 5pm on Thursday, June 27 to make your views known. The eight areas being focussed on are: New housing and mixed-use site allocations New employment site allocations Designated…

Flood warnings and alerts were issued across East Devon throughout Thursday (May 2) following hours of heavy overnight rain. The Environment Agency (EA) said river levels were high and some roads and low-lying land could be flooded as a result. Flood warnings were issued for areas of Axminster and Yarcombe after heavy rain caused the River Yarty to rise, with calls for farmers to be aware their livestock could be at risk in fields close to the river. Roads and fords that crossed the River Yarty were expected to be cut off and impassable. The Environment Agency said: “Riverside property…

East Devon MP Simon Jupp’s campaign manager has admitted he bought websites that redirected supporters of the political rival to his boss’s site. Earlier this month the pressure was on Conservative Simon Jupp to explain why the web addresses – RichardFoord.co.uk, RichardFoord.com and RichardFoord.uk – sent users to Mr Jupp’s website. Detective work by Liberal Democrat Tiverton and Honiton MP, Richard Foord – who in the next general election will stand against the East Devon MP for the new constituency of Honiton and Sidmouth – found the web domains had been bought and registered by Oliver Kerr, Mr Jupp’s campaign…

A mega round-up of news from across East Devon – including community stories and photos from Exmouth, Seaton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Exeter, Cranbrook, Axminster, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, plus crime, business, farming, what’s on.  Honiton Affordable homes have been announced for Honiton after 90 were sold by a developer to Sovereign Network Group (SNG). SNG bought the homes in a deal with housing developer Baker Estates on the 291-home site at the Hayne Lane area of the town. The properties are a mixture of one and two-bedroom flats, plus two and three-bedroom houses. Of the new homes, SNG has made…

A disgraced police officer from East Devon has been sacked from the force after he sexually assaulted a woman within minutes of their first date. Devon and Cornwall Police announced PC Kane Haywood has been dismissed after he was handed a suspended prison sentence for sexual assault on a woman in Exeter, who he met on Instagram. He appeared before Bristol Crown Court for sentence having been convicted on January 16, 2024, of one count of sexual assault by penetration. Devon and Cornwall Police said Haywood has been dismissed from the force following his criminal conviction for sexual assault. The…

A pair of East Devon flood management schemes have been handed a total of more than £1.4million in government cash. The separate projects aim to reduce risk faced by towns and villages along the River Otter and River Sid including Ottery St Mary, Newton Poppleford, Harpford, Sidbury, Sidford and Sidmouth. Calls for extra funding were made after communities were hit by flash-flooding in May 2023. Two East Devon projects have been named among 40 across the country which will benefit from a £25million pot of Natural Flood Management programme funding. The Environment Agency’s Climate Resilient Otter Catchment (CROC) scheme has…

Beautiful Days Festival has announced its 2024 line-up, with names heading for East Devon including Richard Ashcroft, The Saw Doctors, Levellers, The Damned, Inspiral Carpets, Badly Drawn Boy and New Model Army. This year’s festival’s dates are AUGUST 16-18, 2024, where scores of music lovers will head for East Devon for a packed line-up of fun and entertainment. The three-day festival, at Escot, near Ottery St Mary, has music and entertainment over six stages plus walkabout theatre, site art, a huge children’s area, a vast selection of food and traders plus real ale bars. The festival’s annual tradition of a…

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