Residents' newsletter: What your council’s been doing for you - Friday, 15 October

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In this issue...

  • Exmouth's new Skate Park is now open!
  • Green Flags Flying over East Devon
  • Exmouth to host three-evening live music event next summer
  • Exeter Airport starts flights again
  • LED activities to sign up for across the district

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News and updates: 

NEWS FLASH - Exmouth new Skate Park is now open!

Exmouth Skate Park

Work on the new skate park in Phear Park, Exmouth finished on Thursday afternoon and as we knew skaters were keen to use the site we have already opened it up for use.

Security fencing will remain around the edge of the site to help the new landscaping to settle in and the new grass to grow. We ask that users please keep off the fenced off areas as much as possible to help prevent the new skate park getting covered in mud.

A total of £365,000 has been invested in this project, with £240,000 coming from East Devon District Council and £125,000 from Exmouth Town Council.

The design was agreed in consultation with a group of local skate park users who we thank so much for their amazing help!

The official opening event is booked for Saturday October 30th from 12-4pm which will include an informal competition and professional demo riders.

Green Flags flying again over East Devon!  

Green Flag Award

Green Flag awards have been retained by East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) for their Manor Gardens in Exmouth, Seafield Gardens in Seaton, and Connaught Garden in Sidmouth, along with Seaton Wetlands nature reserve on the Axe Estuary. 

This is the 17th year in a row that this converted award has been awarded to the work at Manor Gardens, Exmouth and with Sidmouth’s Connaught Gardens now winning the accolade for 18 years in a row, and now the second year for Seaton’s Seafield Gardens. 

Wild East Devon’s Seaton Wetlands first scooped the prestigious award 17 years ago in 2004 and has been flying the flag proudly ever since. 

The Green Flag Award, is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces scheme, which is marking its Silver Jubilee,  

During the Covid emergency our many parks and green spaces have played a vital role for people to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely.

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Exmouth to host three-evening live music event next summer

Live in Devon

A huge music event, which is expected to attract some of the UK’s hottest artists, is coming to Exmouth next summer.

‘Live in Devon’ will take place at the Imperial Recreation Ground, Imperial Road, Exmouth, on three consecutive evenings - Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September 2022.

The events are likely to attract more than 15,000 music lovers over the course of the weekend and bring a significant economic boost to Exmouth and the wider area.

The headline artists for each of the shows will be announced in the coming weeks.

Organisers and concert promoter LCC Live was last in the area back in 2017 when it hosted Bryan Adams and Little Mix at Powderham Castle.

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LED update - activities to join across the district

Walking Tennis

Exmouth Tennis & Fitness Centre is here to support anyone in the community looking to start or return to playing tennis.

Rusty Rackets

Rusty Rackets is a really fun session aimed at adults who have played tennis in the past and are now looking to dust off their rackets and get back on court. Also suitable for players looking to improve their techniques and tactics with a view to playing more social tennis. Rusty Rackets runs on Tuesdays 18:30 - 19:30. Call us on 01395 223355 to book.

Walking tennis

Love the idea of tennis, but thought you were too old unfit or returning from injury? Walking tennis is a low impact slower version of tennis with softer calls and up to 2 bounces allowed. Join us for Walking Tennis on Thursdays 14:30 - 15:30. Call us on 01395 223355 to book.

Walking circuits at Ottery St Mary Leisure Centre

Walking Circuits

Ottery St Mary Leisure Centre are delighted to announce a new walking circuits class run by Geneieve Temple on Fridays at 12:30-13:30. Walking circuits is a low impact class ideal for anyone with a low level of fitness, for people who are in need of rehab and for PULSE referrals who are not comfortable in a gym environment.

Call us on 01404 814317 to book

Good Boost

Due to the popularity of our Wednesday 10:15am Good Boost session, we are adding a second weekly session to our timetable! The new session will be facilitated by the Wellness Hub Leader, and will run Fridays 2:00-3:00pm. This will start from next month, with the first session being held on Friday 5th November.

Any members of the community are welcome but these sessions are most suitable for people with both long or short term health/mobility/Muscular-skeletal problems. The sessions use clever technology to design personalised activities for the customer to follow using a waterproof tablet. Customers will get around 45 minutes in the water - the first 15-30 minutes will be based in the pool viewing area with help to get them set up ready for their session. Sessions costs £4.30.

Call us on 01395 266381 to book your 1st session.

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Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Make the Change

Join us this Half Term for a fun animation workshop.

Using the Big Draw theme of Make the Change, join animation expert Izzy Wild to create a collaborative animation to highlight the Climate Emergency. Wednesday 27 October: 11am / 12pm / 1pm / 2pm

Ages 7+


Book your slot

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Business update 

Digital Skills Bootcamps starting this Autumn

Digital skills bootcamps

The Digital Skills Bootcamps offer free, industry designed training courses to help people build specific sector skills.  These opportunities are available for adults aged 19+ who are resident in Devon.  Unemployed or independent learners can use the bootcamps to re-train and gain skills to move into job roles which are very much in demand.  Employers can use the training courses to upskill their employees*, and the self-employed can build skills to grow opportunities for their business.

Find out more at Digital and Technical Skills Bootcamps | Free Training | Train 4 Tomorrow (

*Employers contribution of 30% of course cost


Exeter Airport restarts flights 

Did you know that you can fly to 28 destinations in seven countries from Exeter? This also included flights to Gran Canaria and Tenerife that are restarting this week.

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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, 19 October 

Wednesday, 20 October 


The Devon Climate Assembly: why how, what?

Devon Climate Assembly

Find out more about Devon's citizens’ assembly on climate change, including why it was held, how it was run and its recommendations.

A representative sample of 70 Devon citizens from different social backgrounds and ages were invited to take part in the Devon Climate Assembly over the summer of 2021. Their recommendations are now public.

Kaela Scott from Involve, the independent facilitators of the Devon Climate Assembly, will present the assembly report and be available to answer your questions about the citizens’ assembly process.

The Devon Climate Emergency project manager, Emily Reed, will explain the next steps towards completing the Devon Carbon Plan.

The event takes place on Wednesday 20 October at 6pm, Online

Book here

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:

Recycling app

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. 

Help your NHS heroes

Devon’s health and social care system is under extreme pressure due to high demand for services, sustained demand for Covid beds, pressure on staffing and the need for social care exceeding the available capacity.

Pressures are being seen across the system, in mental health care, primary care (GPs) and adult social care as well as our acute hospital trusts. 

NHS 111 online

Let's keep life moving

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