East Devon residents' Coronavirus update Friday 2 October 2020

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Coronavirus weekly residents update

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update -
2 October 2020

Welcome to the fortnightly Coronavirus (Covid-19) update for East Devon residents with information we hope will be of interest to you.

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New rules require you to self-isolate if you test positive for Coronavirus

Self Isolate for 10 days

From Monday 28 September people across England are required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

If you need to self-isolate you must stay inside your home until you’re no longer at risk of passing the virus on.

That means no trips to the shops, no walks in the park and no meeting up with friends.Financial assistance is available for those who face financial difficulty as a result of an instruction to self-isolate.

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Have you downloaded the new NHS Covid-19 app yet?

NHS Covid-19 app

Protect your loved ones with the official NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app for England and Wales.

It's the fastest way of knowing when you're at risk from coronavirus (COVID-19). The quicker you know, the quicker you can alert your loved ones, and your community. 

The more of us that use it, the better we can control coronavirus.

Protect your loved ones. Please download the app through the:

Apple App Store


Google Play Store

Prepare for a flu vaccination this winter

Stay well this winter

This year, with COVID-19 in circulation, it’s more important than ever that eligible groups are vaccinated to protect them from flu. The vaccine will be offered to more than 30 million people. The expansion of the flu programme means that many more people will be eligible to receive the free vaccine for the first time, but may not realise this.

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Quit smoking this Stoptober


Stopping smoking is one of the best things you'll ever do for your health.

When you stop, you give your lungs the chance to repair and you'll be able to breathe easier. There are lots of other benefits too - and they start almost immediately.

It's never too late to quit, so join in this Stoptober. Let's do this!

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Textiles collections have resumed across East Devon

Textiles service to resume

We are pleased to announce that we were able to resume kerbside collections of textiles from green recycling boxes from Monday 28th September 2020. Thank you for your patience during the period we have been unable to collect these items.

As the textiles and shoes you recycle are reused, we need the best quality items you can provide. We also need the items to be securely bagged and put into your recycling box with the lid fitted. This helps keep your donations clean and dry and preserves the value and condition, so they can be reused. It is particularly important to keep these items clean and dry with the wet winter weather we can get in East Devon!

Councillors visit to the Sideshore development in Exmouth

Visit to Sideshore, Exmouth

Cllr Paul Hayward (left in photo) and Cllr Geoff Pratt (right) paid a visit to Sideshore in Exmouth a couple of weeks ago to see how work is progressing on site.  Aiden Johnson-Hugill (middle) from Grenadier Estates showed them around the site, accompanied by colleagues from the Place, Assets and Commercialisation team at East Devon District Council.  They were able to see the excellent progress on site, given the challenges of managing a construction project in 2020.  Aiden also explained some of the measures being taken that will ensure that the building meets its target to be zero carbon.  This includes solar panels, a ground source heat pump, connected 200m below ground level, and the use local natural materials for the public realm area. 

The Watersports centre, which is being run by Edge Watersports is due to open shortly, with the rest of Sideshore due to be fully open by Spring 2021. 

Exmouth GP Practices provide drive-through flu vaccination service

Exmouth flu vaccination drive-thru service

Four of Exmouth’s GP Practices are working together with East Devon District Council to provide a drive-through flu vaccination service at Maer Road car park, this autumn. This Exmouth seafront car park will be the location for the largest scale flu jab session the area has seen – providing a safe, socially distanced and convenient vaccination service for a large proportion of local people during the weekends of 10th-11th and 17th-18th October – with a further weekend planned in November.

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Time is running out for Exmouth residents to vote on how to spend £300,000 available in the town

Exmouth residents who received a letter asking them to vote to decide how to spend £300,000 on sports in the town are being reminded to vote before time runs out. Residents get to decide how the money is spent, so they really can make a big difference!

5,000 randomly selected Exmouth households received a letter from East Devon District Council and Exmouth Town Council in the post at the beginning of September giving them a unique online code. They can use this code to go online and vote for their households favourite projects to create new or improve current sports facilities in the town.

