Browsing: Sidmouth

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.…

Aldi wants to open new supermarkets in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Seaton, Axminster and Exeter in the next two years. The retail giant has today announced £1.3billion plans for 100 outlets across the UK which it hopes will be welcoming customers by 2023. It is now searching for freehold ‘town-centre or edge-of-centre sites suitable for property development’ in the East Devon towns. Aldi bosses say the firm is on the lookout for plots big enough to accommodate a 20,000sq ft store and around 100 dedicated parking spaces. These will ‘preferably on a prominent main road and with good visibility and access’. Aldi…

Police are appealing for information after a burglars stole three designer handbags worth a combined £4,500 from a Sidmouth shop. The premises in Old Fore Street was targeted between 2.30am and 3am, on Friday, October 8. Officers have released a description of a stocky suspect wearing a snood and baseball cap. They have also urged anyone offered the items for sale together in touch. The suspect is described as being a white man, of stocky build and he was wearing plain black trousers, a snood around his neck, a grey hooded coat and a baseball cap… A Devon and Cornwall…

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…

A semi-conscious woman was airlifted to hospital with injuries after she slipped on a wet path near Sidmouth. Beer Coastguard Rescue Team was called to Jacob’s Ladder on Sunday morning (October 3), at around 11.45am, to give treatment to the woman until the air ambulance arrived. The woman, who had an injury to the back of her head, and hip and back pain, was carried by stretcher up the path to the air ambulance. After the woman was examined it was decided to airlift her to hospital. A Beer Coastguard spokesman said: “We were tasked along with Devon Air Ambulance…

Fire crews from three counties tackled a blaze that broke out in an industrial unit in a barn in East Devon on Friday afternoon (October 1). Firefighters from Colyton, Seaton, Axminster, Danes Castle, Lyme Regis, Yeovil, Sidmouth, Chard, and Honiton were called to a farm in Colyton at around1.15pm, and worked together to extinguish the flames using two hose reel jets, one compressed air foam jet, one ground monitor, one 45mm jet, one gas monitor, and two thermal imaging cameras. The cause of the blaze at the commercial workshop was thought to be accidental, the fire service said. An Axminster…

A woman who tripped and fell on the coast path near Sidmouth was carried by stretcher to safety by the Beer Coastguard rescue team. Coastguard members were called to an area of coast path east of Sidmouth shortly before 5pm on Monday, September 27, where they found a woman unable to move, with pain in her hip and leg. The woman was taken to hospital by ambulance after she was stretchered by the coastguard team to meet paramedics. Coastguards took the decision to carry the casualty because the fall location could not been reached by ambulance. A Beer Coastguard rescue…

Tickets are selling fast for the Sidmouth Town Band’s autumn concert at the town’s Manor Pavilion on Saturday, October 16. The award-winning band returns with some old favourites and new music, after a short summer season performing at Connaught Gardens. Tickets are on sale at £7.50, available at the box office. A Sidmouth Town Band spokesman said: “The award-winning band returns to the theatre stage for a highly-anticipated full concert of favourites and new music aplenty. “With some new band members experiencing their first visit to the beautiful Manor Pavilion, the evening promises to be one of music, laughs and…

Firefighters gave first aid to a man after a chip pan accidentally caught fire in a flat in Seaton on Sunday afternoon (September 26). Crews from Axminster, Seaton, Sidmouth and Lyme Regis were called at around 4.30pm to tackle a blaze in a kitchen of a second-floor flat. The occupant was unable to re-enter the property because the blaze caused extensive fire damage to the kitchen and left the rest of the property affected by smoke. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) spokesperson said: “This was a fire in the kitchen of a second-floor flat, of a…

These photos show how donkeys at Sidmouth have been involved in a conservation project to encourage the growth of wildflowers. Rescued Paddy and Kelley, living at The Donkey Sanctuary, are regularly walked by staff through a wildflower meadow at the charity’s headquarters in a bid to spread seeds and stamp them into the ground to grow. The animal sanctuary hopes the project will encourage the growth of a new wildflower meadow next year. Ben Hart, animal behaviourist at the sanctuary, said: “Donkeys evolved to walk long distances searching for food. “Walking more and exploring new environments while helping to re-seed…

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