Browsing: Ottery St Mary

Plans to build 13 new homes in the grounds of the Salston Manor in Ottery St Mary – so the ‘famous’ former hotel building can be restored – have been approved.   A unanimous go-ahead for the scheme means a total of 26 dwellings will be created at the site. The green light was also given for a two-home extension to be constructed on the existing listed building, which already has consent to be converted into 11 flats. The history of the building is vital for Ottery. This will be a massive job and, while it is a departure from…

A suspected blaze in a chimney at a property in West Hill turned out to be a small fire involving guttering and timber cladding. Ottery St Mary firefighters were called to Brackendown at around 5pm on Friday, April 2, after a member of the public raised the alarm. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “On arrival, the Incident Commander confirmed a small fire involving guttering and timber cladding on the property and got crews to work to extinguish the fire using a 10.5m ladder, a hose reel jet and small tools to extinguish fire. “The fire…

Easter eggs and handwritten notes of thanks from Ottery St Mary residents have been delivered to keyworkers in the area. Retired residents living at Tumbling Weir Court, in Mill Street, were keen to thank local keyworkers who have ‘gone above and beyond’, looking after the community amid the pandemic and helping with the fast roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine. Moya Catney, House Tumbling Weir Court manager, said: “These past few lockdown periods have certainly been challenging for all of us. “We have such a fantastic community here and we didn’t want to lose that spirit, so we have worked hard…

Plans to install 30 rapid electric vehicle charging points at car parks across East Devon are set to be discussed by district councillors. Sites in Exmouth, Lympstone, Sidmouth, Honiton, Budleigh Salterton, Beer, Axminster, Colyton, Seaton and Ottery St Mary are being considered for the project. The Innovate UK-funded Exeter Rapid Charging Project scheme has already won the support of the authority’s cabinet. Proposals will now be discussed at a full meeting of East Devon District Council (EDDC) on April 21. The aim is to have them all installed and operational by this summer… An EDDC spokesperson said: “If given the…

These red squirrels at Wildwood Escot in East Devon have gone nuts for the first signs of spring. Twiglet and Blossom are among five of the curious, cute critters with a super sense of smell who have been enjoying a a bright carpet of happy daffodils at their woodland home. “Our red squirrels are so curious about anything new and they will investigate everything down to the last leaf, much to the joy of anyone observing them,” said Wildwood Escot keeper Becky Copland. The charity recently welcomed two new female red squirrels who will become a vital part of the…

‘Covid compliance officers’ are to hit East Devon high streets ensuring businesses stick to government rules when they reopen. Two new district council roles have been created and filled by Andy Squires and Rachel Payne – who have already begun visiting traders in Exmouth. The posts are being paid for from a £131,000 pot of European funding awarded to the authority. Andy and Rachel will respond to enquiries and reports from businesses and members of the public concerned about Covid-safety compliance. The duo will work alongside regulatory and enforcement professionals and other agencies and partners to ‘provide advice, education and…

Firefighters from Ottery St Mary successfully rescued a calf that fell into a slurry pit in Whimple on Sunday evening (February 21). The East Devon crew, called to a farm on the Talaton Road shortly before 6pm, were joined by officers and the rescue unit from Bridgewater, where they found the stricken animal stuck in an underground slurry pit. The rescued calf was uninjured and reunited with its mother, the fire service said. An Ottery Fire Station spokesperson said: “Crews were mobilised to a large animal rescue for a calf stuck in a slurry pit. “Crews ensured that the calf…

A competition has been launched by a wildlife park near Ottery St Mary to name its new arctic fox. Wildwood Escot this month welcomed the fox, which came to East Devon from Copenhagen Zoo. Now the keepers at Wildwood Trust are appealing for help to name the newest arrival, and have launched an online vote, giving one lucky winner the chance to feed the fox once the park reopens. The wildlife park is inviting people to name the four-year-old male fox through its Facebook and Twitter pages. The choices are Revon, which translates as fire foxes; Tundra, the type of…

Sunday charges are set to be introduced in car parks in Ottery St Mary, Honiton and Axminster – with an overnight levy also lined up across East Devon. The district council’s current tariffs already treat Sundays as a normal trading day in coastal areas along with Colyton and Lympstone. But for ‘historic reasons’, the authority has never asked for payment in the trio of market towns, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark. East Devon District Council (EDDC) Car Parking Task and Finish Forum members were told ‘there is no logical reason’ for this to continue at their February meeting. And…

A county councillor is calling for the Government to reconsider its decision to snub a funding bid to rebuild flood-hit Tipton St John Primary School.  Otter Valley ward representative Claire Wright has written to education minister Baroness Berridge and launched a petition urging Whitehall to provide funding for a new school in the village. The Environment Agency (EA) declared in 2015 that there is a ‘risk to life’ of the children attending the hub and that it must be rebuilt outside of the flood zone. This cherished local school is now at risk of closure due to the flood risk – Cllr Claire…

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