News and updates from your council - Friday 29 October

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In this issue...

  • Warning: Council tax scammer impersonating EDDC officer calls elderly Sidmouth woman

  • Safety advice this Halloween and FREE 'no trick or treat' poster

  • New £14m Sidmouth Beach Management Scheme takes major step forward

  • Devon climate change event SkillShare looks to inspire through storytelling 

  • Is adult social care for you? Devon urgently needs 2,000 more care workers


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News and updates: 


Warning: Council tax scammer impersonating EDDC officer calls elderly Sidmouth woman

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An elderly lady, who lives in Sidmouth, received a call from a man calling himself David Morris from East Devon District Council's legal team.

He said that because the value of her property had gone up, she was in the wrong council tax band so was being charged incorrectly.

He told her she owed £98 and when she said she could not make the payment there and then, he said he would call back tomorrow to take the payment.

Fortunately, she called East Devon District Council  (EDDC) straight away, so we could advise her it was a scam.

EDDC 'legal team' would never contact a resident regarding council tax.

Officers would also never contact a resident by phone, out of the blue, about a re-banding - a resident would be well aware of any re-banding and it would only happen in specific circumstances.

If a resident ever thinks that a call might be a scam, please end the phone call and call EDDC directly on our secure line - 01395 517446.


Safety advice this Halloween and FREE 'no trick or treat' poster

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As we come closer to Halloween, our communities are being urged to celebrate safely this year. For those who do mark the occasion, Devon and Cornwall Police are sharing some tips on keeping themselves and others safe:

  • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult when trick-or-treating.
  • Not everyone celebrates Halloween – only visit houses of people you know and those who are open to having trick-or-treaters.
  • If you're wearing a mask make sure you can see where you are going and are aware of your surroundings, especially when crossing the road.
  • Consider bringing a torch with you and wearing something that is going to make you highly visible – Halloween is a great opportunity to try out glow in the dark face paints or clothing!

For those who do not wish to celebrate Halloween, particularly those who are elderly or vulnerable, it can be distressing to have strangers knocking on their door during the evening. The Force has a ‘no trick or treat’ poster, which residents can print and display on their door if they do not want trick-or-treaters.

Print this poster


Are you planning to set off fireworks? Please remember to be respectful 

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Tis the season for fireworks. Residents planning to set off fireworks and businesses planning to sell them have been asked to be respectful and follow the below EDDC guidelines.

  • Please let neighbours and communities know if you plan to set off fireworks so they can take precautions for their animals and vulnerable people. 
  • Organisers should note that all public firework displays within East Devon must also be advertised in advance.
  • Stores that sell fireworks have been asked to stock ‘quieter’ fireworks (below 90db) for public use and residents have been asked to be mindful and to buy quieter fireworks for their home displays. 
  • The release of lanterns and balloons from EDDC property and land is prohibited, the council would like to ask all residents to follow its example and do the same.

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New £14m Sidmouth Beach Management Scheme takes major step forward

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Picture caption: The general outline for the new outline: Dark blue line – Splash wall to be raised along the majority of the Esplanade by approximately 10cm. Light blue line – this section will still have to be raised to about one metre. Yellow line – This is where the beach with be replenished with new beach material. Red circle – General locations of where the additional offshore island(s) can go. Green line – Where the rock groyne will be located. Picture credit: EDDC and Google Maps.

A new and improved multi-million Sidmouth Beach Management Scheme could eliminate the need for a controversial raised splash wall on the seafront.

And, it would help to future proof the town against increased storminess due to climate change for decades to come.

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First phase of Sidmouth flood alleviation scheme officially opened

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A new flood alleviation scheme in Sidmouth has been officially opened.

The first phase of our £1million scheme has been completed, installing a new drainage system on Station Road to divert surface water away from properties and into a newly formed amphitheatre in the grounds of the Knowle.

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Devon climate change event SkillShare looks to inspire through storytelling 

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Hot on heels of COP26, CAG Devon’s online SkillShare, taking place on Saturday, 13 November, from 10am until 1pm, explores themes of imagination and storytelling to win hearts and minds for climate action. 

