Browsing: Sidmouth

Alma Bridge in Sidmouth has been closed off to stop people venturing onto a dangerous stretch of beach blighted by an ‘unprecedented’ number of cliff falls. Residents and visitors have been spotted risking life and limb by making their way onto the shingle at Pennington Point. This despite the risk posed by the crumbling coastline and the country being in coronavirus lockdown. Along with self-isolation/lockdown, the last thing we want is for someone to get seriously hurt or killed by being able to get onto this section of beach – Cllr Stuart Hughes County council bosses have now closed and…

A blaze that broke out in an attic of a home in Branscombe at lunchtime today (Wednesday) and was put out by firefighters from Sidmouth and Seaton. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) said the cause of the fire was accidental. The fire service said one crew from Seaton and two from Sidmouth were called to the property shortly after 1.40pm on April 1. Crews wore breathing apparatus to tackle the blaze. A DSFRS spokesperson said: “One fire engine from Seaton and two from Sidmouth were sent to a report of smoke within an attic of a two-storey…

Personal protection equipment (PPE) has been donated to the NHS by The Donkey Sanctuary to help frontline medics dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. Face masks, surgical caps, full body suits, full length surgical gowns, particulate respirators, full facemasks and spare filters, plus surgical hand disinfection and hand gel have been given by the charity to local NHS teams and social care providers. The vet team at the charity, based in Sidmouth, has also worked closely with The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to lend vital equipment to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. The Donkey Sanctuary said it has enough…

This video shows how the Donkeys at Sidmouth were glad to see the back of the long, wet, winter when they were let out into their summer grazing paddock for the first time this year. The Donkey Sanctuary has closed its doors to the public during the coronavirus lockdown, but wanted to share the donkeys’ joy at their first taste of spring grass. Staff who continue to care for the animals behind closed doors said this week’s sunshine proved the perfect time to open the gates to let the herd run free, roll and let off some steam. Maxine Carter,…

Sid Valley Radio will broadcast the services of voluntary groups, businesses and individuals helping the town through the coronavirus crisis. The station is inviting people in Sidmouth to get in touch with their support stories, which will be shared with listeners. Sid Valley Radio presenters will keep the town updated on any new developments as they unfold. A spokesman for the radio station said: “The role of Sid Valley Radio in keeping communications going across the Sid Valley has never been more vital. “And, over the coming weeks, your local radio station will become even more important as a source…

Coronavirus survivor Exmouth town crier Roger Bourgein last night rang his bell ‘for those that saved my life’ when he joined the country in applauding the NHS. Applause, cheers and music erupted from the towns and villages of East Devon on Thursday night, when the UK came together at 8pm to pay public tribute to frontline coronavirus carers. Roger, aged 72, survived the virus but not before his family was told on day six of illness there was nothing more medics could do. Last night Exmouth’s town crier stood on his doorstep in his dressing gown to ring out his…

A host of bus routes in East Devon and Exeter are set to be improved thanks to £1million of extra funding poised to be splashed around the county.  Routes serving Exmouth, Sidmouth, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Budleigh Salterton, Seaton, Axminster and Cranbrook  are among those in line for a boost. Devon County Council (DCC) has spending plans for 18 routes in this financial year, subject to the Department for Transport (DfT) approval. East Devon bus services in line for improvements are:  157 Sidmouth – Newton Poppleford – Colaton Raleigh – Otterton – East Budleigh – Budleigh Salterton – Littleham – Exmouth. There is currently…

These images show deserted seafronts and beaches in Exmouth, Sidmouth and Beer as East Devon heeds the government lockdown to save lives and protect the NHS during the coronavirus crisis. Gone is a repeat of the weekend scenes of the public flouting advice to stay indoors, flocking to the beach to enjoy the sunshine. Webcams at Exmouth, Sidmouth and Beer seafronts today show empty beaches and esplanades after Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday (Monday) imposed strict rules on the UK, to tackle the spread of coronavirus. Complying with new government rules to reduce the spread of the infection, East Devon…

Recycling centres across East Devon and Exeter have been shut until further notice following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a UK coronavirus lockdown. Devon County Council (DCC) has made the move with immediate effect today (Tuesday, March 24) as part of temporary restrictions around the country to curb the Covid-19 outbreak. The authority had yesterday issued a plea to the public to only use the facilities if ‘absolutely necessary’ – telling over-70s to stay away. Queues of traffic were seen around many of the hubs in East Devon on Monday as staff limited access at their gates. Residents have been…

Libraries in East Devon and Exeter have shut due to the coronavirus outbreak – after an idea to keep self-service facilities open was scrapped.   It had been hoped facilities in Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary and Seaton could be accessible so residents could still borrow books between 10am and noon on certain days. However, Libraries Unlimited announced today (Monday, March 23) it had reconsidered its position over the weekend. Temporary closures across the county, implemented on Friday (March 20), will now remain in place ‘until further notice’. Staff say they are trying to continue to provide services ‘in different…

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