Browsing: Sidmouth

Iconic Sidmouth landmark Jacob’s Ladder is to be repainted for the first time in six years and undergo structural repairs in a much-needed makeover. Work on the Grade II listed structure, originally built in the early 20th century, was due to start today (Tuesday, September 22) and is expected to take a fortnight. It will be closed to the public with scaffolding erected around it by East Devon District Council (EDDC) contractors. The dates were specifically chosen not to clash with our busy summer season, but also provide suitable conditions for…work to be carried out safely in this extremely exposed…

An abandoned campfire on heathland near Sidmouth could have been located ‘much quicker’ if the What3Words system had been used. Sidmouth firefighters called to Mutters Moor on Sunday (September 20) are urging people to sign up to the free location app, saying the the exact spot of the campfire could have been pinpointed easily using the service. The fire crew warned against lighting fire and barbecues on heathland, where flames can spread rapidly out of control. Sidmouth firefighters thanked the caller for raising the alarm, and the public for helping to locate the campfire. A Sidmouth Fire Station spokesman said:…

Life behind the lens in East Devon was highlighted when professional photographers Simon Horn and Steve Pope separately showcased these shots. Simon focussed on the cruise ships seen off the coast of Sidmouth, capturing these images as the vessels were spotted in the bay. Seen here is P&O cruise ship Azura and Ventura and transatlantic passenger liner, RMS Queen Mary 2. Steve was at Exeter Airport earlier this month, when the Red Arrows visited on their stopover ahead of their appearance at Guernsey air display. As well as the aerial display team, in the frame was a Chinook helicopter, light…

This diamond engagement ring was among a haul of jewellery stolen from the Sidmouth area that detectives hope to reunite with its owners. Gold watches, necklaces and earrings were also taken on Tuesday, September 8. Police are appealing for information and have asked anyone who may have been offered similar items to come forward. The haul of stolen jewellery includes: A ladies’ gold Rotary watch; Men’s gold Rotary watch; Ruby necklace and matching earrings; Sapphire necklace with matching earrings; Gold watch and bracelet set – in a box; Gold band ring with three diamonds; Gold band engagement ring (pictured) with eight…

Emergency services spent more than four hours searching for a paddleboarder ‘seen two-and-a-half miles off the Budleigh Salterton coast’ last night (Tuesday, September 15) – but nothing was found.  Exmouth RNLI, Sidmouth Lifeboat, the HM Coastguard helicopter and Exmouth coastguard all took part in the effort after concern was raised at around 7.30pm. On completion of thorough searches of the relevant area with nothing found, both lifeboats were stood down at just before midnight – Exmouth RNLIThey were stood down just before midnight.  An Exmouth RNLI spokesperson said: “HM Coastguard tasked both our RNLI all-weather Lifeboat, 13-33 Bridie O’Shea and inshore…

A fortnight of overnight road closures of a main route roundabout at Clyst St Mary begins next week (Monday, September 21). The county council has announced the resurfacing of the A376 Clyst St Mary roundabout and its approach roads – A376 Sidmouth Road, A376 Exmouth Road, A3052 Honiton Road – from Monday, September 21 until Friday, October 2. Devon County Council said diversions will be in place while the roundabout and the approach roads are closed each evening from 7pm through to 7am the next day. The road will be fully open during the daytime and at weekends, the council…

Burglars targeted a Newton Poppleford home in a spate of broad daylight break-ins – then used bleach and other cleaning products to cover their tracks. Police are appealing for information after the East Devon dwelling was one of three raided by crooks on Tuesday, September 8. The others were in Cullompton and Bradninch in Mid Devon. Officers say a silver Skoda Octavia with a false registration plate was used during two of the burglaries. Residents living in areas close to the M5 are reminded to ensure their homes are secure when going out and to report any suspicious activity to…

Electric trikes could be used to make deliveries and transport passengers around Sidmouth – if an idea sparked by a lockdown survey becomes a reality. The principle of a dual-use service, put forward by the Vision Group (VGS) for Sidmouth, has been support by Devon’s highways chief – and could net £2,000 in funding. These electric trikes can help the local economy keep moving, can help people shop and get about locally, and can help the high street recover… A proposal for a combined cargo-and-passenger service has been revealed by the VGS. It has come about after a survey was…

Work on a new Alma Bridge in Sidmouth is nearing completion and will open in the ‘coming weeks’. Finishing touches such as handrail lighting, surfacing, and ‘snagging’ work to the steel structure are all that’s left to do on the 19-metre span. However, the Ham recreational area next to the site will remain closed until spring 2021to allow time for turfing to become established. The contractor has had to overcome a number of challenges in unprecedented times but we’re almost there…Devon County Council (DCC) says the new bridge and viewing areas will be officially opened to the public in the…

The resignation of Sidmouth Town Council’s vice-chairman has seen residents in the resort’s south ward asked if they would like to call another election. Paul Wright this week stood down from the authority after five years because he has moved out of the area. He is the fourth representative to quit the council in as many months. Paul brought a calm and level head to the council with a very personable and measured approach in everything he worked on – Cllr Ian Barlow John Rayson, also a south ward councillor, resigned along with east ward representative Louise Thompson in June. David Barratt,…

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