Browsing: Sidmouth

What a difference two months makes – these images show the East Devon coast and the contrast between seafronts from lockdown to the first bank holiday after restrictions were relaxed. When the Prime Minister put the UK in lockdown on March 23, to stop the spread of coronavirus, seafront webcams in East Devon showed empty beaches and promenades as the public heeded advice to stay indoors. Two months after lockdown was introduced, and restrictions have been relaxed, Exmouth, Sidmouth and Beer seafronts and beaches have shown an increase in public and traffic. These webcam images show the seafronts at lunchtime…

Reports a kayak was sinking and a person was in the sea 100 metres off Jacob’s Ladder sparked a call to Sidmouth Lifeboat this evening. The lifesaving charity has issued a safety message to bank holiday water users after its volunteer crew was tasked to the incident at around 7.25pm. It was about to launch from the beach when the kayaker emerged on the shore safe and well. As the lifeboat rig was on the beach about to launch, the kayaker made the shore – wet, but safe and well… A Sidmouth Lifeboat spokesperson said: “Tasked to a kayaker in…

Temporary traffic lights are in place near Sidford after a ‘cavernous’ sinkhole appeared beneath the road at the end of the week. The A3052 road near Branscombe Cross was closed on Friday, May 22, and motorists warned not to ignore the signs and drive through after a sinkhole was discovered beneath the highway between Sidmouth and Colyford, near the Donkey Sanctuary. The road closure and diversion has been replaced by temporary traffic lights over the bank holiday weekend. A3052 Update:- The present Road Closure near Branscombe Cross will be replaced with traffic light 🚦 control over the #BankHolidayWeekend pic.twitter.com/sCAv2WoDnb…

Stencils like these will be used to paint social distancing markings and a one-way system on Sidmouth pavements to protect residents and visitors from coronavirus. They will be introduced in the town centre in a bid keep people two metres apart and stop the spread of Covid-19 now lockdown rules have been relaxed. Further safeguards being considered include closing streets deemed too narrow and creating temporary paths to increase space. High Street, Fore Street, and up to The Esplanade, New Street, Church Street and the Three- Cornered Plot are expected to be included in the one-way system. It will see pedestrians…

This view of the River Sid is missing something for the first time in more than a century. Historic Alma Bridge has been taken down to pave the way for a £750,000 replacement some 40-metres upstream. The new structure near Sidmouth seafront is on course to be finished later this summer. Work to remove the old bridge, which dated back to the early 1900s, began on Wednesday. Professional photographer Simon Horn took these pictures today (Thursday) and said: “And then it was gone! Seems very strange not to have Alma Bridge spanning the river.” A new viewing area will be…

Police searching for a missing 60-year-old from Sidmouth say the body of a man has been found near Peak Hill cliffs. Officers, coastguard and lifeboat crew had launched an operation to find Trevor Stevens, who was last seen when he left his home in the town at around 10.30am on Tuesday, May 19. Coastguard found the body of a man yesterday (Wednesday), police confirmed this morning. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “The body of a man has been located in the search for a missing 60-year-old from Sidmouth. “A search was launched for Trevor Stevens after he was reported missing…

Fans of The Donkey Sanctuary are invited to a virtual day out in Sidmouth on bank holiday Monday to see the animals and chat to staff who look after them. The interactive day, starting at 10am on May 25, is a repeat of a similar successful online event held by the sanctuary over Easter, which reached more than a million people. The latest Sanctuary From Your Sofa event includes five Facebook Live broadcasts, each lasting 15 minutes, and a pre-recorded link at 12 noon, with the charity’s donkey-assisted therapy centres across the UK. Maxine Carter, Sidmouth sanctuary farm manager, said:…

Work to remove the century-old Alma Bridge in Sidmouth is set to begin tomorrow (Wednesday, May 20). The historic structure, which dates back to the early 1900s, was damaged during severe flooding in 2012. A replacement is being built 40 metres upstream along the River Sid – and is on course to be finished later this summer. Once the old bridge is removed ‘over the next few weeks’, a new viewing area will be developed with an information panel to commemorate it. The original Alma bridge has unfortunately started to become a bit of an eyesore so, although it will…

These images show Sunday lunchtime on Sidmouth and Exmouth seafronts – the first full weekend after lockdown restrictions were relaxed. Webcams at Exmouth and Sidmouth yesterday, May 17, showed the public heading for the coast now government lockdown laws allow for spending time outdoors, sitting and enjoying the fresh air and sunbathing. There was a marked increase in traffic along Exmouth seafront after Boris Johnson announced the public could now travel to outdoor open spaces – irrespective of distance. But The Strand, In Exmouth, appeared deserted as residents chose to stay at home, to protect the NHS and stop the…

Concern for a swimmer saw Sidmouth Lifeboat called into action – in what turned out to be a false alarm involving someone ‘spearfishing’.  Volunteer crew members responded to a report of a person in difficulty 100 metres off Jacob’s Ladder at around 11.25am this morning (Sunday, May 17). However, the team was stood down – as the lifesaving vessel was about to enter the water – when it was confirmed the person was safely ashore. Apparently, the person in the water had been spearfishing and had not been in difficulty… A Sidmouth Lifeboat spokesperson said: “As the boat was entering the…

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