East Devon residents Coronavirus update - Friday 13 November 2020

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Coronavirus weekly residents update

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update -
13 November 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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Stay at Home, Save Lives

East Devon’s Services – Coronavirus restrictions update

East Devon District Council has put measures in place to abide by the national coronavirus restrictions introduced last week.

Most service areas will continue as normal.

Following government guidance outdoor gyms, multi-use games areas and skateparks are now closed.

Sports pitch bookings and events on council land have been cancelled up until and including December 2.

The Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton is closed for the next four weeks and will have an online presence at www.thelmahulbert.com.

Leisure East Devon facilities across the district have also closed until 2 December.

The council’s offices at Honiton and Exmouth remain closed to the public, but you can call us on 01404 515616 to talk to an officer or arrange to meet them Covid-securely.

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National Restrictions

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Coronavirus support hub

We’re here to help you through the new national restrictions

With national restrictions now in place, East Devon District Council wants to make sure that its most vulnerable residents know where to come for help.

The Government is sending a letter to clinically extremely vulnerable residents where they will get guidance on what to do during lockdown and asking them to register online so they can request support from their local council.

We’re here to help those who need assistance at this difficult time, whether you are clinically extremely vulnerable, if you are self-isolating, suffering financial hardship or in need.

If you need help, our website has a wealth of information about how you can access assistance. 

If you are unable to find what you need, please complete our coronavirus community support hub web form and we will be in contact with you.

If you don’t have access to our website or are unable to complete the web form, call our dedicated Coronavirus Community Support Hotline on 01395 571500 (open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm).

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Two grants schemes available again from East Devon District Council for Coronavirus- related community projects

The Coronavirus Community Food Fund from East Devon District Council, and the Covid-19 Fund, a joint grants scheme from East Devon District Council and Devon County Council have been re-opened to new applications.

Coronavirus Community Food Fund

East Devon District Council’s Coronavirus Food Fund provides funding for food related projects during the Coronavirus crisis.

Grants of between £500 and £2,500 are available. To find out more about the fund, see previous projects that were given grants, and apply, visit East Devon District Council’s website: https://eastdevon.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/community-support/coronavirus-community-food-fund/

Covid-19 Fund

The Covid-19 Fund (previously known as the Covid-19 Prompt Action Fund) is a joint grants scheme funded by East Devon District Council and Devon County Council. It aims to support community-led schemes that carry out the small but important things that can safely address some of the issues arising because of the current Coronavirus restrictions, including support for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

To find out more, see previous projects that were funded, and apply: https://eastdevon.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/community-support/covid-19-prompt-action-fund/

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Financial Hardship Fund

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Devon County Council made funding available to help those who are affected by Coronavirus and who may not be able to access funding or support from elsewhere.

The aim of the funding is to address the economic vulnerability and financial hardship being felt and to help rebuild the financial resilience of those affected. We will also consider using the fund to help anyone who is facing financial hardship and unable to afford food even if they have not been directly impacted by Coronavirus, such as those who are struggling to provide meals to their children during school holidays or half term.  

East Devon has been allocated £192,100 of this funding that will be administered by staff working in Revenues and Benefits, in a way that will compliment and work alongside other sources of funding and support already available. 

The fund can be used for many different things such as access to emergency short term support through shopping vouchers, utility top ups, paying for essential travel needs or essential advice and support services.

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Don't forget to return your Annual Canvass Form

Annual Canvass Return

Don't forget to return your annual canvass return form, the deadline to submit your form is 30th November 2020 - don't lose your chance to vote!

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Dates of next East Devon virtual Council meetings 

East Devon virtual council meetings

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

  • Exmouth Queen's Drive Delivery Group on Tuesday 17th November at 2pm
  • Licensing and Enforcement Committee on Wednesday 18th November at 10am
  • South and East Devon Habitat Regulations Executive Committee on Wednesday 18th November at 2pm
  • Cabinet on Wednesday 25th November at 6pm
  • Audit and Governance Committee on Thursday 26th November at 2.30pm

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


Recycling and waste update - cardboard

Cardboard recycling

As we may all do more shopping online as non-essential shops are currently closed, the council is expecting to collect more cardboard from the kerbside. As always, the crews will collect as much as they can but may have to leave some materials if very large quantities are put out. Please store your card and put it out gradually over the next collection days.

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Wild East Devon update

Vote for Seaton Wetlands! 

Wild East Devon

We're going for the People's Choice Award at the Green Flag Awards 💚

To vote, go to 👉 bit.ly/voteforseatonwetlands and click on the vote button!

Voting closes 25 November, with the top 10 winning sites announced on 3 December.

Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award Manager said,

This year we have all seen the importance of our precious parks and green spaces. The People’s Choice Award is an opportunity to show how much your favourite park means to you. Make your voice heard and vote now.”

Thanks for your vote!

To keep in touch with the Wild East Devon Team follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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