Browsing: Sidmouth

The Environment Agency has warned of possible flooding in areas of East Devon as a result of heavy rainfall expected to start on Friday afternoon (December 18). Flood alerts have been issued for the areas of the River Axe, Lower Exe, Rivers Clyst, Culm and their tributaries, plus the Rivers Otter, Sid and the Exmouth area. The Environment Agency (EA) said ‘heavy and intense’ rainfall of up to seven centimetres could fall in localised areas within a 15-hour period, beginning on Friday afternoon and continuing until the early hours of Saturday morning. It is warning of possible flooding of low-lying…

A further 154 coronavirus cases have been confirmed across the East Devon in the last week – with another 111 in Exeter. And ‘clusters’ of the virus remain in all but two areas of the district and all but one of the wards in the city. The new cases recorded in East Devon represent an increase of five when compared to the previous seven days. Exeter’s number is a decrease of 38. Eighteen wards in East Devon – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, and Cranbrook – currently have three or more coronavirus infections. Clyst, Exton and…

A brain haemorrhage survivor who worked on the build of the first Sidmouth lifeboat has been back at work overseeing the town’s newest vessel’s planned maintenance. The Sidmouth lifeboat, Peter & Barbara Truesdale, spent a week at Portsmouth Naval Base where its original builders, BAE Systems, carried out routine maintenance. Stephanie Russell, assistant project manager at BAE Systems Maritime Services, who also worked on the build of the first Sidmouth boat, said the project had been a ‘proud’ and ‘personal’ achievement, after spending months in hospital recovering from a stroke following a near-fatal brain haemmorhage. She said: “This project means…

Work to cut the speed limit and install double white lines on an accident blackspot road between Sidmouth and Newton Poppleford will take place next month.  The A3052 at Four Elms Hill will be shut overnight from January 11-23 so the long-called-for measures can be introduced – 18 months after they were given the green light. It has been an arduous and frustrating process at times, but I am relieved and very happy that all our work will come to fruition next month – Cllr Claire WrightA proposal to reduce the speed limit along the 950-metre stretch from 60mph to…

A singing schoolboy from Sidmouth who lost his hair to alopecia is celebrating the launch of his first children’s book, in a bid to pay forward his thanks. Exeter Cathedral School chorister James Mason-Carney, aged 12, has joined forces with his mum, Julie Claire-Carney, to write and illustrate Tiggs and the Midnight Choir. Julie said the family was ‘so proud’ of James, who drew upon his experience of hair loss and singing in a choir to write a story about friendships and overcoming fears. Sales of the book will be donated to James’s school, as thanks for his chorister-ship, in…

Work on a hotly-anticipated new skate park in Sidmouth is set to be finished ‘by the end of this week’. The wheely good news means Christmas has arrived early for skaters, BMX and scooter riders – with the Manstone Recreation Field facility touted as ‘one of the best’ in East Devon. I think it will be quite the envy of other towns and after such a tough year and will be a welcome boost to our young people and their sense of place in our community – Cllr Louise Cole It is one of the biggest projects ever undertaken by…

The Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth is to open every weekend throughout December and daily over the Devon school Christmas holiday period. Over the winter months, the sanctuary will be open to visitors each weekend and during Devon school holidays, until the end of March 2021. Visitors must pre-book their free entry tickets through The Donkey Sanctuary website. Visitor numbers will be limited. Tickets will be released on Wednesday, December 9. During the Devon school Christmas holidays, the Sidmouth sanctuary will open daily from Saturday, December 19 until Monday, January 4, 2021 (excluding Christmas Day). The charity this week also announced…

The number of new Covid-19 cases across East Devon and Exeter has dropped in a week – but ‘clusters’ of the virus remain in every ward of both areas. Government figures show a further 180 infections have been confirmed across the district in the last seven days, and 141 in the city. The new cases recorded in East Devon represent a decrease of 64 when compared to the previous week. Exeter’s number is a decrease of 79. All 20 wards in East Devon – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, and Cranbrook – currently have three…

Sidmouth has fulfilled its promise to ‘pull out all the stops’ with a ‘bigger and better’ display of Christmas lights decorating the town this festive season. Professional photographer Simon Horn, who lives in the town, captured these illuminating images shortly after the lights were switched on. The Christmas lights were quietly activated earlier this month, after the coronavirus pandemic robbed the town of its traditional switch-on celebrations. Sidmouth Town Council said the Christmas lights display was ‘important’ in showing community spirit remained amid the pandemic and second lockdown. Councillor Ian Barlow, council chairman, said: “This year, with so many challenges…

A further 244 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in East Devon in the past week – with ‘clusters’ remaining in all but one of the district’s wards. Nineteen areas – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, and Cranbrook – currently have three or more Covid infections. The highest numbers are in Exmouth Brixington (23), Exmouth Littleham (19) and Ottery and West Hill (18). In fact, Exmouth’s six wards are in the district’s top seven areas for current infections. Axminster is the only part of East Devon where there is not a ‘cluster’. The new cases…

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