Browsing: Ottery St Mary

East Devon has the best recycling rate in the county – and Exeter the worst – according to new figures. The district has been hailed as boasting ‘one of the most comprehensive waste collection services in England’. Annual statistics have revealed that 60 per cent of residents’ rubbish has been recycled – but the total has dropped half a per cent. East Devon now provides one of the most comprehensive waste collection services in England…And while Exeter recorded the highest increase in Devon of 1.7 per cent, its recycling rate of 27.8 per cent is the lowest in the county.…

An affordable housing taskforce is to be created to combat a crisis affecting thousands of people in East Devon – with a ‘grim Christmas’ and rising homelessness predicted. The team of newly-hired staff is expected to cost around £500,000 over two years – with the cash coming from a district council underspend this financial year, writes Local Democracy Reporter Joe Ives. It comes after a report by Devon Home Choice highlighted that more than 2,650 households are in ‘housing need’ in East Devon – the third-highest number in the county. I believe it’s going to be a pretty grim Christmas…

Fire crews were called to put out a shed blaze in a garden in Ottery St Mary on Thursday afternoon (September 30). Firefighters from Ottery and Middlemoor, in Exeter, were called to the garden shortly before 4.30pm where they found a shed fire, which had spread to part of a fence, guttering and neighbouring property. The shed was completely destroyed by the blaze. The cause of the fire was thought to be accidental, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) said. A DSFRS spokesperson said: “Crews from Ottery St Mary and Middlemoor attended a property in Ottery whose shed…

A six-year-old keen reader is thought to have smashed Ottery Library’s record for completing the Book Track Award in record time. Reuben Marshall, pictured here, recently celebrated reading 100 books at Ottery St Mary Library, finishing the challenge in under six months after polishing off up 10 books a week. Staff said they believe Reuben could be the library’s fastest Book Track finisher, completing the reading task in five months. Xanthe Waite, library supervisor, said: “We think that Reuben may be our fastest-ever Book Tracker. “He read his 100 books in just five months. He said that he was reading about 10 books every…

An Ottery St Mary landlord is playing a starring role in a seminar for all pub kitchens this week.  Mike Down, who runs the Volunteer Inn, is making his small screen debut as part of The Chefs’ Forum event on Monday, September 20. The two-hour event focuses on how new technology is enabling pubs like Mike’s, in Broad Street, to do more with less. It will also cover topics such as Natasha’s Law, healthier menus, waste reduction and future staffing issues. Mike features in one of the specially-made films in which leading pub groups and individuals explain how harnessing new technology has…

A new £2million fund designed to help local businesses prosper has been launched by East Devon District Council (EDDC). The authority says the Innovation and Resilience Fund (IRF) – aimed at supporting economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic – is unlike any grant scheme it has run before. Firms and entrepreneurs can apply for up to £50,000 each, or £150,000 for a collaborative bid. The fund is designed to support ‘innovative’ projects that: Support business diversification and the development of new and innovative products; Enable carbon reductions and biodiversity enhancements; Enable and safeguard high value jobs; Offer inclusive opportunities to…

Extra staff are being recruited by East Devon District Council (EDDC) to help deal with rising homelessness caused by the end of the Government’s eviction ban. The authority’s cabinet has agreed to hiring two extra housing officers for the next year to address a ‘second wave’ prompted by the pandemic, writes Local Democracy Reporter Joe Ives. Exmouth Halsdon representative Councillor Megan Armstrong told colleagues the end of the eviction ban on May 31 was causing ‘horrendous problems’ for many people in the district. You can only see the situation becoming worse over the remaining months of this year…EDDC says it…

An Ottery St Mary representative has urged the Government to reintroduce beavers across England – after a trailblazing trial saw the animals thrive in East Devon. Councillor Jess Bailey has responded to a landmark Whitehall consultation on whether the creatures should be allowed back into the wild nationwide. A five-year trial on the River Otter was hailed a ‘brilliant success’ by Natural England. Cllr Bailey has written to colleagues with responsibility for the environment on the county and district authorities and called on them to ‘respond positively’ to Defra’s deiberations. The independent, who represents the Ottery Valley ward on Devon County…

The line-up has been announced for the free-to-enter Ottery St Mary Food & Families Festival, taking place in the town on Saturday, September 11. Jazzi Curley from Devon Cookery School, The Pig at Combe’s Dan Gavrilidis, Michael Caines, Liam Finnegan, Ottery St Mary’s Samosa Lady Tina Chauhan-Challis, Good Game’s ‘Salami Steve’ and Chris Piper of Christopher Piper Wines, are among those billed to share their knowledge with cooking demonstrations on the day. Food festival organisers have pledged the greenest event yet, with no single-use plastic, and the sale of reusable cups. Entry to the festival on Saturday, September 1, is…

District council chiefs have apologised again after warning East Devon residents their recycling and rubbish will be collected a day late this week – with ‘more disruptions’ possible. The authority says its waste crews have ‘worked tirelessly for months’ and were given a ‘well-deserved’ break over the bank holiday weekend. “As a result, we will need to make some catch-up collections on Saturday,” said an East Devon District Council spokesperson. The national recruitment challenges at this current time mean that these interruptions to services may continue for the foreseeable future…“We acknowledge that, due to acute staff shortages, collections are being…

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