If you received a letter and have mislaid it or recycled it and want to vote, please email jbuckley@eastdevon.gov.uk with your postal address, or call 01395 517569 for a reminder of your unique code, which you’ll need to use to vote.

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Last chance to sign up to innovative solar panel group buying scheme

Solar Together

Devon residents have until Monday 5 October to join more than 2,500 others and register their interest in Devon Climate Emergency’s (DCE) solar-panel group buying scheme.

Devon Solar Together is the latest in a series of similar schemes across the country which aims to boost the county’s renewable energy capacity.

It offers homeowners the chance to buy high quality solar PV more cheaply than if they were buying alone and to help reduce Devon carbon emissions.

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East Devon Business Update

Business update

Watch your mailbox next week for a jam-packed business update with the latest for East Devon businesses, including free Adapt and Thrive business support, registering for kickstart scheme with us, test and trace app and all the latest guidance from government.

Exeter Aerospace opens its doors at Exeter Airport

A recruitment drive for 100 skilled positions is now underway.  Dublin Aerospace Group, the aviation maintenance company based in Ireland, has established Exeter Aerospace in the location of the former Flybe Maintenance Services at Exeter Airport. Conor McCarthy, Chairman & CEO of Dublin Aerospace Group said: “We are thrilled to have made Exeter the home of our first UK MRO (Maintenance Repair and Overhaul) Centre. The availability of the Hangars and Workshops there, combined with a phenomenal pool of local aviation and engineering talent, makes this a hugely attractive location for us.”

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Last chance to book for allergen webinar

Monday 5 October 2-3pm

Food businesses are invited to join Environmental Health and Trading Standards officers for a free, 1-hour webinar to learn how to control allergens in the food you serve. All attendees will receive a certificate of allergy awareness, which you can display to improve your customer confidence.  The webinar will cover:

  • The 14 legally recognised allergens and the relevant legislation. 
  • Practical advice on identifying allergens in ingredients and “may contain”.  
  • Practical advice about preventing cross-contamination risks.
  • The importance of food management systems and practical implementation.  
  • Links to additional support tools, advice and step-by-step guidance. 
  • Changes to allergen labelling requirements in October 2021.

Plus there will be a chance to ask questions to get specific advice relating to your business.

Spaces are limited so don’t delay and book your place using the Eventbrite link

Book now

Follow East Devon Business on social media: @EastDevonBiz on Twitter;  @EastDevonBusiness on Facebook; East Devon District Council on Linkedin 

Dates of next East Devon virtual Council meetings 

Virtual Council meeting update

Over the next fortnight the following East Devon District Council virtual meetings are taking place:

  • Community Grant Panel on Monday 5th October at 10am
  • Planning Committee on Wednesday 7th October at 10am
  • Cabinet on Wednesday 7th October at 6pm
  • Standards Committee on Tuesday 13th October at 10am
  • Exmouth Queen's Drive Delivery Group on Thursday 15th October at 10am

The meetings can all be viewed on our YouTube channel by searching for 'East Devon District Council' or by subscribing.


Thelma Hulbert Gallery update

Slide show / Q&A with Richard Long

Richard Long

Exhibiting artist, Richard Long, generously agreed to prepare a slide show / Q&A for Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) as part of the public programme for the exhibition: ARTIST ROOMS Richard Long Being in the Moment. The slideshow took place in the gallery space followed by a relaxed Q&A in the new Creative Cabin in the THG garden. Due to social distancing measures, there were very limited numbers at the event but Richard kindly agreed to allow it to be filmed for those who could not attend.

Enjoy a fascinating insight into the practise of this renowned artist, spanning his 40 year-long career.

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Wild East Devon update

Wild East Devon October Half Term Events

Wild East Devon

This half term Wild East Devon have got family outdoor activities covered for the week. This includes a special Halloween Trail which will be installed at Seaton Wetlands. Find all the clues in the self-guided special spooky trail and win a fantastic prize! 

All events are covid-compliant.

To find out more about the events planned this half term visit the website or subscribe to receive our monthly Wild East Devon newsletters, the next one is due out next week.

To subscribe click on the link and select Wild East Devon from the topics list.

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Wild East Devon half term events

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