Browsing: Sidmouth

Overnight and persistent heavy rain throughout Thursday (May 13) has prompted flood alerts for areas of East Devon where rivers levels are high. The Environment Agency said flooding to low-lying land and roads was possible throughout the day as water levels remained high. Flood alerts were issued for the River Clyst, and its tributaries, the River Axe area, and the rivers Otter, Sid and also the Exmouth area. The Environment Agency (EA) said flooding to property was not expected in the affected areas. The EA urged people to take care near areas where rivers were swollen, and water was high,…

The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth has announced visitors have just days to wait until it reopens on Monday, May 17. The animal charity said it has a number of Covid measures in place to keep visitors, staff and donkeys ‘as safe as possible’, including hand sanitisation points and a social distancing one-way route around the centre of the site. John Crouch, visitor engagement manager at sanctuary, said the team ‘can’t wait’ to welcome back visitors. He said: “We have all been looking forward to this day for some time, welcoming back our loyal supporters and visitors. “The sanctuary always comes alive when it’s open, there is always such a nice…

The Red Arrows are set to return to the skies over Sidmouth in August as the town welcomes back its annual air show. The 2020 event was cancelled when the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing rules put a stop to large crowds congregating in public. Sidmouth Town Council today (Wednesday, May 10) announced the return of the family-friendly air show and, showstoppers the RAF aerobatic team, The Red Arrows. The event, with fly-pasts over the seafront and Esplanade, is planned for Friday, August 27, at 6pm. The Red Arrows, who last appeared over Sidmouth in 2019, will be joined by…

Staff at an animal charity in Sidmouth have planted more the 500 young hedge trees as part of a wider project to reduce flooding across East Devon. The Donkey Sanctuary has been restoring and extending hedgerows at the charity’s Woods Farm site, near Sidmouth, as part of the Upstream Thinking Project, funded by South West Water. The native trees, including beech, rowan, hawthorn, blackthorn and spindle, aim to boost the environment for the donkeys, wildlife, birds and butterflies, improve water quality and help with flood prevention. The trees were given for free by the Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT), a partner in the…

Organisers of The Sidmouth Folk Festival aim to put on a week of music, dance and family entertainment this summer. Billed as A Celebration of Sidmouth Folk Festival, the event from July 30 until August 6, will be an ‘authentic taste’ of the traditional event. The Sidmouth Folk Festival plans to return in full in 2022, the organisers said. John Braithwaite, festival director, said: “We are looking forward to this special celebration, as we thank everyone who helped the festival survive last year’s cancellation and to secure its future. “All this year’s festival activities will be run in line with existing Covid-19 guidance. “All relevant precautions…

Residents in Farringdon, Newton Poppleford and Harpford, and Otterton will go to the polls on May 6 to vote over future visions for the respective villages. Householders have a chance to vote on whether neighbourhood plans – which will help shape developments in the areas for the next decade – should be adopted. The referendums follow extensive community consultations from parish councils. If residents back the blueprints, the documents will be used by East Devon District Council (EDDC) to help influence how planning applications are determined until 2031. Once adopted, neighbourhood plans are key documents with a legal status which…

Police investigating what was thought to be a deliberately-started fire in a barn near Sidmouth have cast doubt on an arson attack. Fire crews from Honiton, Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary, plus a water carrier from Danes Castle, in Exeter, were called to Putts Corner, at Sidbury, shortly before 11pm on Monday night (April 26), where a barn was ablaze. The fire service said the cause of the blaze was thought to be deliberate, damaging most of the building. Police said investigations found ‘insufficient evidence’ the blaze was an arson attack. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “Police received…

A dog stuck in a stream at the bottom of a ravine in woods at Sidmouth was rescued by firefighters. Fire crews were called to Harpford Woods at around 10.30am on Monday (April 26) and reached the trapped terrier on foot. The dog was reunited with its owners after it was carried back to them in a pet carrier. Firefighters from Sidmouth and the specialist animal rescue equipment from Exmouth fire station were sent to the scene. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “The control room received a call from a member of the public reporting…

Police have confirmed two further deaths in connection with an outbreak of Covid-19 at a Sidmouth care home. A total of 11 deaths have been reported at Holmesley Care Home, in Fortescue Road near Sidford, since February 25 – with all the fatalities believed to be coronavirus-related and linked to the outbreak. A 57-year-old woman from Sidmouth and a 30-year-old man from Exeter, arrested on suspicion of wilful neglect under the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015, remain on police bail pending further enquiries. Police said no further arrests were currently planned in relation to the ongoing enquiry. A Devon…

Work on plans to protect Sidmouth from the sea has been paused so the potential for ‘bigger and better’ defences can be explored. East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) cabinet voted to put an existing £9million scheme on hold – as previously dismissed options may now be affordable. Permission for temporary rock armouring at crumbling Pennington Point will be sought in the meantime. The move – made possible by a funding boost – could mean that the realisation of a scheme for the town is delayed by up to two years. EDDC’s current preferred option for Sidmouth is to spend £9million…

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