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Public rights of way in an East Devon parish are currently being reviewed and a consultation is under way. Devon County Council is carrying out the review, relating to public rights of way in and around Talaton. If you are interested in this this topic, you can be part of the discussion. A short talk will be given about the Definitive Map of Public Rights of Way and how changes can be made. It is being staged in the village early next month. The event will be immediately followed by a discussion, which you can participate in. The talk will…

Six vacancies on Honiton Town Council will remain unfilled for another month after co-options were postponed. Local residents turned up at the last full council meeting on Monday, June 10,  but were told an error meant the co-option process couldn’t go ahead. It is customary for candidates to submit written information about themselves and their reasons for wanting to serve on the council in advance. This is to help councillors reach an informed decision and to ensure applicants are eligible to sit on the council. On this occasion, protocol was not followed – meaning the hopefuls could not be considered.…

Residents have raised concerns about the impact of a mixed 150 home development on land in Ottery Moor Lane, Honiton. East Devon District Council is currently considering reserved matters for the plan, including the design and appearance of the proposed properties. Outline planning permission was granted to Spen Hill Developments for up to 150 dwellings on the site, used as a business park, in 2014. The current application has been submitted by Taylor Wimpey UK Limited and includes a range of property types including houses and apartments. There is a five year window in planning for outline approval and three…

‘Developer greed’ has been blamed for plans to slash affordable new homes on land earmarked to help families buy in Budleigh Salterton. In 2011 a public consultation prompted ‘positive’ responses to proposals to build up to 30 affordable homes on a 59-strong development on Evans Field, between the B3178 and Hooker Close. Now the applicant is seeking to reduce the number of affordable homes to just five – which have already been built and snapped up by a housing provider. A call has been made for the developer to step aside if he cannot deliver more affordable housing, with town…

The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School will present The Canterbury Tales in Honiton as part of its West Country tour. Being staged at The Beehive on Saturday, June 22, Geoffrey Chaucer’s classic drama is directed by Kirtstie Davis and designed by Alex Berry. Penned more than 600 years ago, the drama tells the tale of a colourful cast of characters as they set off for a story-telling competition. They aim to compete with tales of love, lust, chivalry and adventure. The theatre school performed The Mill on the Floss at The Beehive last year. This year’s offering is said to…

In the winter of 1962 Acker Bilk was topping the charts with Stranger On the Shore, Jackie Kennedy was still influencing fashion trends and Lawrence of Arabia was the toast of the big screen. The world was in awe of the men who first travelled into space and relieved that the Cuban Missile Crisis ended without a nuclear war. But none of those things mattered in Honiton, not when winter arrived… That was the year that ended on a decidedly chilly note. Arctic blizzards blew in mountainous snow drifts that brought every-day life to a gruelling standstill. At the turn…

Pete’s Dragons CEO Alison Jordan ‘honoured’ by Venus Awards recognition for work helping suicide bereaved families An Exmouth charity founder has been named Devon and Cornwall’s Inspirational Woman of the Year in the 2019 Venus Awards. Alison Jordan says she is ‘extremely proud’ to have won the accolade for her work helping suicide bereaved families with Pete’s Dragons. Mum-of-four Alison was also a finalist in the Influential Woman of the Year category. She said: “To be seen as inspirational for working in a field which for so long has been taboo shows a real shift in terms of community acceptance…

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