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East Devon councillors have agreed a 20 per cent price hike at car parks in Sidmouth, Exmouth, Honiton, Budleigh Salterton and Beer – but it won’t kick in until 2022. The controversial proposals to increase the hourly rate from £1 to £1.20 are the first charge increase in a decade. Representatives last week approved the changes but delayed when they will come into force – April next year – in a bid to help high streets recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Postponing the levy rise will leave a £300,000 hole in the authority’s finances, councillors were warned. Where parking charges…

‘Bigger and better’ sea defences for Sidmouth are back on the table – with offshore rock islands being considered once again. Changes to funding rules mean an ‘unpopular’ scheme currently proposed to protect the town from storms and cliff erosion has been given a cash boost. Now East Devon District Council (EDDC) chiefs are set to decide on whether to stick with the option already in the pipeline or to explore a costlier version. The scheme that was originally underfunded and unpopular has now been provided with extra funding…Alterations to the plans would mean construction work on any scheme could…

A new festive event is being planned in Sidmouth in December where public gardens will come alive with lights. The Connaught@Christmas event – expected to run from December 7-12 – promises seasonal entertainment in a bid to boost Sidmouth’s celebrations, with creative light displays, local crafts and food on sale. The town’s Connaught Gardens, trees and paths will be illuminated using low energy lighting and LED technology. A Santa’s grotto is expected and performances from local musicians and singers. Organisers said a limited number of tickets with staggered entrance times will ensure a clear passage around the gardens. Access for…

‘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…

Rooms with a view of Sidmouth seafront are available to lease in a bid to help promote the town and give the community a boost. The seafront Arches East unit – the current site of the Jurassic Interpretation Centre – could be used for a host of commercial or community-based activities, said Sidmouth Town Council. The council said the lease was a ‘unique opportunity’ and members were keen to hear proposals from groups, businesses or individuals that could help promote Sidmouth. Applications close at 5pm on Friday, March 12, 2021. Ian Barlow, Sidmouth Town Council chairman, said: “This is an…

Weddings can now take place in public gardens in Sidmouth that overlook the sea. East Devon District Council (EDDC) has announced that Connaught Gardens is now licensed to host wedding ceremonies and events can begin once Covid-19 restrictions allow. The council said a number of locations within the grounds are available to hire, including the bandstand gardens for receptions, and bookings are being taken for when lockdown is lifted. Councillors believe the award-winning gardens, in Peak Hill Road, will prove ‘popular’ as a wedding location. Councillor Geoff Jung, EDDC’s portfolio holder for the coast, country and environment, said: “Connaught…

A blaze in a building in the grounds of Bicton College sparked a callout for firefighters from Exmouth, Sidmouth and Clyst St George. Crews were called when flames and smoke were seen coming from the roof of the property on Friday evening, February 12. They tackled the fire, which involved a wood-burning stove and flue. Flames and smoke were reported as visible from the roof space… An Exmouth Fire Station spokesperson said: “Blue Watch from Exmouth Fire Station and on-call staff from Clyst St George Fire Station and Sidmouth Fire Station were mobilised to a reported building fire within the…

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…

Temporary town centre traffic restrictions in Sidmouth are set to be made permanent, highways chiefs have revealed. It is proposed that changes – including the pedestrianisation of Old Fore Street and limits on vehicles in Church Street, New Street, Chapel Street, Dove Lane and Kings Lane – stay in place. Devon County Council (DCC) also says loading bays created from converted parking spaces would also be kept. The town council and chamber of commerce feel the town centre has been improved by the temporary measures which is why we’re now looking to make them permanent – Cllr Stuart Hughes The…

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