Browsing: Sidmouth

Actor Hugh Grant is in Sidmouth this morning joining Independent parliamentary candidate Claire Wright on her campaign trail. Thursday’s General Election has prompted the Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral star to become politically active for the first time in his life, promoting tactical voting at the polls to stop a Conservative majority. This morning, December 9, the film star was on Sidmouth seafront, meeting with Claire Wright’s canvassers and supporters, joining the parliamentary hopeful and her team in door knocking. For the first time in my life, I am getting active politically because I think that the…

Devon County Council (DCC) has voted against discussing proposed cuts to the fire service for the second time. Seaton and Colyton ward member Martin Shaw put forward a motion  to put pressure on the Fire Authority to allow representatives like him to speak and represent their communities at a crucial meeting next month. The fate of the controversial proposals will be decided on Friday, January 10. Fire Authority standing orders do not currently allow councillors to speak on behalf of their constituents. Councillor Shaw had asked for the motion to be debated by the full council on Thursday and for…

A study’s stark warning that huge swathes of East Devon and Exeter could be under water by 2050 has been played down by county council chiefs.   Independent organisation Climate Central, made up of scientists and journalists researching climate change, has produced an interactive map predicting how communities could be hit. It shows how large areas of Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Seaton, Exeter and Topsham could fall victim to rising sea levels in the next three decades. While having clear value in illustrating those areas theoretically at risk from rising sea level, it doesn’t enable the people of Devon to…

A Sidbury family facing their first Christmas without a beloved dad-of-eight have called on people to support the charity that cared for him in his final days. Jayne Horler’s partner Dave was told he had terminal cancer late last year– with the diagnosis coming as a huge shock to him and his loved-ones. His health rapidly deteriorated and Dave was admitted to Hospiscare’s ward at Searle House in Exeter just before the festive season. This Christmas, there will be other families like ours who will be saying goodbye to someone they love – Jayne HorlerJayne is backing the charity’s Christmas Appeal after…

A toddler accidentally locked in a car in Woolbrook Road was rescued by Sidmouth firefighters. The crew decided to break the rear window of the car when rescuing the 18-month-old child, after it was decided quick access was needed. The rescue, on Tuesday, December 3, prompted firefighters to remind motorists to keep keys nearby and be aware some vehicles automatically lock when doors are closed. We will try our best to get in without causing damage but if we think it necessary, we will force entry…The fire service said it would force entry to property if crews thought it required…

A controversial bid for a 20 per cent price hike at the busiest car parks in East Devon has officially been halted. District council decision-makers have decided to shelve the plans  – which would have seen costs at high-demand sites rise from £1 to £1.20 – until a task force has carried out a review of the facilities. The places where spaces are said to be ‘at a premium’ are in Honiton, Exmouth, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Axminster, Seaton and Beer. It was hoped the increase would ease congestions and see drivers use ‘less-popular’ car parks. A 50 per cent increase…

More than 100 vehicles were stopped by police during an operation on the A3052 at Sidford. Devon and Cornwall Police conducted the traffic operation on November 26, the East Devon Rural Policing Team reported today. Eight of the stopped motorists were issued with tickets for offences such as speeding and having no MOT. In addition, drugs were found and seized in one incident and one arrest was made in another. Words of advice were issued to a number of other drivers in relation to speed and lights. Police say similar operations have been undertaken recently across East Devon and that…

Six prospective parliamentary candidates have been campaigning to be the next MP for East Devon ahead of the general election on Thursday December 12.  The constituency will have a new representative in the House of Commons for the first time in 18 years after long-standing Tory incumbent Sir Hugo Swire decided bot to stand this time around. All candidates were contacted a fortnight ago, either directly or through their political parties, to provide 150 – 200 words on who they are and why residents should vote for them. A total of 58 candidates are standing for a dozen seats across Devon.…

The Donkey Sanctuary is to feature in a week of fundraising television shows on Channel 5. Sidmouth’s international cause will be among five welfare charities to grace screens across the country as part of Help the Animals. It will star in ‘The Yorkshire Vet’s Donkey Day Out’ on Tuesday, December 3, at 8pm. The programme will follow The Donkey Sanctuary’s ambassador Peter Wright as he takes long-time friends and clients, Steve and Jean Green, on an animal adventure. They will head to London and call in to Mudchute Park and Farm – home to Skooby and Harley; two donkeys on the East Devon-based charity’s rehoming…

A Sidmouth man who sexually abused three boys while he was at school in West Sussex has been jailed for 18 years. Phillip Scott, 24, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday, November 26, in relation to 28 counts of sexual offences carried out between 2012 and 2016. Scott had taken advantage of these vulnerable young boys over a period of years for his own sexual gratification… Scott, known as ‘Pip’, was convicted in May 2019 on four counts of sexual activity with a child, four counts of causing or inciting a child into sexual activity, 19 offences of…

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