You’ll be inspired and excited to hear from Rob Hopkins (founder of Transition Network, author of 'From what is to what if') about the power of imagination to create change in communities; James Ellwood from FotoNow CIC, which specialises in visual storytelling to stimulate change from the grassroots up; Crowdfunder – which uses storytelling to win hearts, minds and money; and Sustainable Tiverton, whose recent storytelling secured them funding and wider support for their eco-hub. 

You can pose your questions at the Q&A panel discussion, and enjoy networking and exploring the themes from the speakers in workshops/breakout rooms.

 All in three hours from the comfort of your own home!

Book here


12-15 year olds can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine

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Appointments can now be made via the National Booking System.

Four vaccination sites in Devon are currently able to offer the vaccination to 12–15-year-olds: Greendale in Exeter is the local option.


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Work underway on district heating network tunnel near Cranbrook 

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Exeter Science Park is set to be connected to a green energy heating system in the coming months with work to tunnel a new link under the M5 starting today (Monday 25 October).

The District Heating Network, provided by E.ON Energy, has been designed to provide an integrated heating system covering the Science Park and housing developments in Monkerton.

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Is adult social care for you? Devon urgently needs 2,000 more care workers

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Are you interested in finding out more about a job or training in care and health? There is free one-to-one support to find out if a job in health and care is right for you, along with lots of job opportunities available now. You don’t necessarily need qualifications or previous work experience. What’s important are your core skills and values and your attitude towards working with people who need care.

Find out more


Job vacancies: Apply for a revenue apprenticeships at EDDC

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We have two exciting opportunities for someone wishing to take their first step on the ladder to a career in administration whilst obtaining a level three qualification in business admin in a friendly and supportive environment.

Find out more


If you want to stay up to date with the latest news about grants for East Devon businesses, or other news about business opportunities, funding and training, you must subscribe to East Devon Business news


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. 

Wednesday, 3 November

Agendas


LED Update
LED free halloween booklets

Free LED activity books being given out for children 

To celebrate Halloween this year LED is giving away Halloween activity books to juniors all across LED.

Ask at reception for your FREE Halloween activity book.

Available while stocks last.


LED Honiton update on lifeguard courses 

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LED Honiton is all ready for the next National Pool Lifeguard Course, ran by Royal Life Saving Society, starting tomorrow (Saturday).

If you fancy becoming a qualified lifeguard and working for LED Community Leisure, please contact our trainer Alan acockram@ledleisure.co.uk for more information on future courses.


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Recycling news 

Food waste – line your food caddy with any bag

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As we approach the winter season with Halloween, bonfire night and Christmas, we get more food waste than at any other time of the year.

The best thing to do with food is to eat and enjoy it, however, even the most diligent shoppers and best cooks will always have some unavoidable food waste.

To make recycling your food waste easier and cleaner, line your caddy with any plastic bag; residents tell us that bread bags and the liners to cereal packets are their food caddy liner favourites!

Please make sure you use your blue food caddy to recycle your unavoidable food waste. It is a very valuable resource which, once collected, we use to generate green energy and produce bio-fertiliser for farms. 

For more information on what happens to your food waste, please visit our website.

Thank you.

The Recycling Team


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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. 


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Thelma Hulbert Gallery

What goes on at COP?

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The Story of COP: a photo essay by Terry Jeavons

Saturday, 6 November – Friday, 24 December  

Thelma Hulbert Gallery's new photographic exhibition provides a fascinating insight into the world of COP. Capturing images from the COP conferences of Doha, Warsaw and Paris, it shows the venue, formalities, routines, protests and intense final negotiations to move the climate change arguments forwards.

Open Thursday – Saturday, 10am-5pm


Climate Conversations Honiton

Friday, 12 November, 4pm-6pm – all ages welcome

Event to coincide with the opening of The Story of COP exhibition.

Join us for inspiring talks and useful ideas about how to make a difference to the planet. Free fun family resources to take home.

Book your free place


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