Keeping in touch and letting you know what your council does for you - Friday, 10 September 2021

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In this issue...

  • Honiton Swimming pool changing rooms to get refurb
  • Council car parks unable to accept cash for 'pay and display' tickets
  • Ongoing £365k Exmouth skatepark revamp revealed
  • Are you eligible for help to buy healthy food? 

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News and updates:

Council car parks unable to accept cash for 'pay and display' tickets

Drivers parking in East Devon car parks won't be able to use cash to buy 'pay and display' tickets in the coming days. 

East Devon District Council has apologised for the inconvenience this has caused and thanked residents and visitors alike for their understanding and patience.

The issues have arisen following an unexpected announcement today (Friday, 10 September) regarding EDDC's long standing cash collection contractor which has ceased trading. 

EDDC officers are already working hard to resume a normal service.

Many of our car parks now offer card payment and contactless payment options. You can also pay by mobile phone using the RingGo app in all locations.

Honiton Swimming Pool changing rooms update:


Work to refurbish the changing rooms at Honiton Swimming pool have begun. 

LED has thanked customers for their ongoing patience and for their understanding while the works are ongoing. 

A LED spokesperson said: "We are really excited to bring you the news you have been waiting for. 

"We will regularly update you with progress and can’t wait to open them officially later in the year. 

"We aim for the pool to remain open throughout the work, operating as it is now with a changing on poolside policy, arriving ‘beach ready’.

"Thank you again for your support and patience."

Ongoing £365k Exmouth skatepark revamp revealed




Exmouth skatepark is expected to be completed by the end of October

An Exmouth skatepark will soon be ungraded to become an Olympic standard training facility thanks to a whopping £365,000 cash injection. 

East Devon District Council (EDDC) is now working in partnership with Exmouth Town Council as well as a local consultation group to improve Phear skate park for visitors and residents alike.

EDDC has contributed £240,000 towards the project and the town council has agreed to allocate £125,000 towards it, making sure all the requests made by the consultation group,(made up of 30 local skatepark users) are met.  

The construction phase has begun and is expected to be completed by the end of October, after 21 weeks work.

The park will accommodate people of all ages and abilities. It allows newcomers to learn and develop as well as having extremely technical sections that will engage and test competent riders. There really is something for everyone!

Check out this video which shows how enormous the space is. 

 Are you eligible for help to buy healthy food?

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Boxes brimming with fruit and veg are being given away to 2,500 Devon families.

Devon Public Health are running an initiative this autumn to raise awareness of the national Healthy Start scheme. Healthy Start provides eligible pregnant women and families with children under 4 with financial support for fruit and veg, pulses, cows’ milk, and infant formula, as well as free vitamins.

Only about 50 per cent of those eligible in Devon are currently signed up.

The Healthy Start scheme is also going digital later on in autumn, and all who are eligible will need to apply on the new system, even those who are currently signed up. This means some may lose their support if they are unaware of the changes and the need to re-apply.  

The Get a Healthy Start! promotion will provide a FREE seasonal fruit and veg box for those who are eligible for Healthy Start within the Devon County Council area. Boxes can be ordered directly by families and will be delivered in October. The promotional box will contain the following:

  • Fresh seasonal fruit and veg
  • An essential guide booklet with nutritious recipes, information on Healthy Start and actions to take, and signposting to other resources
  • Maternal or child Healthy Start vitamins
  • Fun 10 minute shake-up games for children
  • Breastfeeding support information

More information including eligibility criteria and how to order can be found here. There are 2,500 boxes available and orders are being taken until 24 September, or until all the boxes are allocated. 

Vandals target community artwork at Manor Gardens in Exmouth 

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Botanical artwork made by 150 children and adults and displayed at Exmouth's Manor Gardens have been vandalised.

The artwork was put up on Tuesday, 7 September in the bandstand at Manor Gardens.

Officers were disappointed to find the ruined display in a mess, after only one day of it being up.

