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A Devon chef’s hopes to open a ‘world-class seafood restaurant’ on Sidmouth seafront are to become reality after his plans were given the green light. After a lengthy process, a trendy fish restaurant has been given permission to open on Sidmouth seafront, writes local democracy reporter Bradley Gerrard. But some people think the proposed design for Rockfish is a “missed opportunity”. Westcountry chef Mitch Tonks, who attended the East Devon District Council planning meeting that considered his plan, said he had “loved the site since it came up for sale” and that he aims to create a “world-class seafood restaurant”…

A marathon debate to thrash out altered plans to build a major Sidmouth retirement development on the former site of the district council offices has ended in rejection. Revised plans for a major retirement living scheme have been rejected by East Devon planners after a lengthy debate which united residents and Councillors united in opposition, writes local democracy reporter Bradley Gerrard. McCarthy & Stone recently put a tweaked version of its scheme in front of the district council’s planning committee, but objectors bemoaned the small number of changes made. The size, scale and number of properties remained the same, residents…

SPONSORED POST: Gilbert Stephens Solicitors offer new and improved client options with the development of their East Devon Legal Hub. Gilbert Stephens is determined to keep its high street offices in Budleigh and Sidmouth open as usual, but at the same time they want to offer better client facilities. So, they’ve taken the bold step of combining their back-office operations from three of their offices – Budleigh, Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary – and created a new East Devon Legal Hub on the Finnimore Trading Estate, Ottery St Mary. The move to the new location is part of a wider…

Former MP Simon Jupp has broken his silence on losing the new Honiton and Sidmouth seat to Liberal Democrat Richard Foord, saying serving East Devon had been the ‘greatest honour of my life’. Until the general election was called Mr Jupp was the MP for East Devon. In recent weeks, amid boundary changes, he campaigned to win the newly-created Honiton and Sidmouth seat. After learning Liberal Democrat rival Richard Foord had beaten him to become the Honiton and Sidmouth MP, Mr Jupp wished his successor ‘all the very best for this term of Parliament’. He said it had been a…

Liberal Democrat Richard Foord has won the battle to become the new Honiton and Sidmouth MP beating his rival, Conservative Simon Jupp. Richard Foord has become the Liberal Democrat MP for the new Honiton and Sidmouth seat, beating another MP from the previous parliament, writes local democracy reporter Bradley Gerrard. Mr Foord secured 23,007 votes, more than his nearest rival, the Conservative Simon Jupp, who secured 16,307 and had represented the old East Devon seat since 2019. The majority that Mr Foord secured meant that even if Reform UK’s 6,289 for its candidate Paul Quickenden were transferred to the Conservatives,…

Voters in East Devon and Exeter will have to wait until the early hours of Friday morning (July 5) to learn who their MP will be. Devon voters keen to know which party has won in their constituency will need to stay up through the night to find out who their new MP is, writes local democracy reporter Bradley Gerrard. The county heads to the polls on Thursday (July 4) with the rest of the nation, and once polling stations close at 10pm, local councils kick into gear to get all the votes counted. All of Devon’s district and unitary…

There are hours to go before General Election polling booths open across the UK – and scores of East Devon and Exeter residents are still undecided on which way to vote. To help you decide who should win your cross on the ballot paper, East Devon News approached all the prospective candidates. Those contacted have been nominated to stand for the Exmouth and Exeter East constituency, Honiton and Sidmouth constituency, and for the Exeter seat. All were invited by email to submit their profile and a photo, which East Devon News has published here. For those who did not respond,…

The district council has blamed a printing contractor ‘mistake’ for resulting in scores of East Devon residents failing to receive polling cards. East Devon District Council (EDDC) on Monday (July 1) apologised to residents left without polling cards ahead of Thursday’s General Election (July 4). EDDC said it was ‘doing all it can’ to make sure East Devon residents affected can still vote. The district council said polling cards were sent out by first class post on Monday (July 1) to those still waiting. An EDDC spokesman said: “East Devon District Council has become aware that many residents did not…

A round-up of news from across East Devon, including community stories, photos and what’s on, from Exmouth, Sidmouth, Cranbrook, Seaton, Ottery St Mary, Budleigh Salterton and Exeter.  Axminster Axminster firefighters tackled a blaze in the early hours of Friday morning (June 14) after a van caught on fire following a crash. The fire service received several 999 calls to report the blaze after spotting a vehicle in a water-filled drainage ditch in a field in Axminster. Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and a used a hose reel jet to tackle the blaze. An Axminster fire station spokesman said: “Owing to the…

The list of candidates setting their sights of being elected by East Devon residents in the July general election have been announced. General Election 2024: All the candidates for Exmouth and Exeter East; Honiton and Sidmouth; Exeter The district council has released the names of the candidates nominated for the Exmouth and Exeter East constituency, and the newly-created Honiton and Sidmouth constituency, The country will go to the polls on Thursday, July 4, 2024, after a general election was called in May. Honiton and Sidmouth is one of the new constituencies that will replace East Devon at the next general…

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