Keeping in touch and letting you know what your council does for you - Friday, 1 October

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In this issue...

  • World Mental Health Day 2021 - Sunday, 10 October 2021

  • Stoptober: the 28-day stop smoking challenge

  • LED job vacancies: Party assistants, duty managers and lifeguards needed

  • Feedback needed on Exmouth Tidal Defence Scheme 

  • Bug hotel welcomes residents at Exmouth's Manor Gardens 

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News and updates: 

World Mental Health Day 2021 - Sunday, 10 October 2021

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The official theme for this year’s event is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’, as set by the World Federation for Mental Health.

Mental health is a vital national issue at the best of times, but the need for meaningful support in the community has become even more relevant as we’ve navigated the challenges of the pandemic.

We want you to watch Forward Together for Mental Health, share it far and wide, and make a commitment about the role you can play in supporting people around you who are affected by poor mental health – whether it’s a friend, family member, colleague or a neighbour. Each pledge counts.

Our questions to you are simple:

  • What’s the world you want to see?
  • What’s the unique contribution you can make to turn that world into a reality?

Sign up 

Bug hotel welcomes residents at Exmouth's Manor Gardens 

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This week officers have put up a bug hotel in Exmouth's Manor Gardens, and EDDC would like to encourage others to do the same! 

Why are bug hotels important? 

Bug hotels benefit lots of different types of minibeast and insects such as ladybirds, bees, spiders and woodlice. Minibeasts can then use your bug hotel as a safe space to shelter, lay their eggs, raise their young, and seek refuge from predators.

Although you can build your bug hotel at any time of year, many animals start looking for safe spaces in autumn in preparation to hibernate. At this time of year, it will also be easier to collect all kinds of natural items that will help you with your eco-friendly creation.

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EDDC tests out electric mower! Anyone else wish they had one of these at homes?

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EDDC's Horticultural Technical Officer Paul Fealey went to test a battery-operated, remote control mower this week. 

Check out this video of it mowing the lawn! 



Feedback needed on Exmouth Tidal Defence Scheme 

Now that the scheme, which has helped to reduce tidal flood risk to 1,800 properties, is nearly complete, residents are being asked to share their views on how it can be improved. 

Have your say here

New electric powered road sweeper tested by EDDC

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EDDC's Horticultural Technical Officer Paul Fealey has been helping to test a new electric sweeper!

The authority is looking at ways to reduce its carbon footprint all the time.

Read more about our Climate Change Strategy 2020 - 2025 here.

LED job vacancies: Party assistants, duty managers and lifeguards needed

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LED has a number of vacancies at LED Community Leisure. Ranging from party assistants to duty managers and lifeguards.

If you have a love of the water, start your career in aquatics with LED. Funding for training is available with a guaranteed job once qualified.

Be part of a Community Trust that believes in making a positive difference to people’s lives.

Check out our current vacancies here.

Exmouth Wellness Hub: Have you made the most of the seven-day FREE trial?

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Exmouth Leisure Centre is offering a free seven-day trial to experience the Wellness Hub.

The LED team has also added sessions for members and carers on Thursday afternoons and a meditation session on Thursday 3pm until 4pm.

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Stoptober: the 28-day stop smoking challenge

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Are you thinking of quitting smoking?  Research has shown that if you quit for 28 days you’re 5 times more likely to quit for good.  Stoptober begins on 1st October.  Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your own health- and the health of people around you.   

Did you know that smokers are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with people who have never smoked? Many people who quit smoking are surprised by how good they feel!  They feel in charge, more relaxed, have more money, are not as worried about their health, look and feel better, skin looks healthier and have more energy when they walk, play with their kids, or do something active and they don’t smell of smoke.

Benefits of stopping

  • After 20 minutes -your pulse rate will start returning to normal
  • After 8 hours- your oxygen levels are recovering, and the harmful carbon monoxide level will have reduced by half.
  • After 2 days—All carbon monoxide has gone, nicotine is totally eliminated from the body. Your senses of taste and smell improve and your lungs will start clearing.
  • 3 days—your breathing becomes easier as the airways begin to relax.
  • 2 – 4 weeks—your circulation improves and you can walk and run more easily
  • 3 – 9 months—your lung function improves by up to 10%, thereby reducing coughs and breathing problems
  • 1 – 3 years—your risk of having a heart attack is halved
  • After 10 years - your risk of developing lung cancer will have halved compared to a non-smokers.
  • You will save money—the average smoker has 13 cigarettes a day, which works out as 364 cigarettes a month. Based on an average packet of cigarettes costing £12.73 that’s £231 a month and £2,780 a year that you could be saving by not smoking.

Access support

If you have been contemplating stopping smoking, now is a good time.  By signing up to Stoptober, you will receive a variety of free, proven support tools including packs, apps and emails throughout your 28 day quit attempt which have been proven to increase your chances of staying smoke free.

As well as support available through signing up to Stoptober there are many other places you can go for support during your quit attempt, including; your doctor, who can enrol you in a ‘stop smoking’ clinic and prescribe nicotine replacement therapy such as patches and gum, or stop-smoking medication such as Champix. 

Your pharmacist can also help and guide you to a range of products and support available.    

Going it alone with willpower is not easy, stopping is much easier with the right help so if you are serious about stopping investigate the support options available and do what is right for you even if that is a combination of options.

New Platinum Jubilee website

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The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched the government’s new Platinum Jubilee website, including an interactive map which will display all the events and activities that will be taking place right across the UK.

The map is open for anyone to add their events and everyone is encouraged to upload any events and activities they may be planning to mark the Jubilee.

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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. 

Strategic Planning Committee

Tuesday 5 October 2021



Wednesday 6 October 2021


Scrutiny Committee

Thursday 7 October 2021




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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.

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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. 

Let's keep life moving

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