Browsing: Sidford

A mega round-up of news from across East Devon – including community stories and photos from Exmouth, Seaton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Exeter, Cranbrook, Axminster, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, plus crime, business, farming, what’s on.  Honiton Affordable homes have been announced for Honiton after 90 were sold by a developer to Sovereign Network Group (SNG). SNG bought the homes in a deal with housing developer Baker Estates on the 291-home site at the Hayne Lane area of the town. The properties are a mixture of one and two-bedroom flats, plus two and three-bedroom houses. Of the new homes, SNG has made…

A new trail for walkers and cyclists proposed for East Devon could link Sidbury and Sidford if planners get the green light. The county council wants to create a new ‘multi-use’ trail, linking Sidford to Hillside, Sidbury, in East Devon and is inviting the public to comment on the proposals. The consultation runs until January 5, 2024, highlighting the draft blueprint and inviting public feedback through a survey before going before planners to seek permission. An overview of the proposals can be seen through an online, virtual, consultation event, on Monday, December 4, from 5.30pm until 6.30pm. It is expected…

The sea dragged a pick-up truck off the front at Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary’s iconic tar barrel bonfire is under feet of floodwater after Storm Ciaran raged across East Devon. Scores of warnings and alerts are in place across East Devon and the Environment Agency has warned properties are at risk of flooding as rain-hit river levels remain high. The stricken vehicle was last seen early this morning (November 2), being ‘dragged out to sea by the breaking swell’. Firefighters received a ‘distress call’ to Sidmouth seafront on Wednesday night (November 1) after it was reported a pick-up…

Police have stepped up high-visibility patrols in East Devon in a bid to tackle summer anti-social behaviour – making arrests, seizing vehicles and drugs Operation Loki kick-started at the end of July in Seaton, East Devon, then moved to Sidmouth, Honiton and Axminster. In August police will repeat the patrols in Exmouth, before moving into towns in mid-Devon. Police said residents and holidaymakers will spot officers on foot patrol and in marked cars in areas where anti-social behaviour is known to be a problem: In Seaton officers tackled anti-social driving, plus three people were stopped and dealt with for possessing…

Once again little separates the parties and groups in East Devon in this year’s local elections, writes local democracy reporter Rob Kershaw. The Independents edged out the Liberal Democrats by 19 seats to 18, but this is a notable improvement for the Lib Dems who managed only seven in 2019. The Conservatives were only just behind on 17, but lost their leader Philip Skinner who was displaced by Liberal Democrat Richard Jeffries. Speaking on his 24 years as a Councillor, Mr Skinner said: “I’ve worked passionately for East Devon. It’s been in my heart for 24 years to be honest…

Street parties, big lunches, and community events – sparking road closures – are taking place in East Devon and Exeter over the weekend to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla. Devon County Council said more than 70 communities across Devon will be marking the Coronation of Their Majesties, and scores have applied for permission to close streets to hold parties, fun days and galas. In East Devon, Colyton is hosting a live screening of the Coronation on Saturday, May 6, at St Andrew’s Church, and a party in the park, starting at 6pm. Exeter Hindu Cultural Centre…

Candidates vying for residents’ votes in May’s East Devon District Council (EDDC) elections have been revealed – with every seat on the authority being contested.   The council says the poll promises to be its ‘most competitive in several years’. Polling day is on Thursday, May 4. East Devon residents are being reminded that they must register to vote by Monday, April 17. The electorate will get to have a say in who sits on parish, town and district councils. Only four parish elections will be contested with 73 seats going uncontested. There are six parishes without any nominations. There are five…

Police investigating the supply of illegal drugs say nine people from towns in East Devon this week appeared in court. Arrests were made last summer in Ottery St Mary, Sidmouth, Sidford, Exmouth and Exeter, when police seized mobile devices, vehicles, cash and multiple kilograms of suspected drugs. Devon and Cornwall Police said a total of 14 people have appeared in court charged with drugs supply within Devon and Cornwall. The charges follow an investigation into suspected county lines drug supply which resulted in nine warrants being conducted at addresses across both counties in August 2022. Some eight people were arrested…

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man died when a motorbike crashed near Sidmouth on Saturday night (February 4). The emergency services were called shortly after 7pm after a motorcyclist crashed at the A3052 at Stevens Cross, Sidford, near Sidmouth. Police said the man was pronounced dead at the scene and officers are in the process of tracing his next of kin. The road was closed until the early hours of the following morning while forensic officers examined the crash scene. Officers investigating the crash want to hear from anyone with information or dashcam footage. A Devon and Cornwall…

Towns across East Devon have joined forces with MP Simon Jupp in calling for the district council to fully reopen its tax-payer-funded headquarters to the public. A cross-party letter signed by around 30 town representatives has been sent to East Devon District Council (EDDC), putting pressure on the authority to reopen its Honiton offices – which have remained closed to the public since the start of the pandemic in early 2020. The district council said it was ‘actively recruiting’ for customer service roles to operate a demand-led reception service at Blackdown House. East Devon MP Simon Jupp urged the district…

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