Browsing: Ottery St Mary

A bid to prevent housebuilders cramming as many dwellings as possible onto new East Devon developments – leading to homes too small for comfort – has been backed.  District councillors passed a motion to add new standards for space to an updated Local Plan, writes Local Democracy Reporter Joe Ives. Ottery St Mary representative Councillor Peter Faithfull, who proposed the motion, said the lack of a policy means the authority cannot reject residential planning applications based on size. He argued that developers take advantage by building more homes than there is space for – all in the interests of profitability. Cllr…

East Devon District Council (EDDC)  looks set to take a tougher stand against ‘unscrupulous’ developers cutting down trees before planning applications are submitted. The authority has asked for an outline report on a new tree strategy to inform discussions an ‘overview’ committee will hold in October, writes Local Democracy Reporter Joe Ives. A motion by West Hill and Aylesbeare representative Councillor Jess Bailey said East Devon’s trees are important for wildlife, capturing carbon, enhancing wellbeing and preventing flooding and erosion. And a full council meeting on Tuesday, July 27, was broadly in favour of the motion – passed with 38 votes…

The team behind the Exmouth Pavilion Christmas Pantomime have confirmed TV Legend and all-round good fox, BASIL BRUSH, will join pantomime favourite Stuart Earp in this year’s production of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. Basil Brush will feature as The Magic Mirror, alongside Stuart Earp as Muddles, Harry Moore as Nurse Nellie, Kassie Malam as Snow White, Jessica Fay Long as The Wicked Queen and Exeter’s own Sam Emmerson as The Prince. We cannot wait to get back to Exmouth and bring fun and laughter to our amazing audiences, Basil Brush is a great addition to our show… Producer Kevin Brown says “It’s going to be…

‘Imagination and adventure’ sparked 10-year-old William West’s thirst to read 100 books for the second time around at Ottery Library. It was a double celebration for the youngster when this month he was presented with his second Book Track Award certificate and gold badge, which also coincided with him finishing his Summer Reading Challenge. William, pictured here at Ottery Library with his Book Track Award and Summer Reading Challenge certificates, medal and badge, told library staff he read books for ‘imagination and adventure’. An Ottery Library spokeswoman said: “William completed his Book Track on Saturday 24th July and at the…

Police have appealed for information after a motorbike crash in Alfington, near Ottery St Mary, left its rider with a serious leg injury.  Officers are investigating a collision which happened on the B3177 at around noon on Wednesday, July 7. They would in particular like to speak to the driver of a white, hatchback-style car. Officers would particularly like to hear from the driver of a white hatchback-type car who might have witnessed the collision… A force spokesperson said: “Police investigating a road traffic collision involving a motorbike on the B3177 in Alfington, near Ottery St Mary, on Wednesday, July…

Firefighters from Ottery St Mary and Exeter tackled a blaze involving a wooden worktop on an electric oven at a home in Aylesbeare this morning (Sunday, July 11). A trio of crews were called to the East Devon village at around 9.50am. They donned breathing apparatus and used a hose-reel jet to extinguish the blaze. The worktop was destroyed by the fire. Crews from Ottery and Middlemoor attended. The fire was confined to the worktop, which was completely destroyed… A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Three fire engines attended a small fire involving a wooden worktop…

A man has died following a crash on the A30 in East Devon today (Friday, July 9), police have confirmed. Emergency services were called to a stretch of the dual carriageway at Daisymount Cross at around 12.20pm following reports of a traffic collision. A man in his 50s was reported to have sustained serious injuries. He was confirmed deceased at the scene and his next-of-kin have been informed…The road was closed for six hours in both directions as a result of the incident. Devon and Cornwall Police is now appealing for any witnesses to come forward. A force spokesperson said this…

Garden centre workers from Ottery St Mary taking part in next month’s Hospiscare Twilight Walk hope the public will wave them on their way. A group of around 30 workers are gearing up to take part in Twilight with a Twist, on Saturday, July 10, setting off from Otter Garden Centre. Entry is still open for those wishing to take part in the annual event – now celebrating its 15th anniversary – with organised 13-mile and six-mile routes in Exmouth, or plot your own course near home. Entry is £20 per person or £32 for two people, and includes a…

A tractor on fire on the road near Ottery St Mary was completely destroyed by the blaze and its trailer carrying a load was damaged by smoke and flames. Firefighters from Ottery, Middlemoor Fire Station and Danes Castle, in Exeter, were called to Fairmile at around 1.45pm on Wednesday (June 9) where they found the agricultural machinery well alight on the road. The cause of the blaze was accidental, the fire service, said. The blaze totally destroyed the tractor and left its trailer and grass load fire and smoke damaged. Around 25 metres of hedgerow was also damaged by fire,…

A fridge blaze in the kitchen of a Sidmouth home prompted a callout for firefighters from the town and Ottery Mary. Crews were called to the property in Baker Close at around 2.15pm on Thursday, May 27. They donned breathing apparatus and used thermal imaging kit and a hose-reel jet to tackle the flames. The cause of the fire was accidental and nobody was hurt. The fire involved the fridge in the kitchen and was put out using two breathing apparatus, one hose-reel jet, one safety jet, one thermal imaging camera, and a gas monitor… A Devon and Somerset Fire…

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