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The leader of Exeter City Council has called for a ‘sensible solution’ to the scrapping of the hated low traffic neighbourhood road blocks – resulting in some staying in place until the school summer holidays. Exeter’s controversial Active Streets traffic experiment has been scrapped, writes local democracy reporter Guy Henderson. Some of the regulations stopping traffic getting through parts of the city will be suspended straight away. Others will stay in place until the school summer holidays. Cllr Rob Hannaford (Ind, Exwick and St Thomas) said the phased approach was a ‘fudge’ but Cllr Phil Bialyk (Lab, Exwick) said lessons…

Community news in brief from across East Devon. If you want to celebrate your town and village news, shout about your group or organisation, please get in touch with your stories, events and photos. Honiton Otter Valley Ice Cream is celebrating scooping an award, being named ice cream parlour of the year. The business, at Monkton, near Honiton, was presented with the trade award by the Ice Cream Alliance. Joseph McNeil, national president of the Ice Cream Alliance, said the accolade was testament to the dedication shown by owner Rebecca Bond and her family. Rebecca runs Otter Valley with mum…

Supporters of cycling in Exeter have hit out at a report recommending low traffic neighbourhood road blocks are scrapped in Heavitree and Whipton, urging city leaders to ‘take back control’. Cyclists in Exeter have fired a broadside at local Councillors over plans to end a controversial traffic experiment in the city early, writes local democracy reporter Guy Henderson. Restrictions on vehicles have been placed on some roads in the Heavitree and Whipton areas, stopping traffic in a bid to cut pollution and make the roads safer. But objectors say the scheme merely moves congestion and pollution elsewhere, and roads on…

Is this saddest rabbit in Exeter? White bunny Casey has spent most of his life waiting for a forever home, spending two years in a rescue centre. Staff and volunteers at the RSPCA Little Valley Animal Shelter, in Exeter, are appealing for a loving home to be found for the furry chap, who arrived at the rescue centre when he was still a kit, and has now grown into an adult rabbit who needs a girlfriend bunny. White rabbit Casey is only two years and six months old – so he has been patiently waiting for a new home most…

Attacks on two men in Exmouth town centre has resulted in police arresting a teenage boy from Exeter. Police said a man aged 65, and a 56-year-old, were injured in separate attacks on Monday, April 15, at a shop in the Magnolia Centre, and inside the town’s indoor market. A 14-year-old boy from Exeter was arrested on suspicion of assault by beating and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He has been released on conditional police bail until July 18, 2024, while enquiries continue. Grant Leitch, Exmouth’s new Inspector, said the town’s police ‘refuses to accept or allow such behaviour’. Police…

Penalties have increased for dog owners spotted breaking beach bans and on-lead laws across East Devon. Owners seen walking pets on beaches where dogs are banned, or failing to keep them on a lead in specific public places, now face being fined £100 by the district council. The penalty increase is in addition to several changes across the district, where the council has identified areas where dogs can be walked, or are banned. East Devon District Council (EDDC) said the rules regarding dog walking had changed after three years, following a public consultation. As a result of the consultation, EDDC…

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…

Sidmouth air show has been shelved for 2024 after it was revealed the Red Arrows could not take part. In recent years crowds in their thousands have flocked to Sidmouth seafront to watch the Red Arrows and free aerial entertainment laid on by the town council as part of the annual Regatta celebrations. But this year the August Regatta celebrations are taking a fresh twist – and the Sidmouth air show a break – after it was announced the Red Arrows are already booked to perform overseas. Sidmouth Town Council said the ‘difficult decision’ to pull the 2024 airshow had…

Detectives have charged a 16-year-old boy in connection with a serious assault in Topsham, Exeter, where a man was stabbed on his way to buy a computer. Earlier this month, police launched an appeal after receiving reports a man in his 30s was seriously injured, and needed hospital treatment, after he was stabbed in the arm in Majorfield Road, Topsham, at around 8pm on Friday, January 5. Police said a 16-year-old boy from Exeter was arrested shortly after on suspicion of GBH with intent. He has since been released with no further action. Another boy, also aged 16, has since…

With a General Election expected to be called sometime in 2024, local democracy reporter Will Goddard spoke to the candidates with their sights set on serving areas across East Devon and Exeter. Honiton and Sidmouth is one of the new constituencies that will replace East Devon at the next general election. This follows a review by the Independent Boundary Commission for England. Members of Parliament continue to serve their current constituencies until the next election. Lib Dem Honiton and Sidmouth candidate It’s “all to play for” in the newly formed Honiton and Sidmouth seat at the next general election, according…

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