An EDDC officer said: "So many people responded positively when we were installing the artwork it’s a great shame that a few individuals have ruined it. If anyone knows anything about this please report to the police."

Business: Cycle September is back for 2021!


As more and more people return to the office, it’s a great time to promote active travel and help your employees commute by bike. Registering your workplace for Cycle September is a great opportunity to bring your team together and achieve your health, wellness and sustainability goals.

It doesn’t matter if people are in the office, working from home, working full time or part-time, everyone can join in the fun and friendly competition. Every cycle ride counts!

What is Cycle September?

Cycle September is a global bike challenge. People can cycle anywhere and anytime throughout September. Every ride counts, even a 10-minute ride around the park will help your organisation climb the leader boards!

There are prizes to be won and leader boards are split by size and industry – so even if your team is small, you can still aim for the top spot.

How to sign up your workplace and get your colleagues involved

You and your colleagues can join Cycle September in three easy steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Register yourself and your workplace
  3. Download the staff engagement pack and the challenge checklist to help you get the word out to all your colleagues

What are the benefits for my workplace?

Businesses that take part in Cycle September will benefit from:


More information

You can find FAQs, resources to help you promote the challenge, tips for new riders or where to ride, videos of previous webinars and more under the ‘Info’ tab on the Love to Ride Devon website

Latest news and newsletters

East Devon District Council also produce regular newsletters and news on different topics, in the last week we have issued the following which may be of interest:


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Council meetings dates

Over the next week the following East Devon District Council meetings are taking place.  Any public meetings will be streamed live to the Council’s YouTube channel, and in the event of difficulties these will be streamed on our Facebook page instead. 

Tuesday, 14 September

9.30am - Consultative meeting, LED Monitoring Forum

2pm - Consultative meeting, Standards Committee

Thursday, 16 September

10am - Consultative meeting, Housing Review Board

6pm - Joint Consultative Virtual meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committees


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Recycling news 

Gardening over the weekend? Why not subscribe to our green waste service and let us take away your green waste and save a trip to the recycling centre.

The service will cost £48 for a 12 month subscription for a fortnightly service. Find out more information here.

Subscribe here 


Have you downloaded our free East Devon App yet?

Join over 30,000 people using our smartphone app and get simple personalised collection reminders, the latest collection updates and tell us about a missed collection. 

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Thelma Hulbert Gallery: New Art History talks prove popular


New Art History talks prove popular

The first in THG’s series of talks this week was well received by art lovers. Join them at the Honiton gallery next week for a fascinating insight into UK landscape painting from past to present:

15 September, 10.00– 12.00 : Landscape tradition  Explore Gainsborough’s ‘Mr and Mrs Andrews’, then Turner and Constable through to Stanley Spencer and Paul Nash, the photography of Humphrey Spender and Bert Hardy and more recently, Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long.

Further talks in the series:

22 September, 10.30 – 12.00: Expressionism  Explore key painters in this highly influential movement, focussing on the paintings of Munch, Schiele, Grosz, Kollwitz, Dix and Beckmann, the Abstract Expressionist work of Pollock and De Kooning and how it has been adapted by today’s artists such Tracy Emin. 

6 October, 10.30 – 12.00: The Art of Protest To many artists 'Art is rebellion'. Explore how artists assume the role of activist and critic in the context of bringing about political change including contemporary protest artists such as Ai Weiwei, Grayson Perry, Kara Walker, Keith Haring and Judy Chicago.

13 October, 10.30-12.00: John Francis in conversation with Tim Craven and Deborah Smith  - John Francis will discuss the themes of the current exhibition: In Plain Sight: The London Group & Thelma Hulbert and her London Group Friends with Tim Craven from The London Group and Deborah Smith, researcher at Kingston University.

£ 10 per talk (£8 students/THG Friends) Book here: Art after 1950 : Art lecture series | Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Covid-19 alert issued for Devon and Cornwall


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Let's keep life moving

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