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Across East Devon people are catching their breath today after four fabulous days of celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, marking her 70 years on the throne. As these photos show, street parties, family fun, big lunches, live music, games, scarecrow competitions, a host of entertainment for all ages – and not forgetting so much laughter, love and goodwill – came from across the towns and villages of East Devon as we joined the rest of the country in showing our appreciation of Her Majesty as thanks for the Queen’s 70 years of service and duty. Scores of street parties were…

Towns and villages across East Devon are gearing up to hold a host of celebrations, events and street parties in a bid to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Picnics and parties in the park, beacon lighting, live music and children’s entertainment are among the family fun for all ages planned as part of the four-day Jubilee bank holiday celebrations, starting on Thursday, June 2. Residents across East Devon can look forward to packed programmes of events in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Axminster, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, Sidbury, Budleigh Salterton, Cranbrook, and the surrounding villages, joining in with the rest of the…

Hundreds of East Devon residents living in Exmouth, Honiton and Axminster have been given grants by the council to pay for food and bills. People in full-time employment, homeowners and pensioners were among the hundreds across East Devon to apply for financial help. East Devon District Council (EDDC) is urging individuals and families struggling with the cost of living to apply for help from the Household Support Fund, which closes on March 31. The council said it has so far helped 648 East Devon families,  with total grants of £128,849 – more than 79 per cent of the £162,286 available…

A strategy for a long-awaited pedestrian and cycle path connecting Sidford and Sidbury has been agreed by Devon County Council (DCC). It is hoped the new route will make residents safer while encouraging active travel – seven years after a public consultation to discuss options. The path will run along 2.5km on the western side of the A375, writes Local Democracy Reporter Joe Ives. People say all good things come to those who wait and it’s taken quite a time… A final strategy has been approved by the East Devon Highways and Traffic Orders Committee (HATOC). The path will extend…

Temporary traffic lights and an overnight closure will be in place so survey work on drainage under busy Sidmouth roads can take place from Monday, September 6. The scheme – running from the town centre up to and along the A375 – will pave the way for a major resurfacing project it is hoped can happen early next year. Devon County Council (DCC) will be inspecting the condition of pipes using specialist CCTV cameras over the next fortnight. With such a major reconstruction taking place next year, it’s important that we carry out surveys of the drainage pipes so that…

Firefighters from Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary were called when a tumble dryer caused an outbuilding blaze in Sidford this afternoon (Sunday, August 22). Crews from both towns attended the incident at around 2pm. They donned breathing apparatus and used a hose-reel het and thermal imaging kit to tackle the flames. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Crews from Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary attended a fire originating from a tumble dryer in the outhouse of a property in Sidford. “The fire remained confined to the outbuilding and crews got to work to tackle the fire…

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist aged in his 20s from Exmouth died in a crash  on Trow Hill, Sidford.  Emergency services were called to the scene near Sidmouth at around 8.35pm on Tuesday, August 17. The collision involved a a black Aprilia motorbike and a Volkswagen Polo. The motorcyclist died from his injuries at the scene. As a result of the collision, the motorcyclist, a man in his 20s from the Exmouth area, suffered fatal injuries and was declared dead at the scene… A force spokesperson said: “Police investigating a road traffic collision on Trow Hill, Sidford, Sidmouth,…

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has apologised to residents over disruptions to recycling and rubbish collections it has blamed on ‘national staff shortages’. Householders have been warned some waste pick-ups could take place on different days ‘for the foreseeable future’. The authority has set out a series of steps for people to check to see if their collection has been affected. Just as we thought we were returning to more normal times, we are experiencing tremendous pressure because of short-term staff shortages…Residents have been told that if recycling containers have not been emptied after four days, they should take them…

Firefighters wore breathing apparatus to tackle a car blaze that spread to a hedge at Two Bridges Road, Sidford, near Sidmouth. A crew from Sidmouth was called shortly before 6pm on Sunday (May 23) where they found a Ford Focus well-alight. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “One appliance from Sidmouth was mobilised following reports to the fire service control of a vehicle on fire. “On arrival at the location crew confirmed the vehicle was well-alight and got to work to extinguish it. “One Ford Focus involved was on fire, which had spread to the hedgerow.…

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…

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