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Affordable homes, football club improvements and flooding concerns will be thrashed out amid plans for a new development to live and work in Axminster. Plans for a major 146-home scheme and employment site in Axminster are set to be debated next week, writes local democracy reporter Bradley Gerrard. Councillors at East Devon District Council will discuss whether to grant outline planning permission for the proposal, which would also include improvements to Axminster Football Club. Even though the site, on land adjacent to Cloakham Lawn and Chard Road, is not covered by the area’s local plan, council officers have suggested that…

A football pitch for youngsters in Exmouth is to get a makeover after district planners agreed its surface could be levelled. Young footballers in Exmouth will soon be able to play on a flat pitch after a successful bid to level their sloping ground, writes local democracy reporter Bradley Gerrard. Exmouth Youth Football Club sought permission for work at Warren View Sports, Ground in Halsdon Avenue, to provide a flat playing surface, and to help reduce drainage issues on a section which frequently floods in winter. The works will involve raising the ground by one metre in a west to…

Work has started to build new football pitches and a sports pavilion in Exmouth, funded by a retirement homes developer investing more than £1.58million in the town. Exmouth Town Football Club said the investment will put the town ‘on the footballing map’. Developer Blue Cedar Homes aims to boost facilities for the youth teams, building a new club house and three football pitches for a range of players to train, compete, and ‘achieve their full potential’. The purpose-built sports pavilion and three new football pitches – expected to be ready early next year – have been designed by the developer, in consultation…

Going into their final match of the season, Honiton Under-14s knew that only a win away to local rivals Colyton would be enough to see them crowned Exeter Youth League Division Two champions, writes Stephen Birley. Honiton made a superb start, scoring twice inside the first 10 minutes and extended their lead on 25 minutes when they pounced on an error by the home side. Colyton got a goal back after the break, but Honiton were not to be denied and they added another three goals to finish 6-1 winners. The victory meant they were crowned Divisional Champions. What made…

Police investigating a clash between football fans at a match in Exeter have thanked the public for helping to identify men they believed could have information to help. Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating an incident of public order between Exeter City and Port Vale at St James Park, Exeter, on Saturday, May 7, where it was said fans stormed the pitch and threw smoke bombs, coins, bottles, and a metal spanner. Police said the successful appeal had identified three men who it was thought may be able to help with the investigation. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said:…

The final Saturday of March saw a mixed bag of results for East Devon teams playing in steps five, six and seven, writes Stephen Birley. Exmouth Town had to settle for a point after their match visit to fellow Toolstation Western League Premier Division (step five) title hopefuls Mousehole, but there was a South West Peninsula League Premier East (step six) clean sheet win for Axminster Town while, at the same level, Sidmouth Town went down to a heavy defeat against top-of-the-table Okehampton and Honiton Town drew their home meeting with Cullompton Rangers. In the Scott Richards Solicitors Devon League…

It was a case of 13th time lucky for Axminster Town manager Dan Prettejohn as his team ended a run of a dozen games without a victory, winning 1-0 at Newton Abbot Spurs on the penultimate Saturday of March, writes Stephen Birley. Prettejohn admitted that he had taken his team to Newton Abbot with an element of ‘concern’ as the Tigers travelled missing a number of ‘big-hitters’. The Tigers’ boss explained saying: “We had a number of what I’ll call our ‘big-hitters’ missing and had three players stepping up from the club’s second team, but, and I have every faith…

Mixed fortunes for our East Devon clubs on the third Saturday of March with Exmouth Town failing to win their home meeting with Street, writes Stephen Birley. But a point was good enough to take Town top of the Western League table while, in the South West Peninsula League Premier East, Axminster Town ended a 12-game winless run with a superb single goal success at fourth-placed Newton Abbot Spurs while Sidmouth Town were 2-0 winners on their visit to Torrington. However, both Honiton Town and Ottery St Mary did not see action – Honiton owing to an unfit playing surface…

Exmouth Town FC gave manager Kevin Hill an early birthday present in their pursuit of Toolstation Western League Premier Division glory with a 3-0 win at Wellington on Saturday, March 5.  The Southern Road gaffer celebrated his birthday the day after a Levi Landricombe second-half double and first-half close-range finish from Dan Cullen secured his side three points. Town have now netted hat-trick of victories over the Somerset side this season, writes Stephen Birley. The Southern Road side beat the Bootmen 1-0 at homea fortnight ago and also knocked them out of the Les Phillips Cup with a 3-0 win…

Wins for Exmouth Town and Honiton Town, a draw for Sidmouth Town, and defeats for Axminster Town and Ottery St Mary featured in fixtures for East Devon football sides on Saturday, February 12.  Stephen Birley reports on teams in the district playing at Step Five and Six on the second weekend of the month. Exmouth Town triumph in front of big turnout Another huge turnout, the biggest of the day in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division (Step Five), was at Southern Road. It saw Exmouth Town strike early in their meeting with Shepton Mallett. Indeed, it was a first-minute goal…

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